Most goals in a Premier League season: How 2023/24 compared

The Premier League is beloved around the globe for many reasons. Perhaps chief among them is the sheer excitement and end-to-end action the English top flight seems to generate, which brings supporters from everywhere together.

This season has been no different and has actually seen the most goals in a Premier League season (in the 38-game season era), with a record 1,246 scored, smashing the previous record of 1,084 set in 2022/23. 

2023/24 has seen the most goals in a Premier League season
Kai Havertz' 89th-minute winner against Everton was the final goal of 2023/24 – Photo by Icon Sport

The number of goals has steadily crept up in the last few seasons, continuing an upward trend that began after the low point of just 931 goals in 2006/07.

Why has the number of Premier League goals increased?

There are a few factors as to why there were a record number of goals this Premier League season. Some are unique to this season, others are more longitudinal.

This season has been unique, at both the top and bottom of the table. At the top, there has been a rare three-horse race for the title for much of the season. Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool have pushed each other to higher goal tallies.

It has been tight at the top – Photo by Icon Sport

Between them, they netted 273 goals. Arsenal and Manchester City scored more than last season, and Liverpool scored 28 more goals than last season’s third-placed Manchester United side.

At the bottom, we have had a strong idea of who would be relegated, despite Luton Town’s heroic efforts. There has been a big quality gap. Last season, the bottom three conceded 219 goals between them. This season, Luton, Sheffield United and Burnley have conceded an eye-watering 267 goals.

Luton Town went down fighting – Photo by Icon Sport

Moving onto the long-term, there has been a distinct shift in how Premier League sides set up tactically, particularly in the lower reaches of the table, that has led to the number of goals generally creeping higher each season.

Clubs up and down the league have generally decided that the rewards of playing a more front-footed style outweigh its risks. 

Most sides in the league, in theory at least, want to keep the ball and win back possession high up the pitch. There are myriad variations of this philosophy, different means to achieve this end, but it is a noticeable shift.

In 2023/34, the average Premier League team has made 94.85 tackles in the final third. Two seasons ago in 2021/22, that figure was 77.16.

Out are the days of Jose Mourinho’s expert bus-parking, Sam Allardyce’s shutouts, Neil Warnock’s backs-to-the-wall jobs and Roy Hodgson’s passive Palace.

Ange Postecoglou is a manager with firm ideas on how the game should be played – Photo by Icon Sport

In, are the likes of Roberto de Zerbi, Oliver Glasner, Andoni Iraola and Ange Postecoglu.

These aggressive approaches off the ball lead to far more opportunities to score for their teams, but does in turn increase the risk of getting caught out in behind. Meaning goals galore, and even more excitement.

Most goals in a Premier League season: the top five

5. 2011/12 – 1,066

Kicking off our list is 2011/12, the season forever immortalised by that goal from Sergio Aguero in its dying seconds.

It was a season full of goals though. Champions Manchester City scored a huge 93 goals, fired on by the likes of Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko. Elsewhere, Arsenal played their part in several high-scoring games. From the embarrassment of their 8-2 defeat to Manchester United to the highs of beating Chelsea and Spurs 5-3 and 5-2.

Only two sides scored fewer than 40 goals, Aston Villa and Stoke City. Interestingly, neither were relegated.

4. 2021/22 – 1,071

Moving on a decade, Manchester City were champions again. After 2019/20 and 2020/21 were heavily disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Premier League got back to its goal-fest best.

Son Heung-min won the 2021/22 golden boot – Photo by Icon Sport

Liverpool pushed Manchester City all the way, and the two scored 94 and 99 goals, respectively. Mohamed Salah and Heung-Min Son shared the Golden Boot with 23 goals each.

At the bottom of the table, Norwich City were the whipping boys, conceding 84 goals.

3. 2018/19 – 1,072

Another closely fought title race features here, with Manchester City pipping Liverpool to the post by a single point. They scored 95 and 89 goals each.

The Golden Boot had a rare three-way tie between Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Salah, joined by Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The goalscoring was particularly top-heavy this season, as Huddersfield Town scored just 22 goals all season, only two better than the record low of 20 scored by Derby County in 2007/08 and Sheffield United in 2020/21.

2. 2022/23 – 1,084

Last season was a surprising one at both ends of the table. Arsenal led treble-winning Manchester City much of the campaign, but saw their wings melt as they flew a little close to the sun. 

Sam Allardyce couldn't arrest Leeds United's slide down the table – Photo by Icon Sport

At the bottom, three established Premier League sides in Leeds United, Southampton and Leicester City went down. But all three possessed serious quality, and scored 105 goals between them. One moment, emblematic of the changing times, was the appointment of Sam Allardyce at Leeds United. ‘Big Sam’ and his ultra-defensive methods had no impact on the side’s results.

The 2022/23 season broke records, but did not hold them for long.

1. 2023/24 – 1,246

Obliterating last season’s total by 162 goals, this season has been a true watershed for goals scored. Sixteen teams have scored 50 or more goals, including relegated Luton Town.

In the Golden Boot race, a remarkable 11 players have scored 16 or more goals.

Very few old-school defensive managers have remained. David Moyes, one of the few survivors, has left West Ham.

The only question now, with the direction of travel of the league, is how long this record will hold.

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William Evans is a football and politics fanatic. A first-class graduate of UEA's Broadcast and Digital Journalism MA course, he also achieved a first class degree in politics and media studies during his time at UEA.