Our Mission

The top 15 Power rankings is the most comprehensive youth football ranking system in the nation.  Our 12 person committee ranks teams based on a criteria that include, but is not limited too, team record, strength of schedule, strength of league/conference, and more.  It is our mission to crown youth football's true National Champion, while recognizing the achievements of youth football's top talent.

How Does my team get ranked??

Our mission is to take all the guesswork out of the ranking process.  We recognize that the sheer number of teams across the nation make it very difficult to notice all of the deserving teams out there.  The process we propose is as follows: 

  • Become a member of a conference (There is no fee to join)
  • Participate in one of our Preseason Kick off events - These events are used as a baseline for our preseason rankings.  NSR will Sanction pre-existing events that will act as official Preseason Ranking events. This approach allows us to focus on the evaluation of teams from across the nation without having to plan and run these events ourselves. 
  • The rankings will change from week to week based on our designated criteria and a point system that rewards teams for playing outside of their normal league, the distance the team had to travel to play the game and more.
  • Each conference will be represented in the top 5 and recognized as the top team in the conference from week to week based on the aforementioned criteria and point system.  This will also ensure that the very best teams from a given region are always represented in the rankings


Listed below are the most important factors in the Team ranking process:

Weekly Performance

The way a team performs on a weekly basis, is ultimately what will determine whether or not a team gets, and stays ranked from week to week.  Domin performances over great competition, especially other ranked teams will cay the most weight in the ranking process.

Strength of Schedule

Teams that play top competition such as other ranked teams,  out of state or league teams and teams that play in travel leagues will have the greatest chances of being ranked in the NSR TOP 15 Power Rankings.   A team has more to gain with a competitive loss against a good team, than a blow-out win over a bad team in the weekly voting process.

Strength of league

Teams that play in powerhouse leagues that face stiff competition on a weekly basis have the best chance of being ranked.  Games played by teams in powerhouse leagues will carry more weight in the weekly voting process.

Team Talent

Overall team talent will play a critical roll in determining the preseason rankings.  Teams that were ranked the following season and have the majority of their squad intact, have a great shot at being ranked early. You still have to win.

Coaching Staff

In youth football, coaching is often the difference between winning and losing.  Teams that boaster the most experienced, coaching staffs, who have a proven championship pedigree have a great shot at being ranked early.  You still have to win on the field 

Travel/ Out of league Games

Teams that add travel games to their schedule will have a greater chance of being ranked.   Travel games carry more weight in the weekly voting process. 

Preseason Tournaments

Teams that participate in preseason Tournaments, even ones that are not NSR, Tournament of Champions, or National Title Games events.   The results of these events will be used as a baseline team evaluation tool.



The NYAA national title series will award a national title to the team that earns it on the field. Teams that are ranked 1 through 4 in the NSR Top 15 Power Rankings will receive an automatic bid to the national title tournament and will not need to participate in a state or conference title tournament.  (Registration fee will also be waived for teams ranked 1 through 4). The NYAA Conference champions from each division and 1 at large team will round out the national title tournament (10 teams per division will be invited to the tournament). This is not based on who you know but what you do on the field!!!


Crowning a Conference Champion

Teams that win their respective State Championship tournaments will move on the NYAA Conference title Series.  If your team is ranked in the Top 10 of the  NSR TOP 15 POWER RANKINGS, YOU GET AN AUTOMATIC BID TO YOUR RESPECTIVE CONFERENCE TITLE TOURNAMENT and your registration Fee for this event will be waived.  This is a series of 2 day, regional conference championship tournaments designed to crown true, regional champion regardless of your league affiliation.

Join an NYAA conference

Join an NYAA Conference today to be considered for the NSR Top 15 Power rankings