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.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing 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.
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is a non-profit organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, and efootball. It is the highest governing body of football.
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.
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".
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 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.|
|Date of 100th|
|2||Christine Sinclair||Forward/ Midfielder||182||286||0.64||2000–||2010-02-20|
|3||Mia Hamm||Forward/ Midfielder||158||275||0.57||1987–2004||1998-09-18|
|4||Kristine Lilly||Forward/ Midfielder||130||352||0.37||1987–2010||2004-10-03|
|10||Elisabetta Vignotto 1||Forward||107||110||0.97||1970–1989||unknown|
|Carolina Morace 2||Forward||105||153||0.69||1978–1997||unknown|
|Han Duan 3||Forward||101||188||0.54||2000–2011||unknown|
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 matches.
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.The FIGC website lists Morace's record as 94 goals in 136 games.
3Han Duan reportedly scored her one hundredth goalon 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.
4Some of Marta's 112 goals include goals scored against the USA U-20 women's national team in the 2007 Pan Am Gamesand 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.
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