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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Name any offensive category and EDD is top 15 or not too far off it, including *takes deep breath* points per game, field goal percentage, threes made, three-point percentage, true shooting percentage, usage rate and offensive rating. Kellen Becoats,, "Elena Delle Donne for MVP and Other Award Predictions at Midway Point of the Season," 31 July 2019 In his senior year, Windler ranked top 10 among all college players in effective field goal percentage. Chris Fedor,, "John Beilein gushes about Dylan Windler following Cleveland Cavaliers’ summer league debut: ‘He’s going to make everybody better’," 2 July 2019 Nowell’s 3-point shooting (44 percent) and field goal percentage (50 percent) significantly ticked up in his sophomore campaign, the result of countless offseason reps. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Timberwolves draft pick Jaylen Nowell can shoot, and so much more," 21 June 2019 As a 2018 senior, Wideman averaged 9.3 points and 5.1 rebounds while setting a Butler record of .672 for field goal percentage. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Injury keeping Butler's Kamar Baldwin out of Pan Am Games; Tyler Wideman, Sean McDermott chosen," 18 June 2019 The numbers back up this idea — Leonard is shooting 29 percent on jump shots in the Finals, with his 33 percent clip from beyond the arc (aka an effective field goal percentage of 50) salvaging his numbers. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: The 3 big things to watch in Game 3 of the NBA Finals," 5 June 2019 Her scoring mark ranks third in the league among rookies, and her field goal percentage (0.47) ranks is also among the best of the league's first-year players. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Morning Coffee: Former U of L star Asia Durr's WNBA career seems to be off to a good start," 11 Apr. 2019 After Fry went 9 for 10 on field goals Saturday, including a successful 60-yarder, Pineiro went 7 for 8, including a 63-yarder that cleared the crossbar with a yard or two to spare. Rich Campbell,, "5 observations from Bears practice Sunday, including Eddie Jackson’s interception of Mitch Trubisky and upping the kicking ante," 27 July 2019 Bailey last season was just 4 of 9 on field goals between 40 and 49 yards. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Ex-tackle Phil Loadholt back with Vikings as an intern, and center Brett Jones is excited," 26 July 2019

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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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