Biggest ever football wins: Top 10 international scorelines after England 20-0 Latvia

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England Women thrashed Latvia 20-0 at the Keepmoat Stadium to record their biggest ever competitive victory.

The Lionesses remain top of their World Cup qualifying group with six wins from six games, having now scored 53 goals and conceded none.

But where does this latest win rank in terms of the all-time biggest margins of victory?

We’ve scoured the archives and put together a list of the top 10 largest wins from across men’s and women’s international football:

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10. Germany Women 17-0 Kazakhstan Women

The German national team is one of the most successful in women’s football history. They are two-time World Champions, eight-time European Champions and were Olympic winners in 2016.

Their largest margin of victory came against Kazakhstan in a European Championship qualifying match in 2011, where they scored a whopping 17 goals.

Renowned striker Alexandra Popp scored four of her 53 Germany goals in the match.

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9. Australia Women 18-0 Indonesia Women

The Matildas recorded an astonishing 18-0 win over Indonesia in the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup. 

After 43 shots — 25 on target and 18 hitting the back of the net — Australia fell three goals short of matching the all-time biggest international victory margin in women's football.

Sam Kerr scored five goals during the rout, becoming the Australia's all-time top goalscorer, male or female, with 54 goals. 

Sam Kerr became Australia's all-time top international goalscorer

8. Iran 19-0 Guam

Iran missed out on a place at the 2002 World Cup following defeat to the Republic of Ireland in the playoffs.

However, they thrashed Guam 19-0 in the Asian qualifiers as Iranian football icon Ali Daei scored a hat-trick.

Daei was the top scorer ever in men’s international football with 109 goals up until this year when he was surpassed by Cristiano Ronaldo.


7. Belgium Women 19-0 Armenia Women

While it was the Lionesses who made headlines this week, Belgium Women hammered Armenia a matter of weeks ago, also in a World Cup qualifier.

Captain Tessa Wullaert, who spent two seasons at Manchester City, scored five goals, while Amber Tysiak and Tine De Caigny netted hat-tricks of their own.

Belgium are second in Group F after six games and are three points behind Norway in top spot.

Tessa Wullaert

6. England Women 20-0 Latvia Women

England’s win over Latvia surpassed their previous biggest win –– a 13-0 victory against Hungary back in 2005.

Overall there were 10 different goalscorers as Lauren Hemp scored four, while Beth Mead and Alessia Russo bagged hat-tricks.

Ellen White also scored three to become England Women’s all-time leading goalscorer with 48 –– surpassing Kelly Smith’s record of 46.


5. Canada Women 21-0 Puerto Rico Women

England’s win against Latvia was no doubt emphatic, but it was not the biggest margin of victory in a Women’s World Cup qualifier.

That honour goes to Canada, who beat Puerto Rico 21-0 in the 1998 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.

Canada beat Mexico 1-0 in the final of the tournament to secure the sole automatic place for the 1999 Women’s World Cup.

Canada Women

4. Australia 22-0 Tonga

Australia were unstoppable during the qualifying phase for the 2002 World Cup. They broke the world record for the biggest margin of victory in a men’s qualifier twice in the space of just two days.

The first time came against Tonga, where the Socceroos blasted 22 unanswered goals past Tonga. John Aloisi scored six, while Kevin Muscat and Damian Mori notched four apiece.


3. Tahiti 30-0 Cook Islands

Tahiti hosted the 1971 South Pacific Games and gave fans a lot to cheer for when they put 30 goals past the Cook Islands.

They did not manage to go on and win the tournament, however, losing to New Hebrides 2-1 in the semi-final.

Tahiti

2. Australia 31-0 American Samoa

Just two days after thrashing Tonga, Australia set another record for the largest victory in an international men’s football match as they won 31-0 against American Samoa.

Archie Thompson scored 13, breaking the record for most goals by a single player in a match.

The outcome of the game led to debates about the format of qualification tournaments, with suggestions that measures should be introduced to avoid unbalanced matches.

Archie Thompson

1. Federated States of Micronesia Under-23s 0-46 Vanuatu Under-23s

Admittedly, this was an Under-23s match and not a full international but the story of the Federated States of Micronesia is a fascinating one.

The Under-23s team was not founded until 2014, yet they were soon invited to compete in the 2015 Pacific Games.

Remarkably, the side travelled to Papua New Guinea without a kit and having only had one training camp as a side.

Their performance was the worst in recorded international history as they lost all three games and conceded 114 goals in the process.

First up was a 30-0 defeat to Tahiti, followed by a 38-0 loss to Fiji. In their final game, Micronesia were thrashed 46-0 by Vanuatu.

To put into context these defeats, manager Stan Foster later said it was the first time many of his players had played on a full-size pitch.

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