The FIH 2023 Men’s Hockey World Championship in Odisha, India has been an exciting event so far, with fans being treated literally to a goal festival.
The tournament started with Argentina beating South Africa 1-0 in the first game at Kalinga Stadium, but in the next game Australia beat the ill-fated France in eight, setting the tone for the 15th edition of the Men’s Hockey World Cup.
It took just 12 games to break the 50-goal mark at the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Championship.
Australian Jeremy Hayward is currently the top scorer of the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Championship with four goals in two games. He has a hat-trick against France.
Hayward’s fellow Australian Tom Craig is second on the list of most goals scored at the 2023 World Cup with three out of two matches. He scored all three goals against France. Check out more Hockey World Cup 2023 stats here.
Dutchman Paul Litjens holds the record for the most goals scored in a single edition of the Men’s Hockey World Championship with 15 goals in the 1978 edition in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Seven other players, India’s Rajinder Singh (12 in 1982), Dutch Taco van den Honert (10 in 1994) and Taeke Taekema (11 in 2006), Australian Jay Stacy (12 in 1998), Argentine Jorge Lombi (10 in 2002) and Gonzalo Peillat (10 in 2014) and Pakistan’s Sohail Abbas (10 in 2002) have so far recorded double-digit number of goals in one edition.
During the last edition in 2018, which took place in Bhubaneswar, Australian Blake Govers and Belgian Alexander Hendrickx scored a total of seven goals.