Average Height and Weight of Soccer Forwards

Average Height and Weight of MLS Forwards (2023)

I’ve been a collegiate sports performance coach for 20 years. One thing I always felt was effective was showing guys the heights and weights of players at their position in the pros.

It helped give many players the extra motivation needed to gain weight when they were able to compare themselves to guys at the next level.

So, this is essentially the same research I would share with players, but now I’m sharing it with you. I took the 30-Man Rosters for the 2023 Major League Soccer season, over 700 players total and broke them down by position.

For this guide, I took an average of the heights and weights of the 164 forwards across the league. In addition, just for fun, I listed the tallest, shortest, heaviest and lightest forwards as well. Go ahead and impress someone today with your newfound random soccer knowledge.

Average Height of an MLS Forward

The average height of a major league soccer forward is 70.63 inches (just over 5’10 1/2″).

Height of MLS Forwards 2023

Average Weight of an MLS Forward

The average weight of a major league soccer forward is 164.41 pounds.

Weight of MLS Forwards 2023

Who are the Tallest Forwards in Major League Soccer?

There are five guys listed at 6’4″ or taller, but Bjorn Johnson stands alone at 6’5″.

Tallest Forwards in the MLS
Player Height Team
Bjorn Johnson 6’5″ CF Montreal
Samuel Adeniran 6’4″ St Louis City SC
Ercan Kara 6’4″ Orlando City
Cory Burke 6’4″ New York Red Bulls
Kacper Przybylko 6’4″ Chicago Fire

Who are the Shortest Forwards in Major League Soccer?

There are five forwards in the league listed at 5’5″ or shorter.

Shortest Forwards in the MLS
Player Height Team
Michael Barrios 5’4″ Colorado Rapids
Cameron Dunbar 5’4″ Minnesota United
Nicolas Stefanelli 5’5″ Inter Miami CF
Jader Obrian 5’5″ FC Dallas
Jonathan Menedez 5’5″ Real Salt Lake

Who are the Heaviest Forwards in the MLS?

There are five players listed at 196 pounds or more.

Heaviest Forwards in the MLS
Player Weight Team
Preston Judd 209 LA Galaxy
Samuel Adeniran 201 St Louis City SC
Tega Ikoba 198 Portland Timbers
Brandon Vazquez 196 FC Cincinnati
Ayo Akinola 196 Toronto FC

Who are the Lightest Forwards in the MLS?

Here are the six lightest forwards in Major League Soccer, all weighing 135 pounds or less.

Lightest Forwards in the MLS
Player Weight Team
Edwin Mosquera 128 Atlanta United
Edison Azcona 130 Inter Miami CF
Jojea Kwizera 130 CF Montreal
Alex Monis 132 Chicago Fire
Michael Barrios 135 Colorado Rapids
Joshua Bolma 135 New England Revolution

Final Thoughts

So, what did I learn, other than random knowledge that works perfectly for a sports quiz?

When compared to other major sports, soccer players are, well, smaller.

For soccer forwards, size simply isn’t the advantage that is for other positions in other sports. Speed, quickness and skill are the premium skill sets.

Having said all that, it’s still a little surprising (at least to me it was) that there are only two forwards in the entire league over 200 pounds.

Finally, if you’d like to see the full position-by-position breakdown, check out the average heights and weights of major league soccer players by position.



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