Handball Performance-Index: Data-based, transparent, fair

Data-based. Transparent. Fan-focused. For the 2020/21 season, Handball-Bundesliga GmbH is introducing a new benchmark for evaluating the performance of all LIQUI MOLY HBL players. The Handball Performance Index was designed in cooperation with Deutsche Kreditbank AG and selected experts from top-level sports and science. It uses selected statistics from all players to evaluate, analyze and compare their athletic performance at all positions.

Hardly any player is able to influence a match as much as a goalkeeper. Because of this famous and successful keepers such as Jogi Bitter (TVB Stuttgart) and Jannick Green (SC Magdeburg) were significantly involved in the position-specific development of the Handball Performance Index.

Example: Calculation of a goalkeeper-HPI

The player Benjamin Buric from SG Flensburg-Handewitt is used as an example. The goalkeeper Buric played for SGF in the match against HSC 2000 Coburg in October 2020. At the start of this match, the player's HPI was the standardized baseline value of 100. Immediately after the end of the match, the Handball Performance Index of the player Buric was composed as follows:

  • Initial value HPI = 100
  • Plus points = 180
    • 9x saves from 6 meters = 72
    • 10x saves from 9 meters = 70
    • 2x saves after penalty = 14
    • 1x save from wing = 6
    • 2x saves after fastbreak = 18
  • Minus points = -59
    • 10x Goals from 6 Meter = -20
    • 8x Goals from 9 Meter = -24
    • 3x Goals from Wing = -12
    • 1x Goal after penalty = -3

The Handball Performance Index for Benjamin Buric after the match SG Flensburg-Handewitt vs. HSC 2000 Coburg was 221 (100+180-59).