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List of the best soccer players from New Zealand. List includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from New Zealand, along with photos when available. This list of best Kiwi soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Kiwi soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

These players, like Vaughan Coveny and Jock Aird include images when available.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Kiwi footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Kiwi soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of New Zealand in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular Kiwi soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.
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Chris Wood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Chris Wood Forward Christopher Grant Wood is a New Zealand professional footballer who plays as a striker for Ipswich Town on loan from Leicester City. Wood was born in Auckland and started his senior career with ...more

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Wynton Rufer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Forward Wynton Alan Whai Rufer, CNZM is a New Zealand retired footballer who played as a striker. He spent more than a decade of his professional career in Switzerland and Germany and achieved thereby ...more

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Winston Reid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Winston Reid Defender Winston Wiremu Reid is a New Zealand professional footballer who plays as a defender for English club West Ham United and also captains the New Zealand national team.

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Ryan Nelsen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Ryan Nelsen Defender Ryan William Nelsen, ONZM is a former New Zealand professional football player and former head coach of Major League Soccer side Toronto FC. Nelsen commonly played as a defender, and his ...more

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Marco Rojas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Midfielder Marco Rodrigo Rojas is a New Zealand footballer of Chilean descent who plays as a winger or attacking midfielder for FC Thun on loan from VfB Stuttgart.

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Ryan Thomas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Ryan Thomas Ryan Jared Thomas is a New Zealand professional footballer who currently plays as an winger for PEC Zwolle in the Dutch Eredivisie.

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Shane Smeltz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Forward Shane Edward Smeltz is a New Zealand international footballer who plays as a striker for Sydney FC in the A-League. Smeltz spent much of his early career playing in Australia, before moving to ...more

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Ivan Vicelich is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Ivan Vicelich Defender Ivan Robert Vicelich is a New Zealand professional footballer who currently plays as a defender for Auckland City FC in the ASB Premiership. He is his country's most-capped international of all ...more

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Glen Moss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Glen Moss Goalkeeper Glen Robert Moss is a New Zealand goalkeeper who plays in the A-League for Wellington Phoenix, and has represented New Zealand at international level.

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Tommy Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Tommy Smith Defender Thomas Jefferson "Tommy" Smith is an English-born New Zealand international footballer who plays for Ipswich Town. A graduate of the Ipswich academy, he is a left-sided defensive ...more

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Shane Kidby is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
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Simon Elliott is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Midfielder Simon John Elliott is a retired New Zealand International footballer.

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Mark Paston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Mark Paston Goalkeeper Mark Nelson Paston is a New Zealand football goalkeeper who most recently played for the Wellington Phoenix in the A-League before announcing his retirement from professional football at the end ...more

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Michael McGlinchey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Midfielder Michael Ryan McGlinchey is a New Zealand international football player who plays for Wellington Phoenix in the A-League. McGlinchey played youth football with Scottish club Celtic, where he made ...more

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Steve Sumner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Steve Sumner Midfielder Steven Paul Sumner is an English-born, New Zealand football player, who was captain of the national team during the country's first successful campaign to qualify for the World Cup, in 1982.

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Ben Sigmund is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Ben Sigmund Defender Benjamin Robert Sigmund is a New Zealand footballer who plays for A-League club Wellington Phoenix. He has represented New Zealand at under-17, under-20 and senior men's level.

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Rory Fallon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Rory Fallon Forward Rory Michael Fallon is an English-New Zealand footballer who is unattached. He has previously played for Barnsley, Shrewsbury Town, Swindon Town, Yeovil Town, Swansea City, Plymouth Argyle, ...more

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Vaughan Coveny is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Vaughan Coveny Forward Vaughan Coveny is a former football player, who frequently represented New Zealand from 1992 onwards. Coveny's senior club career spanned 20 years, with his most notable stint being at South ...more

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Kosta Barbarouses is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Kosta Barbarouses Forward, Midfielder Konstantinos "Kosta" Barbarouses is a New Zealand footballer who plays in Australia's A-League for Melbourne Victory.

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Ricki Herbert is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Ricki Herbert Defender Ricki Lloyd Herbert, CNZM is a New Zealand former footballer player and former head coach of the New Zealand national team, stepping down after the side failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World ...more

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Brian Turner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Brian Turner Forward, Midfielder Brian Alfred Turner, was a New Zealand football player, who was a prominent squad member during the country's first successful campaign to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, in 1982. He was ...more

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Leo Bertos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Leo Bertos Midfielder Leonidas Christos "Leo" Bertos is a New Zealand professional footballer plays for East Bengal. An international since 2003, he has represented his country in 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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Heremaia Ngata is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Heremaia Ngata Midfielder Heremaia Ngata is a former New Zealand association football player who played as a midfielder.

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Abby Erceg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Defender Abby Erceg is a professional New Zealander footballer who is a member of the New Zealand national team. Erceg currently plays for Chicago Red Stars in the American National Women's Soccer League ...more

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Hannah Bromley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Hannah Bromley Defender Hannah Bromley is an association football central defender who played in Australia's W-League for Sydney FC. She also represents her national football team New Zealand. Bromley regularly ...more

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Stefan Marinovic is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Stefan Marinovic Goalkeeper Stefan Tone Marinovic is a footballer from New Zealand who currently plays for SpVgg Unterhaching.

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Chris Killen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Forward Christopher John "Chris" Killen is a New Zealand international footballer who is currently a free agent without a club. Killen grew up in Wellington and played his club football for ...more

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Michael Utting is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Goalkeeper Michael Glenn Utting is a former New Zealand soccer player who played as a goalkeeper.

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Michael Boxall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Michael Boxall Defender Michael Joseph Boxall is a New Zealand footballer currently playing for Wellington Phoenix FC in the A-League and the New Zealand national football team.

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Frank van Hattum is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Frank van Hattum Goalkeeper Francesco van Hattum is a former New Zealand football player who was a goalkeeper during the country's first World Cup finals tournament in 1982. His international career started in 1980, and he ...more

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Jake Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Jake Gleeson Goalkeeper Jacob Christopher "Jake" Gleeson is a New Zealand footballer currently playing for the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer.

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Anna Green is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Defender Anna Green, is an association footballer who plays for FA WSL club Notts County and represents New Zealand at international level. She has also played for Three Kings United, Adelaide United and ...more

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Hannah Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Hannah Wilkinson Forward Hannah Lillian Wilkinson is a member of the Football Ferns, the New Zealand women's association football team.

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Emma Humphries is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Emma Humphries Emma Humphries is a New Zealand association football player who represented her country at international level. Humphries made her Football Ferns debut in a 0-4 loss to China on 16 November ...more

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Jenny Bindon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Jenny Bindon Goalkeeper Jenny Bindon, born Jenny Lynn Bourn on 25 February 1973 in Belleville, Illinois, United States, is an association football goalkeeper who represented New Zealand at international level. She ...more

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Ali Riley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Ali Riley Defender, Midfielder Alexandra "Ali" Lowe Riley is an American-born New Zealand association football player who is currently a member of the FC Rosengård in Damallsvenskan. Riley is a member of the ...more

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Bill Harris is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Bill Harris William "Bill" Harris is an association football player who represented New Zealand at international level. Harris made his full All Whites debut as a substitute in a 2-1 win over ...more

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Rebecca Rolls is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Rebecca Rolls Goalkeeper Rebecca Jane Rolls is a cricketer and association football player who represented New Zealand in both sports.

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Kevin Hagan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Kevin Hagan Kevin Hagan is an association football player who represented New Zealand at international level.

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Gerard Davis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Gerard Davis Gerard Davis is an association football player who played for the New Zealand national football team, the All Whites. The defender made his full New Zealand debut in a 3-1 win over Vanuatu on 21 ...more

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Katie Hoyle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Katie Hoyle Katie Cherie Hoyle is an association footballer who plays for Notts County in the English FA WSL and for New Zealand at international level.

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Andrew Boyens is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Defender Andrew Victor Boyens is a New Zealand international footballer who most recently played for Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer, and has represented New Zealand at the international

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Bill Hume is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Forward Bill Hume was a United Kingdom born association football player who represented both New Zealand and Australia at international level. His senior career began with Hamilton Wanderers before he ...more

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Louis Fenton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Louis Fenton Louis Fenton is a New Zealand soccer player.

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Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Tim Brown Midfielder Tim Brown is a New Zealand footballer. He was one of 7 foundation players of the Wellington Phoenix who were signed in 2007 for its inaugural season in the A-League and is also the club ...more

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Annalie Longo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Annalie Longo Midfielder Annalie Antonia Longo is a female association football player who represented New Zealand at international level. She played for Sydney FC in the Australian W-League.

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Michael McGarry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Michael McGarry Michael McGarry was a successful association footballer who frequently represented New Zealand in the 1980s and 90s.

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Robert Ironside is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Robert Ironside Forward Robert Ironside is a former association football player who represented New Zealand internationally in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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Tim Payne is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Tim Payne Forward, Midfielder Tim Payne is a New Zealand footballer.

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Richard Wilson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Richard Wilson Goalkeeper Richard H. Wilson was a New Zealand association football player, who was a goalkeeper during the country's first successful campaign to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, in 1982. His international ...more