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The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand

Updated June 14, 2019 7.2k votes 830 voters 37.3k views231 items

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 Wood1
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    Chris Wood

    Forward

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Christopher Grant Wood (born 7 December 1991) is a New Zealand professional footballer who...  more
  • Winston Reid2
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    Winston Reid

    Defender

    BirthplaceNorth Shore, New Zealand

    NationalityDenmark, New Zealand

    Winston Wiremu Reid (born 3 July 1988) is a New Zealand professional footballer who plays as a...  more
  • Wynton Rufer3
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    93

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    NationalitySwitzerland, New Zealand

    Wynton Alan Whai Rufer, CNZM (born 29 December 1962) is a New Zealand retired footballer who...  more
  • Ryan Nelsen4
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    56

    Ryan Nelsen

    Defender

    BirthplaceChristchurch, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Ryan William Nelsen (born 18 October 1977) is a former New Zealand professional football...  more
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    31

    Ryan Thomas

    Ryan Jared Thomas is a New Zealand professional footballer who currently plays as an winger...  more
  • Marco Rojas6
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    50

    Marco Rojas

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceHamilton, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Marco Rodrigo Rojas (born 5 November 1991) is a New Zealand professional footballer who plays...  more
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    58
    13

    Tim Brown

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceCongleton, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland, New Zealand

    Tim Brown (born 6 March 1981) is a New Zealand entrepreneur and former footballer. He is the...  more
  • Shane Smeltz8
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    50

    BirthplaceGöppingen, Germany

    NationalityGermany, New Zealand

    Shane Edward Smeltz (born 29 September 1981) is a retired New Zealand international footballer...  more
  • Simon Elliott9
    58
    23

    Simon Elliott

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Simon John Elliott (born 10 June 1974 in Wellington) is a retired New Zealand International...  more
  • Tommy Smith10
    60
    29

    Tommy Smith

    Defender

    BirthplaceMacclesfield, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England, New Zealand

    Thomas Jefferson Smith (born 31 March 1990) is a New Zealand international footballer who...  more
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    10

    Tim Payne

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Tim Payne is a New Zealand footballer....  more
  • 12
    35
    8

    Gerard Davis

    Gerard Davis (born 25 September 1977) is a footballer who plays for New Zealand club Glenfield...  more
  • 13
    34
    8

    Bill Harris

    William "Bill" Harris is an association football player who represented New Zealand at...  more
  • Mark Paston14
    60
    35

    Mark Paston

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceHastings, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Mark Nelson Paston (born 13 December 1976) is a New Zealand football goalkeeper who most...  more
  • Kosta Barbarouses15
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    37

    Kosta Barbarouses

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Konstantinos "Kosta" Barbarouses (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος "Κώστας" Μπαρμπαρούσης; born 19 February...  more
  • Aaron Clapham16
    30
    8

    Aaron Clapham

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceChristchurch, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Aaron Daniel Clapham (born 15 January 1987) is a New Zealand professional footballer who plays...  more
  • 17
    33
    12

    Stefan Marinovic

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Stefan Tone Marinovic is a footballer from New Zealand who currently plays for SpVgg...  more
  • Rory Fallon18
    49
    30

    Rory Fallon

    Forward

    BirthplaceGisborne, New Zealand

    NationalityEngland, New Zealand

    Rory Michael Fallon (born 20 March 1982) is a retired New Zealand footballer. He played...  more
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    29
    8

    Kris Bright

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceManukau, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Kris Bright (born 5 September 1986) is a retired New Zealand footballer and coach who...  more
  • 20
    26
    6

    Chris Zoricich

    Defender

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Chris Zoricich (born 3 May 1969 in Auckland) is a New Zealand association football player who...  more
  • Leo Bertos21
    35
    17

    Leo Bertos

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Leonida Christos Bertos (born 20 December 1981) is a New Zealand international footballer who...  more
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    27
    9

    Jacob Spoonley

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceNew Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Jacob Spoonley (born 3 March 1987) is a New Zealand goalkeeper currently playing for Forrest...  more
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    26
    8

    Jeff Campbell

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceNew Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Jeff Campbell (born 25 August 1979) is a New Zealand soccer player, who currently plays for...  more
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    23
    5

    Mark Burton

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Mark Burton (born 18 May 1974) is a retired association football player who represented New...  more
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    24
    6

    Allan Pearce

    Forward

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Allan David Pearce (born 7 April 1983) is a former New Zealand footballer. He currently works...  more