FIFA soccer World Cup: Average number of goals scored per games 1930-2018

Average number of goals scored per game at the FIFA World Cup from 1930 to 2018

by Christina Gough, last edited Aug 9, 2019
FIFA soccer World Cup: Average number of goals scored per games 1930-2018 At the latest World Cup in Russia in 2018, a total of 169 tournament goals were scored at an average of 2.6 goals per game. The highest ever goals to game ratio was during the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, where an average of 5.38 goals were scored in each of the 26 games. This number can be attributed to some unusually high-scoring games, which included Austria 7 Switzerland 5 and Hungary 9 South Korea 0. The final between West Germany and Hungary clocked in at a below-average 3-2.
World Cup goal-fests

The 171 goals scored during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil equals the record for the most goals in a single World Cup along with France 1998. The World Cup in France was also the first tournament which included 64 teams in the main event, a vast increase on the 18 teams that took part in the very first World Cup in Uruguay in 1930.

World Cup goal kings

Germany’s Miroslav Klose holds the record for the most goals ever scored at the World Cup. The striker scored his sixteenth and record-breaking goal in Germany's 7-1 semi-final demolition of Brazil during the 2014 World Cup. His first World Cup goals came 12 years earlier at the World Cup in South Korea and Japan in 2002. He scored a hat-trick during Germany’s 8-0 victory against Saudi Arabia in the group stage and went on to score two more goals during the tournament. The top goal scorer at the 2002 World Cup was Brazil’s Ronaldo, who comes in at second on the all-time leading scorers at the World Cup.
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Average number of goals scored per game at the FIFA World Cup from 1930 to 2018

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