Definition of goal difference in English:

goal difference

noun

Soccer
  • [mass noun] The difference between the number of goals scored for and against a team in a series of matches, sometimes used in deciding the team's position in a table.

    • ‘The two sides both have 84 points but Wigan's superior goal difference means they need only to match Ipswich's result to go up.’
    • ‘So, it is as you were in the table, with Wigan leading the way on goal difference only from Sunderland, with Ipswich a further three points behind.’
    • ‘This time they wowed the world - but still went out of the World Cup on goal difference.’
    • ‘The reigning league champions are tied with three other teams on six points but lead the table on better goal difference.’
    • ‘Well clearly the team with the worst goal difference in the division needs some addressing at the back, first and foremost.’