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The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand  

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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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Winston Reid is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Wynton Rufer is listed (or ranked) 3 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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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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Ryan Thomas is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Marco Rojas is listed (or ranked) 6 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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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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Colin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Colin Murphy Defender, Midfielder
Colin Murphy is a New Zealand footballer who last played for Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the North American Soccer League.
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Ceri Evans is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Ceri Evans Defender
Ceri Evans is a former New Zealand association football player who frequently represented his country as a central defender in the 1980s and 90s. Evans attended Oxford University as a Rhodes ...more
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Ivan Vicelich is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Tommy Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Glen Moss is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Don McRae is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Donald Alexander Noel McRae was a double international representing New Zealand in cricket and in soccer. His last first-class match was in New Zealand's first Test match against Australia in ...more
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Jeff Fleming is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Jeff Fleming
Jeff Fleming is an footballer who plays as a midfielder for the National Premier Leagues side Avondale FC. Originally from Canterbury, he has represented the New Zealand national football team ...more
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Paul Halford is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Paul Halford
Paul Halford is a former association football player who represented New Zealand at international level. He was a star player for Napier City Rovers, scoring a goal in their 1985 Chatham Cup ...more
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Keith Nelson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Keith Nelson
Keith Nelson is a former association football player who represented New Zealand at international level. Nelson made his full All Whites debut in a 3-0 win over New Caledonia on March 5, 1977 ...more
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Colin Latimour is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Colin Latimour
Colin Latimour was an association football player who represented New Zealand at international level. Latimour made his full All Whites début in a 3-5 loss to Australia on 5 November 1967 ...more
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Emily McColl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Emily McColl is an association football player who represented New Zealand at international level. McColl made her Football Ferns début as a substitute in an 8-0 win over Solomon Islands ...more
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Ria Percival is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Ria Percival Defender, Midfielder
Ria Dawn Percival is a New Zealand professional footballer, who is a member of the New Zealand national team and currently plays for FF USV Jena of the Frauen Bundesliga.
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Bridgette Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Bridgette Armstrong Defender
Bridgette Kate Armstrong, is a member of the Football Ferns, the New Zealand women's national football team. She was a member of the New Zealand squad in the inaugural FIFA U-17 Women's World ...more
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Elizabeth Milne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Elizabeth Milne Defender
Elizabeth Caylee Milne is a New Zealand association football player who represented her country. Milne was a member of the New Zealand squad in the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup playing all 3 ...more
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Julia Campbell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Julia Campbell
Julia Petryce Campbell is a former New Zealand association football player who represented her country. Campbell made her Football Ferns debut in a 3–0 win over a Hawaii XI on 12 December 1987 ...more
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John Houghton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
John Houghton
John Houghton was an association football player who represented New Zealand. Houghton made his full All Whites debut as a substitute in a 2-4 loss to New Caledonia on 18 July 1971 and ended his ...more
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Milos Nikolic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Milos Nikolic
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Katie Bowen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Katie Bowen Defender
Kate Elizabeth Bowen is an association football player who has represented New Zealand at international level. Born in Auckland, Bowen became the youngest player to represent New Zealand at ...more