List of women's footballers 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 football 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 their country. The world governing body FIFA calls this elite group the Century Club.

Christine Sinclair of Canada is currently the active player (among both women and men) with the most goals in international football with 189 goals. She also holds the highest record of all time.
Wambach
Abby Wambach is the second top scorer with 184. She scored her 100th goal on 20 July 2009.[1]
Hamm
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 20 June 2013 when fellow American Abby Wambach passed her with goal 159.[2]

For every football player, especially a player not playing in a forward position, a measure of their accomplishment is the number of times they played for the national team, which shows the 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 players with 100 or more international goalsEdit

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 background.

Indicates the top scorer of all FIFA's confederations.
Indicates the top scorer of the respective confederation.
Indicates the top scorer of the respective nation.
As of 12 April 2022
Rank Player Position National
team
Confed­eration Intl
goals
Caps Goals
per
match
Active
years
Date of
100th goal
1 Christine Sinclair Forward / Midfielder   Canada CONCACAF 189 310 0.61 2000– 20 February 2010[3]
2 Abby Wambach Forward   United States CONCACAF 184 256 0.72 2001–2015 20 July 2009[1]
3 Mia Hamm Forward / Midfielder   United States CONCACAF 158 275 0.57 1987–2004 18 September 1998[4]
4 Carli Lloyd Forward / Midfielder   United States CONCACAF 134 316 0.42 2005–2021 8 April 2018[5]
5 Kristine Lilly Forward / Midfielder   United States CONCACAF 130 352 0.37 1987–2010 3 October 2004[6]
6 Birgit Prinz Forward   Germany UEFA 128 214 0.6 1994–2011 25 October 2006[7]
7 Julie Fleeting Forward   Scotland UEFA 116 121 0.96 1996–2011 27 October 2007[8]
8 Marta2 Forward   Brazil CONMEBOL 115 172 0.67 2002– 21 October 2017
Alex Morgan Forward   United States CONCACAF 115 192 0.61 2010– 4 April 2019[9]
10 Maysa Jbarah Forward   Jordan AFC 113 110 1.03 2005– unknown [10][11]
11 Elisabetta Vignotto1 Forward   Italy UEFA 107 110 0.97 1970–1989 unknown
Michelle Akers7 Forward/­Midfielder   United States CONCACAF 107 155 0.69 1985–2000 20 September 1998[12]
Patrizia Panico3 Forward   Italy UEFA 107 196 0.55 1996–2014 10 March 2014[13]
14 Sun Wen4 Forward   China PR AFC 106 163 0.65 1990–2006 unknown
15 Carolina Morace5 Forward   Italy UEFA 105 153 0.69 1978–1997 unknown
15 Portia Modise Forward   South Africa CAF 101 124 0.81 2000–2015 18 October 2014[14]
Han Duan6 Forward   China PR AFC 101 188 0.54 2000–2011 unknown­[15][16][17][18]
18 Tiffeny Milbrett Forward   United States CONCACAF 100 206 0.49 1991–2006 10 July 2005[19]

NotesEdit

1 Vignotto reportedly scored 107, or 108 goals and her record was broken by Mia Hamm.[20][12]FIFA indicates that she made 110 appearances.[21] The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) website lists her record as 97 goals in 95 matches.[22]

2 Only Marta's goals scored in full international matches (senior int'l team v senior int'l team) count toward international goal totals.[23]

3 Panico reportedly scored 108 goals in 200 games.

4 FIFA previously listed 166 games, but only 163 games were recorded.[24]

5 Morace reportedly scored 105 goals in 153 games.[25] The FIGC website lists Morace's record as 94 goals in 136 games.[22]

6 Han Duan reportedly scored her one hundredth goal[26] on 6 August 2008 in China's opening match against Sweden at Beijing 2008 Olympics. Another source reported that she scored her goal 101 that day.[15] FIFA Match Report shows that she scored only one goal in that match.[27]

7 Akers' goal total was long thought to be 105. U.S. Soccer has revised it to 107 after discovering two friendlies in 1995. This means her 100th international goal was scored on September 20, 1998, vs. Brazil, and not in January 1999 vs. Portugal.[28]

Number of players with 100 or more goals by countryEdit

Footballers Country Confederation
7   United States CONCACAF
3   Italy UEFA
2   China PR AFC
1   Brazil CONMEBOL
  Canada CONCACAF
  Germany UEFA
  Jordan AFC
  Scotland UEFA
  South Africa CAF
18 9 Total

Number of players with 100 or more goals by confederationEdit

Footballers Confederation
8 CONCACAF
5 UEFA
3 AFC
1 CAF
1 CONMEBOL
0 OFC
18 Total

No OFC player has scored 100 goals in full internationals. The current record holder is New Zealand player Amber Hearn, with 54 goals in 125 matches between 2004 and 2018.[29][30]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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