List of women's footballers with 100 or more international goals

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Christine Sinclair of Canada is currently the active player (among both women and men) with the most goals in international football with 182 goals. Sinclair allstar.jpg
Christine Sinclair of Canada is currently the active player (among both women and men) with the most goals in international football with 182 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. The world governing body FIFA calls this elite group the Century Club.

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Forward (association football) Association Football position played near the opponents goal

Forwards are the players on an association football team who play nearest to the opposing team's goal, and are therefore most responsible for scoring goals.

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Abby Wambach is the current top scorer with 184. She scored her 100th goal on July 20, 2009. [1]
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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. [2]

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.

List of women's footballers with 100 or more international goals

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 while Mia Hamm is the youngest player to score 100 international goals at the age of 26 years 185 days. 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.

Elisabetta Vignotto is an Italian former international footballer who played as a striker. She is nicknamed "Betty".

Abby Wambach American soccer player

Mary Abigail Wambach is an American retired soccer player, coach, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup champion. A six-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award, Wambach was a regular on the U.S. women's national soccer team from 2003 to 2015, earning her first cap in 2001. As a forward, she currently stands as the highest all-time goal scorer for the national team and holds the world record for international goals for both female and male soccer players with 184 goals. Wambach was awarded the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year, becoming the first American woman to win the award in ten years. She was included on the 2015 Time 100 list as one of the most influential people in the world.

Christine Sinclair Canadian association football player

Christine Margaret Sinclair, OC is a Canadian soccer player and captain of the Canadian national team. She plays professionally for the Portland Thorns FC in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and previously played for FC Gold Pride and Western New York Flash in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). A CONCACAF champion, two-time Olympic bronze medalist and 14-time winner of the Canada Soccer Player of the Year award, Sinclair is Canada's all-time leading scorer and currently second in all-time international goals scored for males or females with 182, behind Abby Wambach at 184 and also currently the most capped active international women footballer with 287 caps. She is also the second footballer of either gender to score at five World Cup editions, preceded by Marta.

Indicates the FIFA world top scorer.
Indicates the top scorer of the respective confederation.
Indicates the top scorer of the respective nation.
#NamePositionNational
team
Intl
goals
Caps Goals
per
match
Active
years
Date of 100th
goal
1 Abby Wambach Forward Flag of the United States.svg  United States 184 2560.72200120152009-07-20 [1]
2 Christine Sinclair Forward/­ Midfielder Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 182 2860.6420002010-02-20 [3]
3 Mia Hamm Forward/­ Midfielder Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1582750.57198720041998-09-18 [4]
4 Kristine Lilly Forward/­ Midfielder Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1303520.37198720102004-10-03 [5]
5 Birgit Prinz ForwardFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 1282140.6199420112006-10-25 [6]
6 Carli Lloyd MidfielderFlag of the United States.svg  United States 117 2840.42005–2018-04-08 [7]
7 Julie Fleeting ForwardFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 116 1200.97199620112007-10-27 [8]
8 Marta 4ForwardFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 112 1470.7620022015-12-13 [9]
9 Patrizia Panico ForwardFlag of Italy.svg  Italy 1102040.541996–20142014-03-10 [10]
10 Elisabetta Vignotto 1ForwardFlag of Italy.svg  Italy 1071100.9719701989unknown
Alex Morgan ForwardFlag of the United States.svg  United States 107 1690.6320102019-04-04 [11]
12 Sun Wen ForwardFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 1061520.719902006unknown
13 Michelle Akers Forward/­MidfielderFlag of the United States.svg  United States 1051530.69198520001999-01-30 [12]
Carolina Morace 2ForwardFlag of Italy.svg  Italy 1051530.6919781997unknown
15 Portia Modise ForwardFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 1011240.812000–20152014-10-18 [13]
Han Duan 3ForwardFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 1011880.5420002011unknown [14] [15] [16] [17]
17 Tiffeny Milbrett ForwardFlag of the United States.svg  United States 1002040.49199120062005-7-10 [18]

Notes

1 Vignotto reportedly scored 107, or 108 goals and her record was broken by Mia Hamm. [19] [12] FIFA indicates that she made 110 appearances. [20] The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) website lists her record as 97 goals in 95 matches. [21]

Italian Football Federation governing body of association football in Italy

The Italian Football Federation, also known as Federcalcio, is the governing body of football in Italy. It is based in Rome and the technical department is in Coverciano, Florence.

2 Morace reportedly scored 105 goals in 153 games. [22] The FIGC website lists Morace's record as 94 goals in 136 games. [21]

3Han Duan reportedly scored her one hundredth goal [23] 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. [14] FIFA Match Report shows that she scored only one goal in that match. [24]

4Some of Marta's 112 goals include goals scored against the USA U-20 women's national team in the 2007 Pan Am Games [25] and in other unofficial matches like a friendly against a combined team of Finland & the Umea club from Sweden. Generally only goals scored in full international matches (senior int'l team v senior int'l team) count toward international goal totals.

Number of women's footballers with 100 or more international goals by country

FootballersCountryConfederation
7Flag of the United States.svg  United States CONCACAF
3Flag of Italy.svg  Italy UEFA
2Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR AFC
1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil CONMEBOL
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada CONCACAF
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany UEFA
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland UEFA
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa CAF

Number of women's footballers with 100 or more international goals by Confederation

FootballersConfederation
8 CONCACAF
5 UEFA
2 AFC
1 CAF
1 CONMEBOL
0 OFC
17Total

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