Imagine we build the perfect Artificial Intelligence system that could get every decision correct, and justify it immediately too! What are the football issues that humans most catastrophically struggle with?
- Top of the list has to be the slew of “clearly unintentional” ball-to-hand penalties that decide (and ruin) so many games, such as the UCL Final and at one stage, every other game in the Women’s World Cup 2019.
- If a defender first tries to illegally block an attacker from getting the ball, but the attacker is strong enough to get free…BUT…the defender falls over. The ref – almost always – awards an offensive foul. Shouldn’t the first offence be penalised?
- The evolution of the offside rule. Where are we now?
What are your opinions on these? Are there other burning questions that need resolution?