What does Golazo (ɡoˈlaso) mean in soccer? Golazo is a Spanish word that means a spectacular goal.
You may have heard your son, daughter, fan or commentator yell ‘golazo!’ after scoring an amazing goal. This emphasized a goal that was simply amazing – no questions asked.
Similarly, in Portuguese, ‘golaco’ is used to describe a great goal.
A true golazo is a goal usually from outside the penalty area. But, it can also be off of a creative dribble or flick.
What makes a goal a ‘Gooooooaaaaaallllllllll’ or a ‘Golazo!’? Check out this video…
Where Did Golazo Come From?
The term came from Channel 4’s Football Italia in the ’90s. The show’s theme song cried “golaco!”
The music producer of the intro song altered the byte to sound like ‘Go Lazio’ but it later morphed into ‘golazo’ which has been popularized in Italy and the rest of Europe.
Pretty cool that it stuck, huh?
Example in a Soccer Game
Do you want to see an example of a golazo? Watch David Villa of New York City FC score a long-range goal against Philadelphia Union.
What Constitutes a Golazo in Youth Soccer?
I’ve seen hundreds of youth soccer games and there are some goals that you just remember.
One example was when a goalie was out of their box and a U13 player just screamed it from 25 yards away.
Another example comes from a U17 where a player got a deflection come to her and she shot it with the outside of her foot and it curved into the goal.
It’s rare to see a goal that is considered a Golazo but when they do happen, it’s special.
Frequently Asked Questions
Golazo means a spectacular goal in Spanish. The word is made up of the suffix ‘-azo’ and ‘gol’ which means goal.
It still counts as one point. This is the most amount a player can get in soccer.