This post explains The perfect hat-trickthe football term ‘The perfect hat-trick’. Find out more about this phrase by reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.

Football Language: The perfect hat-trick

We all know that a hat-trick in football means that a player has scored three goals but we also use the phrase ‘perfect hat-trick‘ when a player scores three goals: one with his/her left foot, another with the right foot and one with the head.

Example: ‘[Kane] departed with the match ball, having sunk Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League with the perfect hat‑trick – left foot, right foot, header, in that order…’ (, 27th September 2017).

Example: ‘Crouch’s perfect Anfield hat-trick‘ Right foot, header, left foot. Watch the striker’s treble in a 4-1 win for Liverpool against Arsenal (Premier League 31 Mar 2021).

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