What are the Fastest Goals in Football History?

By | August 15, 2023

Ilkay Gundogan scored the fastest goal in FA Cup final history for Manchester City against Manchester United in the 2022/23 showpiece at Wembley.

His goal came after just 12 seconds, breaking the previous record of 25 seconds set by Louis Saha for Everton against Chelsea in 2009.

Fastest Goals in Football History

While Gundogan’s goal may not be anywhere near the fastest goal ever scored in the history of football, it is still an impressive feat. Here is a look at the fastest goals ever scored in football:

  • Gavin Stokes (Maryhill vs Clydebank, 2017) – 2.1 seconds
  • Vuk Bakic (GSP Polet vs FK Dorcol, 2012) – 2.2 seconds
  • Marc Burrows (Cowes Sports vs Eastleigh, 2004) – 2.56 seconds Cheung Sai Ho (Portsmouth Cup, 1993) – 2.8 seconds
  • Ricardo Olivera (Rio Negro vs Soriano Interior, 1998) – 2.8 seconds
  • Carlos Almeida (Oliveira vs Atletica de Arganil, 2011) – 3 seconds
  • Megan Searson (Marauders vs Minnesota, 2016) – 3 seconds
  • Fred (America Mineiro vs Vila Nova, 2003) – 3.17 seconds
  • Colin Cowperthwaite (Barrow vs Kettering Town, 1979) – 3.55 seconds Richard Wetton (Oakwood vs Lingfield, 2017) – 3.57 seconds

You can see, the fastest goals in football history have all been scored in non-league or lower league matches. This is likely because the players in these leagues are not as well-known or as highly pressured as players in top-flight leagues.

As a result, they may be more likely to take risks and shoot for goals from long range, which can sometimes lead to early goals.

It is also worth noting that some of the fastest goals in football history have been scored by women. Megan Searson’s goal for the Minnesota Marauders in 2016 is the fastest goal ever scored by a woman in a professional football match.


So, there you have it! These are the fastest goals ever scored in football history. If you’re ever watching a match and see a goal scored in the first few seconds, you know you’re witnessing something special.

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