goal line


Definition of goal line

: a line at either end and usually running the width of a playing area on which a goal or goalpost is situated

Examples of goal line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Harris tacked on the last of his touchdowns with a 1-yard lunge in which he was initially ruled down just short of the goal line. chicagotribune.com, "No. 1 Alabama rides Najee Harris’ 5 touchdowns to a 52-46 victory over No. 7 Florida in the SEC championship game," 19 Dec. 2020 On the two-pointer, Seaholm was penalized on a false start and couldn’t score the equalizer after fumbling the ball short of the goal line. Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, "Orion Kendra's big game helps Birmingham Groves knock off Birmingham Seaholm, 30-21," 7 Nov. 2020 Zimmer expected the first-round draft pick to cover the outside, where Adams had sprinted after cutting right in front of the goal line and making an easy catch in the corner of the end zone. Brian Hall, Star Tribune, "Cornerback crunch presents challenges for Zimmer, Vikings," 4 Nov. 2020 Jacob Hollister inches short of the goal line on fourth down to secure a 26-21 win and the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks: Live stream, how to watch, odds, time," 1 Nov. 2020 The march was capped by a physical 1-yard run by Hasty, who was whacked by All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner just short of the goal line but fell forward and reached the ball into the end zone. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle limp off in 49ers’ 37-27 loss to Seahawks," 1 Nov. 2020 Daniel Jones, the Giants’ second-year quarterback, broke free into the open field for what seemed like an easy 88-yard touchdown, only to lose his footing and fall down 8 yards shy of the goal line. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "the worst defense in the N.F.L.," 22 Oct. 2020 Isaiah Phillips ran a quarterback draw on the two-point attempt to try to tie the game, but the Spartan defense stopped him just short of the goal line. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Spring Branch roundup: Stratford holds off Cy Ridge twice late in close win," 19 Oct. 2020 The Browns defense came up big here, stopping Raiders running back Josh Jacobs short of the goal line. cleveland, "See the best photos from every Cleveland Browns game in this remarkable 2020-21 season," 15 Jan. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'goal line.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of goal line

1860, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about goal line

Time Traveler for goal line

Time Traveler

The first known use of goal line was in 1860

See more words from the same year

Statistics for goal line

Last Updated

16 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Goal line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goal%20line. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for goal line

goal line


English Language Learners Definition of goal line

: a line that must be crossed to score a goal in soccer, hockey, football, etc.

goal line


Kids Definition of goal line

: a line that must be crossed to score a goal

Comments on goal line

What made you want to look up goal line? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!