Australians set World Cup soccer scoring record

Australia's soccer team set a world record for scoring Wednesday, and striker Archie Thompson had the most goals for one player in one game.

What's unclear, though, is what those record totals are.

The scorekeeper might have lost count during Australia's victory over American Samoa in a 2002 World Cup qualifying match.

The score was either 31-0 or 32-0, and Thompson alone scored 13 or 14 goals.

FIFA, the sport's world governing body, is waiting for the referee's official report to determine what the new entries in the record book should say.

Either way, Australia would break its own mark for most one-sided international game in FIFA history, established Monday in a 22-0 win over Tonga.

And Thompson broke a 93-year-old FIFA record. Denmark's Spohus Nielson scored 10 goals against France in the 1908 Olympics.

"Breaking the world record is a dream come true for me -- that sort of thing doesn't come along every day," said Thompson, who scored eight of his goals in the first half. "But you have to look at the teams we are playing and start asking questions. We don't need to play these games."

American Samoa is 203rd and last in the FIFA rankings.

Australia led 16-0 at halftime, and the manual scoreboard operator never usually got more than two minutes of rest.

The biggest cheer from the crowd came when American Samoa's Pati Feagiai had a weak shot on goal with three minutes left. It was the visitors' only strike at Australia's net all night.