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The Playbook | July Edition – Girls Top 10

Who’s the best team in the entire country? This question is quite frequently asked in Canada and truthfully no one will ever have the exact answer as there is no Canadian National competition that involves all teams. 

Here at The Playbook however we will try to ‘put the pieces together’ and provide a “monthly insight” into who we think are the best U17 (2006 Teams) across the country.

Enjoy the read below as this is our 4th Edition (July Recap) of who we think are the best teams despite province, competition, or league. 

  1. NDC – Quebec (CF Montreal Girls Academy)

Earning the new #1 spot in this month’s July Top 10 Recap is NDC-Quebec (CF Montreal Girls Academy). The group had a ‘championship’ month of July winning Ligue 1 QC and the FTF x FC Laval Showcase in back to back weeks. In U21 AAA action (where the other half of the team plays) in Quebec the ‘PEF Juniors’ managed to go undefeated with  5 wins 0 losses scoring 18 Goals and only conceding 2. By also winning Ligue 1 QC with an overall record of 8 wins , 1 loss and 2 ties, they have booked their trip to British Columbia for Inter- Provincials that will happen in a few short weeks. 

  1. NDC – Ontario (Next-Gen) 

Dropping 1 spot in this month’s update is NDC-Ontario after finishing the month with a 5-2-1 record. On the last day of the month the group ended up beating FC London 4-0 to reach the League 1 Ontario Finals and will try to go back-to -back as champions and punch their ticket to Inter-Provincials in BC. As most of the ‘older’ girls in this team are going to post- secondary schools we are really noticing the 2006 born/ 2024 Grad players come into their own and try to lead this group. These players like Jadea Collin, Rosa Maloouf, Annabelle Chukwu, and Ava Greco will need to learn quickly as they will go up against the only team to give them a loss on the year in the regular season which is Alliance FC.

  1. NDC – Whitecaps

Whitecaps drop 1 spot to #3 despite going perfect in the month of July. This drop in ranking is at no fault of the Lady Caps’ but simply just a ‘strength of scheduling’ situation. Whitecaps NDC have a chance to win League 1 BC in early August as they will face Unity FC (a team they beat 5-4 earlier this month) for the league crown despite already winning the regular season with 34 Points on a 11 wins,1 draw and 2 loss record.

4. St. Hubert U17 AAA

Continuing their fine form in the month of July was St. Hubert U17 AAA. The group went undefeated this month winning 2 games and tying just 1. The group looks to be in fine form and the race to ‘nationals’ is officially on as they still sit 1 point ahead of FC Laval with a game in hand. Sunday August 13th 2023,  is a date to mark down for soccer fans in Quebec as they will face FC Laval in a match that might just decide who will represent Quebec U17 Girls at Canada Soccer Toyota Nationals.

5. FC Laval U17 AAA

Jumping back in this month’s rankings are FC Laval U17AAA. The team is coming off a very impressive July which saw them go 2 wins and just 1 loss in U17 AAA league play, but their most impressive results came at the FTF x FC Laval Summer Showcase. The group managed to draw Soccer Quebec U19 provincial team 0-0 and also PEF Seniors 2-2. Although they didn’t get to compete for the eventual tournament championship (due to goal difference) the results against those two opponents was extremely impressive from the U17 group. As previously mentioned FC Laval’s season almost all comes down to August 13th as they will face #4 ranked St. Hubert in what is turning out to be a “do or die” game to represent Quebec at the U17 level for nationals in October. 

6. Burnaby FC

Holding firm at #6 is Burnaby FC formerly known as Mountain United FC as even though they played no games this month are still coming off their BCSPL championship in June.  They are now in ‘summer break’ before kicking off their ‘BCSPL mini-season’ in September in preparation for Nationals in October.

7. North Toronto Nitros U19 L1R

Dropping a few spots in what was a fairly uncharacteristic month from North Toronto where they lost 1 game and tied 2 to start the month in League 1 Ontario Reserve action. The group however managed to rally in the 2nd half of the month and get back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Vaughan SC and a massive 13-0 victory over Darby FC. Their big test comes early in the month of August as they go up against Pickering FC who despite being a predominantly “older” squad have beaten them twice already this year.  

8. Erin Mills 

Erin Mills remain undefeated again this month in the Golden Horseshoe League (regional play in Ontario)  raising their record to 8-0 but the lack of competition makes them extremely hard to evaluate. In August however they are participating in an out of town showcase (Canada Youth Cup | Nova Scotia) where they will go up against some tough competition in the Maritimes.

9. UDFC

UDFC remain at #9 after a good month of July which saw them remain perfect. The biggest test came in a 3-0 win over Suburban FC in the Soccer Nova Scotia Cup Semis-Finals. In league play they are also starting to ‘pull away’ as last month they only had a 5 point lead, but have now stretched that to a 11 point lead with 10 wins, 1 loss, and 1 tie in the campaign. Also like Erin Mills, UDFC will be  participating in the Canada Youth Cup to start the August and Playbook fans can only dream of a matchup between them and #8 Erin Mills in a few weeks. 

10. Calgary SWU

Southwest move down up to #10 in the July recap after another strong month of July. The team went undefeated in league play improving their record on the year to 6 wins and 2 draws, but did suffer their first defeat of the year to Calgary West 2006 in Provincial Qualifier Competition. Despite the loss the group still qualified for Provincials which are set to take place in a few weeks and it will be interesting to see if SWU can beat the competition in Edmonton and punch their ticket to Canada Soccer Toyota Nationals. 

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