Game rules: the ASSIST

An assist is the pass or play that allows a goal scorer to score.

In order to be considered assists, the pass or play must meet two requirements:

– provide an advantage to the scorer
– be voluntary

The scorer gains an advantage from the assist when the pass or the play of his teammate allows him to finish towards the opponent’s goal without having to overtake opponents’ defenders, except for the goalkeeper. The advantage obtained must be considered from the moment in which the scorer comes into possession of the ball and regardless of the number of touches made before the conclusion or the distance from the goal.

The voluntariness of the passage is to be found in a play that is not the result of chance or error. It can also be recognized voluntariness in plays which, although not qualifying as passes, have the incontrovertible aim of making the ball useful for oneself or, intentionally, for one’s teammates and which end up procuring an indisputable advantage for the scorer. However, the obvious attempts to shoot towards the goal are excluded from this series.

Some typical cases of traditional assists are listed below, distinguishing them from those that cannot be considered as such. However, the cases are not to be considered mandatory nor exhaustive with regard to the assignment of the aforementioned assists, for which the previously described criteria continue to apply exclusively.

    1a – Support with invitation to shoot: if a pass is made or a play is made that invites the scorer to shoot, thus giving him a concrete advantage for the purpose of the conclusion, the pass is considered an assist.

    1b – Support without an invitation to shoot: if a pass or a play is made that forces the scorer to a more than demanding conclusion due to the position being too far away or far from the opponent’s goal, then it should not be considered an assist.
    2a – Momentum at speed: if the scorer who receives the pass, exploiting the momentum at the moment of reception, manages to avoid the opposing defender without his coming to counter him, then the assist must be considered.

    2b – Disoriented opponent: if the scorer simply disorients without actually overtaking or clearly dribbling the opposing defenders, then the assist must be considered.

    2c– Conclusion after the stop: if the scorer, at the time of the stop and after receiving the pass, has at least one opposing defender on the trajectory that separates him from the goal without the latter coming however to face him and therefore remaining at a safe distance, then it is considered an assist unless, before the conclusion itself, the scorer passes the defender.
    The shots towards the goal are never considered assists.
    A ball kicked by a player is considered a shot towards the opponent’s goal when it is evident and beyond any reasonable doubt that the player’s sole intention was to make an exclusive attempt to go directly to the target.

    On the other hand, passages, and therefore potentially assists, are considered cases in which the intentionality of the player is doubtful or when the dynamics of the action indicate that the player has sought in the same way an attempt towards the goal as a possible intervention by a partner (for example eg: cross-shots, spikes towards the far post, etc.).

    3a– Wrong shots (or stops): if the scorer receives the ball from a team-mate who is involved in an obvious wrong shot attempt (or stop), the assist should not be considered.

    3b – Veil of a teammate: if the ball reaches the scoring player after a teammate’s veil, the assist must still be assigned to the author of the pass preceding the veil itself.

    3c – Voluntary: if the scorer receives the ball following a clearly involuntary or lucky play by a teammate, the assist must not be awarded. If, on the other hand, the game, although not interpretable as a voluntary pass, has the incontrovertible aim of making the ball intentionally useful for one of his teammates, the assist must be assigned.
    4a – Influential opponent deviations: in the event that a pass is deflected by an opponent or unintentionally by a teammate so as to unequivocally alter the trajectory and prevent the trajectory from reaching a probable recipient, then it does not go considered the assist.

    4b – Superfluous opponent deviations: if the deviation slightly alters the trajectory, not preventing the reception of the ball from a possible recipient of the pass, the assist must be assigned.
    Standing assists are the passes for the scorer that come from free kicks, corner kicks, goal kicks, throw-ins and penalties, ie from all set-piece situations.

    The general rules previously described and articulated in the various points also apply to standing assists.
    The editorial staff of is solely responsible for analyzing and deciding the assignment of assist bonuses based on this regulation.

    The assist analysis will be updated live during the races in progress and will be visible in the appropriate section. In the analysis for each Serie A goal, the motivation of the decision regarding the assignment or not of the assist will be published.

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