Attacking Transitions – Full Session Plan and Key Coaching Points

INTRODUCTION Attacking transitions are one of the four key phases of the beautiful game. They can be defined as the movements and patterns of play after the first regain of possession in order to set up the attack. After regaining possession, there are two things that the team in possession can do to quickly catch … Continue reading Attacking Transitions – Full Session Plan and Key Coaching Points

Positions, Roles and Responsibilities in the 3-2-3 (9v9)

Over the past year of coaching 9v9 soccer, the 3-2-3 has become my favourite formation to use. I am a firm believer that the formation of any team should not be based around a club identity or a coach’s personal style of play, but rather based around the team’s style of play and the personnel of the team. However, I have found that the 3-2-3 is fantastic in suiting nearly every type of player and the simple and easy variations that can be created using the formation such as shifting into a 3-1-3-1, allow coaches to tweak and change their style of play to fit the needs of the vast majority of youth soccer players.

Coaching the 3-2-3 (9v9)

Over the past year of coaching 9v9 soccer, the 3-2-3 has become my favourite formation to use. I am a firm believer that the formation of any team should not be based around a club identity or a coach's personal style of play, but rather based around the team's style of play and the personnel of the team. However, I have found that the 3-2-3 is fantastic in suiting nearly every type of player and the simple and easy variations that can be created using the formation such as shifting into a 3-1-3-1, allow coaches to tweak and change their style of play to fit the needs of the vast majority of youth soccer players.

Picking The Perfect Starting Lineup

Picking a starting lineup for a football match can be a difficult task for any manager. There are so many different considerations that must go into the decision of who starts any match. This can range from fitness levels to injuries to work ethic to commitment to your opposition to the way different players mesh … Continue reading Picking The Perfect Starting Lineup

Best Formations for 9v9

9v9 is one of the most exciting stages in the development of young players as it's the first time they are truly able to understand positioning, formations and how to play to the strengths of their teammates. In The Mastermind's hometown province of Ontario, 9v9 starts at the U11 stage and ends at U13, when … Continue reading Best Formations for 9v9

Top 50 Survivor Players of All Time

In thirty-eight seasons of Survivor, there have been some amazing players. It is so incredibly hard to rank them as they all had to overcome a different set of circumstances and navigate through completely different seasons, twists and themes. But nonetheless, The Mastermind has attempted to compile a list of the fifty greatest players of all … Continue reading Top 50 Survivor Players of All Time

Why MasterChef Is Fake

For a show based solely around cooking, MasterChef has surpassed expectations worldwide to become one of the most entertaining reality TV franchises out there. This makes it all the more disappointing that a show so compelling and so popular, often has something seemingly suspicious going on behind the scenes. Although fantastic in what it achieves, MasterChef is … Continue reading Why MasterChef Is Fake

Why Oleksandr Zinchenko Is Underrated – Tactical Analysis

In a team full of superstars, 22-year old Oleksandr Zinchenko often does not get the credit he deserves in Manchester City's back-line. This is in part due to simply not being a big name player, having come from the academy at Shakhtar Donestk rather than one of Europe's more illustrious outfits. But the Ukrainian left-back … Continue reading Why Oleksandr Zinchenko Is Underrated – Tactical Analysis

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FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Team of the Tournament

Despite much of the attention of the tournament surrounding VAR, the FIFA Women's World Cup in France was a large success and saw record viewing audiences around the world. The Americans ultimately came out victorious for the fourth time in their history but they weren't the only nation to shine at this summer's tournament. Here … Continue reading FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Team of the Tournament

Individual Marking & Defensive Awareness – Analytical Activity

As the great Sir Alex Ferguson once said - "Attack wins you games, defence wins you titles." This quotation does a fantastic job in highlighting the importance of a strong defence, but it's also important to note that defense also wins you games, which eventually then leads to those title wins that the legendary former … Continue reading Individual Marking & Defensive Awareness – Analytical Activity

Playing Through the Central Midfielder – Conditioned Game

Central midfielders are essential to build up play and playing out from the back. As a result, it is necessary to teach players in the position where to be on the pitch during build-up phases. This conditioned game will teach all players how to involve the central midfielder in playing out from the back, in … Continue reading Playing Through the Central Midfielder – Conditioned Game

The Amazing Race Season 31 Finale Recap and Analysis – “This One is For One Million Dollars”

Tonight, this fantastic season of The Amazing Race came to an end, crowning a winner. Despite this season involving a battle of contestants from three different reality shows, we ended up with a finale of only Amazing Race teams, all three of which had previously made it to at least the final four, and two of … Continue reading The Amazing Race Season 31 Finale Recap and Analysis – “This One is For One Million Dollars”

3 Ways Borussia Dortmund Could Line Up in 2019-20

Borussia Dortmund have had a busier off-season in the transfer market than any other club in Europe. With the disappointment of missing out on the title by just 2 points in 2018-19, BVB and Lucien Favre have quickly gotten their business done to try and right their wrongs and make another title charge in 2019-20. The likes of Julian Brandt, Nico Schulz, Mats Hummels and Thorgan Hazard have all joined Borussia Dortmund and will provide much needed improvements in several departments for the club. The one biggest fix was clearly needed at left-back, while Lukasz Pisczcek on the right is aging slowly and will in time need a more long-term option if Achraf Hakimi does re-join Real Madrid in 2020/21.

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 Team of the Group Stages

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup has been a joy to watch so far and continues to inspire young girls around the planet that they can one day make it on the big stage. Much of the attention has unfortunately surrounded VAR and all of its faults, but many players have also taken centre stage and entered into the limelight at this summer's tournament in France. Here are the best eleven players of the FIFA Women's World Cup Group Stages and a complete 23-player squad, highlighting the best of the best as this tournament enters into the Round of 16.  

The Amazing Race 31 Episode 10 Recap – “Chugga Chugga Choo Choo!”

The Amazing Race 31 has been a whole lot of fun to watch and has recaptured the attention of viewers around North America back to this show. The season is coming to a close with just one episode left now. For Leg 10, teams traveled to the Netherlands and took on just two tasks as … Continue reading The Amazing Race 31 Episode 10 Recap – “Chugga Chugga Choo Choo!”

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Japan 0-2 England – Tactical Analysis

What many thought to be the Group of Death is now complete with England topping Group D with a stunning nine points from three matches. The Lionness finished their group stage matches with a glorious win over Japan, getting their redemption from 2015 when they were knocked out at the hands of the Japanese in … Continue reading FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Japan 0-2 England – Tactical Analysis