List of women's association football players with 100 or more international goals

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Mia Hamm held the goal scoring record for women's international matches from May 1999, when she surpassed Italy's Elisabetta Vignotto by scoring her 108th goal for the United States, until June 20, 2013 when fellow American Abby Wambach passed her with goal 159.[1]

Association football at the professional level is a low scoring sport (see article Association football for more detail). An athlete in association football, or soccer in short, can score 100 goals in international matches by playing a forward position, maintaining a high-level of success in scoring for a long period of usually more than 10 years. This page lists the highly-accomplished top all-time female goal scorers in official international football matches for her country. The world governing body FIFA calls this elite group the Century Club.

For every soccer player, especially a player not playing in a forward position, a measure of her accomplishment is the number of times she played for her national team, which shows her value to the team as a competitor on the field. See Most capped international women footballers. The world governing body FIFA calls that elite group the Century Club.

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The first player to reach 100 international goals was Italian Elisabetta Vignotto. Abby Wambach scored 100 goals in 9 years, while Christine Sinclair reached the milestone in just under 10 years. Most played exclusively in the forward position, with Kristine Lilly and Michelle Akers having also played as midfielder. All players scored at a high average rate of more than one goal every three matches. International goals in this list should not include goals scored in penalty-shoot-out; see Penalty shootout (association football). Players who are currently active at international level are indicated in bold type.

# Name Position National
team
International
goals
Caps Goals
per
Match
Active
years
Date scored
1 Abby Wambach Forward  United States 177 228 0.776 2001– 2009-07-20[2]
2 Mia Hamm Forward  United States 158 275 0.57 1987–2004 1998-09-18[3]
3 Christine Sinclair Forward/Attacking Midfielder  Canada 148 214 0.69 2000– 2010-02-20[4]
4 Kristine Lilly Forward/Midfielder  United States 130 352 0.36 1987–2010 2004-10-03[5]
5 Birgit Prinz Forward  Germany 128 214 0.59 1994–2011 2006-10-25[6]
6 Julie Fleeting Forward  Scotland 116 120 0.97 1996–2011 2007-10-27[7]
7 Elisabetta Vignotto1 Forward  Italy 107 110 0.97 1970–1989 unknown
8 Sun Wen Forward  China PR 106 152 0.69 1990–2006 unknown
9 Michelle Akers Forward/Midfielder  United States 105 153 0.68 1985–2000 1999-01-30[8]
10 Carolina Morace2 Forward  Italy 105 153 0.68 1978–1997 unknown
11 Han Duan3 Forward  China PR 101 188 0.53 2000–2011 unknown[9][10][11][12]
12 Tiffeny Milbrett Forward  United States 100 204 0.49 1991–2006 2005-7-10[13]
13 Portia Modise Forward  South Africa 100 117 0.85 2000– 2014-10-18[14]
Notes

1 Vignotto reportedly scored 107, or 108 goals and her record was broken by Mia Hamm.[15][8] FIFA indicates that she made 110 appearances.[16] The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) website lists her record as 97 goals in 95 matchers.[17]

2 Morace reportedly scored 105 goals in 153 games.[18] The FIGC website lists Morace's record as 94 goals in 136 games.[17]

3Han Duan reportedly scored her one hundredth goal[19] on August 6, 2008 in China's opening match against Sweden at Beijing 2008 Olympics. Another source reported that she scored her goal 101 that day.[9] FIFA Match Report shows that she scored only one goal in that match.[20]

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References[edit]

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  5. ^ "Lilly Scores 100th Career Goal as U.S. Downs New Zealand 5-0". U.S.Soccer. 
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  11. ^ "Striker Ma may miss Olympics for injury". chinadaily.com.cn. 
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  13. ^ "U.S. Women's National Team Earns 7-0 Win Against Ukraine; Tiffeny Milbrett earned her 100th's career goal". U.S.Soccer. 
  14. ^ "Portia Modise: South Africa's centurion in numbers". fifa.com. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Mia Hamm Set to Break All-time International Goal Scoring Mark". U.S.Soccer. 
  16. ^ "Fact Sheet: FIFA Century Club". FIFA.com. 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2012-01-24. 
  17. ^ a b "Classifica Marcatori". FIGC.it. Retrieved 2012-01-24. 
  18. ^ Kevin Ashby (2011-07-05). "1997: Carolina Morace". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2012-01-24. 
  19. ^ "韩端百球 (Han Duan playing 100 ball)". 搜狐体育 (SOHU.com). 
  20. ^ "Olympic Football Tournaments Beijing 2008 - Women". FIFA.