Who are the 10 best girl goalkeepers in the world currently?

Who are the 10 best girl goalkeepers in the world currently?

Kevin Omuya
April 13, 2024 at 4:20 PM
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Every team relies on their goalkeeper, and girl goalkeepers in football have repeatedly proven that they can make spectacular saves and guide their teams to triumphs, just like their male colleagues. The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada and the 2019 event in France were significant steps forward for women's soccer in goalkeeping.

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Ann-Katrin Berger of Chelsea in 2023 (L), Manchester United goalkeeper Mary Earps (C) and Christiane Endler of Lyon (R). Photo: Clive Rose, Joe Prior, Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images
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Any team's chances of winning depend on the goalkeeper. Female football goalkeepers have repeatedly proven they can lead their teams to victory and make incredible saves, just like their male counterparts.

Who are the top 10 girl goalkeepers?

According to the Top Soccer blog, goalkeepers are graded on how well they play for their club and country. This includes how well they stop shots, pass the ball, handle crosses, and make plays when the game breaks down. These ten women are the top 10 female goalkeepers right now.

Goalkeepers' names


Sandra Paños García-Villamil


Alyssa Naeher


Adrianna Franch


Ellie Roebuck


Kailen Sheridan


Merle Frohms


Manuela Zinsberger


Christiane Endler (Lyon)


Ann-Katrin Berger


Mary Earps


10. Sandra Paños García-Villamil

Sandra Panos Garcia Villamil of Spain Women during the International Friendly Women match between Germany and Spain on November 13, 2018, in Erfurt, Germany. Photo: Socrates
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  • Country: Spain
  • Club: Barcelona
  • Height: 1.86m
  • Weight: 65kg

Barcelona's feminine squad were undefeated in La Liga in 2023, and Sandra Paños Garcia-Villamil, their first-choice goalkeeper, also made the list for her performances. She is a three-time La Liga champion and a UEFA Women's Champions League winner.

She was defending the Copa de la Reina five times in a row. With four Zamora Trophies to her name, she also holds the record for most. Goalkeepers who record the fewest goals allowed throughout the season are presented with the trophy. Sandra Paños's squad won multiple vital matches thanks to her remarkable reflexes and ability to make key saves.

9. Alyssa Naeher

Alyssa Naeher of the United States makes a save during USWNT training at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground on April 3, 2024, in Marietta, Georgia. Photo: Brad Smith
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  • Country: USA
  • Club: Chicago Red Stars
  • Height: 1.75m
  • Weight: 69kg

Alyssa Naeher, a 35-year-old seasoned player who has won two World Cups, made it onto the roster. She has won many awards with the US women's national soccer team and is widely considered the team's top pick. Nasher is an outspoken goalie who does an excellent job directing her defence and positioning her team to defend effectively.

8. Adrianna Franch

Adrianna Franch of the United States runs onto the field during a game between Ireland and USWNT at Q2 Stadium on April 8, 2023, in Austin, Texas. Photo: Brad Smith
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  • Country: USA
  • Club: Kansas City
  • Height: 1.75m
  • Weight: 70kg

The 2017 and 2018 NWSL Best Goalie awards went to Adrianna Franch, a top goalkeeper in the United States. French made seven saves in Kansas City's NWSL semifinal victory over OL Reign, the defending NWSL Shield champions, to help the Royals advance to their first-ever NWSL Playoffs final.

Even though she represents Kansas City in a league outside of Europe, the National Women's Soccer League is a top-tier venue for women's football. Franch has outstanding footwork, lightning reflexes, and remarkable agility, making him a very athletic goalie.

7. Ellie Roebuck

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Ellie Roebuck of Manchester City arrives at the stadium before the Barclays Women´s Super League match against Aston Villa on December 09, 2023. Photo by Matt McNulty
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  • Country: England
  • Club: Manchester City Women
  • Height: 1.74m
  • Weight: 58kg

Some of the world's best female football goalkeepers have come from England, which ranks among the top women's national soccer teams. With a debut for Manchester City at sixteen, EllieRoebuck has always been a gifted youngster.

She boasts three club championships at 23: the WSL, the FA Cup, and the League Cup. Upon returning from injury last season, she participated in Manchester City's WSL second half, contributing to their Champions League run.

Last season, she played in all nine games and stopped 83.3% of shots, allowing just three goals. Roebuck can also distribute the ball to her teammates with lightning speed and pinpoint accuracy; she's a great distributor overall.

6. Kailen Sheridan

Kailen Sheridan of the San Diego Wave during the NWSL Challenge Cup between San Diego Wave FC and NJ NY Gotham City FC at Red Bull Arena on March 15, 2024. Photo: Howard Smith
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  • Country: Canada
  • Club: San Diego Wave
  • Height: 1.75m
  • Weight: 68kg

The San Diego Wave were a relatively new club to the NWSL, but its goalkeeper, Kailen Sheridan, made a big splash by allowing just seventeen goals in their run to the playoffs. After being the first Canadian to do so, she won the NWSL Golden Glove in 2022 and went undefeated in the CONCACAF Championship that year, allowing only one goal.

5. Merle Frohms

Merle Frohms of Germany looks on during the UEFA Women's Nations League 2024 Third Place match against the Netherlands on February 28, 2024. Photo: NESimages
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  • Country: Germany
  • Club: Wolfsburg
  • Height: 1.75m
  • Weight: 59kg

Also, Merle Frohms played for the German team in second place at last year's Euro finals. Before she joined Wolfsburg, she could play for different teams in the Fraulen Bundesliga.

As a key Wolfsburg's Women's Bundesliga team member, Frohms helped the team win the league title. She has worked her way up from the German national school teams to the senior team and is now one of the best goalkeepers for women with her feet.

4. Manuela Zinsberger

Manuela Zinsberger of Austria looks on during the UEFA Women's European Qualifier match against Germany at Oberoesterreich Arena on April 5, 2024. Photo: Severin Aichbauer
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  • Country: Austria
  • Club: Arsenal women
  • Height: 1.77m
  • Weight: 70kg

Despite the Gunners' one-point finish in second place last season, Zinsberger was outstanding and won the Golden Glove. She is already well on her way to matching or exceeding last season's total of 13 shutouts, having recorded over ten thus far this season. Manuela Zinsberger has triumphed against some of women's football's greatest scorers.

3. Christiane Endler

Christiane Endler of Lyon reacts during the UEFA Women's Champions League 2023/24 Quarter Final Leg Two match against SL Benfica on March 27, 2024. Photo: Jonathan Moscrop
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  • Country: Chile
  • Club: Lyon
  • Height: 1.82m
  • Weight: 73kg

In 2021, Endler lifted the trophy for the women's goalkeeper category at the FIFA Best Awards, aiming to make it two in a row. Despite Chile's dismal performance at the 2019 World Cup, Endler's stock price rose.

Before joining Lyon, where she won the Ligue again and had the most clean sheets, she went from being a sensation at the World Cup to helping PSG defeat Lyon in the French Women's League. Moreover, Endler became the first player from Chile ever to win the UEFA Women's Champions League. Endler uses her height and strength as a goalie, giving her an edge in the penalty area.

2. Ann-Katrin Berger

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Ann-Katrin Berger of Chelsea FC looks on before the UEFA Women's Champions League match against Real Madrid CF on November 15, 2023, in Madrid, Spain. Photo: Angel Martinez
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  • Country: Germany
  • Club: Chelsea
  • Height: 1.8m
  • Weight: 63kg

Christiane Endler and Katrin Berger were nominated for the Best Awards in 2021. When England defeated them, Katrin rode with Germany to the UEFA Women's Euro final.

Before then, she was the unwavering goalkeeper for the Chelsea Women's team as they won the League and Cup in consecutive years. With the ball in her hands, the famous female goalkeeper is a natural attacker and creator.

1. Mary Earps

Mary Earps
Mary Earps of Manchester United warms up before the Barclays Women's Super League match against Everton FC on March 31, 2024. Photo: Charlotte Tattersall
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  • Country: England
  • Club: Manchester United
  • Height: 1.73m
  • Weight: 68kg

Even with Maru Earps in goal for the hosts, the Three Lionesses won the women's Euro championship in 2022. She is one of the famous female goalies.

At 29 years old, she still has much to give England, particularly at the 2023 World Cup, after playing six games in the competition and allowing two goals while keeping four clean sheets. She and Germany tied for the most clean sheets at the most recent European Championships with four each.

The ability to make quick decisions sets Earps apart as one of the best female goalkeepers of all time. She has lightning-fast reflexes and can evaluate situations in a flash.

Frequently asked questions

Over the past couple of years, full-time expert coaches have raised the level of the best girl goalies, making them even better. Here are the most frequently asked questions about the best girl goalkeeper in the world.

Who is the best female goalkeeper in Africa?

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Chiamaka Nnadozie of Paris FC reacts during the UEFA Women's Champions League group stage match against Real Madrid CF on December 20, 2023. Photo: Diego Souto
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Who is the famous girl goalie?

Soccer goalie Hope Amelia Stevens (born Solo) is a former American national team player. She won the World Cup and two Olympic gold medals while playing goalie for the US women's national soccer team from 2000 to 2016.

Who is the best female goalkeeper in the world?

The 2023 IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper Award went to Mary Earps, making her the first English goalkeeper and one of just six women in history to do so.

Who is the female goalkeeper of the year?

Every team relies on their goalkeeper, and female goalkeepers in football have repeatedly proven that they can make spectacular saves and guide their teams to triumphs, just like their male colleagues.

Final word

Every team relies on their goalkeeper, and female goalkeepers in football have repeatedly proven that they can make spectacular saves and guide their teams to triumphs, just like their male colleagues.

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Kevin Omuya is a Content Writer with 4 years of experience who joined Sports Brief in 2022. In 2019 he held a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Digital Media from KCA University.