Fastest goals in association football

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Some sources consider Nawaf Al Abed to have scored the fastest ever goal in a football match although the status of this record is disputed.

This article lists goals which have been considered among the fastest ever scored in an association football match. The records concerning the fastest goals are disputed for a number of reasons. Ray Spiller of the Association of Football Statisticians has argued that as there is no official system for recognising the timing of goals there are always going to be disputes concerning these records.[1] In addition, many of the goals listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as being among the fasted were not filmed preventing the precise timing of goals from being assessed.[1] The status of Nawaf Al Abed's goal which is credited as being scored after two seconds is also disputed given that the match was later declared void due ineligible players when several players over the age of 23 were found to have played in the age restricted game.[citation needed] Marc Burrows' goal has also been considered the fastest ever but it was scored in an amateur reserve game. As there is no standard size for a football pitch some of the goals listed benefit from being played on smaller pitches that require the ball to travel a shorter distance before reaching the goal. Furthermore, many of the records listed come from English language publications and reflect a bias towards English football within the sources.

Under The Laws of the Game, specifically Law 8, goals may be scored directly from the kick-off. Some of the fastest goals on the list below are shots taken directly from the kick-off.


Player Match Result Time of Goal Reference Notes
Vuk Bakic GSP Polet v Dorcol 4-1 2 secs [2] This match was a junior match of the Serbian 2. League. Immediately after the referee marked the beginning of the meeting, a young footballer sent the ball into the goal. Distance from the centre and goal was approximately 50 meters.
Nawaf Al Abed Al-Hilal v Al Shoalah 4-0 2 secs [3] Due to the instruments lack of precision, a comparison cannot be made between the first and second.
Marc Burrows Cowes Sports reserves v Eastleigh reserves, 2004 5-3 2.564 secs [4] This match was an amateur match but the record has been recognised by the English FA.[4] Eye-witness reports state the goal was aided by a particularly strong following wind.[4]
Ricardo Olivera Rio Negro v Soriano  ? 2.8 secs [4] The goal scored in 1998 was listed in the Guinness Book of Records prior to 2004[4] Film footage of the goal exists.[5]
Carlos Almeida F.C. Oliveira do Hospital v Arganil 3 secs [6] Occurred during a match in the fifth tier of Portuguese football[6] The goal was filmed and can be viewed on YouTube.[7]
Frederico Chaves Guedes América Mineiro against Vila Nova 3.17 secs [8]
Colin Cowperthwaite Barrow v Kettering Town, 1979 3.5 secs [1]
Bart van der Veer LTC v Oeverzwaluwen, 2014 2-4 3.6 secs [9] Occurred during a match in the Saturdays 1e Klasse, the fifth tier of Dutch football and the third tier of Dutch amateur football. It was Van der Veer's last match for Oeverzwaluwen before his retirement.
Damian Mori Adelaide City v Sydney United, 1996 3.69 secs [10] The fact that this goal was filmed aided Mori's claim to the record. According to the Guinness Book of Records Mori held the record from 1995 to 1998 when Ricardo Olivera scored timed at 2.8 secs[10]
Jim Fryatt Bradford Park Avenue v Tranmere, 1964 4 secs (disputed) [10] According to the sources some onlookers say that this goal took closer to 10 seconds. However there is no film evidence to contradict the assessment of the referee Bob Simons who said: "I blew my whistle for the start and still had my stopwatch in my hand when the ball entered the net...The scoring time is exactly four seconds - no question of it."[10]
Gareth Morris Ashton United v Skelmersdale United 4 secs [10] This goal is likely to be the fastest ever scored in the FA cup although the lack of records dating back to the formation of the competition make this impossible to verify.[11]
Yael Averbuch North Carolina v Yale 4 secs [5] Goal occurred in a women's college football match. Film evidence of the goal exists.[5]
Albert Mundy Aldershot v Hartlepool, 1958 6 seconds [1]
Barrie Jones Notts County v Torquay, 1962 2-0 6 seconds [1][12][13] Jones kicked the match off, tapping the ball to a teammate, although he`s never been sure who it was. He set off, running diagonally to the right, towards the centre of the 18 yard box. Bob Forrest had received the ball by now and he rolled it perfectly into Jones's path. The Torquay keeper was out to the edge of his box but he hit it under him with his first touch, helping the ball on from the direction of Forrest's pass.[14]
Keith Smith Crystal Palace v Derby 1964 6 seconds [1]
Tommy Langley Queen's Park Rangers v Bolton, 1980 6 seconds [1]
Alexandros Zafeiris Irodotos v Kifisia 3-1 6 Seconds [15] Fastest goal ever scored in the semi-professional, third tier Greek Football League 2
Jerome Martelli Leyton Orient U18 v Dagenham & Redbridge U18, 2014 4-1 7 seconds [16]
Lampropoulos Olympiacos v OFI Crete, 2013 5-1 7 seconds Fastest goal ever scored in Greek Super League
Ji Xiang Jiangsu Sainty F.C. v Guangzhou Evergrande, 2012 1-1 7 seconds [17] Fastest goal ever scored in Chinese Super League
Joseba Llorente Valladolid v Espanyol, 2008 2-1 7.22 seconds [18] Fastest goal ever scored in La Liga
Seydou Keita Valencia vs Almeria 2014 2-2 7.66 seconds [19]
Tom Morgan Turton F.C. v Lytham Town, 2014 4-1 8 seconds [citation needed] The Bay West Lancashire League, Division 1 - The kick off was quickly taken with a pass intended for a Turton player hitting a Lytham Town player hard on the shin and bobbling up. Tom Morgan struck the ball in the air about 45 metres from goal and the ball cannoned in off the underside of the crossbar. The referee, Simon Robinson timed the goal at exactly eight seconds.
Tim Cahill Houston Dynamo v New York Red Bulls, 2013 0-3 8 seconds [20] Fastest goal ever scored in Major League Soccer
Gholamreza Rezaei Persepolis Iran v Fajr Sepasi Shiraz, 2012 2-0 8 seconds [21] Fastest goal ever scored in Iran Pro League (Persian Gulf Cup)
Hisato Satō Sanfrecce Hiroshima v Cerezo Osaka, 2006 8 seconds fastest goal ever scored in J.League
Zaur Sadayev Lech Poznań v Jagiellonia Białystok, 2014 4-2 8 seconds [22] The fastest goal in the Polish Cup
Davide Gualtieri San Marino vs England 1–7 8.3 seconds [23] The fastest goal in a full international match[24]
Lukas Podolski Germany vs Ecuador, 2013 4-2 9 seconds [23] The fastest goal in the history of the DFB team. The goal can be seen here [25]
Karim Bellarabi Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen, 2014 0-2 9 seconds [26] The fastest goal in the history of the Bundesliga. [27]
Ledley King Tottenham Hotspur F.C. v Bradford City F.C., 2000 3-3 9.9 seconds [28] Fastest goal ever scored in the F.A. Premier League and English top tier
Roy Makaay Bayern München v Real Madrid, 2007 3-2 10.12 seconds [29] Fastest goal ever scored in the UEFA Champions League
Hakan Şükür Korea Republic v Turkey, 2002 2-3 10.8 seconds [citation needed] Fastest goal ever scored in the FIFA World Cup finals

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  8. ^ The Fastest Goal Ever - Video
  9. ^ Snelste doelpunt ooit? Oeverzwaluwen scoort na 3,6 seconden
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  11. ^ First XI: Quick off the mark - ESPN Soccernet
  12. ^ Fastest goal for Notts County
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  20. ^ "This Week in MLS – October 21, 2013". Major League Soccer. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2014. Tim Cahill scored just eight seconds into the Red Bulls' 3–0 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Sunday – the fastest goal in MLS history 
  21. ^ Iranian Soccer Player Gholamreza Rezaei Scores Goal Eight Seconds Into Game, Ends 2012 on High Note (Video) | Soccer |
  22. ^ "Zaur Sadajew strzelił gola w 8. sekundzie! To rekord w dziejach Lecha Poznań". 1 November 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014. Zaur Sadayev scored a goal 8 seconds into the game. This is the fastest recorded goal in Polish soccer 
  23. ^ a b Enjoy All 9 Seconds It Took Lukas Podolski to Score in International Friendly.
  24. ^ The qualifiers in numbers.
  25. ^ CRAZY!! Podolski goal in 6 second ( germany vs ecuador) - YouTube
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  27. ^ Bellarabi: Schnellstes Bundesligator
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