Once again, it’s Valentine’s Day, the time of year when single folks feel lonely, lovers post obnoxiously to social media and couples on the rocks find an excuse to break up. To celebrate this unnecessary holiday, we’ve compiled a list of the best soccer couples in the world to let the single people know what they’re missing out on. Because every soccer player’s goal in life is to find a fellow soccer player to fall in love with, right?
Maybe you’re actually happily seeing someone (or someones, we don’t judge), in which case we hope it's a soccer player and this list of soccer couples will merely remind you of the great love life you already have. But more than likely, you’ll be lonely this Valentine’s Day, because why else would you be on The18.com if not to fulfill your yearning for contact with other footie fans?
We’ve already explained to you why you should be dating a girl or guy who plays soccer in the past; these couples took it to another level by dating or marrying a fellow footballer player. So whether you’re in a relationship or wish you were, or maybe you just like looking at pictures of beautiful, happy people, here are the 10 hottest soccer couples, in no particular order, together as of February 2020.
(Editor's Note: This story originally ran in 2018 but has been updated in 2020, in part because Erin McLeod and Ella Masar divorced. We also bumped Casey Stoney and Megan Harris because they've both retired.)
The 10 Hottest Soccer Couples
USWNT stars Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris announced their engagement in March of 2019 and tied the knot later that year at a fabulous wedding in Miami. Both play for the Orlando Pride in the NWSL and both have been apart of two Women's World Cup championships. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more accomplished duo.
Married in 2015, the two are adorable together and have an even more adorable son named Cassius, born in 2016, and a girl, born in 2019. Neither Sydney nor Dom were born in the States, but both have represented U.S. internationally, both are forwards and both play in Orlando for the Pride and City. Leroux has twice switched teams to be closer to Dom.
Like Leroux and Dwyer, Alex followed Servando to Orlando. Unfortunately for them, Servando moved to the LA Galaxy after the 2017 season. The two were married in 2014 after meeting at UC Berkeley, where they both played soccer. The two will welcome their first child to the world in April.
Pernille, the Denmark captain and five-time Danish player of the year, has had a lengthy relationship with Magdalena, a Swedish national team player. The two played for Linköpings FC together but now Pernille plays for Wolfsburg and Magdalena for Chelsea. The two went viral during the 2019 Women's World Cup when Magda, after having beaten Canada in the Round of 16 in Paris, kissed Pernille.
When it comes to love there should never be rights and wrongs. Love can take all kind of shapes and nothing is more real than that. I wish for everyone to be proud of who they are and never be ashamed of who they love. Happy Valentines Day pic.twitter.com/uspW9fSI8q
— Magdalena Eriksson (@MagdaEricsson) February 14, 2020
Sam Kerr is perhaps the best goal scorer in women's soccer right now, having recently secured a big-money move to Chelsea. But going to England meant leaving her partner, Nikki Stanton, behind. The two were teammates both with the Chicago Red Stars and Perth Glory. While Sam is an Australia international with 83 caps and 38 goals to her name, Nikki is an American midfielder who has yet to break into the USWNT ranks.
Allie has won NCAA and NWSL championships and has scored eight goals for the USWNT. Jose isn’t quite as well known, but has played professional soccer in the U.S., including with Sevilla FC in Puerto Rico. The two were married in October of 2016, with Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath the maids of honor.
The two Arsenal teammates since 2017 have chemistry on and off the pitch. The two both shined at the 2019 Women's World Cup, at least until they played the USWNT. Beth started in the semifinal loss to the U.S. while Daniëlle was a key figure for the Netherlands' run to the final, which ended in a defeat to the USWNT. Notably, during a 2019 Arsenal match, Daniëlle shoved a referee asking for a card after Beth was taken out hard by Abbey-Leigh Stringer. That's sticking up for the one you love.
Iker is a Real Madrid and Spain legend, winning the World Cup and three Champions League titles. Sara is a sports journalist who covers soccer. The couple started dating in 2009, was married in 2016 and has two sons together. During the 2010 World Cup, Sara was hilariously accused of distracting Iker during a 1-0 loss to Switzerland.
Technically J.J. plays American football, but the Houston Texans star is no stranger to real football. Kealia, a former Houston Dash captain, and J.J. got engaged in 2019 after dating publicly since 2017. Kealia was traded out of Houston to Chicago Red Stars in early 2020, but their relationship remains strong.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 23, 2017
Yes, this is another couple in which the man doesn’t actually play real football, but we still felt compelled to include them. Julie won the World Cup in 2015 and 2019 while Zach won the Super Bowl in 2018. The two were married in 2017 and enjoy playing Call of Duty and eating breakfast for dinner like every great relationship. If you need any proof of their love for each other, check out Julie’s reaction to learning Zach would be going to the Super Bowl.