The 20 Best Female Characters From Sports Anime

Over 900 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The 20 Best Female Characters From Sports Anime
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Vote up the most awesome women and girls from sports anime.

Sports anime can feel like a total boys' club, but the genre actually has some great female characters who are also worth highlighting.

Who are the best female characters in sports anime? That depends on your preferences, but there are some excellent choices. Some sports anime girls play supportive roles in male-centered stories - often appearing as managers, coaches, family members, or love interests. Gou Matsuoka of Free! and Miki Kanzaki of Yowamushi Pedal are examples of this trope. But others, like Ayano Hanesaki of Hanebado! are the heroes of their own athletic journeys.

 Let's celebrate these awesome girls and women from sports anime!

Most divisive: Aotsuki Wakana - Ace Of Diamond

  • 1
    567 VOTES

    Hitoka Yachi & Kiyoko Shimizu - Haikyuu!!

    Kiyoko manages the Karasuno volleyball team, while Yachi is the manager-in-training. Where Kiyoko is cool and collected, Yachi is an anxious mess - but both girls do a great job at supporting their team.

    567 votes
  • 2
    366 VOTES

    Riki Aida - Kuroko No Basket

    Though she's only 17, Riki Aida coaches the Seirin basketball team. She has the uncanny ability to learn every detail about a person by "scanning" them. 

    366 votes
  • 3
    359 VOTES

    Gou Matsuoka - Free!

    Gou Matsuoka is the manager of the Iwatobi Swim Club, as well as Rin's little sister. She can usually be found adding protein powder to foods that don't need it or admiring her teammate's muscles. 

    359 votes
  • 4
    274 VOTES

    Mila Babicheva - Yuri!!! on ICE

    Mila Babicheva - Yuri!!! on ICE
    Photo: MAPPA

    Mila Babacheva is a professional figure skater from Russia. She can usually be found teasing her rink mate Yuri Plisetsky. 

    274 votes
  • Chihaya Ayase - Chihayafuru
    Photo: Madhouse

    Chihaya Ayase doesn't play sports in the traditional sense, but Chihayafuru, an anime about a competitive card game based on Japanese poetry, is structured exactly like a sports anime. Chihaya herself is a spirited protagonist you can't help but root for.

    216 votes
  • 6
    202 VOTES

    Nozomi Kaminashi - Keijo!!!!!!!! 

    Nozomi Kaminashi - Keijo!!!!!!!! 
    Photo: Xebec

    Nozomi Kaminashi is involved in one of the weirdest sports in anime history - Keijo - which involves knocking your opponent into the water using only your breasts and butt. Nozomi is cheerful and enthusiastic about her chosen sport but is also highly motivated by winning money to support her family.

    202 votes