Origin of goal line
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Back of Hillton, less than eight yards away, lay the goal-line.The Half-Back|Ralph Henry Barbour
The Hillton full stood just inside the goal-line and stretched his hands out.Behind the Line|Ralph Henry Barbour
A “corner” occurs when the ball goes behind the goal-line, but not into goal.
Behind the goal-line, Charlie De Soto came up, as he stood measuring his distance for a kick.Stover at Yale|Owen Johnson
The ball in this way is kept moving until it crosses the touch-line, or goal-line, or is tackled.