Since the beginning of time the method of counting and measuring has evolved. The same will be done in this small world of youth soccer as the sport grows in the USA . The means of measuring as of now is GS. Obviously whom ever is recording the data and statistics increases the accuracy and validity. I would suspect itâ€™s only to the advantage of GS to be most accurate and include as much data as possible ? But obviously the critics always find reason to discredit the only means available at this time to rank youth soccer.
I suggest you read their criteria for ranking and points. One that stands out is the extra points a club or tournament gets if they are advertisers.
Please do not make the mistake of challenging me on "ratings" as I have lived by ratings (radio) all my professional life, and have a very good understanding on ratings, and GS is far from close. Going one step further, I have spoken with GS about their rankings/ratings and I still say they are at best a guesstimate and I'm being very liberal in my analysis.