Perverse Incentives 

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

My opinion on soccer is well-known, but I realize it’s not shared by all. If nothing else, however, it seems clear that soccer officials are often terrible at tournament design and game theory, as this truly bizarre 1994 match between Barbados and Grenada should make that clear. In the end of regulation, one team was left trying to score on either goal, while the other was working to defend them both. That simply should not happen. When games can end in a draw, and when a value is placed on goal differential, all sorts of strange things suddenly make sense.


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