Largest Victory in an International Soccer Match - Socceroos
Date of Record: 11/04/2001
On 11 April 2001, the Australian and American Samoa national association football teams played each other in a qualifying match for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
The match was played at the International Sports Stadium in Coffs Harbour, NSW.
Australia set a world record for the largest victory in an international football match, winning the game 31-0.
The outcome of the match led to debates about the format of qualification tournaments, with the Australian management feeling that preliminary rounds should be introduced to avoid such unbalanced matches, views shared by the international footballing body FIFA. This led to positive changes being made for future world cup qualifiers.
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