Glossary of terms for SICS data collection, season 2019-2020
It is an index that measures the ability shown by each team to create situations potentially dangerous for the opponent during the game and thus quantifies the offensive dangerousness of a team. Born from an idea of Maurizio Viscidi, coordinator of the Italian national youth teams, with the collaboration of Antonio Gagliardi and Marco Scarpa (technical managers of Italy’s National Team) and developed by SICS, the Offensive Index is calculated as a weighted sum of the offensive actions created by the team during the game. Goal Opportunities, Promising Actions, Shots, Corners, Crosses, Key Passes can give an objective evaluation of the attacking work of a team, whose incomplete analysis is often limited to the merepresenceor otherwise of the goal. While in football the goal can spring from chance situations but become decisive for victory, in other team sports (for example in basketball) the number of shots not necessarily determines who is the strongest, but certainly which team has played a better game. The evaluation of all those situations (starting with goal-scoring opportunities) which bring a team closer to the score, certainly provides a more complete and reliable information of the game performance than the simple scoreboard.