The top goaltenders in the National Hockey League currently have a GAA of about 2.00, although the measure of a good GAA changes as different playing styles come and go. The top goaltenders in the National Lacrosse League however, currently have a GAA of about 10.00, and the top 2005 Western Lacrosse Association goaltenders had a GAA of about 9.00. At their best, elite NCAA water polo goalies have a GAA between 3.00 and 5.00.
Since the statistic is highly dependent on the team playing in front of a goalie, save percentage is usually considered a more accurate measure of a goaltender's skill, especially in ice hockey and lacrosse. In football (soccer), since it is considered a part of goalkeeper's job to coach defenders on proper positioning to prevent opponent's shots, GAA is more commonly used to evaluate goalkeepers than save percentage.