goal difference

What is goal difference?

goal difference meaning When two teams have an equal number of points in a league, which one is further up the TABLE is decided by which has a better total from adding up all the goals they have scored and then taking away all the goals scored against them, e.g. “Chelsea and Birmingham have the same number of points, but Birmingham are FAVOURITES to win the LEAGUE due to a much better goal difference of +22”


reference: Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com: World Cup 2010 Glossary of Football Words and Expressions