Institute for the Study of Sports Incidents (ISSI)


The Institute for the Study of Sports Incidents (ISSI) is the research and analysis unit of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi. ISSI’s mission is to build the most comprehensive worldwide database of sport incidents involving spectators, while ensuring the appropriate protection, privacy, and security of incident information.

Ongoing Research




Read below about research done on preparations for the Sochi Winter Games and security concerns by Institute researcher Erik Rodrigues with contributions by Institute director Alana Penza. The complete research piece can be viewed by clicking on the pdf below the abstract.



The Olympic Games are meant to be a time when countries from all over the world come together and share an experience unlike any other that extends past the sporting fields. However, since Sochi, Russia was selected to host the event there has been backlash and questioning of the decision.

The 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi will and has experienced events and obstacles that no other Olympic Games have endured in the past. The world will watch and see whether Russia's "ring of steel" - referring to the 1,500-square-mile security zone that includes more than 40,000 police officers, special forces, ultra-sensitive sonar, monitoring drones, and patrol boats - can keep the athletes, coaches, spectators, and everyday citizens safe while preserving the sense of friendly competition and camaraderie that the Olympic Games embody.

Preparing for Sochi (pdf)


Institute Research

Researching Open Access Sporting Events, for 2013 National Conference, July 2013

Researching Spectator Violence at the Institute, for 2012 National Conference, July 2012

Egypt Soccer Riots, February 2012



For more information, please contact Elli Voorhees at elizabeth.voorhees@usm.edu or 601.266.6099



 This project Funded in Part by the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security