Anyone that has played on our teams knows the question, "are you familiar with when Coach Belichick _____?". I admire the coach's approach to the preparation and execution of his plan. The situations he prepares for are so important in giving players a chance to walk through the game experiences in advance. It builds a fundamental understanding of the game and the interactions that happen on the field.
American football, Association Football (US soccer), and Rugby are all born of the same game, "football". Be thankful the lack of rules and absence of etiquette are in the past. Coach Belichick understands the same foundation and this has been a great example to share with soccer teams. My favorite example is Coach Belichick talking with a rookie defensive lineman about their opponent being backed up on their one yard line. The situation is that the offense has nothing to lose by risking a millisecond head start on the snap. If flagged for offside, they only lose two inches. The defense will give up five yards by biting on the trick to encroach on the offense. The Patriot's defensive lineman should take that extra millisecond to be sure the ball is snapped before rushing in to prevent the lopsided advantage the rules provide. Take a look.
Three situations every team can prepare for and use to their advantage:
"Expecting rain. It'll be easier in practice than it is in the game" - Coach Belichick
"As a coach, board member and new SYSA VP, I've likely seen and heard a lot of what you may be wondering how to manage as a parent or player. Great kids with supportive parents make it all a "once in a lifetime" experience.