What Does GF Mean in Soccer?

Soccer has many useful abbreviations that are used to denote particular aspects of the game.

However, it’s quite easy for casual soccer fans to get confused by some of these acronyms.

This is particularly because there are short forms for such a wide range of match elements, and most of them use the same or similar lettering!

Fortunately enough for you, today’s blog post is dedicated to talking about a famous abbreviation that you’ll typically find in a soccer league table.

The short form word we’re going to be discussing here is none other than GF.

One thing that’s certain is that we’re not talking about girlfriends here!

So, what does the term GF actually mean in soccer?

Well, you can read on now for the answer…

GF stands for “Goals For”. It’s an acronym generally used to denote the exact number of goals scored by a particular team within a single league campaign.

You will also find it utilized in international cup competitions like the UEFA Champions League, the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Europa League.

In some cases, the GS initialism is used to indicate how many goals a team has scored instead of GF, although application of the former abbreviation is a lot harder to come across.


When is the GF acronym used in soccer?

You will easily come across this abbreviation if you take a look at any detailed soccer league table.

For instance, have a look below at the league standings for the current Premier League campaign:


Premier League

use of GF in soccer - premier league table

As you can clearly see from the illustration above, Manchester City and Liverpool are the teams to beat as they’re fighting neck and neck for the number one position this season.

The Citizens currently have a solid GF tally of 72, meaning that they’ve scored a total of 72 goals within the entire course of the 2021-2022 season.

Meanwhile, Liverpool look to be performing at an even higher level than Manchester City when it comes to goals scored.

The Reds have racked up a staggering GF total of 79, which translates into 79 goals scored across the current domestic campaign.

On the other hand, the “goals for” figure is sometimes used as a performance yardstick to determine the winners of certain soccer competitions.

For instance, in the Premier League the goals scored figure is used as a second-level differentiator in the event that any teams finish the season with the same number of points and goal difference.

Here’s the exact quote:

“If any clubs finish with the same number of points, their position in the Premier League table is determined by goal difference, then the number of goals scored.”

Source – Premier League



Just like the Premier League, the German Bundesliga also employs the use of the GF abbreviation in its own league standings.

Here’s a snapshot of the 2021-2022 Bundesliga table after 29 matches have been played:

There’s no surprise that Bayern Munich is on top here, as they’ve been the dominant team within this league for at least a decade now.

The Bavarian giants boast a healthy GF tally of 86, which means that during the season they’ve managed to put the ball in the back of the opposition net a total of 86 times.

Only Borussia Dortmund come close to matching this number of goals scored, but even then you could argue that they’re lagging behind as they’re 16 goals fewer.

On a separate note, the Bundesliga also uses the goals scored figure as a secondary performance tiebreaker in the event that teams finish the season on the same number of points.


What’s the highest ever GF tally recorded in a single season?

Real Madrid currently hold the prestigious title for having scored the most goals across a single league campaign.

In the 2011-2012 La Liga season, Real Madrid netted a mind-boggling 121 times.

Their attack was spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo – who came away with 46 goals in La Liga.

You’ll also be interested to hear that such a figure averages out to approximately three goals every game.

So, Real Madrid were on a goal scoring rampage no matter what opponent they faced!

Real Madrid also hold the record for the second highest goals scored tally as well; managing a total of 118 goals in the 2014-2015 La Liga campaign.


Which soccer teams produce consistently high GF figures?

Other than Real Madrid who’ve managed to break the single-season scoring record, there are a few other teams who’ve demonstrated excellent attacking output over the last decade.

Such clubs include:

  • FC Barcelona;
  • Manchester City;
  • Liverpool; and 
  • Bayern Munich.


Final thoughts

Now you should know exactly what GF means in soccer, and understand the context for which it’s used when it comes to deciding domestic league winners.

However, as a reminder…

GF in soccer means “Goals For”. This abbreviation represents the total amount of goals that a team manages to score against their opponents during the course of a single season.

If you’ve enjoyed this read, you’ll definitely want further enlightenment by checking out the acronym for goals conceded in soccer.

Samuel Waihenya
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