Last updated on March 16th, 2023
You’ve heard that a brace means the player scored 2 goals, while a hat-trick occurs when the same player scores 3 goals.
So what is the term used when a player scores more than 3 goals in the same match?
While there are no officially ‘agreed’ terms, here are some possible ones you can use for these scenarios!
What is it called when you get 4 goals in soccer?
When a player scores 4 goals, some of the terms used include poker, haul or a super hat trick. This depends on which country you’re from.
The term ‘poker’ supposedly originates from Spain. It is mentioned in Wikipedia’s list of Spain’s national football team hat-tricks. However, there is no confirmation of where that term actually comes from!
An unofficial term for scoring 2 goals in Spanish is ‘doblete’. However, they use hat trick to describe 3 goals too.
The term ‘haul’ seems to be more of an English origin. However, there is not much information regarding it, compared to a brace or a hat-trick.
Moreover, not many people use the term ‘super hat trick’ as well. It really depends on who you’re talking to and the terms that they use!
Here are some examples where a football player has scored 4 goals in a match:
#1 Mohamed Salah vs Watford (2017/18)
Mohamed Salah scored 4 goals in this Premier League match against Watford. He even assisted Roberto Firmino’s goal too!
#2 Bas Dost vs Bayer Leverkusen (2014/15)
In this 9-goal thriller between Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg, Bas Dost scored 4 goals.
Wolfsburg are one of 2 Bundesliga teams that have VfL in front of their names.
Son Heung-Min scored a hat-trick too, but this was definitely overshadowed by Dost!
There are a few nicknames that are given when a player scores 4 goals, such as poker or haul. However, none of them are widely used compared to ‘hat-trick’!
#3 Darwin Nunez vs Leipzig
Darwin Nunez scored his first 4 goals for his new club, Liverpool, in this pre-season friendly against Leipzig.
What is it called when you score 5 goals in soccer?
When a player scores 5 goals, some of the terms used include glut, quintuplé and repoker. Glut could be an English term, repoker is used in Spain and quintuplé originates from France.
The repoker term could be an extension from ‘poker’. This is used to described 4 goals scored by the same player in Spain.
Similar to 4 goals, there is no official term when a player scores 5 goals. This is also quite a rare occurrence in a football match too!
There are only a few examples of this happening in a football match:
#1 Lionel Messi vs Bayer Leverkusen (2011/12)
In this Champions League match between Barcelona and Bayer Leverkusen, Lionel Messi was running rampant. He scored 5 goals during this round of 16 clash in the Champions League.
This set a record for the most goals in a Champions League match.
#2 Sergio Aguero vs Newcastle (2015/16)
Sergio Aguero scored 5 goals in just 20 minutes during a Premier League match against Newcastle.
He gathered a total of 25 points in Fantasy Premier League (FPL), which helped many players who especially captained him!
#3 Robert Lewandowski vs VfL Wolfsburg (2015/16)
To top it all off, Robert Lewandowski scored 5 goals in 9 minutes in this match against Wolfsburg.
This was even more impressive considering he came off the bench while Wolfsburg were leading 1-0!
With this amazing feat, he now holds 4 Guinness records:
- Fastest Bundesliga hat-trick (3 minutes 22 seconds)
- Fastest Four Goals in a Bundesliga Match (5 minutes 42 seconds)
- Fastest Five Goals Scored in a Bundesliga Match (8 minutes 59 seconds)
- Most Goals Scored by a Substitute in a Bundesliga Match (5 goals)
#4 Erling Haaland vs Leipzig (2022/23)
Haaland blasted all records with this feat as he scored 5 goals against Leipzig in this Champions League match.
What is it called when you score 6 goals in soccer?
When you score 6 goals in the same match, it is unofficially called a double hat-trick.
Interestingly, when you score 6 goals in a game of lacrosse, it is called a sock-trick.
Again, there are not many examples about this happening in a football match.
In this Dutch Cup match between Ajax and WHC Wezep, Luis Suarez scored 6 goals in the same match. Ajax went on to win the game 14-1.
What is it called when you score 7 goals in soccer?
When you score 6 goals in the same match, it is unofficially called a haul-trick. This could be a combination of a hat-trick (3 goals) and a haul (4 goals).
There have not been many instances where a player has scored 7 goals in a match. One of the more recent examples is Afonso Alves, who scored 7 goals against Heracles in an Eredivisie match.
What is it called when you score 8 goals in soccer?
The term used to describe a player scoring 8 goals in the same match is ‘snowman’.
Scoring 8 goals is even more rare compared to 7!
In this J2 League match, Michael Olunga scored 8 goals against Kyoto Sanga.
The J2 League is the second division of Japanese football.
There are many unofficial terms for these scenarios when a player scores more than 3 goals in the same match.
This is because they are rather rare occurrences in a football match!
However, own goals do not count as part of your total goal tally in the match!
As such, you should be able to keep the match ball to commemorate this feat, similar to players who score a hat-trick.
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