Definition of goal circle in US English:

goal circle

noun

  • 1Chiefly Hockey and Lacrosse either of the marked areas in front of or surrounding the goal at each end of the pitch.

  • 2Netball either of the marked semicircular areas surrounding the goals at each end of the court, within which the goal shooter or goal attack may take a shot at goal.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Biddeford (Maine) Daily Journal.