Top 6 Best Womens Soccer Players Of All Time

Who are the best women soccer players?

  1. Mia Hamm
  2. Marta Vieira da Silva
  3. Christine Sinclair
  4. Homare Sawa
  5. Abby Wamback
  6. Sun Wen

1. Mia Hamm

  • Mia Hamm is a global ambassador for FC Barcelona is a co-owner of the Los Angeles Football Club
  • She was named the FIFA’s Women’s Player of the Year twice in 2001 & 2002
  • She was awarded the ESPY for Female Athlete of the Year twice in 1998 & 1999
  • She has won 2 Olympic Gold Medals and 1 Silver Medal
  • Hamm currently ranks 3rd for most international goals scored with 158

Mia Hamm could perhaps be recognized as one of the most prominent faces of U.S Soccer in history. Before her tenures with the University of North Carolina and the Women’s United Soccer Association, she began her international career with the United States Women’s National Soccer team at the young age of 15. At the time she had been the youngest person to ever participate in a match for the Women’s National team. She has a powerful history of winning on teams and leaves behind an impressive lineage of both professional and collegiate records behind her. She is noted to be one of the most famous soccer players of all time.

One of the most outstanding accomplishments Hamm completed at such a young age was leading the University of North Carolina to 4 NCAA Division 1 Championships in her 5 years with the team. During her 95 game campaign with the Tar Heels, they only lost one game the entire time. She was named ACC Female athlete of the year in 1993 and 1994 while also setting ACC records for goals, assists, and points.

As a 19 year old, Hamm led the 91’ U.S Women’s National Soccer Team to its first World Cup Championship title as the youngest player on the team. She would continue her FIFA success in 1995 and would establish herself as one of the greatest female soccer athletes during the 1999 World Cup. During the 1999 World Cup, Hamm would break the all-time international goal record when she scored her 108th goal against Brazil. After a hard fought battle and multiple games throughout the tournament, Hamm and the 1999 US Women’s National Soccer team would go on to win the Championship title game against China and Hamm would solidify her spot in soccer history being praised for her leadership and inspiring performance.

2. Marta Vieira da Silva

  • Marta was the first soccer athlete to score in five different world cup tournaments
  • She is the current record holder for most goals scored in FIFA World Cup tournaments with 17 goals scored
  • She was awarded the Golden Ball at the FIFA U-19 World Championship
  • Marta won her 6th FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year in 2019
  • She was the Women's Professional Soccer League’s top scorer in 2009 while playing for the Los Angeles Sol

Marta Vieira da Silva or better known as “Marta” has been named one of the best athletes in Women’s soccer of all-time. Many also speculate that she holds the top rank of the best female soccer player of all-time.

She began making her mark in Soccer history when she joined Umeå IK, a Swedish women’s football club. During her tenure with the club, Marta led Umeå IK to four straight league titles and making a solid impact with her goal scoring abilities. While leading her team to successful consecutive seasons, Marta was named the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 5 consecutive times from 2006 to 2010. Her last two FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year awards came when she played for Santos a Brazillian soccer club.

Marta helped solidify herself in soccer history during her international career. Pele himself named Marta as “Pele in skirts” to which was widely appreciated by fans as a sign of respect to the great player. In 2007 at the Pan American Games, Marta led the Brazillian national team to a victory over the impressive United States U-20 team with a crowd of about 70,000 fans watching. During the 2007 FIFA World Cup, Marta won both the “Golden Ball” and “Golden Boot” awards for the tournament. The Golden Ball is given to the best individual player and the Golden Boot is given to the top scorer. She also helped lead the Brazillian national team to two silver medals during the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. One of her most recent achievements came after the 2019 Women’s World Cup where she became the first person to ever score a goal in 5 FIFA World Cup tournaments.

3. Christine Sinclair

  • Christine is a 14 time winner of the Canada Soccer Player of the Year award
  • She has played over 20 seasons with the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team
  • She has won two Division 1 championship titles with the University of Portland in 2002 and 2005
  • In 2012 Sinclair was named the winner of the Lou Marsh award, the award given to Canada’s top athlete of the year
  • She was named Canada’s Soccer Player of the Decade by the Canadian Soccer Association in 2019

Christine Sinclair is perhaps one of the greatest scorers in Women’s soccer. She began her rise to prominence during her college career at the University of Portland. As a Freshman, Christine established her dominance as a scoring threat by leading all Division 1 Freshmen in scoring with 23 goals. This accomplishment gave her some national recognition as she was named WCC Freshman of the Year and Soccer America Freshman of the year, along with a plethora of other team recognition awards. She would go on to have a historic career at the University of Portland finishing with 110 goals, 32 assists, and a whole list of accomplishments and awards throughout her collegiate campaign. 

After college, she was drafted by the FC Gold Pride with the 8th overall pick in the inaugural 2008 Women’s Professional Soccer Draft. After having some success with the Gold Pride, she continued her professional career with the Western New York Flash for one season, and to this day is still playing with the Portland Thorns FC. Christine has a huge national presence when it comes to playing for her country’s senior national team. She has appeared in three olympic games winning two bronze medals, played in five women’s world cups, and made her debut with the senior national team at the young age of 16. As one of the sport’s most prolific scorers of all-time she currently is the all-time leader in international goals scored with 186 goals.

4. Homare Sawa

  • Sawa was named the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year
  • Led the Japanese Women’s National Soccer team to a silver medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Sawa helped lead Japan’s national team to a 2011 World Cup title
  • Participated in four Summer Olympics
  • She also played in six world cup tournaments

Homare Sawa established herself as one of the greatest playmakers in Women’s Soccer history. She is also considered to be the best Japanese women’s soccer player of all time. She began playing professionally at just the young age of 12 when she was brought up to play with Yomiuri Beleza which is now known as NTV Beleza. During her tenure with the team she dominated the pitch and although small, was a force to be reckoned with. She played over 136 matches and scored 79 goals in league play. After, she played for the Atlanta Beat for a short while and was rooted into team history when she scored the first goal in franchise history.

Sawa was an elite force while playing internationally. When she was 15 she scored 4 goals in her first international debut. She has an impressive record of international play with the Japanese National team, playing in multiple Olympic Games and even more FIFA World Cup appearances. She was named captain of the Japanese National team during the 2011 World Cup, with Sawa’s leadership and great play she led the team to their first World Cup title. Prior to taking a short retirement period, she again proved her leadership and led the national team to a silver medal during the 2012 Olympics. After coming out of retirement she returned to play internationally and played in her sixth World Cup. This accomplishment would allow her to be one of two athletes to have ever participated in 6 World Cup tournaments.

5. Abby Wambach

  • Abby Wambach is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame
  • She was awarded the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year
  • Currently the highest all-time goal scorer for the US Women’s National Soccer team
  • Her famous diving header to score the tying goal against Brazil was awarded ESPN’s 2011 ESPY award for Best Play of the Year
  • In 2015, named in Time Magazine’s Time 100 list of most influential people

Abby Wambach is one of the most recognizable figures in US Women’s soccer history. She established herself as a reliable forward and provided her team with a strong scoring presence. She is famously known for scoring goals with her “diving headers.” She is a proven winner, and has won a multitude of titles from when she was a young girl to playing on an international stage.

When deciding on her college commitment, she chose the University of Florida Gators even though they were not the most established team in collegiate soccer. She chose the Gators over top schools such as the University of North Carolina and UCLA because she wanted the challenge of helping a newly established team. She had a tremendous career as a Gator. During her freshman year she led the Gators to their first Division 1 NCAA title. She would go on to lead the team to four consecutive SEC titles throughout her collegiate career. Wambach would also be rewarded with a list of accolades and accomplishments such as, SEC Freshman of the Year, two-time SEC player of the year, and First team All-SEC for all four years that she played at the University of Florida.

When playing professionally she had outstanding runs with the Washington Freedom and the Western New York Flash. However, she was known for her prolific international career with the United States Women’s National Soccer team. She has competed in 4 different World Cup tournaments and has led her team to two Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2012.

6. Sun Wen

  • Won Co-FIFA Female Player of the Century in 2000
  • Was awarded the Golden Ball during the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup for her outstanding play
  • She also won the Golden Boot for scoring the most goals in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup
  • First woman to be nominated for the Asian Football Confederation Player of the Year award
  • In 2002, voted FIFA Women’s Player of the Century

Easily one of the greatest soccer talents that China has ever produced. Sun Wen was a feared player by all competitors. Her impact and presence on the game was unmatched by any other soccer player. Her ability to score and create unique scoring opportunities for her teammates is what made her such a dynamic player.

Sun was drafted by the Atlanta Beat with the first overall pick in the Women's United Soccer Association inaugural draft. During her tenure with the team, she would have a huge impact on the game when she played and would be a valuable asset for the beat. However, she would go on to have a short stint with the Beat due to injuries and would leave in order to prepare for the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Her international career is where Sun rose to prominence. She started playing for the Chinese National team at the young age of 17. She dominated the pitch and solidified herself as one of the game’s most impressive scorers. She would go on to score 106 international goals making her the current leader for most international goals scored by a female Chinese player. Her play in international competitions led her to be feared by opponents, as she almost successfully led upset over the US Women’s National team on two separate occasions. She helped her team win the Asian Cup four times, also led the Chinese national team to participate in four world cups, and would go on to play in two Summer Olympic Games earning a silver medal in 1996.