Definition of goal defence in English:

goal defence

(US goal defense)


  • 1(In various team sports) the action or an act of attempting to prevent the opposition from scoring a goal; (also) the player or players on a team responsible for this (now somewhat rare).

  • 2(Now usually) Netball a player whose principal duties are to defend against attacking play and keep the ball out of the goal circle.


Mid 19th century.