I supported a team a few years ago that frankly wasn't any good. In league play, they lost 10-0, with the 25 minutes of keep away. in tournament play, they lost 9-0, where the opposing coach started pulling players until it was 9v11. The referees were aware of the situation, as was our coach. There was very few in the crowd that noticed (at least no one mentioned it), and I think some of the girls on the team were oblivious to it. However, the game became much more evenly matched, and the opposing keeper even had a save or two.And then what? 25 minutes to play and you’re up 9. You’ve already (one would hope) removed your top players, put your players in unfamiliar positions....now what? Goofy restrictions which make a mockery of the game? Shoot wide (as some AD’s instruct their coach)? Pull up on a breakaway with the keeper because “goals can now only be scored off a cross with your head”? Play keep away for 25 minutes (which is the most humiliating thing I’ve ever seen happen in a game)?
Take players off the field. You should know 3 or 4 goals in how that game is going to go. Play 10 v 11 - score again? Play 9 v 11. My experience is this usually balances things out a bit, and the kids get to keep playing.
Just my 2 cents.
It was a very classy of the opposing coach to do so, and he did it in a way that it wasn't noticeable. He would sub 5 girls, but 6 would come off. Hard for the crowd to count that high.
The girls appreciated the latter much more than the former.