Field hockey, a game known for its agility, speed, and skill, has been graced by the presence of some exceptionally talented female athletes over the years.
If anything, their athletic prowess is only matched by their dedication to the game and their charismatic personalities off the field.
Top 10 Hottest Female Field Hockey Players in 2023
Without further ado, here are the top ten hottest female field hockey players in the world.
10. Kathleen Sharkey
Born on July 30, 1990, in Moosic, Pennsylvania, Sharkey’s prowess and dedication to field hockey have been evident from a very young age. She began her journey in the sport during her schooling years and rapidly ascended the ranks due to her talent and hard work. Sharkey’s career in field hockey took off at Lake-Lehman High School where she was a four-time All-State First Team selection.
Her exceptional performances caught the attention of many, leading her to be recruited by Princeton University. Here, she not only continued her athletic prowess but also demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to academic excellence. During her time at Princeton, Sharkey became a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year and was also named an All-American three times.
9. Frederique Matla
Born on December 28, 1996, in Vught, Netherlands, Matla has emerged as one of the most talented and dynamic players in the sport.
As a child, she joined the renowned Dutch club ‘s-Hertogenbosch at a very young age and was already playing for the senior team by the time she was 17. Through her consistent performance and exceptional skills, she quickly made her mark and caught the attention of national selectors.
Her debut for the Dutch national team came in 2017 during a match against Spain. Since then, Matla has been an integral part of the team, playing a pivotal role in many of their successes.
8. Sophie Polkamp
Born in 1984 in Groningen, Netherlands. She was one of the main factors in the Dutch great generation who were crowned World Champions in 2006 and runners-up in 2010. Also, she has a gold medal from both Beijing 2008 and the London 2012 Olympics. Considering that Netherlands won the Champions Trophy in 2007 and European Championship in 2011 she decided to retire from international hockey. The decision came shortly after another trophy win, but this time for her team Amsterdam HBC.
7. Eva de Goede
The Dutch midfielder was born in 1989 in a small town of Zeist. She is a regular international for Netherlands field hockey team and has achieved even more than Polkamp because she is actively playing for the Netherlands. Eva participated in three Olympic tournaments with the last one of them being Rio de Janeiro 2016, where the Dutch team won a silver medal.
6. Kelsey Kolojejchick
Kelsey Kolojejchick was born on October 2, 1991, in Kingston, Pennsylvania. She started her sports career as a soccer player, but later transferred to playing field hockey. In college, she also did various other sports like softball, gymnastics, track and swimming. Kolojejchick attended University of North Carolina, where she was a crucial player in the field hockey team and lead them to the National title on her first year in college. She debuted for the National team in 2012, and her first big competition was the 2014 World Cup where she scored 5 times.
5. Ellen Hoog
This AHBC’s midfielder was born 26 March 1986. Since her debut for the national team in 2004, she has represented Netherlands in 232 caps, scoring 60 goals. Her most important goals were in a shootout in 2012 Olympic tournament semifinals against New Zealand and in 2016 Olympics semi-final against Germany.
Hoog has gold medals from all four biggest field hockey international competitions. Two from Olympic Games (2008 and 2012), two from World Cup (2006, 2014), three from European Championship (2005, 2009, 2011) and two Champions Trophy golds (2004, 2005). She was FIH Player of the Year 2014.
4. Fatima Moreira de Melo
Maybe a surprise entrance on this list, considering that she’s retired and now aged 39, but this Dutch-born field hockey player of Portuguese descent (her father was a Portuguese diplomat in the Netherlands) has a very special lifestyle. Her first match for the Netherlands was in 1997 in a 2-1 victory against Germany. She ended her career after 191 appearances, scoring solid number of 30 goals.
In her club career, she has played for three Dutch teams: Tempo 34, HGC and HC Rotterdam. De Melo is a Master of Laws and has presented TV programs for various stations in the Netherlands. She even has a singing career and had been performing at many ceremonies before and after field hockey events. In 2006, she won individual award Rotterdam Sportswoman of the Year, after which she signed a sponsorship contract with Rabobank. Her boyfriend is a tennis player Raymond Sluiter. Now, after her career has ended, she plays online and live poker tournaments for TeamPokerStars.
3. Marsha Cox (Marsha Marescia)
Marian Marescia is known to be one of the best South African hockey players which could not play for national team due to Apartheid. Since her debut in 2001, Marsha has collected over 300 caps for South Africa and is captaining the national team. She was selected three times for the IHF World XI (2007, 2009, 2010). In 2013 she married her boyfriend, Dutch hockey coach Alexander Cox.
2. Anna Flanagan
This hockey player was born in Canberra in 1992. She is also known by her nickname Flanno. Her whole family played field hockey, so she started playing it aged 5, and was coached by her father many years later.
Anna’s father is a PE teacher so she developed interests in many sports, which is the reason why she has a degree in Sports Journalism from the University of Canberra and was working for Fox Sports in Perth. She plays as a defender and is specialist in taking corner penalties. Now, she has 150 caps for Australia, debuting aged 18 in a test match against the Republic of Korea. Her favorite number is 9. In national league, she plays for ACT Strikers. She was crowned as the FIH Young Player of the Year 2012, which stands out as her biggest individual award. Flanagan is an ambassador for a Donar Mate (Organ Donation), National Breast Cancer Association and Cerebral Palsy ACT.
1. Luciana Aymar
Now retired, this Argentinian field hockey player is ex-number one in the World. She was born in Rosario in 1977 and is nicknamed ‘La Maga’ (The Magician) due to her amazing pace and dribbling skills and a lot of people drew a comparison with her and two most famous Argentinian soccer players, Rosario-born Lionel Messi and Diego Armando Maradona.
She is the only player in history to win eight FIH Player of the Year awards. Aymar is famous for being first female field hockey athlete flag bearer, representing Argentina in 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Also, Mayer is second Argentinian in history who have won four Olympic medals. She started her club career in Fisherton, after proving herself, she went to Rosario. After Rosario, she spent two years in Europe, more precisely in Germany (Rot-Weiss Cologne) and Spain (Real Club de Polo Barcelona) and then returned to her homeland to play for Quilmes and GEBA. Luciana was declared ‘Legend of Hockey’ in 2008 by the International Hockey Federation.