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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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Wynton Rufer is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Chris Wood is listed (or ranked) 2 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) 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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74 27
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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94 47
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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71 32
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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74 36
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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63 29
Mark Paston is listed (or ranked) 10 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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53 22
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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49 20
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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Shane Kidby is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand
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53 26
Steve Sumner is listed (or ranked) 14 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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38 17
Vaughan Coveny is listed (or ranked) 15 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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52 29
Michael McGlinchey is listed (or ranked) 16 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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61 37
Kosta Barbarouses is listed (or ranked) 17 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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53 32
Rory Fallon is listed (or ranked) 18 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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52 34
Ben Sigmund is listed (or ranked) 19 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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22 8
Stefan Marinovic is listed (or ranked) 20 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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32 17
Leo Bertos is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Chris Killen is listed (or ranked) 22 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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24 12
Michael Boxall is listed (or ranked) 23 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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37 25
Ricki Herbert is listed (or ranked) 24 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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25 14
Frank van Hattum is listed (or ranked) 25 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