To put it simply: do own goals count as part of a hat trick?

  • no, because then hat-tricks would be very common – JMP Aug 26 '15 at 6:07
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    @JonMarkPerry I strongly doubt that 2 goals + an own goal is a common occurrence at all. Please provide some evidence to support your assertion. – Philip Kendall Aug 26 '15 at 6:53
  • @PhilipKendall; to score a hat-trick, you would only have to put the ball in your own net three times. – JMP Aug 26 '15 at 14:08
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    And what are the chances of that happening before the player gets substituted, sacked by their club, banned by their governing body for bringing the game into disrepute and never playing again? – Philip Kendall Aug 26 '15 at 14:17

Usually a Hat-Trick is an informal term, and can be defined by whoever is speaking/writing. So if it was a team-mate you might go for humour and say "Our Striker scored a hat-trick .... but unfortunately one was at the wrong end".

And a journalist might call it "an imperfect hat-trick" , or a special hat-trick, or a hat-trick by majority verdict, or a hat-trick of sorts, or whatever they feel best fits.

But if this term ever needs to be defined in an official way, maybe as part of a sponsor's prize, or for betting, then I'm sure the answer will be no. For example, the betting exchange Betfair defines it like this:

For ‘Tournament Hat-trick’ markets, extra-time is included, however penalty shoot-outs and own goals are not included. In the event of any dispute as to who has scored any goal we will follow the decision made by the relevant governing body.



To make it understandable, the goal credit goes to the player only if he scores for the team. Own Goal credit (discredit) would not go to the player responsible.

Moreover, if state "The player XYZ scored a hat-trick", you would be suggesting that his team has scored 3 goals too. If that player scored 2 goals & an own goal, do the math, his team scored how many goal? Yes, 2. S, that wouldn't make an hat-trick!

  • Please provide some references for the assertions you make in this answer. – Philip Kendall Aug 28 '15 at 11:34

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