Last month in a friendly match against South Korea, Abby Wambach scored four first-half goals as the United States Women’s National Soccer Team cruised to a 5-0 victory in Harrison, New Jersey.
Over the course of the opening 45 minutes Wambach, who had come into the encounter just two goals shy of all-time goalscoring leader Mia Hamm, not only caught up to the women’s soccer icon, but passed her as well, setting a new mark of 160 goals by the time she was replaced by Christen Press in the 58th minute.
Given the accomplishment, Wambach can be considered a “mover” in this edition of our 10 Greatest Female Soccer Players ranking—both solidifying her legacy as a top-10 player and making a case for inclusion in the rarified air of the top five.
But it’s an altogether elite group of athletes, and omission from this list should not in any way detract from a player’s achievements. It’s just, quite simply, a very, very good group.
To that end, readers may think of one or two names they might have included in the ranking. If so, they can be added in the comments section below.
In any event, the following 10 slides should be viewed as a celebration of women’s soccer, so let’s begin with the 10th-greatest player in its history.