Copy Cat.

One very important lesson that I have learned in coaching is that it is extremely difficult to forge your own way.

It is also difficult to know who to copy, what to copy, and how to copy. The word copy has such negative connotations, but it's beyond applicable when it comes to developing your own coaching philosophy.

Eventually, your brand of soccer will be defined differently from your predecessors, but that could take years, or even decades for those of us who are only in the game part time.

The word 'steal' also has negative connotations. Again, it's applicable. And in the way I'm intending it to be interpreted, it's not even criminal. 

Watch a game on TV. Steal the ideas. Steal the movements. Steal the interactions. Steal the big picture. Copy what you like. Throw away what you hate.

Then... create!