This is the conclusion of the rankings post-European championship. These rankings are now subject to change when teams enter competition. Who will come out on top during the next set of group games? When will the next ranked teams face off? Who will be the surprise team of 2024? We all have these to look forward to soon!
No surprise here, the gold medal holders of the European Youth Championships take the number one spot. Austria has such a rich history at the U19 level, so rich we couldn’t go into it in just a short time. However, they will need to face a gauntlet of teams once again to retain their title. It will make for one of the hardest title defences in recent memory! – Matt Bressington
Sweden is at the top of the Nordic teams once again. They are no stranger to this position in recent years, the RIG academy has been an incredibly valuable asset to their reputation on the international stage. After the loss of the gold medal match against Austria, they will be extremely confident going into their next set of games. Let’s see if they can make another run for the title. – Matt Bressington
The Finnish team has always produced talent and results on the field. They are undoubtedly a contender for the number one spot, they have depth across the lines and an extremely solid youth league that feeds into the national team. They only require a good run of form to attempt a run at the number one spot. – Matt Bressington
Denmark, as the other Scandinavian teams ranked above them, has some serious talent and a high-level national youth league. Their heart-breaking last-second loss to Finland shows how close the competition in Europe is. It will be exciting to watch the next nailbiters between them and similarly ranked nations. – David Arming
If our ranking system is influenced by talent alone, Germany would rank higher than fifth. With great youth programs like Düsseldorf Panther, Berlin Adler and the Unicorns, Germany produces a lot of exciting Football players. They need to get it together on the international level though as they didn’t play any of the teams ranked above them. As soon as that happens, I’m confident Germany will climb the ranks and challenge for the number 1 spot. – David Arming