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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. The evolution of the offside rule. Where are we now?

What are your opinions on these? Are there other burning questions that need resolution?

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