Hypothesis: One can quite easily ‘passively intercept’, by essentially having the ball passed straight at you, through no skill of one’s own; one is much less likely to ‘passively tackle’.
Experiment: Go through all of the Opta collected interceptions in a selection of games and categorise them into ‘active’ and ‘passive’.
This was my starting point. I would look up online (I used WhoScored) the minutes in which interceptions were made and players who made them, and work out what action during the game this was. (This was generally quite easy, though infrequently required going back and re-watching the minute). Continue reading