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  1. goal line(noun)

    a line marking each end of the playing field or pitch; where the goals stand


  1. goal line(n.)

    The line bounding the end of a playing field, at or directly in front of the goal.


  1. goal line(Noun)

    the boundary of the field that runs along its width at each end, and across the front of the goal.

  2. goal line(Noun)

    part of a vertical plane separating an end zone from the field of play when the ball is touched or is in player possession. The plane extends beyond the sidelines. A teamu2019s goal line is that which it is defending.

  3. goal line(Noun)

    the red line that runs across the rink and the front of the goal.


  1. Goal line

    The goal line is the chalked or painted line dividing the end zone from the field of play in American football and Canadian football. It is the line that must be crossed in order to score a touchdown If any part of the ball reaches any part of the imaginary vertical plane transected by this line while in-bounds and in possession of a player whose team is striving toward that end of the field, this is considered a touchdown and scores six points for the team whose player has advanced the ball to, or recovered the ball in, this position. This is in contrast with other sports like Association football and ice hockey, which require the puck or ball to pass completely over the goal line to count as a score. If any member of the offensive team is downed while in possession of the ball behind his own team's goal line, this is called a safety and scores two points for the defensive team. If, during the course of play, a loose ball travels past the goal line and is recovered within the end zone, then it is a touchdown if recovered by the kicking team, or a touchback if recovered and downed by the receiving team. In the event of a kick recovered in one's own end zone, the entirety of the ball must pass the goal line in order for the ball to be considered in the field of play, and not a touchback.

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