Average Height and Weight of Soccer Players

Average Height and Weight of MLS Soccer Players (2023)

I’ve been a collegiate sports performance coach for 20 years. Over my career, I always felt it was extremely effective to show 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, these are essentially the same numbers I would share with players I’m now sharing with you. I took the active 30-man rosters for the 2023 Major League Soccer season, over 700 players total and then broke them down by position.

For this guide, I took an average of the heights and weights of each position group across the league.

In addition, just for fun, I listed the tallest, shortest, heaviest and lightest players as well regardless of position. Go ahead and impress someone today with your newfound random soccer knowledge.

Average Height of an MLS Player by Position

The average height of a major league soccer player is 70.98 inches (just under 5’11”), with the tallest position being Goalkeeper at 74.56 (over 6’2 1/2″).

Height of MLS Players by Position 2023
Average Major League Soccer Player Height
PositionHeight (inches)Height* (ft/inches)
Goalkeeper74.566’2 1/2″
Forward70.635’10 3/4″
Midfielder69.235’9 1/4″
Defender71.855’11 3/4″

*Rounded to the nearest quarter-inch.

Average Weight of an MLS Player by Position

The average weight of a major league soccer player is 166.01 pounds.

Weight of MLS Players by Position 2023
Average Major League Soccer Player Weight
PositionWeight (pounds)

Who Are The Tallest Players in Major League Soccer?

There are 8 players listed at 6’6″ or taller – half goalkeepers and half defenders.

Tallest Players in the MLS
Matthew Nocita6’8″DefenderNew York Red Bulls
Hunter Sulte6’7″GoalkeeperPortland Timbers
Ben Lundt6’6″GoalkeeperSt Louis City SC
Javier Otero6’6″GoalkeeperOrlando City
Benjamin Martino6’6″GoalkeeperNashville SC
Jackson Ragen6’6″DefenderSeattle Sounders FC
Aime Mabika6’6″DefenderInter Miami CF
Jack Elliott6’6″DefenderPhiladelphia Union

Who are the Shortest Players in Major League Soccer?

There are 9 players 5’4″ or shorter, the majority of them are midfielders.

Shortest Players in the MLS
Daniel Rios5’1″MidfielderHouston Dynamo
Luciano Acosta5’3″MidfielderFC Cincinnati
Michael Barrios5’4″ForwardColorado Rapids
Cameron Dunbar5’4″ForwardMinnesota United
Javier Casas5’4″MidfielderChicago Fire
Erik Duenas5’4″MidfielderLos Angeles Football Club
Frankie Amaya5’4″MidfielderNew York Red Bulls
Lorenzo Insigne5’4″MidfielderToronto FC
Andres Cubas5’4″MidfielderVancouver Whitecaps

Who are the Heaviest Players in the MLS?

Here are the eight heaviest guys in the league, all 209 pounds or more.

Heaviest Players in the MLS
Evan Louro225GoalkeeperFC Cincinnati
Ben Lundt220GoalkeeperSt Louis City SC
Aime Mabika214DefenderInter Miami CF
Fred Emmings209GoalkeeperMinnesota United
John Pulskamp209GoalkeeperSporting Kansas City
Alex Bono209GoalkeeperDC United
Preston Judd209ForwardLA Galaxy
Tim Melia209GoalkeeperSporting Kansas City

Who are the Lightest Players in the MLS?

Here are the ten lightest guys in Major League Soccer, all weighing 130 pounds or less.

Lightest Players in the MLS
Riqui Puig123MidfielderLA Galaxy
Nuno Santos126MidfielderCharlotte FC
Anthony Sorenson126DefenderPhiladelphia Union
Edwin Mosquera128ForwardAtlanta United
Erik Duenas130MidfielderLos Angeles Football Club
Lorenzo Insigne130MidfielderToronto FC
Ozzie Cisneros130MidfielderSporting Kansas City
Edison Azcona130ForwardInter Miami CF
Jojea Kwizera130ForwardCF Montreal
Martin Ojeda130MidfielderOrlando City

Final Thoughts

So, what did I learn?

I always tell people it’s hard to wrap your head around how big the NBA Guards are.

This is because the only context most people have is seeing them on the court next to guys that are 7 feet tall. This makes them look small even though most guards are around 6’4″ and would easily be one of the biggest people in almost any other social situation.

Soccer players are somewhat the opposite. The average player is only around 5’11”, at least a few inches shorter than players of other major sports.

On top of that, there are only 30 players out of 735 that weigh 200 pounds. Crazy considering 200 pounds (or more) is the average size of many professional athletes.

This all makes sense though. It’s a sport where speed, skill and a tremendous amount of conditioning are critical for success.

Height can be helpful for goalkeepers for obvious reasons and it can also be beneficial for players to play corners and crosses in the air. Being heavy though is more of a disadvantage than an advantage like it is in other sports.



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