Hockey is constantly evolving, so it isn’t much of a surprise that the walls and perimeters around who puts out strength in the sport have transformed, too. 


In this post, we have listed down some of the Top 8 greatest female hockey players in the world.


  • Alyson Annan

Alyson Annan

Born on June 12, 1973, Alyson Regina Annan is a retired Australian field hockey coach and former field hockey player, who achieved a total number of 228 international titles for the Women’s National Squad, in which she managed to score 166 goals. Her amazing achievements earned her the top spot on the list. Alyson, who was the chief coach of the Netherlands ladies’ national field hockey squad until January 2022, has led the squad to a silver medal at Brazil’s Summer Olympics 2016 and a gold medal at the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020 and two-time gold medalists at the Women’s EuroHockey Nations Championship in The Netherlands in 2017 and 2020. She has many achievements under her belt as a pro player and as a coach. She’s truly one of the greatest female hockey players of all time.


  • Luciana Aymar

Luciana Aymar

Luciana Aymar is a retired Argentine field hockey player, widely recognized for her amazing style and athleticism in the sport. She was born on August 10, 1977, in Rosario, Argentina. 


Aymar was voted more than seven times as the planet’s best female hockey player. She was also proclaimed by the international hockey federation as a world hockey legend in 2008. Even though she presently doesn’t actively take part in any significant games, she still participates in the local games. Her zeal for hockey is always evident and this is why she deserves a spot in second place. 


  • Beth Anders

Beth Anders

Elizabeth Rambo “Beth” Anders was born on November 13, 1951, in Norristown, Pennsylvania. She is a retired field hockey sweeper from the US, who was a part of the national squad that won the bronze medal at the Los Angeles, California Summer Olympics in 1984. After that, she became the chief coach of the USA National Women’s Team. She also led the field hockey squad at Old Dominion University for thirty seasons, and finally decided to retire in 2012. In her profession as a female hockey player and as a coach, she was truly a force to reckon with.


  • Ellen Hoog

Ellen Hoog

Born on March 26, 1986, Ellen Hoog is a retired Dutch field hockey player, who is considered one of the greatest Dutch Hockey players in the female category of her generation.


At the age of 17, she made her professional debut for the Netherlands women’s national field hockey squad in 2004 and has participated in 232 games and scored about 60 goals. She won a gold medal and silver medals in 2008 and 2016 at the Olympics. Hoog and her team are two-time champions at the Women’s Hockey World Cup in the years2006 and 2014. In 2014, she was declared the best player at the Women’s Hockey World Cup.


  • Carina Benninga

Carina Benninga

Carina Benninga is a retired Dutch field hockey player, and has participated in about 158 international games for The Netherlands hockey squad and scored 25 goals. Her squad won the gold medal in the Summer Olympics 1984 and a bronze medal in the Seoul Olympics 1988. Notably, her profession as a hockey player includes winning gold medals at the EuroHockey Nations Championship and Champions Trophy in 1987, as well as a gold medal in the Women’s Hockey World Cup 1983  and the Women’s Hockey World Cup 1990. 


  • Maddie Hinch

Maddie Hinch

Madeleine Clare Hinch was born on October 8, 1988, she came to be known as Maddie Hinch an English professional field hockey player as a goalie for Tilburg Hockey Club and England and Great Britain national squads. Participating for the Dutch side, Stichtsche Cricket HC she has participated as their goalie for three years. Notably, Hinch won a gold medal at the 2016 Brazil Rio Olympics, where she managed to save four penalties in a final shoot-out with the opposing team in the Netherlands. 


  • Vanina Oneto

Vanina Oneto

Vanina Paula Oneto who was born in San Fernando on June 15, 1973, is a retired professional field hockey player from Argentina. She won the sil Summer Olympics 2000 and the bronze medal at the Athens Summer Olympics 2004 with the National field hockey squad. She’s also a multiple titles holder such as the World Cup 2002, the Champions Trophy 2001, a total of three three Pan American Games,  and the 2001 Pan American Cup.


  • Eva de Goede

Eva de Goede

Born on March 23, 1989, Eva de Goede is a Dutch professional female field hockey player who took part in the Dutch squads that seized the gold medal in the Summer 2008, 2012, and 2020. Goede also won a silver medal at the Summer Olympics 2016. She was a member of the Dutch team that won the Champions Trophy in 2007.


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