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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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Winston Reid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Winston Reid Defender

Birthplace: North Shore, New Zealand

Nationality: Denmark, New Zealand

Winston Wiremu Reid (born 3 July 1988) is a New Zealand professional footballer who plays as a defender for English Premier League club West Ham United and also captains the New Zealand national
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Chris Wood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Chris Wood Forward

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Christopher Grant Wood (born 7 December 1991) is a New Zealand professional footballer who plays as a striker for English Premier League club Burnley and for the New Zealand national team, of ...more
3
Wynton Rufer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Forward

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Nationality: Switzerland, New Zealand

Wynton Alan Whai Rufer, CNZM (born 29 December 1962) is a New Zealand retired footballer who played as a striker. He spent more than a decade of his professional career in Switzerland and ...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

Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Ryan William Nelsen (born 18 October 1977) is a former New Zealand professional football player and former head coach of Major League Soccer side Toronto FC. Nelsen commonly played as a ...more
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Ryan Thomas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Ryan Thomas

Birthplace: Te Puke, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

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

Birthplace: Hamilton, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Marco Rodrigo Rojas (born 5 November 1991) is a New Zealand professional footballer who plays as a winger or attacking midfielder for Superliga side SønderjyskE and the New Zealand ...more
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Shane Smeltz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Forward

Birthplace: Göppingen, Germany

Nationality: Germany, New Zealand

Shane Edward Smeltz (born 29 September 1981) is a retired New Zealand international footballer who played as a striker for Gold Coast City, Brisbane Strikers, Napier City Rovers, Adelaide City, ...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

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Ivan Robert Vicelich (born 3 September 1976) is a former New Zealand professional footballer who is currently assistant coach at Auckland City FC in the ASB Premiership. He is his country's ...more
9
Simon Elliott is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Midfielder

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Simon John Elliott (born 10 June 1974 in Wellington) is a retired New Zealand International footballer.
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Glen Moss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Glen Moss Goalkeeper

Birthplace: Hastings, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Glen Robert Moss (born 19 January 1983) is a New Zealand goalkeeper who plays in the A-League for Newcastle Jets FC, and New Zealand at international level.
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Steve Sumner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Steve Sumner Midfielder

Birthplace: England

Nationality: England, New Zealand

Steven Paul Sumner (2 April 1955 – 8 February 2017) was an English-born, New Zealand football player, who was captain of the national team during the country's first successful campaign to ...more
12
Tommy Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Tommy Smith Defender

Birthplace: Macclesfield, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, New Zealand

Thomas Jefferson Smith (born 31 March 1990) is a New Zealand international footballer who plays as a defender for Major League Soccer club Colorado Rapids. A graduate of the Ipswich academy, he ...more
13
Mark Paston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Mark Paston Goalkeeper

Birthplace: Hastings, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Mark Nelson Paston (born 13 December 1976) is a New Zealand football goalkeeper who most recently played for the Wellington Phoenix in the A-League before announcing his retirement from ...more
14
Michael McGlinchey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Midfielder

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Nationality: United Kingdom, New Zealand

Michael Ryan McGlinchey (born 7 January 1987) is a New Zealand international footballer who plays for the Central Coast Mariners. McGlinchey played youth football with Scottish club Celtic, ...more
15
Vaughan Coveny is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Vaughan Coveny Forward

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Vaughan Coveny (born 13 December 1971) is a retired football player who frequently represented New Zealand in international matches. Coveny's senior club career spanned 20 years, with his most ...more
16
Stefan Marinovic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Stefan Marinovic Goalkeeper

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Stefan Tone Marinovic is a footballer from New Zealand who currently plays for SpVgg Unterhaching.
17
Rory Fallon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Rory Fallon Forward

Birthplace: Gisborne, New Zealand

Nationality: England, New Zealand

Rory Michael Fallon (born 20 March 1982) is a retired New Zealand footballer. He played predominantly as a forward. Fallon previously played for Barnsley, Shrewsbury Town, Swindon Town, Swansea ...more
18
Kosta Barbarouses is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Kosta Barbarouses Forward, Midfielder

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Konstantinos "Kosta" Barbarouses (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος "Κώστας" Μπαρμπαρούσης; born 19 February 1990) is a New Zealand professional footballer who plays in Australia's
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Ben Sigmund is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Ben Sigmund Defender

Birthplace: Blenheim, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Benjamin Robert Sigmund (born 3 February 1981) is a New Zealand international footballer who plays for Mainland Premier League club Cashmere Technical. He has represented New Zealand at ...more
20
Leo Bertos is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Leo Bertos Midfielder

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Leonida Christos Bertos (born 20 December 1981) is a New Zealand international footballer who plays as a midfielder for Hamilton Olympic in the Australian National Premier Leagues. A New Zealand ...more
21
Louis Fenton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Louis Fenton

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Louis Fenton is a New Zealand soccer player.
22
Michael Boxall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Michael Boxall Defender

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Michael Joseph Boxall (born 18 August 1988) is a New Zealand footballer who currently plays for Minnesota United in Major League Soccer, and the New Zealand national football team.
23
Chris Killen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Forward

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Christopher John Killen (born 8 October 1981) is a former New Zealand international footballer. Killen grew up in Wellington and played his club football for Miramar Rangers. After a trial with ...more
24
Frank van Hattum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Frank van Hattum Goalkeeper

Birthplace: New Plymouth, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Francesco van Hattum (born 17 November 1958 in New Plymouth) is a former New Zealand football player who was a goalkeeper during the country's first World Cup finals tournament in 1982. His ...more
25
Bill Hume is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
Forward

Birthplace: United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand

Bill Hume was born in Alloa, Scotland on December 1937 and signed as an apprentice for Hibernian in 1955, before emigrating to New Zealand the following year. Hume represented both New Zealand ...more