Fastest goals in association football

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This article lists goals which have been considered among the fastest ever scored in association football matches. 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 recognizing 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 Ali A's goal which is credited as being scored after two seconds is also disputed given that the match was later declared void due to ineligible players, when several players over the age of 23 were found to have played in the age restricted game.

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. [2]

Goals[edit]

The following is a list of 49 goals scored by any kind of players, including juniors, amateurs, semi-professionals, professionals, women football, in any football league, cup or other competition around the world.

Player Year Match Result Time Ref. Notes
Nawaf Al Abed 2009 Al-Hilal v Al-Shoalah 4–0 2 sec [3][4] This match was later declared void as ineligible players had been fielded. As such the status of this goal as the fastest ever has been disputed.
Andrew Alston 2017 Hempsted v Renegades 6-0 2 sec Scored directly from kick off, with the first kick of the game in the Gloucester and District Sunday League Premier Division fixture played at Bishops College on 26 February 2017 in an estimate of 2 seconds.
Gavin Stokes 2017 Maryhill v Clydebank 3–0 2.1 sec [5][6] This match was a junior football match (non-league) involving two teams from the West of Scotland Super League First Division in Scottish football.
Vuk Bakic 2012 GSP Polet v FK Dorćol 4–1 2.2 sec [7]
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This match was a junior match of the Serbian 2. League. Immediately after the referee whistled the beginning of the meeting, Vuk Bakic sent the ball into the goal. Distance from the centre and goal was approximately 50 meters.
Marc Burrows 2004 Cowes Sports Res. v Eastleigh Res. 5–3 2.56 sec [9]
[10]
This match was an amateur match but the record has been recognised by The Football Association. Eye-witness reports state the goal was aided by a particularly strong following wind.
Ricardo Olivera 1998 Rio Negro Capital v Soriano Interior 1–1 2.8 sec [11][12] The goal was listed in the Guinness World Records prior to 2004.
Cheung Sai Ho 1993 Portsmouth Cup 2.8 sec [13] Cheung scored for the Hong Kong youth team 2.8 seconds after the start of a match in the Portsmouth Cup in 1993. It was the world record in 1993.
Carlos Almeida 2011 Oliveira do Hospital v Associação Atlética de Arganil 3–0 3 sec [14]
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Occurred during a match in the first tier of Coimbra Football Association, the fourth tier of Portuguese football.
Frederico Chaves 2003 América Mineiro v Vila Nova 1–5 3.17 sec [10][16] Fastest Goal in Brazilian Football.
Colin Cowperthwaite 1979 Barrow v Kettering Town 0-4 3.55 sec [17] Fastest Goal in association football at the time.
Richard Wetton 2017 Oakwood FC v Lingfield FC 2-6 3.57 sec [18] Not only a fast goal but also a contender for the TWO fastest goals from Kick Off! The equalizer coming on just 40 seconds into the match. 22 August 2017 in the Peter Bentley Challenge Cup. Both teams play in the Southern Combination Football League Division One.
Bart van der Veer 2014 LTC v Oeverzwaluwen 2–4 3.6 sec [19]
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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 1995 Adelaide City v Sydney United 2–2 3.69 sec [21]
[22]
According to the Guinness Book of Records, Mori held the record from 1995 to 1998 when Ricardo Olivera scored a goal in 2.8 sec.
Yael Averbuch 2006 North Carolina v Yale Bulldogs 4–0 3.9 sec [23][24] Goal occurred in a women's college football match.
Jim Fryatt 1964 Bradford Park Avenue v Tranmere 4–2 4 sec [25]
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[21]
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."
Gareth Morris 2001 Ashton United v Skelmersdale United 4–2 4 sec [27]
[21]
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.
Gustavo Ramírez 2014 Mineros de Zacatecas v Club Necaxa 2–0 4 sec [28] Goal occurred in the first match of the season in Ascenso MX.
Albert Mundy 1958 Aldershot Town v Hartlepool United 3–0 6 sec [1][29] Fastest Goal in association football at the time.
Barrie Jones 1962 Notts County v Torquay United 2–0 6 sec [1]
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[32]
Jones kicked the match off, tapping the ball to a teammate. 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.
Keith Smith 1964 Crystal Palace v Derby County 3–3 6 sec [1][33]
Tommy Langley 1980 QPR v Bolton Wanderers 3–1 6 sec [1][34]
Alexandros Zafeiris 1980 Irodotos v Kifisia 3–1 6 sec [35] Fastest goal scored in the third tier of Greek Football League 2.
Lukas Podolski 2013 Germany v Ecuador 4–2 6 sec [36][37] Fastest goal ever scored in an international match.
Ghazi ayedi 2017 Club Africain vs CS Sfaxien 2-1 6 sec Fastest goal ever scored in Tunisien super ligue
Migen Memelli 2009 Tirana v Flamurtari Vlorë 3–0 7 sec [38] Fastest goal ever scored in Albanian Superliga.
Ji Xiang 2012 Jiangsu Sainty v Guangzhou Evergrande 1–1 7 sec [39] Fastest goal ever scored in Chinese Super League.
Andreas Labropoulos 2013 Olympiacos v OFI Crete 5–1 7 sec [40] Fastest goal ever scored in Greek Super League.
Jerome Martelli 2014 Leyton U18 v Dagenham & Redbridge U18 4–1 7 sec [41] Fastest goal ever scored in an U18 Association football game.
Mike Grella 2015 New York Red Bulls v Philadelphia Union 4–1 7 sec [42] Fastest goal ever scored in Major League Soccer.
Joseba Llorente 2008 Real Valladolid v Espanyol 2–1 7.22 sec [43] Fastest goal ever scored in La Liga.
Roman Yaremchuk 2016 Vorskla Poltava v Oleksandriya 2–2 7.27 sec [44][45] Fastest goal ever scored in the Ukrainian Premier League.
Carlos Aguiar 2010 Huachipato v Universidad de Chile 1–2 7.3 sec [46][47] Fastest goal ever scored in the Chilean Primera División.
Miroslav Manolov 2012 Cherno More Varna v Montana 3–1 7.42 sec [48] Fastest goal ever scored in Bulgarian A Football Group.
Seydou Keita 2014 Valencia CF v UD Almería 2–2 7.66 sec [43]
Gholamreza Rezaei 2012 Persepolis v Fajr Sepasi 2–0 8 sec [49] Fastest goal ever scored in Persian Gulf Pro League.
Tim Cahill 2013 Houston Dynamo v New York Red Bulls 0–3 8 sec [50] Second fastest goal ever scored in Major League Soccer.
Zaur Sadayev 2014 Lech Poznań v Jagiellonia Białystok 4–2 8 sec [51] Fastest goal ever scored in Polish Cup.
Marco Tavares 2017 Maribor v Domžale 1–0 8 sec [52] Fastest goal ever scored in Slovenian FirstLeague.
Tom Morgan 2014 Turton v Lytham 4–1 8 sec [53]
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[55]
West Lancashire Football League Division One – Level 12 – The kick off was quickly taken with a pass intended for a Turton player hitting a Lytham 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.
Paolo Poggi 2001 Piacenza v Fiorentina 3–1 8.1 sec [56] Fastest goal ever scored in Serie A.
Christian Benteke 2016 Gibraltar v Belgium 0–6 8.1 sec [57] Fastest goal ever scored in a FIFA World Cup qualification game.
Davide Gualtieri 1993 San Marino v England 1–7 8.3 sec [36][58]
Hisato Satō 2006 Sanfrecce Hiroshima v Cerezo Osaka 1–1 8.7 sec [59] Fastest goal ever scored in J.League Division 1.
Kevin Volland 2015 TSG Hoffenheim v Bayern München 1–2 9 sec [60]
Karim Bellarabi 2014 Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen 0–2 9 sec [61][62] Fastest goal scored in the history of the Bundesliga.
Ledley King 2000 Tottenham Hotspur v Bradford City 3–3 9.9 sec [63] Fastest goal ever scored in the Premier League.
Uroš Đurđević 2016 Čukarički v Partizan 1–3 10 sec [64] Fastest goal scored in the history of the Serbian SuperLiga
Julian Kristoffersen 2016 FC Copenhagen U19 v Leicester City U19 3–2 10 sec [65] UEFA Youth League
Justin Meram 2015 Columbus Crew v New York Red Bulls 2–0 10 sec [66] Fastest goal ever scored in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Gjergji Muzaka 2006 Partizani Tirana v Apolonia Fier 2–0 10 sec [38]
Roy Makaay 2007 Bayern München v Real Madrid 3–2 10.1 sec [67] Fastest goal ever scored in the UEFA Champions League.
Hakan Şükür 2002 Korea Republic v Turkey 2–3 10.8 sec [68] Fastest goal ever scored in the FIFA World Cup finals.
Diego Souza 2017 Brazil v Australia 1–0 11 sec [69]
Simone Magill 2016 Northern Ireland v Georgia 4–0 11 sec [70] Fastest goal ever scored in Women's International History.
Christian Eriksen 2017 Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United 2–0 11 sec [71]
Juan Cazares 2016 Atletico Mineiro v Botafogo 5–3 12 sec Fastest Atlético Mineiro goal in Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Ahmad Fakri Saarani 2015 Kelantan v Terengganu 1–2 12 sec Fastest goal ever scored in Malaysia Super League
Ian Bogie 1996 Port Vale v Stoke City 1–0 12 sec [72][73]
I. M. Vijayan 1999 India v Bhutan 3–0 12 sec [74][75] Scored in the group stage of the football competition in the 8th South Asian Federation Games, 1999.
Maheta Molango 2004 Reading v Brighton & Hove Albion 3–2 12 sec [76][77] Fastest goal ever scored from Offside.
Stevan Račić 2014 Partizani Tirana v Elbasani 1–0 12 sec [78]
Asmir Begović 2013 Stoke City v Southampton 1–1 13 sec [79] Begović scored against Southampton at a distance of 97.5 yards, after his long kick downfield deceived Artur Boruc. His goal against earned him a place in the Guinness World Records for the longest goal scored in football.
Neymar 2016 Brazil v Honduras 6–0 14 sec [80] Fastest goal ever scored in the history of Olympic Football Competition.

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