The two highest-scoring soccer games in recorded history are:
- The Arbroath 36–0 Bon Accord game: This Scottish Cup match took place on September 12, 1885, and remains the highest-scoring game in soccer history. Arbroath FC defeated Bon Accord FC by a score of 36-0.
- The Australian 31–0 American Samoa game: This World Cup qualifier took place on April 11, 2001, and saw the Australian national team defeat the American Samoa national team by a score of 31-0.
It is worth noting, however, that these two matches took place under very different circumstances and in different eras of the game. The Arbroath-Bon Accord match took place when the game was still in its early stages of development, and the skill level and equipment of the players were not as advanced as they are today. The Australia-American Samoa match, on the other hand, saw a much higher level of competition and skill, but American Samoa was a much smaller and less experienced team than Australia.
Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club, a South African team, holds the record for the highest-scoring game in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) with a 24-0 victory over Powerlines FC in a Nedbank Cup game on October 24, 2012.
It is worth noting that Powerlines FC was a non-league team, meaning they were not a professional team and were likely outmatched by the more experienced and skilled Sundowns team. This game is often cited as an example of the huge disparities in talent and resources between different levels of soccer in South Africa.
The game remains controversial and is often criticized for being an unfair and unsporting display of dominance. Despite this, the result remains in the record books as the highest-scoring game in the PSL’s history.