List of women's association football players with 100 or more international goals
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.
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.
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.
|1||Abby Wambach||Forward||United States||167||221||0.76||2001–||2009-07-20|
|2||Mia Hamm||Forward||United States||158||275||0.57||1987–2004||1998-09-18|
|3||Christine Sinclair||Forward/Attacking Midfielder||Canada||148||209||0.71||2000–||2010-02-20|
|4||Kristine Lilly||Forward/Midfielder||United States||130||352||0.36||1987–2010||2004-10-03|
|8||Sun Wen||Forward||China PR||106||152||0.69||1990–2006||unknown|
|10||Michelle Akers||Forward/Midfielder||United States||105||153||0.68||1985–2000||1999-01-30|
|11||Han Duan3||Forward||China PR||101||188||0.53||2000–||unknown|
|12||Tiffeny Milbrett||Forward||United States||100||204||0.49||1991–2006||2005-7-10|
sorted by goals then goals-per-match
1 Vignotto reportedly scored 107, or 108 goals and her record was broken by Mia Hamm. FIFA indicates that she made 110 appearances. The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) website lists her record as 97 goals in 95 matchers.
3Han Duan reportedly scored her one hundredth goal 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. FIFA Match Report shows that she scored only one goal in that match.
Notable players who did not score 100 goals
|1||Homare Sawa||Midfielder||Japan||82||197||0.42||1993–||2011 FIFA player of the Year and World Champion|
|2||Marta Vieira da Silva||Midfielder||Brazil||80||72||1.11||2000–||Five times FIFA player of the Year; still active|
- Most capped international women footballers
- List of international goals scored by Abby Wambach
- List of international goals scored by Christine Sinclair
- Julie Fleeting's international caps and goals
- Homare Sawa's international goals
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