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Association football at the professional level is a low scoring sport (see article Association football for more detail). An athlete in association football, or soccer in short, can score 100 goals in international matches by playing a forward position, maintaining a high-level of success in scoring for a long period of usually more than 10 years. This page lists the highly accomplished top all-time female goal scorers in official international football matches for her country. The world governing body FIFA calls this elite group the Century Club.
For every soccer player, especially a player not playing in a forward position, a measure of her accomplishment is the number of times she played for her national team, which shows her value to the team as a competitor on the field. See Most capped international women footballers. The world governing body FIFA calls that elite group the Century Club.
The first player to reach 100 international goals was Italian Elisabetta Vignotto. Abby Wambach scored 100 goals in 9 years, while Christine Sinclair reached the milestone in just under 10 years. Most played exclusively in the forward position, with Kristine Lilly and Michelle Akers having also played as midfielder. All players scored at a high average rate of more than one goal every three matches. International goals in this list should not include goals scored in penalty-shoot-out; see Penalty shootout (association football). Players who are currently active at international level are indicated in bold type.
|Indicates the FIFA world top scorer.|
|Indicates the top scorer of the respective confederation.|
|Indicates the top scorer of the respective nation.|
|Date of 100th|
|1||Abby Wambach||Forward||United States||184||256||0.72||2001–2015||2009-07-20|
|3||Mia Hamm||Forward||United States||158||275||0.57||1987–2004||1998-09-18|
|4||Kristine Lilly||Forward/Midfielder||United States||130||352||0.36||1987–2010||2004-10-03|
|10||Sun Wen||Forward||China PR||106||152||0.69||1990–2006||unknown|
|11||Carli Lloyd||Midfielder||United States||105||262||0.40||2005–||2018-04-08|
|12||Michelle Akers||Forward/Midfielder||United States||105||153||0.68||1985–2000||1999-01-30|
|14||Han Duan3||Forward||China PR||101||188||0.53||2000–2011||unknown|
|15||Portia Modise||Forward||South Africa||101||124||0.81||2000–2015||2014-10-18|
|16||Tiffeny Milbrett||Forward||United States||100||204||0.49||1991–2006||2005-7-10|
1 Vignotto reportedly scored 107, or 108 goals and her record was broken by Mia Hamm. FIFA indicates that she made 110 appearances. The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) website lists her record as 97 goals in 95 matchers.
3Han Duan reportedly scored her one hundredth goal on August 6, 2008 in China's opening match against Sweden at Beijing 2008 Olympics. Another source reported that she scored her goal 101 that day. FIFA Match Report shows that she scored only one goal in that match.
4Some of Marta's 110 goals include goals scored against the USA u-20 women's national team in the 2007 Pan Am Games  and in other unofficial matches like a friendly against a combined team of Finland & the Umea club from Sweden. Generally only goals scored in full international matches (senior int'l team v senior int'l team) count toward international goal totals.