On only one occasion were double digits reached in the final tournament of the World Cup. In 1982, in a first round group match:
1982, first phase Group III Hungary 10-1 El SalvadorBoth teams failed to progress from the group which also included Argentina and Belgium.
In the qualifying tournaments, it happened more often.
In Asian 2002 World Cup qualifying, Iran beat its own record (17-0 over the Maldives from 1998 qualifying) by an emphatic win over Guam. However, Oceania couldn't stand back, and Australia improved with a 22-0 over Tonga, and proved conclusively against American Samoa why the OFC do not deserve a full qualifying place: 31-0. American Samoa so far suffered six defeats in double digits in three different qualifying tournaments (2002, 2006 and 2010). In Europe, San Marino also suffered double digit drubbings in three different qualifying tournaments, those for the World Cups in 1994 (0-10 in Norway), 2002 (1-10 in Belgium) and 2010 (0-10 in Poland).
1938, Europe Group 5 (2nd round) Hungary 11-1 Greece 1958, Europe Group 6 Finland 0-10 Soviet Union 1970, Europe Group 7 West Germany 12-0 Cyprus 1974, North and Central America Subgroup 6 Trinidad/Tobago 11-1 Antigua 1982, Asia and Oceania Subgroup 1 Australia 10-0 Fiji New Zealand 13-0 Fiji 1994, Europe Group 2 Norway 10-0 San Marino 1994, North and Central America 2nd round Group 1 Mexico 11-0 Saint Vincent 1994, Asia Subgroup 5 (in Kuala Lumpur) Macao 1-10 Kuwait 1998, Europe Group 8 Liechtenstein 1-11 Macedonia 1998, North and Central America Semifinal Group 3 Honduras 11-3 Saint Vincent 1998, Asia Subgroup 2 (in Damascus) Maldives 0-17 Iran Syria 12-0 Maldives 1998, Asia Subgroup 2 (in Tehran) Maldives 0-12 Syria [halftime score 0-1] 1998, Asia Subgroup 4 (in Bosher, Oman) Macao 0-10 Japan 1998, Asia Subgroup 4 (in Tokyo) Japan 10-0 Macao 1998, Oceania 2nd round Group 1 Australia 13-0 Solomon Islands 2002, Europe Group 6 Belgium 10-1 San Marino 2002, Asia Subgroup 1 Oman 12-0 Laos Syria 12-0 Philippines Syria 11-0 Laos 2002, Asia Subgroup 2 (in Tabriz) Iran 19-0 Guam Tajikistan 16-0 Guam 2002, Asia Subgroup 8 Brunei 0-12 UAE 2002, Asia Subgroup 9 China 10-1 Maldives 2002, Oceania Group 1 (in Australia) Fiji 13-0 American Samoa Tonga 0-22 Australia Australia 31-0 American Samoa Australia 11-0 Samoa 2006, Asia Preliminary Round Turkmenistan 11-0 Afghanistan Maldives 12-0 Mongolia 2006, North and Central America Preliminary Round 1 Bermuda 13-0 Montserrat 2006, North and Central America Preliminary Round 2 Dominica 0-10 Mexico (in San Antonio, Texas) 2006, Oceania Group 2 (in Samoa) Fiji 11-0 American Samoa Papua N. Guinea 10-0 American Samoa 2006, Oceania Second Stage (in Australia) New Zealand 10-0 Tahiti 2010, Europe Group 3 Poland 10-0 San Marino 2010, North and Central America Preliminary Round 1 El Salvador 12-0 Anguilla Grenada 10-0 US Virgin Islands 2010, Oceania Qualifying Stage Group A (in Samoa) Fiji 16-0 Tuvalu NB: Tuvalu not eligible to qualify for World Cup 2010, Oceania Qualifying Stage Group B (in Samoa) Solomon Islands 12-1 American Samoa American Samoa 0-15 Vanuatu 2014, Asia, 3rd Round Group 5 Bahrain 10-0 Indonesia 2014, North and Central America Second Stage Group F Antigua/Barbuda 10-0 US Virgin Islands 2014, Oceania Qualifying Stage, Group A (on Solomon Islands) Samoa 1-10 Tahiti
Note that only amateur players were allowed until 1980, and afterwards age restrictions were made, so that not all of the below count as official A-internationals. The Philippines have been a particular welcome source for double digit wins (9 in all) while South Korea and Sweden have both lost and won by 10 goals difference.
1908 (London), first round Great Britain 12-1 Sweden 1908 (London), semifinals Denmark 17-1 France 1912 (Stockholm), consolation tournament Germany 16-0 Russia 1928 (Amsterdam), first round Argentina 11-2 USA 1928 (Amsterdam), third place match Italy 11-3 Egypt 1948 (London), second round Sweden 12-0 Korea 1952 (Helsinki), preliminary round Yugoslavia 10-1 India 1964 (Tokyo), first round Utd. Arab Rep. 10-0 South Korea 1968 (Cd. de México), qualifying section Asia, group 1 Japan 15-0 Philippines Lebanon 11-1 Philippines South Vietnam 10-0 Philippines 1976 (Montréal), qualifying section Asia, group 2 Malaysia 10-1 Papua New Guinea 1980 (Moskva), qualifying section Asia, group 1 Japan 10-0 Philippines 1980 (Moskva), qualifying section Asia, group 2 Iran 11-0 Sri Lanka 1984 (Los Angeles), qualifying section Asia, group 5 Philippines 1-10 Japan 1988 (Seoul), qualifying section Asia, group 4 China 10-0 Philippines 1988 (Seoul), qualifying section Asia, final group China 12-0 Nepal 1988 (Seoul), qualifying section Oceania, group 2 New Zealand 12-0 Western Samoa 1992 (Barcelona), qualifying section Europe, preliminary round Austria 10-0 Liechtenstein 1992 (Barcelona), qualifying section Asia, group D South Korea 10-0 Philippines 1992 (Barcelona), qualifying section Asia, group E China 17-0 Maldives China 10-0 Nepal 1996 (Atlanta), qualifying section Oceania New Zealand 10-0 Vanuatu Australia 10-0 Fiji Australia 12-0 Vanuatu 2000 (Sydney), qualifying section Asia, group 6 Philippines 0-13 Japan Japan 11-0 Philippines 2004 (Athinai), qualifying section Africa, preliminary round Kenya 11-0 Somalia 2004 (Athinai), qualifying section North/Central America, preliminary round US Virgin Isl. 0-10 Canada Canada 14-0 US Virgin Islands Costa Rica 15-0 Belize 2004 (Athinai), qualifying section Oceania New Zealand 11-0 American Samoa Cook Islands 0-11 Vanuatu 2008 (Beijing), qualifying section Africa, preliminary round Zambia 10-0 Djibouti 2008 (Beijing), qualifying section Asia, preliminary round Australia 11-0 Taiwan 2008 (Beijing), qualifying section Oceania Cook Islands 0-11 Solomon Islands
1942 (Montevideo) Argentina 12-0 Ecuador 1949 (Brazil) Brazil 10-1 Bolivia 1975, Qualifying Stage Group A Argentina 11-0 Venezuela
Double digits were never reached in the final phase of any European Championship; it happened four times during the qualifying stages. At the first occasion, it was surely no coincidence that Spain needed a win by an eleven-goal margin to reach the 1984 final tournament.
1984, Group 7 Spain 12-1 Malta 1996, Group 1 France 10-0 Azerbaijan 2008, Group D San Marino 0-13 Germany 2012, Group E Netherlands 11-0 San Marino
Ireland conceded double digit losses on four occasions in the British Home Championship. Note that all of them happened before the split of the island and at the time, the strongest clubs and players were home in Belfast, in current Northern Ireland.
1888 Wales 11-0 Ireland Ireland 2-10 Scotland 1899 England 13-2 Ireland 1901 Scotland 11-0 Ireland
Double digits were never reached in the final phase of any Asian Cup; it happened seven times during the qualifying stages. Kuwait's 20-0 over Bhutan was a record for a continental championship. (It is however not a full FIFA international as Bhutan was not yet affiliated with FIFA at the time, only with AFC.)
1976, Qualifying Stage Group 4 (in Hong Kong) China 10-1 Brunei 1984, Qualifying Stage Group 2 (in Jeddah) UAE 11-0 Nepal 2000, Qualifying Stage Group 4 (in Kuwait) Kuwait 20-0 Bhutan Yemen 11-2 Bhutan 2000, Qualifying Stage Group 9 (in Hanoi) Vietnam 11-0 Guam China 19-0 Guam 2004, Qualifying Stage Group E (in Incheon) South Korea 16-0 Nepal New AFC President Bin Hammam then demoted 17 countries to a category called 'Emerging Nations', and let them play out their own tournament in 2006, the AFC Challenge Cup. That did not prevent a double digit score to occur. 2006, AFC Challenge Cup, Group C (in Dhaka) Palestine 11-0 Guam
1962, Group 2 (Jakarta, Indonesia) Malaysia 15-1 Philippines 1974, Group 3 (Tehran, Iran) Malaysia 11-0 Philippines 1994, Group 3 (Hiroshima, Japan) South Korea 11-0 Nepal 1998, Group G (Chiang Mai, Thailand) Kuwait 11-0 Mongolia Uzbekistan 15-0 Mongolia 2002, Group E (South Korea) Iran 10-0 Afghanistan (in Busan) Qatar 11-0 Afghanistan (in Ulsan) Lebanon 11-0 Afghanistan (in Ulsan) 2006, Prelimary Round Group 1 (Qatar) Jordan 13-0 Macao
Double digits are common in the Oceanian Cup for Nations.
1980, Group 1 Tahiti 12-1 Solomon Islands 1980, Group 2 Australia 11-2 Papua New Guinea 1998, Qualifying Stage, Polynesian Cup Tahiti 12-0 American Samoa 1998, Group B Australia 16-0 Cook Islands 2000, Qualifying Stage, Polynesian Cup Tahiti 18-0 American Samoa 2000, Group 1 Australia 17-0 Cook Islands 2006, Qualifying Stage, Group 2 (in Samoa) [also World Cup Qualifying] Fiji 11-0 American Samoa Papua N. Guinea 10-0 American Samoa 2006, Second Stage (in Australia) [also World Cup Qualifying] New Zealand 10-0 Tahiti 2008, Qualifying Stage, Group A (in Samoa) [also World Cup Qualifying] Fiji 16-0 Tuvalu 2008, Qualifying Stage, Group B (in Samoa) [also World Cup Qualifying] Solomon Islands 12-1 American Samoa American Samoa 0-15 Vanuatu NB: Tuvalu not eligible to qualify for World Cup 2012, Qualifying Stage, Group A (on Solomon Islands) [also World Cup Qualifying] Samoa 1-10 Tahiti
Thanks to the regionalised qualifying, double digits scores are rare in CONCACAF tournaments; Nicaragua suffered three in the former Central American championships and nowadays some of the newer Caribbean participants (the US Virgin Islands in particular) occasionally succumb. No double digit scores have occurred in the final tournaments (either the old CONCACAF Championship or the contemporary Gold Cup):
CCCF Championship 1943 El Salvador 10-1 Nicaragua CCCF Championship 1946 Honduras 10-0 Nicaragua CCCF Championship 1961 El Salvador 10-2 Nicaragua Shell Caribbean Cup 1995 (Qualifier Gold Cup 1996) Montserrat 0-11 Saint Vincent/Grenadines Copa Caribe 2001 (Qualifier Gold Cup 2002) Haiti 12-1 US Virgin Islands Guadeloupe 11-0 US Virgin Islands Saint Lucia 14-1 US Virgin Islands Copa UNCAF 2001 (Qualifier Gold Cup 2002) Honduras 10-2 Nicaragua Copa Caribe 2004 (Qualifier Gold Cup 2005) Haiti 11-0 US Virgin Islands Jamaica 12-0 Saint-Martin Jamaica 11-1 US Virgin Islands Caribbean Cup 2010 (Qualifier Gold Cup 2011) Dominican Rep. 17-0 British Virgin Islands Dominica 10-0 British Virgin Islands
Double digits have of course frequently occurred in other tournaments and friendlies. Until the Australia vs Tonga World Cup 2002 qualifier, the highest score between two full international sides occurred in the 1966 Arab Cup, played in Iraq:
Libya 21-0 OmanThis match was abandoned with 10 minutes left to play when Oman walked off contesting the award of a penalty to Libya!
In the South Pacific Games of 1971, played in Tahiti, a higher score occurred, but the match did not involve full sides of regular FIFA members:
Tahiti 30-0 Cook IslandsEven this 'record' is now obsolete thanks to American Samoa's participation in the World Cup.
The highest margin of victory in a senior international women's match is 21-0, which as far as known has been reached on 4 occasions, all in World Cup Qualifiers:
5-12-97 Japan 21-0 Guam [also Asian Cup] 28- 8-98 Canada 21-0 Puerto Rico 9-10-98 New Zealand 21-0 Samoa [also Oceanian Championship] 9-10-98 Australia 21-0 Western Samoa [also Oceanian Championship]
1990, Cup Winners Cup, preliminary round Pamba SC 12-1 Anse Boileau 1994, Cup Winners Cup, first round Mbilinga 13-0 Renaissance (N'Djamena) 2000, CAF Cup, first round Etoile du Sahel 10-0 Chingale (Tete) 2011, Champions League, first round Raja Casablanca 10-1 Tourbillon (N'Djamena) 2013, CAF Cup, first round US Bitam 12-1 Guadalupe
Double digits were reached on only one occasion in the Copa Libertadores (and never in any other South American club tournament). In a group match in 1970:
Peñarol 11-2 Valencia
Some trivia: the only clubs to have reached double figures more than once in European competition are Liverpool (3 times), Ajax and Feyenoord (both twice). No fewer than 6 different English and 5 different Dutch clubs have reached double figures at least once, for in total 8 and 7 times, respectively.
The only clubs to have conceded double figures more than once are are APOEL Nicosia (on 3 occasions, all in the CWC), Anorthosis Famagusta, Floriana, KR (Reykjavík), Red Boys Differdange and Reipas Lahti, all twice. No fewer than 5 different Cypriotic clubs (for in total 8 times) and 4 different clubs from Luxembourg and Malta (on 5 occasions in total) have been destroyed in this manner.
The only club to have both reached and conceded double figures in European competition is Anderlecht.
For a full overview of all occasions double digits were reached in the European Cups, check here.
Here, additionally, all four occasions of double digits in the Intertoto Cup (note that in 1969 this was not a UEFA-organised competition):
1969, Group 2 Szombierki Bytom 10-0 Lugano 1995, Group 3 Tromsø IL 10-0 HB (Tórshavn) 1997, Group 3 Nea Salamina 1-10 AJ Auxerre 2005, Round 1 Gloria Bistrita 11-0 Olympiakos (Lefkosia)
List may not be exhaustive as not all results are known.
1986/87, Champions Cup, 1st round Malavan 12-0 Victory 1987/88, Champions Cup, 1st round Al Rasheed 10-0 Pakistan Air Force 1992/93, Champions Cup, 1st round Al Wasl 10-0 Wohaib 1993/94, Cup Winners Cup, quarterfinals Nissan 11-0 Semen Padang 1995/96, Champions Cup, 1st round Tumon Taivon 2-10 Pasay City 1996/97, Champions Cup, quarterfinals Yokohama Marinos 10-0 New Radiant 1997/98, Champions Cup, 1st round Pohang Steelers 10-0 Mohammedan SC 1997/98, Champions Cup, 2nd round Pohang Steelers 12-0 Victory SC 1997/98, Cup Winners Cup, quarterfinals Suwon Bluewings 12-0 PSM Makassar 1998/99, Cup Winners Cup, 1st round Paas 10-1 Seeb 1998/99, Cup Winners Cup, quarterfinals Kashima Antlers 10-0 Sarawak 1999/00, Champions Cup, 2nd round Kashima Antlers 16-0 Valencia SC 2001/02, Champions Cup, 2nd round Suwon Bluewings 18-0 Saunders SC 2004, Champions League, group stage S. Ilhwa Chunma 15-0 Persik Kediri 2006, Champions League, group stage Gamba Osaka 15-0 Ðà Nang 2007, AFC Presidents Cup, group stage Transport United 0-13 Regar-TadAZ Tursunzade 2008, AFC Presidents Cup, group stage Kanbawza 11-0 Transport United 2010, AFC Presidents Cup, group stage Yadanarbon 11-0 Druk Star 2012, AFC Presidents Cup, group stage Dordoy 11-2 Yeedzin 2013, AFC Presidents Cup, group stage Hilal Al-Quds 10-0 Sri Lanka Army
1999, Oceanian Champions Cup, group stage Tafea FC 10-0 Lotoha'pai FC Malaita Eagles 14-2 Konica Nadi 13-0 Kiwi FC Central United 16-0 Lotoha'pai FC South Melbourne 10-0 Konica AS Vénus 14-1 Kiwi FC 2001, Oceanian Champions Cup, group stage Lotoha'pai FC 0-16 Wollongong City Wolves Laugu United FC 0-10 Wollongong City Wolves AS Vénus 10-1 Tupapa FC
List may not be exhaustive as not all results are known.
1971, Champions Cup, Central American Qualiyfing Comunicaciones 10-1 Diriangén 1976, Champions Cup, Caribbean Qualifying Voorwaarts 12-0 Christianburg 1977, Champions Cup, Central American Qualiyfing Municipal 13-1 Diriangén 1988, Champions Cup, North/Central Zone Qualifying Cruz Azul 12-2 Leslie Verdes 1990, Champions Cup, Central American Qualifying La Previsora 1-10 Alianza 1991, Cup Winners Cup, Central American Qualifying Comunicaciones 15-0 Real Estelí 1992, Champions Cup, North/Central Zone Qualifying SF Blackhawks 10-0 Eurokickers 1993, Champions Cup, Caribbean Qualifying Club Franciscain 10-1 Coca Cola Rovers 1995, Champions Cup, North/Central Zone Qualifying U.A.G. 10-0 Projusa (Veraguas) 1995, Champions Cup, Final Tournament Municipal 10-0 CS Moulien 1995, Cup Winners Cup, Third Place Match Marathón 12-0 Jong Colombia 1996, Champions Cup, Qualifying Playoff Seattle Sounders 10-0 Transvaal 1996, Champions Cup, Final Tournament Cruz Azul 11-0 Seattle Sounders 1999, Champions Cup, Caribbean Qualifying Caledonian AIA 13-0 Chelsea 2000, Champions Cup, Caribbean Qualifying W Connection 11-0 Café Sisserou Strikers 2002/03, Champions Cup, Central American Qualifying Deportivo FAS 17-0 Deportivo Jalapa Árabe Unido 19-0 Deportivo Jalapa 2003/04, Champions Cup, Central American Qualifying Alajuelense 10-0 Boca Juniors 2004/05, Champions Cup, Caribbean Qualifying Ideal FC 1-15 Harbour View Ideal FC 0-15 Harbour View 2007/08, Champions Cup, Caribbean Qualifying P.R. Islanders 10-0 SAP Jong Colombia 0-12 Baltimore Harbour View 10-0 SAP 2009/10, Champions Cup, Caribbean Qualifying W Connection 12-1 Bath Estate
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