|Full name||Sami Ristilä|
|Date of birth||15 August 1974|
|Place of birth||Valkeakoski, Finland|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2016–||Shamrock Rovers (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Ristilä played an important role in the Drogheda midfield and sometimes played up front. He has represented the Finland national side on two occasions. Before he joined Drogheda Ristilä played for MyPa, SC Neukirchen, FC Zwolle and FC Haka. He played three seasons with Zwolle in the Dutch Eerste divisie. In December 2008 he returned to FC Haka and signed a contract to 30 December 2011.
He has played 247 games in the Veikkausliiga.
Longest spell of his career was 2013-2016 with finnish club KTP. After 2015 season KTP got relegated from Veikkausliiga. Poor results continued the next year and Ristilä got replaced by his assistant coach in middle of the season on June 30, 2016.
- Vuorinen, Juha (2007). Pelimiehet (Complete record of Finnish league football). The Sports Museum Foundation of Finland. p. 288. ISBN 978-952-99075-9-5.
- Guardian Football
- "Sami Ristilä" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. Retrieved 23 September 2009.
- "Sami Ristilä appointment". Shamrock Rovers. 31 August 2016. Archived from the original on 11 September 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.