The World's Top Goalkeepers (2018)

Top 50

The top 50 is based on current form, for both club and country.

1. Marc ter Stegen, Germany (Barcelona) - 26
2. Keylor Navas, Costa Rica (Real Madrid) - 31
3. Jan Oblak, Slovenia (Atlético Madrid) - 25
4. David de Gea, Spain (Manchester United) - 27
5. Thibaut Courtois, Belgium (Real Madrid) - 26
6. Jasper Cillessen, Netherlands (Barcelona) - 29
7. Gianluigi Buffon, Italy (PSG) - 40
8. Ederson, Brazil (Manchester City) - 25
9. Rui Patrício, Portugal (Wolverhampton) - 30
10. Manuel Neuer, Germany (Bayern Munich) - 32

One to watch: There are a number of great storylines within the top ten. How will de Gea respond to his lackluster World Cup performances? Will Barcelona be able to make Cillessen happy? How will Real Madrid handle both Navas and Courtois? But one goalkeeper that has flown under the radar is Wolves’ Patrício. The gauge of his success for the club will strictly be tried to Wolverhampton’s ability to stay afloat. Coming off an impressive World Cup run, Patrício has the “big save” in his repertoire, as he showed against Morocco and his new club will be expecting more of the same. Wolves currently sit ninth in the table but if their zero goal differential holds up, Patrício will surely be called into action a number of times before the end of the spring.


11. Yann Sommer, Switzerland (Borussia Mönchengladbach) - 29
12. Alisson, Brazil (Liverpool) - 25
13. Kepa Arrizabalaga, Spain (Chelsea) - 23
14. Fernando Pacheco, Spain (Alavés) - 26
15. Salvatore Sirigu, Italy (Torino) - 31
16. Roman Bürki, Switzerland (Borussia Dortmund) - 27
17. Pau López, Spain (Betis) - 23
18. Petr Cech, Czech Republic (Arsenal) - 36
19. Ron-Robert Zieler, Germany (VfB Stuttgart) - 29
20. Sven Ulreich, Germany (Bayern Munich) - 29

One to watch: Arsenal specifically brought in Leno to replace Cech and while the veteran goalkeeper has held off Leno so far, at some point the switch is going to be made. Fans and pundits have been critical of Cech’s questionable passing ability, with plenty of validity to their complaints. Cech is in the final year of his contract but Unai Emery hasn’t given us a clear path moving forward. He’s no stranger to pressure but Cech is playing for his starting spot every week and will likely be hearing about it his backup for the rest of the season. It’s a tough place to be for a goalkeeper who’s trying to squeeze the last bit of top-level goalkeeping out of his career.

21. Bernd Leno, Germany (Arsenal) - 26
22. Etrit Berisha, Albania (Atalanta) - 29
23. Lukasz Fabianski, Poland (West Ham United) - 33
24. Hugo Lloris, France (Tottenham Hotspur) - 31
25. Samir Handanovic, Slovenia (Inter) - 34
26. Lukas Hradecky, Finland (Bayer Leverkusen) - 28
27. Thomas Strakosha, Albania (Lazio) - 23
28. Igor Akinfeev, Russia (CSKA Moscow) - 32
29. Kasper Schmeichel, Denmark (Leicester City) - 31
30. Marwin Hitz, Switzerland (Dortmund) - 31

One to watch: Albania isn’t typically known for their elite goalkeeping but Berisha and Strakosha have done well to put their homeland on the map for Serie A fans. After seeing a new level of transfer fees for goalkeepers this summer, Strakosha is surely one of the next few to have his name tied to an eight-figure transfer fee. The twenty-three-year-old is everything coaches want in a goalkeeper. His impressive frame and ability to cover the goalmouth will catch anyone’s eye but his mobility is unique for goalkeepers of his stature. Whether it’s going post-to-post, getting up or down, or closing space on a 1v1, Strakosha has the wheels to cover the ground.

31. Martin Dubravka, Slovakia (Newcastle United) - 29
32. Fernando Muslera, Uruguay (Galatasaray) - 32
33. David Ospina, Colombia (Napoli) - 30
34. Adrián, Spain (West Ham United) - 31
35. Anthony Lopes, Portugal (Lyon) - 27
36. Alphonse Areola, France (PSG) - 25
37. Jiri Pavlenka, Czech Republic (Werder Bremen) - 26
38. Ralf Fährmann, Germany (FC Schalke 04) - 29
39. Bono, Morocco (Girona) - 27
40. Marco Sportiello, Italy (Frosinone) - 26

One to watch: Alphonse Areola is best known for his reaction saves, which there are many, but as Areola encountered recently against Liverpool, top-level goalkeeping requires another layer of perfection. Whether it’s utilizing efficient lateral movement or handling a cleat to the midsection, Areola has his work cut out for him to keep Buffon on the bench. If Areola can find more consistency in uncomfortable situations, he may not only tie down his starting spot with PSG but also with the French national team.

41. Kevin Trapp, Germany (Eintracht Frankfurt) - 27
42. Asmir Begovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bournemouth) - 31
43. Wojciech Szczesny, Poland (Juventus) - 28
44. Orestis Karnezis, Greece (Napoli) - 33
45. Mattia Perin, Italy (Juventus) - 25
46. Jordan Pickford, England (Everton) - 24
47. Antonio Adán, Spain (Atletico Madrid) - 31
48. Fabri, Spain (Fulham) - 30
49. Pepe Reina, Spain (AC Milan) - 36
50. Tomas Vaclik, Czech Republic (Sevilla FC) - 29

One to watch: Similar to Petr Cech, Wojciech Szczesny has a younger goalkeeper quietly waiting in the wings behind him. Perin is a bit wild in goal but Szczesny isn’t exactly known for steadiness either, struggling to handle 1v1s in past seasons. It’ll be a tightly contested goalkeeping battle that could see multiple changes throughout the course of the season. Szczesny will need to keep errors to a minimum and have a positive Champions League run to in order to keep his starting spot.

Top 20 Under 24

The top 20 under 24 is based off a prediction of who will be the top goalkeepers by the time of the 2022 World Cup for goalkeepers currently under 24 years of age.

1. Kepa Arrizabalaga, Spain (Chelsea) - 23
2. Pau López, Spain (Betis) - 23
3. Thomas Strakosha, Albania (Lazio) - 23
4. Alban Lafont, France (Fiorentina) - 19
5. Gianluigi Donnarumma, Italy (AC Milan) - 19
6. Fabian Bredlow, Germany (1. FC Nürnberg) - 23
7. Mike Maignan, France (Lille) - 23
8. André Onana, Cameroon (Ajax) - 22
9. Simone Scuffet, Italy (Udinese) - 22
10. Emil Audero, Italy (Sampdoria) - 21

One to watch: It’s not often a twenty-three-year-old simply hops into the starting spot of a Champions League team but that’s the level Kepa brings to the table. Similar to de Gea’s arrival with Manchester United, Kepa is surely going to be reamed for his lack of aerial prowess. He’s already looked a little shaken on a couple of balls into the six-yard box a few weeks into the season. There’s a lot of pressure for Kepa to prove his worth after what Chelsea went through to bring him in, with something as little as Kepa’s fluency in English likely to become a talking point in magazines. Kepa may have some glaring errors this year but de Gea has displayed a good blueprint on how to adjust to tough crosses. If Kepa can impress fans in other parts of the game, they may be more forgiving in his first season. If not, Chelsea could be looking for a quick fix to fix the situation.

11. Dominik Livakovic, Croatia (Dinamo Zagreb) - 23
12. Marvin Schwäbe, Germany (Brondby IF) - 23
13. Boris Radunović, Serbia (Cremonese) - 22
14. Mouez Hassen, Tunisia (Nice) - 23
15. Runar Alex Runarsson, Iceland (Dijon) - 23
16. Rubén Blanco, Spain (Celta) - 23
17. Alex Meret, Italy (Napoli) - 21
18. Denis Shcherbitski, Belarus (BATE Borisov) - 22
19. Adrian Semper, Croatia (Chievo Verona) - 20
20. Mile Svilar, Belgium (Benfica) - 19

One to watch: Some may have missed Hassen’s World Cup performance as the Tunisian goalkeeper injured his shoulder just eleven minutes into the first match, prematurely ending his tournament run. Despite the shortened performance, Hassen managed to make two goal-denying saves and would have surely had the save of the tournament had a rebound not found its way back in goal. For American readers, Hassen has a number of similarities to Nick Rimando. Both undersized, they implement a scrambling style to get from point A to point B. A little erratic, both live and die by their mobility and have the ability to produce jaw-dropping saves.

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Top 50 Goalkeepers in Women's Soccer (2018)

The Top 50 Women's Rankings return with just a little over a year until the next World Cup. Asia and South America have finalized their qualification process, which only leaves Africa, North America, and Europe to fill out the World Cup's final 16 spots this fall. We'll see a number of these goalkeepers in France next summer while the recently concluded UEFA Champions League had a handful as well.

The first set of rankings are based on current play, both club and country, while the U24 rankings are centered around projecting the top goalkeepers for the next World Cup cycle.

 

rank. player, nationality (club / league) - age

1. Erin McLeod, Canada (USV Jena / Germany) - 35
2. Almuth Schult, Germany (Wolfsburg / Germany) - 27
3. Karen Bardsley, England (Manchester City / England) - 33
4. Stephanie Labbé, Canada (Free Agent) - 31
5. Alyssa Naeher, USA (Chicago Red Stars / USA) - 30
6. Tinja-Riikka Korpela, Finland (Vålerenga / Norway) - 32
7. Lisa Schmitz, Germany (Turbine Potsdam / Germany) - 26
8. Lydia Williams, Australia (Seattle Reign / USA) - 30
9. Lisa Weiss, Germany (SGS Essen / Germany) - 30
10. Carly Telford, England (Chelsea / England) - 30

Both Stephanie Labbé and Erin McLeod experienced setbacks with their clubs, as the PDL ruled Labbé wasn't eligible for PDL play and Jena were relegated to the second division after a 4-0 loss last week. Almuth Schult and Wolfsburg repeat as champions in the Bundesliga but Mary Earps' signing may put Schult's future with the club in question. Alyssa Naeher looks to maintain her starting spot with the US when they kick up qualifying in October but will first face Lydia Williams and Australia in the 2018 Tournament of Nations in the run-up to qualifying.

 

11. Adrianna Franch, USA (Portland Thorns FC / USA) - 27
12. Aubrey Bledsoe, USA (Washington Spirit / USA) - 26
13. Gaëlle Thalmann, Switzerland (Mozzanica / Italy) - 31
14. Haley Kopmeyer, USA (Orlando Pride / USA) - 28
15. Sandra Paños, Spain (Barcelona / Spain) - 25
16. Stephanie Ohrstrom, Sweden (Fiorentina / Italy) - 31
17. Michelle Betos, USA (Seattle Reign / USA) - 30
18. Katie Fraine, USA (Växjö / Sweden) - 30
19. Ashlyn Harris, USA (Orlando Pride / USA) - 32
20. Meline Gerard, France (Montpellier / France) - 28

A number of Americans fill in the batch here. Adriana Franch should be nearing her return to the field after undergoing surgery on her meniscus back at the end of April. Haley Kopmeyer patiently awaits in the wing to take over for Ashlyn Harris in Orlando. Michelle Betos has had a major resurgence in her career while Aubrey Bledsoe has broken onto the scene after being mostly a backup for a number of years. Lastly, Spanish goaltender Sandra Paños had a strong Champions League run before ending with a hard-fought showing to eventual champions Lyon in a close 3-1 series.

 

21. Adelaide Gay, USA (Portland Thorns / USA) - 28
22. Didi Haracic, USA (Washington Spirit / USA) - 26
23. Mary Earps, England (Reading / England) - 25
24. Sarah Bouhaddi, France (Lyon / France) - 31
25. Laëtitia Philippe, France (Montpellier / France) - 27
26. Karima Benameur, France (Paris FC / France) - 29
27. Sabrina D'Angelo, Canada (North Carolina Courage / USA) - 25
28. Hedvig Lindahl, Sweden (Chelsea / England) - 35
29. Laura O'Sullivan, Wales (Cyncoed Ladies / Wales) - 26
30. Loes Geurts, Netherlands (Göteborg / Sweden) - 32

Sarah Bouhaddi recently captured her fifth Champions League title and her third in as many years. Wales have managed to score only three goals in their five World Cup qualifying games yet have 11 points largely because Laura O'Sullivan hasn't conceded a goal in qualifying, with her best performance coming against England in a 0-0 draw. Mary Earps earned her first cap for England last year after three positive seasons with Reading and just recently signed with Wolfsburg for her efforts there. Sabrina D'Angelo has been kept busy in North Carolina, notching three 1-0 wins for the first place Courage, before stepping out with an ankle sprain.

 

 31. Sari van Veenendaal, Netherlands (Arsenal / England) - 28
32. Katarzyna Kiedrzynek, Poland (PSG / France) - 27
33. Genevieve Richard, Canada (Marseille / France) - 25
34. Rachael Laws, England (Sunderland / Englan) - 27
35. Oksana Zheleznyak, Kazakhstan (BIIK-Karzygurt / Kazakhstan) - 31
36. Kateryna Samson, Ukraine (Ryazan / Russia) - 29
37. Megan Dorsey, USA (AC Sparta Praha / Czech Republic) - 26
38. Friederike Abt, Germany (Hoffenheim / Germany) - 23
39. Lee Alexander, Scotland (Glasgow City / Scotland) - 26
40. Kaycee Gunion, USA (Sky Blue FC / USA) - 28
 

Katarzyna Kiedrzynek and Poland have a tough task in front of them next week as they need a win at home against Scotland to realistically keep their World Cup hopes alive. Ukraine hopes to lean heavily on Kateryna Samson as well, as they take on Sweden and Denmark this month to try to keep their foot in the World Cup's door. Megan Dorsey helped Sparta Praha reach the round of 16 in Champions League play, marking one of the better finishes by a Czech club in Champions League history.  Friederike Abt is the youngest goalkeeper in the list but she's proven more than reliable for Hoffenheim, finding another mid-table finish this year with the club.

 

41. Barbara Lorsheijd, Netherlands (ADO Den Haag / Netherlands) - 27
42. Erin Nayler, New Zealand (Bordeaux / France) - 26
43. Nicole Barnhart, USA (FC Kansas City / USA) - 36
44. Erina Yamane, Japan (Real Betis / Spain) - 27
45. Britt Eckerstrom, USA (Portland Thorns FC / USA) - 25
46. Lindsey Harris, USA (Klepp / Norway) - 24
47. Nora Gjøen, Norway (Sandviken / Norway) - 26
48. Neide Simões, Portugal (Valadares Gaia FC / Portugal) - 29
49. Audrey Baldwin, USA (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera / Israel) - 26
50. Daniele, Brazil (Santos / Brazil) - 25

Britt Eckerstrom has been a little streaky since filling in for an injured Adrianna Franch but has still kept the Thorns in playoff contention, earning back-to-back shutout wins this month. Lindsey Harris and Klepp have conceded ten goals in nine games and sit in third place in the Toppserien but need to climb over Nora Gjøen's Sandviken to qualify for Champions League play. Audrey Baldwin gave some good insight while writing from Women's Soccer Zone about her time in Kosovo and how she ended up in Israel.

 

Top 20 Goalkeepers Under 24

1. Sophie Baggaley, England (Bristol City / England) - 21
2. Carina Schlueter, Germany (SC Sand / Germany) - 21
3. Ellie Roebuck, England (Manchester City / England) - 18
4. Henrikka Mäkelä, Finland (PK-35 Vantaa / Finland) - 21
5. Anna Klink, Germany (Bayer Leverkusen / Germany) - 23
6. Mylene Chavas, France (Saint-Etienne / France) - 20
7. Lize Kop, Netherlands (Ajax / Netherlands) - 20
8. Merle Frohms, Germany (Wolfsburg / Germany) - 23
9. Emma Johansson, Sweden (Mallbacken / Sweden) - 21
10. Cecilie Fiskerstrand, Norway (Lillestrom / Norway) - 22

England's WSL has been exciting to watch a number of young goalkeepers get a chance to impress fans and coaches alike. Sophie Baggaley and Ellie Roebuck combined for 27 starts between the two and could soon find themselves in a similar spot as Mary Earps when a larger club wants a top end goalkeeper. Mylene Chavas rightfully won the 2016 U20 World Cup Golden Glove award and is set to return with France this cycle again, making France a strong candidate for winning the tournament. Cecilie Fiskerstrand has anchored Lillestrom's season and already has 14 caps to her name for Norway.

 

11. Solene Durand, France (Guingamp / France) - 23
12. Jane Campbell, USA (Houston Dash / USA) - 23
13. Elisa Launay, France (Lille / France) - 22
14. Aurora Mikalsen, Norway (Kolbotn / Norway) - 22
15. Emily Dolan, USA (Medyk Konin / Poland) - 23
16. Deborah Garcia, France (Rodez / France) - 23
17. Megan Walsh, England (Yeovil Town / England) - 23
18. Ayaka Yamashita, Japan (NTV Beleza / Japan) - 22
19. Casey Murphy, USA (Montpellier / France) - 22
20. Zecira Musovic, Sweden (Rosengard / Sweden) - 22

Jane Campbell has tried to take over the starting spot for the US but has struggled mightily with handling incoming aerial service. The USA might turn to Casey Murphy, who jumped fairly seamlessly from collegiate play in the states to France's Division 1. Japan's Ayaka Yamashita has appeared in international play 11 times, including the 2018 Algarve Cup as well as the recent Asian Cup, where Japan finished first and qualified for the World Cup.

 

For older rankings, you can see the 2017 list and the 2016 list for comparison.

The World's Top Goalkeepers in Women's Soccer

Returning from last year's edition, we're surveying the top goalkeepers in women's soccer. This year the list is trimmed down to only 50 but adding the top 20 goalkeepers under 24 to give the list some youth flare. Current tournaments of note include the 2017 Euros, featuring a number of Europe's top goalkeepers, and the Tournament of Nations, a round robin tournament with Australia, Brazil, Japan, and the United States.

Unless listed otherwise, goalkeepers' clubs play in their home country.

 

rank. name, nationality (club / league) - age

1. Almuth Schult, Germany (Wolfsburg) - 26
2. Alyssa Naeher, USA (Chicago Red Stars) - 29
3. Karen Bardsley, England (Manchester City) - 32
4. Stephanie Labbé, Canada (Washington Spirit / USA) - 30
5. Tinja-Riikka Korpela, Finland (Bayern Munich / Germany) - 31
6. Lisa Weiß, Germany (SGS Essen) - 29
7. Ashlyn Harris, USA (Orlando Pride) - 31
8. Erin McLeod, Canada (Rosengard / Sweden) - 34
9. Sarah Bouhaddi, France (Lyon) - 30
10. Stephanie Ohrstrom, Sweden (Fiorentina / Italy) - 30

As the Euros move to the knockout round, Karen Bardsely and Sarah Bouhaddi square off in the quarterfinals while Almuth Schult could potentially face one of them in the final. After allowing only seven goals in twenty games with Fiorentina, Stephanie Ohrstrom turned down a roster spot with Sweden at the Euros. Alyssa Naeher looks forward to facing high level opponents as USA kick off the Tournament of Nations. Thirty-four year old Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod doesn't seem to have missed a beat after returning this summer from her third knee surgery.

 

11. Gaëlle Thalmann, Switzerland (Verona / Italy) - 30
12. Lydia Williams, Australia (Houston Dash / USA) - 29
13. Carly Telford, England (Chelsea) - 30
14. Desiree Schumann, Germany (FFC Frankfurt) - 27
15. Méline Gérard, France (Lyon) - 27
16. Kathrin Längert, Germany (USV Jena) - 30
17. Dang Thi Kieu Trinh, Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City) - 31
18. Neide Simões, Portugal (Valadares Gaia FC) - 29
19. Sofie Van Houtven, Belgium (OH Leuven) - 29
20. Katie Fraine, USA (Avaldsnes IL / Norway) - 29

Switzerland's Gaëlle Thalmann had a polarizing run of form in this year's Euro. After making a number of quality saves and fighting through a blow to the head, she misplayed a free kick that ended Switzerland's chances of making the knockout stage. Lydia Williams earned a shutout against the United States in the opening game of the Tournament of Nations. Carly Telford did well to help Chelsea finish first in the WSL's interim Spring Series. Neide Simões's last appearance for Portugal was in a 6-0 loss to Denmark back in March, but did keep a 0.78 GAA with Valadares Gaia FC last season. Katie Fraine and Avaldsnes currently sit second in the Toppserien, conceding only nine goals in twelve games.

 

21. Kateryna Samson, Ukraine (Ryazan / Russia) - 29
22. Mya Phu Ngon, Myanmar (Unknown) - 27
23. Alessia Gritti, Italy (Mozzanica) - 30
24. Elena Kochneva, Russia (Zvezda Perm) - 27
25. Brittany Cameron, USA (Vegalta Sendai / Japan) - 30
26. Loes Geurts, Netherlands (PSG / France) - 31
27. Haley Kopmeyer, USA (Seattle Reign) - 27
28. Hedvig Lindahl, Sweden (Chelsea / England) - 34
29. Michelle Betos, USA (Vålerenga / Norway) - 29
30. Oksana Zhelezynyak, Kazakhstan (BIIK-Karzygurt) - 30

Mya Phu Ngon did her best to qualify Myanmar for the Asian Cup but came up short against Vietnam. Haley Kopmeyer is in the running to be the next USWNT goalkeeper after stellar play with the Reign over the last few years. Loes Geurts is currently the backup for both PSG and the Netherlands, although has done well with the opportunities she's received. Hedvig Lindahl and Sweden will play the Euros' host country, the Netherlands, this weekend in a chance to move to the semifinals.

 

31. Adelaide Gay, USA (IBV / Iceland) - 27
32. Libby Stout, USA (Apollon Limassol / Cyprus) - 27
33. Michele Dalton, USA (Chicago Red Stars) - 29
34. Dinnia Diaz, Costa Rica (UD Moravia) - 29
35. Sari van Veenendaal, Netherlands (Arsenal / England) - 27
36. Julia Grichenko, Russia (CSKA Moskva) - 27
37. Ainhoa Tirapu, Spain (Athletic Bilbao) - 32
38. Katrine Abel, Denmark (Brondby) - 27
39. Lisa Schmitz, Germany (Turbine Potsdam) - 25
40. Sabrina D'Angelo, Canada (North Carolina Courage / USA) - 24

After being released by the Boston Breakers, Libby Stout heads to Cyprus to begin Champions League in August. Adelaide Gay and IBV are fighting for a top spot in the Urvalsdeild and have only surrendered nine goals in eleven games. Sari van Veenendaal looks to continue her successful run with the Netherlands, after never losing a game with Arsenal in seven appearances this spring. Sabrina D'Angelo is making a name for herself and is in line to become Canada's number one down the road.

 

41. Karima Benameur, France (Juvisy) - 28
42. Nicole Barnhart, USA (FC Kansas City) - 35
43. Stina Lykke Petersen, Denmark (Odense Boldklub) - 31
44. Anke Preuss, Germany (Sunderland / England) - 24
45. Ingrid Hjelsmeth, Norway (Stabaek) - 37
46. Emma Byrne, Ireland (Brighton / England) - 38
47. Adrianna Franch, USA (Portland Thorns FC) - 26
48. Siiri Välimaa, Finland (Grand Bodø / Norway) - 27
49. Laëtitia Philippe, France (Montpellier) - 26
50. Erina Yamane, Japan (JEF United Ichihara Chiba) - 26

A number of veterans in the last group. World Cup alum Nicole Barnhart is still playing well with FC Kansas City. Ingrid Hjelsmeth and Emma Byrne combine for over 240 caps with their respective national teams and are still heavily featured with their respective nations. Stina Lykke Petersen has had a strong start to the Euros but will need to continue her form to upset Germany in their first knockout game.

 

Top 20 Goalkeepers Under 24

1. Jane Campbell, USA (Houston Dash) - 22
2. Lindsey Harris, USA (FH / Iceland) - 23
3. Madalyn Schiffel, USA (Seattle Reign) - 22
4. Alyssa Giannetti, USA (Arna-Bjørnar / Norway) - 22
5. Mackenzie Arnold, Australia (Brisbane Roar) - 23
6. Abby Smith, USA (Boston Breakers) - 23
7. Friederike Abt, Germany (Hoffenheim) - 23
8. Merle Frohms, Germany (Wolfsburg) - 22
9. Meike Kämper, Germany (Duisburg) - 23
10. Sammy Jo Prudhomme, USA (Boston Breakers) - 23

After allowing five goals in her first start, Jane Campbell has limited opponents to just three goals in her last six games. Lindsey Harris is doing more than fine in her first season in Iceland, starting all ten games for FH. Merle Frohms has continued to work her way up with Germany's youth teams and is now learning under Almuth Schult. Boston Breakers hold two strong prospects with Sammy Jo Prudhomme and Abby Smith, the latter being called up for the Tournament of Nations.

 

11. Anna Klink, Germany (Bayer Leverkusen) - 22
12. Gabrielle Lambert, Canada (ASPTT Albi / France) - 23
13. Josefine Ervik, Norway (Valerenga) - 22
14. Sophie Baggaley, England (Birmingham City) - 20
15. Emily Armstrong, USA (Medkila / Norway) - 22
16. EJ Proctor, USA (Duke University) - 21
17. Megan Walsh, England (Yeovil Town) - 22
18. Kailen Sheridan, Canada (Sky Blue FC, USA) - 22
19. Cecilie Fiskerstrand, Norway (Lillestrom) - 21
20. Nicole Studer, Switzerland (Zürich) - 21

Canadian goalkeeper Gabrielle Lambert made a name for herself quickly in France, starting eleven games and helping ASPTT Albi avoid relegation. Collegiate standouts heading into the fall season include Duke's EJ Proctor and Clemson's Kailen Sheridan, both of which will likely be playing well into November. Norway's Cecilie Fiskerstrand is one of the youngest goalkeepers at the Euros, entering the tournament with fourteen caps as a twenty-one year old.

Top 100 Goalkeepers in Women's Soccer

cover photo belongs to Jim Brown/USA Today Sports

After a month of research and hundreds of videos, the first ever Top 100 list for the women's international game is finished. Let me preface this by saying this is the first list I've ever done like this and I'm sure there is more than one error. I've tried to be thorough but after 500+ goalkeepers, things are going to slip through the cracks. If you see an inaccuracy (typo, wrongly listed club or nation, etc), please let me know. Similarly, if there's a goalkeeper missing - or one too high/low - don't be shy on sharing your opinion. There aren't any resources to reference my list against so I really only have my own opinion on the matter. (Contact at the bottom of the page.)

The biggest hurdle in compiling the list was being dependent on the respective league's media presence. The more established leagues (notably the NWSL, Bundesliga, and Damallsvenskan) were very easy to find highlights and information for. Other goalkeepers, Hong Myong-Hu, for example, are almost exclusively limited to international appearances as far as getting to watch them play. If there is a good goalkeeper that doesn't start for their nation and plays in a league with zero press releases, then it's hard to rate them.

My main references were SoccerWay and FIFA records, then surfing around until I found video of the goalkeeper. National team appearances, youth national teams (U17-U20 teams), club performances for both their domestic league and, when possible, Champions League were all taken into account.

The top fifty include little blurbs and there are some stats at the bottom, sorting goalkeepers by nationality and the league they play in.

Top 100 International Goalkeepers

rank. goalkeeper, nationality (club / league) - age

1. Alyssa Naeher, USA (Chicago Red Stars / USA.1) - 28
2. Gaëlle Thalmann, Switzerland (Fiorentina / Italy.1) - 29
3. Almuth Schult, Germany (Wolfsburg / Germany.1) - 25
4. Méline Gérard, France (Lyon / France.1) - 26
5. Erin McLeod, Canada (Rosengard / Sweden.1) - 33
6. Ashlyn Harris, USA (Orlando Pride / USA.1) - 30
7. Kateryna Samson, Ukraine (Ryazan / Russia.1) - 27
8. Kristina Kober, Germany (SC Sand / Germany.1) - 26
9. Kathrin Längert, Germany (USV Jena / Germany.1) - 28
10. Hong Myong-hui, North Korea (April 25 Sports Club / North Korea.1) - 24

I've bounced around on the top American goalkeeper for some time and Naeher has entered the 2016 season with Chicago on top of her game. As Hope Solo starts phasing out with the USWNT, fans will be glad to have Naeher in net. Another understudy on the list is Lyon goalkeeper, Méline Gérard. Typically sitting behind Bouhaddi for France's national team, Gérard has guided Lyon to this year's Champions League final (May 26th vs. Wolfsburg). While a little brash at times, Thalmann did very well at the World Cup last summer. Germany are running with Almuth Schult after Nadine Angerer's retirement but they're not short on goalkeepers with Kober and Längert in the ranks. Canada will miss Erin McLeod at this year's Olympics and North Korea has Myong-hui to thank for winning the 2015 EAFF Women's East Asian Cup.

 

11. Karen Bardsley, England (Manchester City / England.1) - 31
12. Laëtitia Philippe, France (Montpellier / France.1) - 25
13. Katie Fraine, USA (Vittsjö GIK / Sweden.1) - 28
14. Hope Solo, USA (Seattle Reign / USA.1) - 34
15. Dang Thi Kieu Trinh, Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City / Vietnam.1) - 30
16. Brittany Cameron, USA (Vegalta Sendai / Japan.1) - 29
17. Adrianna Franch, USA (Portland Thorns FC / USA.1) - 25
18. Sofie Van Houtven, Belgium (OH Leuven / Belgium.1) - 28
19. Stephanie Labbé, Canada (Washington Spirit / USA.1) - 29
20. Desiree Schumann, Germany (FFC Frankfurt / Germany.1) - 26

Probably the most surprising name on the list is Vietnam's Dang Thi Kieu Trinh. Don't make the mistake of rating her off of Vietnam's 35th FIFA ranking. (Watch the goalkeeper here.) Stephanie Labbé will be filling in for Erin McLeod this summer and will likely be in net for the next three-four years if McLeod can't return to 100%. 2015 IFFHS award winner Hope Solo remains in the top twenty while English international Karen Bardsley fills in at 11th. There aren't many videos on Japan's league to watch but they were fortunate to snag a goalkeeper of Brittany Cameron's quality.

 

21. Loes Geurts, Netherlands (Goteborg / Sweden.1) - 30
22. Sarah Bouhaddi, France (Lyon / France.1) - 29
23. Karima Benameur, France (Juvisy / France.1) - 27
24. Anke Preuss, Germany (FFC Frankfurt / Germany.1) - 23
25. Wang Fei, China (Lyon / France.1) - 26
26. Neide Simões, Portugal (SC 07 Bad Neuenahr / Germany.2) - 27
27. Michele Dalton, USA (Chicago Red Stars / USA.1) - 28
28. Haley Kopmeyer, USA (Seattle Reign / USA.1) - 25
29. Lisa Schmitz, Germany (Turbine Potsdam / Germany.1) - 24
30. Julia Grichenko, Russia (Kubanochka / Russia.1) - 26

Several international starters fill out 21-30: Guerts (Netherlands), Bouhaddi (France), Wang Fei (China), and Simões (Portugal). Haley Kopmeyer waits in the wing under Hope Solo at Seattle but don't be surprised to see the switch over the next year or two. Turbine Potsdam have trusted youngster Lisa Schmitz to start in goal and she hasn't disappointed, conceding just a goal a game with the club this season.

 

31. Ainhoa Tirapu, Spain (Athletic Bilbao / Spain.1) - 31
32. Lisa Weiss, Germany (SGS Essen / Germany.1) - 28
33. Stephanie Ohrstrom, Sweden (Verona / Italy.1) - 29
34. Melissa Barbieri, Australia (Melbourne / Australia.1) - 36
35. Tinja-Riikka Korpela, Finland (Bayern München / Germany.1) - 30
36. Laura Benkarth, Germany (SC Freiburg / Germany.1) - 23
37. Lydia Williams, Australia (Houston Dash / USA.1) - 28
38. Alessia Gritti, Italy (Mozzanica / Italy.1) - 29
39. Bianca Henninger, Mexico (Houston Dash / USA.1) - 25
40. Iryna Sanina, Ukraine (Zhytlobud-1 / Ukraine.1) - 30

Germany's premier club, Bayern Munich, have limited opponents to seven goals in twenty games this season and Finnish international Tinja-Riikka Korpela has been a big reason why. Melissa Barbieri has been capped for the Australian national team 86 times and went to her fourth World Cup in 2015, where Lydia Williams started for the Aussies. Laura Benkarth was the 2012 U20 World Cup Golden Glove winner and has been Freiburg's starter since. Bianca Henninger has most recently switched to Mexico over the US and could be a possible thorn in the US's side for next qualifying cycles.

 

41. Stina Lykke Petersen, Denmark (Odense Boldklub / Denmark.1) - 30
42. Cecilie Kramer, Denmark (Vittsjo GIK / Sweden.1) - 29
43. Carly Telford, England (Notts County / England.1) - 28
44. Libby Stout, USA (Boston Breakers / USA.1) - 25
45. Stenia Michel, Switzerland (USV Jena / Germany.1) - 28
46. Kelsey Wys, USA (Washington Spirit / USA.1) - 25
47. Margarita Shirokova, Russia (Zorkiy / Russia.1) - 25
48. Mairav Shamir, Israel (MSV Duisburg / Germany.2) - 28
49. Michelle Betos, USA (Portland Thorns FC / USA.1) - 28
50. Sandra Sepulveda, Colombia (Formas Intimas / Colombia.1) - 28

A couple poor results kept Denmark and Stina Lykke Petersen from making a run to the World Cup, including a 1-0 loss to Mairav Shamir's Israel. Libby Stout returns to the US after starting for Liverpool and I'd be off-base to say she wasn't playing better in England than in the states. Perhaps she bumps back up the list but for now she's still in the top 50. Margarita Shirokova reached the knockout stage with Zorkiy in the UEFA Champions Legue, including starting in a 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid.


51. Elvira Todua, Russia (Rossiyanka / Russia.1) - 30
52. Mimma Fazio, Italy (Bari / Italy.1) - 35
53. Elena Kochneva, Russia (Zvezda Perm / Russia.1) - 26
54. Paula Myllyoja, Finland (Honka / Finland.1) - 32
55. Brett Maron, USA (Kristianstad / Sweden.1) - 29
56. Anne-Kathrine Kremer, Germany (FFC Frankfurt / Germany.1) - 28
57. Meike Kämper, Germany (Duisburg / Germany.2) - 22
58. Katrine Abel, Denmark (Brondby / Denmark.1) - 25
59. Aubrey Bledsoe, USA (Orlando Pride / USA.1) - 24
60. Erin Nayler, New Zealand (Sky Blue FC / USA.1) - 24

61. Nicole Barnhart, USA (FC Kansas City / USA.1) - 34
62. Griseldis Meissner, Germany (FFV Leipzig / Germany.2) - 32
63. Kimika Forbes, Trinidad and Tobago (Unknown / Unknown) - 25
64. Hedvig Lindahl, Sweden (Chelsea / England.1) - 33
65. Emmeline Mainguy, France (Guingamp / France.1) - 27
66. Ashley Thompson, USA (Sandviken / Norway.1) - 30
67. Lena Nuding, Germany (FC Koln / Germany.1) - 23
68. Rachael Laws, England (Sunderland / England.1) - 25
69. Iryna Zvarych, Ukraine (Zvezda Perm / Russia.1) - 33
70. Fabienne Weber, Germany (Bayern Munchen / Germany.1) - 24

71. Céline Deville, France (Juvisy / France.1) - 34
72. Adelaide Gay, USA (Kvarnsveden / Sweden.1) - 26
73. Rebecca Spencer, England (Chelsea / England.1) - 25
74. Miho Fukumoto, Japan (Okayama Yunogo Belle / Japan.1) - 32
75. Ingrid Hjelsmeth, Norway (Stabaek / Norway.1) - 36
76. Amandine Guerin, France (Soyaux / France.1) - 23
77. Siiri Välimaa, Finland (Kolbotn / Norway.1) - 26
77. Sari van Veenendaal, Netherlands (Arsenal / England.1) - 26
79. Friederike Abt, Germany (Hoffenheim / Germany.1) - 21
80. Pauline Magnin, France (Saint-Etienne / France.1) - 24

81. Kim Jung-mi, South Korea (Incheon Hyundai Steel / South Korea.1) - 31
82. Jun Min-kyung, South Korea (Daekyo Kangaroos / South Korea.1) - 31
83. Chiara Marchitelli, Italy (Brescia / Italy.1) - 31
84. Carola Söberg, Sweden (KIF Orebro / Sweden.1) - 33
85. Jennifer Oehrli, Switzerland (BSC YB Frauen / Switzerland.1) - 27
85. Jeannette Williams, USA (Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar / Iceland.1) - 27
87. Hanit Schwarz, Israel (F.C. Ramat HaSharon / Israel.1) - 28
88. Giulia Reginato, Italy (Vittorio Veneto / Italy.1) - 24
89. Pamela Tajonar, Mexico (Sevilla FC / Mexico.1) - 31
90. Sabrina D'Angelo, Canada (Western New York Flash / USA.1) - 23

91. Katarzyna Kiedrzynek, Poland (PSG / France.1) - 25
92. Minna Meriluoto, Finland (HJK Helsinki / Finland.1) - 30
92. Shannon Lynn, Scotland (Vittsjo GIK / Sweden.1) - 30
94. Emma Byrne, Ireland (Arsenal / England.1) - 36
95. Siobhan Chamberlain, England (Liverpool / England.1) - 32
96. Ann-Katrin Berger, Germany (PSG / France.1) - 25
97. Sofia Lundgren, Sweden (Rosengard / Sweden.1) - 33
98. Alexa Gaul, USA (SC Sand / Germany.1) - 25
99. Almina Hodzic, Bosnia and Herzegovina (SFK 2000 / Bosnia and Herzegovina.1) - 27
100. Erina Yamane, Japan (JEF United Ichihara Chiba / Japan.1) - 25

 

Sorted by Nationality
nation - count (FIFA rank)

1. USA - 18 (1)
2. Germany - 15 (2)
3. France - 8 (3)
4. England - 5 (4)
5. Finland - 4 (27)
5. Italy - 4 (14)
5. Russia - 4 (22)
5. Sweden - 4 (6)
9. Canada - 3 (10)
9. Denmark - 3 (18)
9. Switzerland - 3 (19)
9. Ukraine - 3 (23)
13. Australia- 2 (5)
13. Israel - 2 (55)
13. Japan - 2 (7)
13. Mexico - 2 (26)
13. Netherlands - 2 (13)
13. South Korea - 2 (17)
19. Belgium - 1 (28)
19. Bosnia and Herzegovina - 1 (62)
19. China - 1 (12)
19. Colombia - 1 (24)
19. Ireland - 1 (33)
19. New Zealand - 1 (16)
19. North Korea - 1 (9)
19. Norway - 1 (11)
19. Poland - 1 (29)
19. Portugal - 1 (41)
19. Scotland - 1 (21)
19. Spain - 1 (15)
19. Trinidad and Tobago - 1 (47)
19. Vietnam - 1 (35)

Sorted by League
(minimum of three)

1. USA.1 - 16
2. Germany.1 - 15
3. France.1 - 11
4. England.1 - 8
4. Sweden.1 - 8
6. Italy.1 - 6
6. Russia.1 - 6
7. Germany.2 - 4
8. Japan.1 - 3
8. Norway.1 - 3