From publisher of 2011 version:
For those of you that may not be familiar with the original game, GOAL! was a game that was well ahead of its time. Originally released in 1972, GOAL! was one of the first games to individually rate ball handlers on the tabletop. The game was also the first to comprehensively rate college seasons. Where other games may have paid lip service by rating teams as a whole, Dr. Steele painstakingly rated each team and all of the individual skill players, which was unheard of at the time for college football.
The primary strength of GOAL! Football is it's ease of play. GOAL! Football was the first tabletop game with individual players that could be played in an hour, while keeping stats. The game also featured a unique audible system for quarterbacks. As Dr. Steele would explain in the rule book, "Every quarterback, pro or college, is more than just a line of statistics and for this reason GOAL! Football rates quarterbacks for their ability to read defenses and make big plays under pressure". As a coach, the GOAL! gamer has 3 unique rushing plays (Inside, Off Tackle and Sweep) and 3 unique passing distances (Short, Medium and Long) on offense. On the Defensive side of the ball, a coach can call for a balanced defense, a defense aimed at stopping the pass and a stacked defense to stop the ground game.