field goal


Definition of field goal 

1 : a score of three points in football made by drop-kicking or placekicking the ball over the crossbar from ordinary play

2 : a goal in basketball made while the ball is in play

Examples of field goal in a Sentence

He kicked a 20-yard field goal.

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Punt returner Richaud Floyd returned two kicks for scores while placekicker Tucker McCann was 15-of-17 on field goals. Edgar Thompson,, "Missouri boasts potent offense, is No. 61 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 27 June 2018 McClendon saw action in 13 games over the last two seasons as the holder on field goals and extra points. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "3 players to forgo their final seasons of eligibility at UH," 25 May 2018 Parkey was 20 for 25 on field goals playing for the Browns in 2016 for current Bears special teams coordinator. Brad Biggs,, "Bears Q&A: Is there enough depth at outside linebacker? Why move James Daniels to guard?," 2 May 2018 Joseph, who attended Delray Beach American Heritage, was 15 of 21 on field goals attempts and 64 of 68 on extra points last season. Chris Perkins,, "Dolphins acquire local talent among undrafted rookie signees," 29 Apr. 2018 Carlson was 23 of 31 on field goals last season, the lowest percentage of his career though six of his eight misses came from over 40 yards. James Crepea,, "Auburn's Daniel Carlson selected by Minnesota Vikings in 2018 NFL Draft," 28 Apr. 2018 Keep an eye on his accuracy on field goals as well as the punting from Blake Maimone — his biggest competition., "5 things to watch for the Oregon Ducks spring game," 20 Apr. 2018 The Cardinals totaled 17 assists on 29 field goals and made 11 of 21 from 3-point range against Middle Tennessee in one of their most efficient offensive performances of the season. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "The fun continues: Louisville basketball is feeling no pressure and still rolling in the NIT," 19 Mar. 2018 Gano – like Norwell – improved his market in 2017 with a league-best 96.7 accuracy percentage on field goals. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Get prepared for a busy Panthers stretch: 10 rhetorical questions about what’s next | Charlotte Observer," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of field goal

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of field goal

American football : a score of three points made by kicking the ball between the goalposts

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Kids Definition of field goal

: a score in football made by kicking the ball between the goalposts

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