When Is A Goal Scored In Ultimate Frisbee?

Jonathan Roussel
Jonathan Roussel

Let me guess, you’ve just discovered this fantastic sport and now wonder when is a goal scored in ultimate frisbee?

My ultimate disc position (handler) doesn’t get to score too often, but I know a thing or two about the rules of this beautiful game as I have been playing it for five years.

While the answer might seem simple, there are a couple of tricky things to know to understand the scoring mechanism and rules in ultimate frisbee. Luckily, I have decided to cover all things related to scoring a goal in ultimate frisbee in this article.

The End Zone

The end zone is a 20-yard wide part of the field that is on both ends of it. The end zone is where a team must take the disc to score a goal. Reaching the end zone is signaled by a line and sometimes a different grass design or pattern.

ultimate team field dimensions with endzones

First Point Of Contact

The first point of contact refers to what field zone a player touches after catching the disc in the air. The rules stipulate that the first point of contact must be made inside the end zone for a goal to be awarded.

Scoring In Ultimate Frisbee

Now that you know what the end zone and first point of contact are, it will be easy for you to understand how to score a goal.

Whenever a player catches the disc in the end zone, he scores a goal.

It’s important to note that if a player catches the disc mid-air, his first point of contact needs to be inside the end zone (if the goal line is the first point of contact, it doesn’t count as a goal and the possession continues).

Points Awarded Per Goal

Ultimate frisbee has a straightforward point-scoring system. A team scoring a goal will score one point.

Final Words

So there you have it. I hope you now have a better understanding of when a goal is awarded in ultimate frisbee. If you want to know more about this incredible sport, make sure to check our other ultimate frisbee articles.

Jonathan Roussel
Jonathan Roussel
Jonathan Roussel is a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and Indigo League champion. He now chases the dream to become a part-time Jedi Master like Gandalf. He means to reach his goals by sleeping 14 hours a day and eating pineapple pizzas.