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The Best Soccer Players from New Zealand

Updated June 14, 2019 6.7k votes 818 voters 36.8k 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 Wood
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Winston Reid
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    88

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Wynton Rufer
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    94

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    NationalitySwitzerland, New Zealand

    Wynton Alan Whai Rufer, CNZM (born 29 December 1962) is a New Zealand retired footballer who... more on Wikipedia
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    Ryan Nelsen
    179
    56

    Ryan Nelsen

    Defender

    BirthplaceChristchurch, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Ryan William Nelsen (born 18 October 1977) is a former New Zealand professional football... more on Wikipedia
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    33

    Ryan Thomas

    Ryan Jared Thomas is a New Zealand professional footballer who currently plays as an winger... more on Wikipedia
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    Marco Rojas
    114
    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 on Wikipedia
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    Shane Smeltz
    101
    52

    BirthplaceGöppingen, Germany

    NationalityGermany, New Zealand

    Shane Edward Smeltz (born 29 September 1981) is a retired New Zealand international footballer... more on Wikipedia
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    Ivan Vicelich
    84
    38

    Ivan Vicelich

    Defender

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Ivan Robert Vicelich (born 3 September 1976) is a former New Zealand professional footballer... more on Wikipedia
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    Glen Moss
    79
    37

    Glen Moss

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceHastings, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Glen Robert Moss (born 19 January 1983) is a New Zealand goalkeeper who plays in the A-League... more on Wikipedia
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    Simon Elliott
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    24

    Simon Elliott

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Simon John Elliott (born 10 June 1974 in Wellington) is a retired New Zealand International... more on Wikipedia
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    27

    Steve Sumner

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceEngland

    NationalityEngland, New Zealand

    Steven Paul Sumner (2 April 1955 – 8 February 2017) was an English-born, New Zealand football... more on Wikipedia
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    Tommy Smith
    63
    31

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Michael McGlinchey
    57
    29

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    NationalityScotland,New Zealand

    Michael Ryan McGlinchey (born 7 January 1987) is a New Zealand international footballer who... more on Wikipedia
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    Mark Paston
    62
    36

    Mark Paston

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceHastings, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Mark Nelson Paston (born 13 December 1976) is a New Zealand football goalkeeper who most... more on Wikipedia
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    Vaughan Coveny
    43
    17

    Vaughan Coveny

    Forward

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Vaughan Coveny (born 13 December 1971) is a retired football player who frequently represented... more on Wikipedia
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    Kosta Barbarouses
    62
    38

    Kosta Barbarouses

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Konstantinos "Kosta" Barbarouses (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος "Κώστας" Μπαρμπαρούσης; born 19 February... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Ben Sigmund
    55
    32

    Ben Sigmund

    Defender

    BirthplaceBlenheim, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Benjamin Robert Sigmund (born 3 February 1981) is a New Zealand international footballer who... more on Wikipedia
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    35
    12

    Stefan Marinovic

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Stefan Tone Marinovic is a footballer from New Zealand who currently plays for SpVgg... more on Wikipedia
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    Aaron Clapham
    31
    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 on Wikipedia
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    Rory Fallon
    51
    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 on Wikipedia
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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 on Wikipedia
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    30
    9

    Rebecca Rolls

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceNapier, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Rebecca Jane Rolls (born 22 August 1975) is a cricketer and association football player who... more on Wikipedia
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    Leo Bertos
    37
    17

    Leo Bertos

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

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