The top scoring A-League Women clubs of all time

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There have been over 2270 goals scored across the previous 14 seasons of the A-League Women and with this season shaping up to be one of the highest-scoring seasons yet, let’s look back at which clubs have been the top performers of all time.

4. Canberra United – 21 goal average

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Sneaking into the top four, Canberra have managed to rack up a total of 299 goals across 14 seasons which equals an average of 21 goals per season.

This helped the girls in green to finish premiers on three occasions and crowned champions twice. Canberra’s highest scoring season was in 2016/17 where they scored 33 goals.

Roughly one quarter of all Canberra goals have come from current captain Michelle Heyman, who is also the overall top goal scorer for the league.

3. Brisbane Roar – 22 goal average

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Not far behind is Brisbane Roar who have a total of 306 goals, including their inaugural season when they were known as Queensland Roar. They are another foundation team, so they come in with a 22-goal average over 14 seasons.

They were the first team to ever win a championship which is no surprise when looking at the statistics. In the 2008/09 season they were the top scoring club with 27 goals – 10 goals more than the next highest team.

The previous two seasons have been Brisbane’s highest scoring of all time which puts the club in good form going into the 2022/23 season.

2. Melbourne City – 23 goal average

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Next up is Melbourne City who are the only club in the top four who weren’t a foundation team.

Since their introduction in 2015 they have a total of 164 goals in seven seasons, giving them an average of 23 goals a season.

On two occasions, in 2019/20 and their inaugural 2015/16 season, they had a clean sweep of accolades when they were crowned premiers, champions, and were the top scoring team of the season.

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At the end of round four in the current season, City are sitting undefeated at the top of the ALW ladder and have scored more goals than the bottom four teams combined.

They have already scored more than half their average this season so it looks like we can expect another big year from them.

1. Sydney FC – 25 goal average

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Finally, the top scoring ALW club of all time is Sydney FC with an average of 25 goals scored per season.

In their lifetime the Sky Blues have a total of 353 goals to their name across their 14 season appearances.

This title comes as no surprise when they have been the top scoring team for six seasons, finished premiers on four occasions and champions three times.

Sydney are also on track to score more than their average this season so Sky Blue fans can expect there to be lots of celebrations.

Honourable mentions

Despite not making the top four, many clubs had some outstanding performances that deserve a special mention.

Perth Glory currently holds the record for most goals scored within a season.

During the 2014 season they accumulated an impressive 39 goals in total. Glory’s Kate Gill and Sam Kerr were the league’s top two goal scorers with 12 and 11 goals respectively.

Central Coast Mariners were only apart of the ALW for the first two seasons of the league but still managed to finish fifth for average goals per season. With a precedence for being a high scoring team, it is no wonder the women’s team is being reintroduced next season.

Feature image credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Grace Buckmaster
Grace Buckmaster
Sports Media student at the University of Canberra. Covering Canberra United for the 2022/23 season. Women's sport enthusiast.

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