Under 23: The Fifty Most Impressive Young Players In The World Right Now.

The list is not ordered, because everyone has their favorite players and their own opinion. I highlighted here, with the help of some twitter friends (thanks guys!), a list of fifty young and talented players under 23 years. I hope you enjoy and give your opinion, if a player is missing in the list, which players are in your top 10, who would not be on your list, etc. I made a profile for the first 33 players…but it took all day long and I was tired, but if you are a women’s football fan you already know very well these players and maybe you can help me finish the profiles! I hope you enjoy, comment and share it. 😀

Ada Hegerberg

Age: 20
Date of birth: 10 July 1995, Norway
Current club: Olympique Lyon (France)
Position: Forward
The 20-year-old Norwegian footballer is, currently, not only the best youth player, but also one of the best (if not the best) player in the world. Interestingly, the Lyon and Norway international forward is the top goalscorer in the UWCL and in the French championship (The Division 1 Féminine) followed in the lead in both championships by Cristiane, the PSG and Brazil international player.
In a recent interview with Women’s Soccer United, Ada Hegerberg said “Lyon can win the Women’s Champions League”

 

Pernille Harder

Age: *22
Date of birth: 15 November 1992, Denmark
Current club: Linköping (Sweden)
Position: Forward
Pernille Harder is a Danish footballer who plays as a forward for Linköping FC of Swedish league (Damallsvenskan) and for the Denmark national team. The Danish player was recently awarded Most Valuable Player of Damallsvenskan 2015, leaving behind the African players Gaëlle Enganamouit and Faith Ikidi.
* Pernille was 22 at the time of writing this article, she turns 23 today! Happy Birthday Pernille!!

 

Caroline Graham Hansen

Age: 20
Date of birth: 18 February 1995, Norway
Current club: VfL Wolfsburg (Germany)
Position: Forward
The young Norwegian player has stood out so much that she caught the attention of German giant Wolfsburg, one of the best women’s football teams nowadays, twice champions of the UEFA Women’s Champions League. The team is star-studded with such talents as Goessling, Fischer, Bachmann and Hansen. It is possible to predict that the future of Norwegian women’s national team will be very promising because it has a very good generation of talented players like Hegerberg, Hansen, Thorisdottir and others.

 

Nataša Andonova

Age: 21
Date of birth: 04 December 1993, Macedonia
Current club: FC Rosengård (Sweden)
Position: Midfield, Forward
The captain of the Macedonian women’s national team recently moved from German Frauen-Bundesliga club, FFC Turbine Potsdam and joined the Swedish team FC Rosengård. She is currently playing an important role in the Swedish champion side Rosengård beside Marta, Ali Riley and others. She has also won the WSU Goal of the Month voted by the fans in February and in October this year.

 

Melanie Leupolz

Age: 21
Date of birth: 14 April 1994, Germany
Current club: FC Bayern Munich (Germany)
Position: Midfield
The midfielder was awarded the best player of the 2014/15 Allianz Frauen Bundesliga season. The 21-year-old was a key piece of the Bavarian team, the current Frauen Bundesliga champion.

 

Francesca Kirby (Fran Kirby)

Age: 22
Date of birth: 29 June 1993, England
Current club: Chelsea Ladies (England)
Position: Forward
The 22-year-old was one of the stars of England’s Women’s World Cup campaign and joined Chelsea after Canada 2015. Fran scored England’s first goal at 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, against Mexico, and subsequently earned the FIFA Player of the Match award.

 

Kadeisha Buchanan

Age: 20
Date of birth: 05 November 1995, Canada
Current club: West Virginia Mountaineers (United States)
Position: Defender
The Canadian defender won the Hyundai Young Player Award in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and she also was one of 10 shortlisted for the 2015 Ballon D’Or, which honours the women’s player of the year.

 

Claire Lavogez

Age: 21
Date of birth: 18 June 1994, France.
Current club: Olympique Lyon (France)
Position: Midfield
She is the jewel of the France national team. This year she joined the giant club, Olympique Lyonnais, where the talented young midfielder will greatly develop her skills.

 

Morgan Brian

Age: 22
Date of birth: 26 February 1993, United States
Current club: Houston Dash (United States)
Position: Midfield
Morgan Brian is a versatile midfielder. She played a key role for USWNT in the last FIFA Women’s World Cup. Lauren Holiday’s absence through yellow card accumulation in the quarterfinals led to the 22-year-old to start in central midfield for the remaining three matches of the tournament.

 

Jill Roord

Age: 18
Date of birth: 22 April 1997, Netherlands
Current club: Twente (Netherlands)
Position: Midfield
Midfielder Jill Roord scored seven times for FC Twente during UWCL qualification and netted a key goal in the last round versus heavy favourites Bayern. Twente became the first team to beat a German side in the round of 32 when they eliminated Bayern München.

 

Lina Magull

Age: 21
Date of birth: 15 August 1994, Germany
Current club: SC Freiburg on loan from VfL Wolfsburg (Germany)
Position: Forward
The 21-year-old is a German footballer who plays as a forward for VfL Wolfsburg and in the German women’s national team. Lina is currently on loan to SC Freiburg. Magull is one of the most promising young players and is doing an excellent job in her club and in the national team.

 

Vivianne Miedema

Age: 19
Date of birth: 15 July 1996, Netherlands
Current club: FC Bayern Munich (Germany)
Position: Forward
The young Dutch player led her country to a U-19 European Championship last year and also led Netherlands to a spot in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

 

Pauline Hammarlund

Age: 21
Date of birth: 07 May 1994, Sweden
Current club: Piteå IF (Sweden)
Position: Forward
The young forward made an excellent season playing for Piteå IF in the Damallsvenskan. During the 2015 season, she found the net fifteen times. She was just behind Gaelle Enganamouit and Pernille Harder in the top scorers of the Swedish league. Hammarlund was also in the shortlist of Rookie of the year in 2015 Damallsvenskan season.

 

Asisat Oshoala

Age: 21
Date of birth: 09 October 1994, Nigeria
Current club: Liverpool Ladies (England)
Position: Forward
The 21-year-old Nigerian footballer who became the first African footballer in the English Women’s Super League when she signed for Liverpool in January 2015, won the Golden Boot and Golden Ball at last year’s Under-20 World Cup, where she scored seven goals in six matches. She is also a senior Nigeria international and her performances helped earn her country’s qualification for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She also has won the BBC women’s footballer of the year award in May 2015.

 

Ewa Pajor

Age: 18
Date of birth: 03 December 1996, Poland
Current club: Club: VfL Wolfsburg (Germany)
Position: Forward
The 18-year-old, Ewa Pajor, is already seen as the greatest female footballer talent ever born in Poland. She led Poland to win the UEFA European Under-17 Championship, in 2013, and was considered the best player of the tournament.

 

Lindsey Horan

Age: 21
Date of birth: 26 May 1994, United States
Current club: Paris Saint-Germain (France)
Position: Forward
Horan is an American footballer who is currently playing for Paris Saint-Germain FC and USA women’s senior team. In 2012, Horan was named the top-ranked college prospect by ESPN. Although she had a scholarship to play for North Carolina, Horan bypassed her college career and signed with French club, PSG.

 

Lieke Martens

Age: 22
Date of birth: 16 December 1992, Netherlands
Current club: Göteborg FC (Sweden)
Position: Midfield
The Dutch footballer plays for Göteborg FC of the Swedish Damallsvenskan since 2014. She also plays for Netherlands senior team. Martens scored the Netherlands’ first ever World Cup goal at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. In a recent interview with Women’s Soccer United, Martens said: “Scoring at Canada 2015 was wonderful”.

 

Pauline Bremer

Age: 19
Date of birth: 10 April 1996, Germany
Current club: Olympique Lyon (France)
Position: Midfield, Forward
Pauline Bremer is a German footballer who is currently playing for Olympique Lyonnais. She was part of the Germany U-17 team that won the 2012 UEFA Women’s U-17 Championship. She managed to earn the top scorer prize in the 2013 UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship by scoring six goals. She was also part of the Germany U-20 for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. She scored five goals in the tournament and helped the Germany team to win the U-20 Women’s World Cup trophy.

 

Stina Blackstenius

Age: 19
Date of birth: 5 February 1996, Sweden
Current club: Linköpings FC (Sweden)
Position: Forward
Sweden forward Stina Blackstenius has been crowned top scorer at the 2015 WU19 EURO after capping an incredible campaign with two goals in the final. She also was awarded Rookie of the Year in 2015 Damallsvenskan season.

 

Jordan Nobbs

Age: 22
Date of birth: 08 December 1992, England
Current club: Arsenal Ladies (England)
Position: Midfield
The England midfielder and Arsenal Ladies star recently put in one of the greatest performances of her life as she lead Arsenal to a victory in the FA WSL Continental Cup final. Nobbs scored twice in the first half during a 3-0 win over Notts County, one of them was an incredible shot from 25 yards.
Jordan Nobbs spoke to Women’s Soccer United during England’s preparations for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015

 

Thaís Duarte Guedes

Age: 22
Date of birth: 20 January 1993, Brazil
Current club: Hyundai Steel Red Angels (Korea Republic)
Position: Forward
Thais Duarte Guedes, well know as Thaisinha, joined the Incheon Red Angels in 2013, in Korea Republic, and since then she plays an important role in the team. Recently, the team claimed their third title in succession of WK-League, having been runners-up in the previous four campaigns.

 

Griedge MBock Bathy

Age: 20
Date of birth: 13 July 1995, France
Current club: Olympique Lyonnais (France)
Position: Defender
Griedge Mbock Bathy is a French footballer who plays for Olympique Lyonnais of the French Division 1 Féminine and in the French senior team. The defender played in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan and was named FIFA’s Player of the Tournament after France won a penalty shootout in the final over North Korea. At the 2013 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship, Bathy was also crowned champion with Les Bleues when France beat England.

 

Andressa Machry (Andressinha)

Age: 20
Date of birth: 01 May 1995, Brazil
Current club: Houston Dash (United States)
Position: Midfield
Andressa Cavalari Machry, commonly known as Andressinha, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Houston Dash in NWSL and the Brazilian national team. She participated at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

 

Mana Iwabuchi

Age: 22
Date of birth: 18 March 1993, Japan
Current club: FC Bayern Munich (Germany)
Position: Forward
The Japanese footballer is currently playing for Bayern Munich and the Japan women’s national football team. She began her international career in 2008 when she was selected onto Japan’s Under-17 national football team at the age of 15, and participated in the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand. The team was defeated in the quarterfinals but she was awarded the tournament’s MVP (adidas Golden Ball). In the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Bayern Munich striker comes off the bench during the second half to beat Australia in the quarter-finals scoring the winning goal of the match.

 

Danielle Colaprico

Age: 22
Date of birth: 06 May 1993, United States
Current club: Chicago Red Stars (United States)
Position: Midfield
Chicago Red Stars midfielder Danielle Colaprico was voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Rookie of the Year for the 2015 NWSL season. The 22-year-old was the second consecutive Red Stars player to be named WSL Rookie of the Year after defender Julie Johnston claimed the honor in 2014.

 

Tang Jiali

Age: 20
Date of birth: 16 March 1995, China
Current club: Shanghai Ladies (China)
Position: Midfield
The chinese midfielder was one of the most impressive players in Canada. For this reason she was deservedly among the three Candidates for the Hyundai Young Player Award at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

 

Sara Däbritz

Age: 20
Date of birth: 15 February 1995, Germany
Current club: FC Bayern Munich (Germany)
Position: Midfield
The young and talented midfielder plays for FC Bayern Munich and the German national team. In 2014 she was champion with the U-20 German team of 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and she received the Bronze boot after scoring 5 goals. She was named for Germany’s national squad for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Her first senior goal was during the tournament’s match against Ivory Coast.

 

Bethany Mead

Age: 20
Date of birth: 09 May 1995, England
Current club: Sunderland Ladies (England)
Position: Forward
Mead is an English footballer who plays as a forward for FA WSL club Sunderland Ladies and the England under-23 team. The Sunderland Ladies goal machine grabbed 13 goals in 15 appearances in the 2014 FA WSL 2 season to lead Sunderland to promotion to WSL 1 (FA WSL 1). She was also the top scorer goal of the FA WSL 1 2015 season scoring 12 goals. Sunderland Ladies finished in fourth in the championship. Mead recently earned her first England senior international call-up last month for the International women’s football tournament hosted by China PR.

 

Valérie Gauvin

Age: 19
Date of birth: 01 June 1996, France
Current club: HSC Montpellier (France)
Position: Forward
The young french footballer is considered one of the greatest youth talents in women’s football in France. In 2014, Gauvin moved to Montpellier HSC, one of four top French clubs in the French Division 1 Féminine. She was previously playing in French Division 2 Féminine, in which she was the top goalscorer of 2013/2014 season. Recently she helped Les Bleues to win the Universiade Games 2015.

 

Gabi Nunes

Age: 18
Date of birth: 10 March 1997, Brazil
Current club: ADECO (Brazil)
Position: Forward
The Brazilian player is the current top scorer of the Brazilian Championship. She was recently called by the the U-20 Brazilian women’s national team to dispute the South American under-20 championship in November.

 

Leah Williamson

Age: 18
Date of birth: 29 March 1997, England
Current club: Arsenal Ladies (England)
Position: Midfield
The 18-year-old England U19s and Arsenal Ladies midfielder Leah Williamson was named PFA Women’s Young Player of the Year 2015.

 

Marie-Charlotte Léger

Age: 19
Date of birth: 13 March 1996, France
Current club: HSC Montpellier (France)
Position: Forward

 

Elin Rubensson

Age: 22
Date of birth: 11 May 1993, Sweden
Current club: Göteborg FC (Sweden)
Position: Defender, Midfield
In an exclusive chat with Women’s Soccer United, the fast-rising 22-year-old discussed her new life in Gothenburg, this summer’s Canada 2015 adventure, Sweden’s 100 per cent start to UEFA EURO 2017 qualifying

 

Zećira Mušović

Age: 19
Date of birth: 26 May 1996, Sweden
Current club: FC Rosengård (Sweden)
Position: Goalkeeper

 

Amel Majri

Age: 22
Date of birth: 25 January 1993, Tunisia
Current club: Olympique Lyon (France)
Position: Defender

 

Lena Petermann

Age: 21
Date of birth: 05 February 1994, Germany
Current club: SC Freiburg (Germany)
Position: Forward

 

Michelle de Jongh

Age: 18
Date of birth: 19 May 1997, Sweden
Current club: KIF Örebro (Sweden)
Position: Midfield

 

Virginia Torrecilla

Age: 21
Date of birth: 04 September 1994, Spain
Current club: HSC Montpellier (France)
Position: Midfield

 

Fridolina Rolfö

Age: 21
Date of birth: 24 November 1993, Sweden
Current club: Linköpings FC (Sweden)
Position: Forward

 

Larissa Crummer

Age: 19
Date of birth: 10 January 1996, Australia
Current club: Melbourne City (Australia)
Position: Forward

 

Lina Hurtig

Age: 20
Date of birth: 05 September 1995, Sweden
Current club: Umeå IK (Sweden)
Position: Midfield

 

Stefanie Sanders

Age: 17
Date of birth: 12 June 1998, Germany
Current club: SV Werder Bremen (Germany)
Position: Forward

 

Caitlin Foord

Age: 21
Date of birth: 11 November 1994, Australia
Current club: Perth Glory (Australia)
Position: Forward

 

Desire Oparanozie

Age: 21
Date of birth: 17 December 1993, Nigeria
Current club: Guingamp (France)
Position: Forward

 

Marija Banušić

Age: 20
Date of birth: 17 September 1995, Sweden
Current club: Chelsea Ladies (England)
Position: Forward

 

Maria Thorisdottir

Age: 22
Date of birth: 05 June de 1993, Norway
Current club: Klepp IL (Norway)
Position: Defender

 

Djenifer Becker

Age: 20
Date of birth: 25 June 1995, Brazil
Current club: São José EC (Brazil)
Position: Midfield

 

Mimmi Löfwenius

Age: 21
Date of birth: 16 February 1994, Sweden
Current club: LSK (Norway)
Position: Forward

 

Sofia Huerta

Age: 22
Date of birth: 14 December 1992, United States
Current club: Chicago Red Stars (United States)
Position: Forward

 

Patri Guijarro

Age: 17
Date of birth: 17 May 1998 (Spain)
Current club: FC Barcelona (Spain)
Position: Midfield

 

What are your views? Leave your comments below.

23 Comments
  1. Mia Mon 4 years ago

    late reply, but i would add Ami Sugita. think she scored her first international goal on her first start too. other than that, she’s one of the more promising in the next batch of Nadeshiko players. 🙂

  2. Chibuike Nwankwo 4 years ago

    It’s late to reply but it’s all good. Good list, I don’t think you watched the latest u 17 world cup, Jessie Fleming, Deyna Castellanos, Gabriela Garcia and others should be there. Still a good list

    • WSU 4 years ago

      It will be great to see the young talent at next year’s U-17 and U-20 World Cup, the last editions were very enjoyable.

      • Chibuike Nwankwo 4 years ago

        Yeah they were, enjoyed it 200%. I just hope I get to watch the upcoming ones. I missed the world cup this year because my tv service here in Nigeria didn’t get the viewing right. It was the worst feeling. But I must watch the tournaments next year, even if it means changing tv services or getting a new one. I also want to be able to watch women’s club games.

        • WSU 4 years ago

          Such a shame 🙁
          There is high demand to watch these matches, I wish they would be made more available.

          We will share news of broadcasts for those tournaments, hopefully it will be on somewhere where you can watch it.

          Also, keep an eye on this page (http://www.womenssoccerunited.com/live-womens-football/) – we will add official broadcasts of club and international women’s football that you can watch online.

          • Chibuike Nwankwo 4 years ago

            thank very much. My device now doesnt have a adobe flash player, so the link doesnt play, but i will buy a laptop so i can view it with my other fans. Anyways i kept looking for other means to watch, i stumbled upon a live streaming App. It has many channels. Its called mobdro, its really nice. Which channels plays the games and what time and day please.

  3. Tamy 4 years ago

    Muito boa a lista Izzy!
    Confesso que eu não conheço alguns nomes ou pelo menos não me lembro de ter visto jogando, mas graças a você a partir de agora eu darei mais atenção.
    Para acrescentar, alguns nomes que você não citou e eu pensei para estar na lista: Lady Andrade – Atacante colombiana, jogadora do Western New York Flash, 23 anos.
    Yoreli Rincon – Meio campo colombiana, jogadora do Avaldsnes, 22 anos.
    Claudia Soto – Volante chilena, jogadora do Colo Colo, 22 anos.
    Alexia Putellas – Meio campo espanhola, jogadora do Barcelona, 21 anos.

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      Izzy 4 years ago

      Obrigada pelo comentário Tamy. A Lady Andrade não entrou na lista, pois já fez 23 anos… e a lista são jogadoras abaixo de 23. A Alexia Putellas faltou mesmo na lista! Marcou um golaço Olímpico hj. Poderia ter acrescentado também a Letícia Santos do Avaldsnes IL,

  4. Viggó 4 years ago

    A good list but there is at least one player that should absolutely be Thera as well, and that would be Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir
    http://lta-agency.com/details/?player=glodis-perla-viggosdottir
    She is only 20 years old, has played 35 matches with the Icelandic A team, played every minute with Eskilstuna united in Damallsvenskan http://www.spelare12.com/?p=16271

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      Izzy 4 years ago

      Hi Viggó, Thanks for your comment! You are right! I actually forgot about her! Surely a fantastic player! my mistake 😀

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    Izzy 4 years ago

    hahahaha Have all the time you need Gina! 😛

  6. Diane 4 years ago

    Very impressive players, all. And a very daunting task to try to sort them all out. Thank you for compiling the list.

    It’s clear that the different development systems weight the list heavily in favor of those players that don’t compete in college like in the US. In the rest of the world players are exposed to top leagues long before the average college graduation age of 21/22 in the US. Over half of the players I suggested from the US are still in college, with half of those still a few years from graduation. NCAA eligibility rules prohibit them from playing with professionals so I don’t know if the US will ever have much representation on a list like this.

    I honestly don’t think I could do justice to a list of the top 10 simply because I don’t get the opportunity to see them play very often, if at all.

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      Izzy 4 years ago

      Hi Diane, thank you for your comment, to be honest, I did not know most of the players that you sent me, precisely because I did not follow the American college league. I believe that only Horan escaped of that stereotype. Most American start later in professional football, which is not a bad thing, because they are investing in their future after football. Most Brazilian players do not have study.

  7. Retno Nino 4 years ago

    Great list! thanks for share, sist!
    I have some list who’s really shine in Spain

    1. Lourdes Vilches (Levante UD)
    Lourdes is Levante GK and now in U19 Spain and become the first GK as she is 19 now despite Sandra Panos left for Barcelona
    2. Lucia Garcia Cordoba (Oviedo Moderno)
    Lucia was one of key player of U17 Spain as they secure Euro title in Iceland
    3. Nahikari Garcia (Real Sociedad)
    Right now, she has 6 goals for Sociedad this season.
    4. Alexia Putellas (Barcelona)
    No doubt, she’s one of key players for Barcelona right now.

  8. Lisa 4 years ago

    Would add some more swedes to the ones one the list already , Tove Enblom, 21, GK, Umeå IK. Emelie Lundberg, 22, GK, Eskilstuna UDFF. Hanna Glas, 22, RB/CB, Umeå IK, Selina Henriksson, 17, RB, Umeå IK. Christine Tjärnlund, 18, FW, Sunnanå SK. Jasmin Nejati, 21, RB, Umeå IK. Anna Oscarsson, 19, MF, Hammarby IF. Irma Helin, 21, MF, Piteå IF. Jennifer Falk, 22, GK, Kopparberg/Göteborg FC. Beata Kollmats, 23, CB, Kopparberg/Göteborg FC. Lots more but these are mostly starters for their clubs. A few coming back after ACLs next season so hopefully they are back in what looked to be, a very promising future.

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      Izzy 4 years ago

      Thank you for your comment Lisa! Sweden is very well served of young talented players. Can’t wait to see the team of Sweden in the next World Cup!

  9. Bruno 4 years ago

    Good list, Izzy.

    I believe it has much more than 50 major emerging talents in women’s football, then remembered some more.

    Anna Gerhardt (german midfielder of Köln, 17 years old), Synne Jensen (norwegian forward of Wolfsburg, 19 years old), Virginia Torrecilla (spanien midfielder of Montpellier, 21 years old), Leticia Izidoro (brazilian goalkeeper 21 years old of São José), etc.

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      Izzy 4 years ago

      Virginia is on the list Bruno! 😉 Thanks for your comment!!!

  10. Asa 4 years ago

    Great Players, with great futures in the game. Thank you Izzy

  11. Gina West 4 years ago

    Great list Izzy!!!

    I am trying very hard to pick just ten of the above as the most impressive for me, I can’t seem to narrow down from about 15, I need more time lol!

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