Top 10 Female Goal Keepers in the world
Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world. It is played by a large number of players, and is watched and enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. The participation, as well as audience, is irrespective of age and gender. Soccer is just as popular a sport among men as it is among women. Women’s soccer teams are exceedingly strong, and display immense skills on the grounds. An important position in each football team is that of the goal keeper. Goalkeepers defend the goal posts, and keep the number of goals in check, preventing the opponent teams from scoring. Just like in case of men’s football, women’s football teams, too, have extremely powerful goalkeepers. They have displayed excellent talent, focus, skill and fitness, and have proven that they are no less than the men’s teams’ goalkeepers. Here is a list of the Top 10 Female Goal Keepers in the World. Let us take a look at their achievements:
Top 10 Female Goal Keepers in the world
1. Hope Solo
American professional soccer goalkeeper Hope Amelia Solo was born on July 30, 1981 and has been serving her duty as the goalkeeper for the United States women’s national soccer team since 2000. She was a member of the Saint Louis Athletica, Atlanta Beat and MagicJack in the Women’s Professional Soccer League from 2009 to 2011. Solo currently plays for the Seattle Reign FC at the top division of women’s soccer in the United States, the National Women’s Soccer League. She is a member of the gold winning United States team at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. Solo achieved the Golden Glove award for best goalkeeper at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and also received the Bronze Ball award for her overall performance. She appeared in several fashion magazines such as the “Body Issue” of ESPN The Magazine, and also participated in Dancing with the Stars.
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2. Nadine Angerer
Current captain of the German national women’s team and professional soccer goalkeeper Nadine Marejke Angerer was born on 10 November 1978, and currently plays for the Portland Thorns FC in the NWSL besides her international appearances. She became the first goalkeeper ever to be named as the FIFA World Player of the Year on 13 January 2014. Angerer started her career as a forward with the ASV Hofstetten club and later moved to FC Bayern Munich as a goalkeeper in 1999. She was transferred to 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam in 2001 and gradually achieved the 2005 UEFA Women’s Cup, two Bundesliga championships and three German Cup with the club. Angerer achieved the UEFA European Championships thrice, FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2003, and won the Olympic bronze medals twice in 2000 and 2004.
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3. Briana Scurry
Retired American professional soccer goalkeeper Briana Collette Scurry was born on September 7, 1971, and was a founding player in the world’s first women’s league, the Women’s United Soccer Association, for the Atlanta Beat where the players were paid as professionals athletes. She achieved the 3rd place at the 1995 FIFA World Cup and the 2003 FIFA World Cup, won the gold medal at the 1996 and 2004 Summer Olympic Games, and became the champion of the 1999 FIFA World Cup with the American women’s team. Scurry earned a record 173 caps in her tenure with the United States women’s team from 1994 to 2008. She received the Best Goalkeeper Award in the 1999 FIFA World Cup. Scurry was appointed as the new manager of the WPS franchise MagicJack since 2011, after her retirement from professional football.
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4. Almuth Schult
German professional soccer goalkeeper Almuth Schult was born on February 9, 1991, and currently plays for VfL Wolfsburg club besides her national appearances for the German national women’s team. She started her career with the FC SG Gartow at the age of 5 and later moved to Hamburger SV in 2007. Schult then moved to Magdeburger FFC in 2008 and also achieved third place at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup with the German -17 Women’s team. Schult was the goalkeeper of the 2010 U-20 Women’s World Cup winning German team. She made her debut in the senior team as the third goalkeeper for Germany’s 2011 Women’s World Cup squad. She made her debut for the national team against Turkey on February 15, 2012. Schult became the winner of the UEFA Women’s Championship in 2013.
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5. Emma Byrne
Irish professional soccer goalkeeper Emma Anne Byrne was born on 14 June 1979, and currently plays for the English club Arsenal and the national women’s team of the Republic of Ireland as a goalkeeper. She moved to Arsenal from St Patrick’s Athletic in January 2000 and gradually became the Arsenal Player of the Year twice in 2003 and 2005. She was a pioneer member of the European Championship winning Arsenal team in 2007. Byrne made her debut for the Republic of Ireland women’s national football team on 31 March 1996. She earned her 100th cap of the national team on 26 September 2013. Byrne, besides her professional career, is also now employed as a coach in Arsenal’s Academy. She achieved the FA Women’s Premier League Cup a record five times and won the FA WSL Cup thrice in her career.
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6. Ashlyn Harris
American professional soccer goalkeeper Ashlyn Michelle Harris was born on October 19, 1985, and currently plays for the NWSL club the Washington Spirit and the national women’s soccer team of the United States. She was also previously a member of the Saint Louis Athletica, Washington Freedom and Western New York Flash. Harris played for Fußball-Bundesliga club FCR 2001 Duisburg and Swedish Damallsvenskan club Tyresö FF. Just days after the end of 2013 NWSL season, she made her debut for the Tyresö FF on August 21, 2013. Harris represented the United States in the U-16, U-17, and U-19 teams. She was then inducted into the senior national team and made her professional debut for the United States women’s national soccer team against Sweden on March 11, 2013.
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7. Karina LeBlanc
Canadian professional soccer goalkeeper Karina Chenelle LeBlanc was born on March 30, 1980, and currently plays for the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women’s Soccer League and also for the Canadian national women’s team. She also played in the United States’ first women’s professional soccer league, the Women’s United Soccer Association, for the Boston Breakers. LeBlanc became a member of the W-League club Montreal Xtreme in 2004, and later moved to the New Jersey Wildcats where she played from 2005 to 2006. She then joined the Portland Thorns FC on January 11, 2013, and later traded to the Chicago Red Stars on January 13, 2014. LeBlanc won the gold medal at the 2011 Pan Am Games with her the national team and also achieved the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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8. Sarah Bouhaddi
French-Algerian professional soccer goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi was born on 17 October 1986, and currently plays at the Division 1 Féminine for the Olympique Lyonnais and also for the France women’s national football team. She made her debut for the France national team in 2004 and was France’s number 1 goalkeeper ever since. She helped her national under-19 team to achieve the 2003 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship where she received two clean sheets. Bouhaddi again helped the U-19 team to reach the final of the 2005 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship. She made her debut in the senior team in a friendly match against Scotland on 21 February 2004. Bouhaddi was named as the starting goalkeeper by Coach Elisabeth Loisel for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2005. She is also a part of the French team that participated at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2009.
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9. Karen Bardsley
American-born English professional soccer goalkeeper Karen Louise Bardsley was born on 14 October 1984, and currently plays for the English club Manchester City of the English FA WSL and also the England women’s national football team. She first joined the Swedish club Linköpings FC in August 2011 and later moved to Lincoln Ladies of the FA WSL in November 2012. Bardsley then signed a two year deal with Manchester City at the end of the 2013 season. She was a member of the England U-19s team at the 2003 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship. Bardsley made her debut in the English national senior team in the Algarve Cup in March 2005. She was inducted in the English squad for UEFA Women’s Euro 2009 by Coach Hope Powell. Bardsley was an 18–player Great Britain squad member for the 2012 London Olympics.
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10. Cecilia Santiago
Mexican professional soccer goalkeeper Aurora Cecilia Santiago Cisneros was born on 19 October 1994, and became the youngest-ever goalkeeper to appear in a World Cup during her appearance for the German national women’s soccer team at the age of 16 years and 251 days at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She made her club debut with the Santos Laguna in the Super Liga Femenil de Fútbol in October 2010, and later moved to the Boston Breakers in the National Women’s Soccer League. Santiago was also the youngest player at the 2008 U20 World Cup while becoming the member of the Mexican squad less than two months after her fourteenth birthday. Cecilia Santiago is the only female player to be inducted in the squad for four FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup which she did in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.
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These goalkeepers have made huge contributions to the industry of women’s football. In each and every match, they have played an important part, keeping the games together and helping their teams. These female goalkeepers are no less than their male counterparts.