Austria has been crowned as the U19 champions of Europe. This lined up excellently with the start of the college football season, and it became evident that we at Europe’s Elite needed to create an official “AP Polls” of the national u19 football teams throughout the continent. If you are unaware of what the AP Polls are, the “Associated Polls” are rankings collected and compiled from sportswriters and broadcasters. In our AP polls, we have a collection of experienced coaches, scouts, players, and analysts from the likes of Germany, Austria, Spain, France, the United Kingdom & several other countries. Each ranking/position of the u19 National team will be explained shortly.
“International games in Europe get more competitive and valuable for young talents every year. A ranking system allows the National squads as well as scouts from all levels to have an overview of where each National team ranks before and after matchups.
We are excited to bring that system of ranking to Europe’s U19 National teams “
– David Arming (Europe’s Elite)
The lack of inhabitants alone as well as the domination of other sports makes it tough for Iceland to establish a competitive youth program. They share the physicality of the other Nordic countries though. We will see if Iceland can produce quality talent regularly. – David Arming
The expansion of the ELF to Turkey in the 2022 season was potentially huge for the growth of Turkish-American football. Moreover, they have held several men’s competitions and it could only be a matter of time before they produce more talent in the rankings. – Matt Bressington
Ireland in recent years hasn’t had many international fixtures as a youth program, however, they have produced a handful of talents that have made it into the NCAA or younger players that have made the transition to the professional leagues in Europe. – Matt Bressington
Serbia has drastically grown in reputation over the last few years in developing talent at a youth level. Nikola Milovac, is the main standout within the country, having committed to South Florida. It is expected that they will rise gradually and continue to build themselves a solid reputation within European youth football. – Matt Bressington
Unlike the other Scandinavian teams, Norway is not an American Football Powerhouse. They still have some exciting talent up and coming over the next few years. It will be interesting to watch them trying to close the gap to their neighbours and rivals. – David Arming
This concludes part one of the rankings, the rest will be revealed gradually over the next few weeks. Our goal is to create more buzz around the international community and give players and countries their respect. Stay tuned for the upcoming 15-10 rankings.