Interview with Andi Gschaider – Founder of B42

Looking for a unique, innovative solution to help your players get through these tough COVID times? Look no further than B42. In this exclusive interview, Rhys Desmond is joined by B42 founder Andi Gschaider to discuss his football training app used by teams and coaches around the world, including pro clubs in Germany like FC Nuremburg. Rhys and Andi discuss how coaches can use the app to inspire their players, how B42 got its name, and the company’s desire to make a social impact. Follow the show @mastermindsite on social media, and stay tuned for more exclusive interviews coming this month.



Andi Gschaider is the Founder and CEO of B42, a football training app that inspires and enables ambitious football teams, coaches and players to have their best possible season. You can find him on Linkedin, and you can find B42 on Instagram and the app store. Be sure to visit B42 football app ( for more information.


Rhys Desmond is the Founder and CEO of, a football tactics and analysis website, that specializes in education for coaches, players and fans of the beautiful game. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram@desmondrhys and @mastermindsite. Subscribe to the show wherever you listen to podcasts to never miss an episode, and visit for more information, articles, analyses, coaching education and more! 


Music for this episode has been wonderfully provided by Pixabay


Creating a Game Model – with Sam Holmshaw The Mastermind Site

You might have heard some buzz recently in the coaching world about something called "game models". But what exactly is a game model and why is it so important to coaches across the globe? Sam Holmshaw joins the podcast to discuss his insight into creating game models, and shares his experiences working in the UK coaching and football scene.  Guest: Sam Holmshaw is the First Team Manager of Ilkey Town Women, the host of @The_SC_Podcast and the Technical Director of @HolmshawAcademy. You can find his website and game model packages at and follow him on social media @SamHolmshaw_MSc. Host: Rhys Desmond is the creator and owner of He is a lifelong lover and educator of the beautiful game. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @DesmondRhys. Follow TMS: @mastermindsite on Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe via email at the footer of Music: The music for this episode was provided by minwbu from Pixabay. “Min-2019”.

Creating Unstructured Sporting Environments – with Adam Stapleton The Mastermind Site

COVID-19 has presented a unique opportunity for community sports organizations and their coaches to rethink their practices and work toward greater inclusivity. In Canada, few opportunities exist in the community for youth to practice on their own through unstructured play and unstructured learning environments. This episode explores how we can create these unstructured sporting environments in Canada, using programs like Kicks in the UK as an example. We also explore how to inspire youth to achieve greater individual involvement in the sport, both in terms of participation and individual involvement within games.  Guest: Adam Stapleton is a current masters and Youth License student, along with his role as a head coach with Whitecaps London FC. He is also a frequent contributor to the online resource and can be found on Twitter @AdamFStapleton. Host: Rhys Desmond is the creator and owner of He is lifelong lover and educator of the beautiful game. You can find him on Twitter @DesmondRhys. Follow TMS: @mastermindsite on Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe via email at the footer of Music: The music for this episode was provided by minwbu from Pixabay. “Min-2019”.

Coaching During a Pandemic The Mastermind Site

COVID-19 has presented unique challenges for coaches across the globe. A year after joining an MLS-affiliated organization at the start of a pandemic, Trevor McGahan gives Rhys Desmond and an exclusive interview about the challenges he has faced and the experiences he's had after breaking into the coaching scene. Trevor and Rhys also discuss some of the differences between coaching in the United States to Canada, and the exciting future of young Canadian players progressing into the professional game.  GUEST Trevor McGahan is a staff coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps affiliated academy – Whitecaps London FC, and a self-made musician. You can find him and his music on Instagram @dj_melo_91.  HOST Rhys Desmond is the creator and owner of He is also a staff coach for Whitecaps London FC. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @DesmondRhys. FOLLOW TMS @mastermindsite on Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe via email -> MUSIC The music for this episode was provided by minwbu from Pixabay. “Min-2019”. Be on the lookout in the future for DJ Melo to hopefully be our official music producer! 



Stephen Eustáquio – Player Analysis

On March 27, 2022, Canada qualified for the World Cup, for the first time since 1986. The likes of Jonathan David and Alphonso Davies evidently played their part, but perhaps no man was more key to Canada’s success in the lead-up to World Cup Qualification than the beating heart in Herdman’s midfield – Stephen Eustáquio. Now an FC Porto regular playing week in and week out in the Champions League, the 25-year-old will be integral to Canada’s success at the upcoming tournament. Here is our analysis of Stephen Eustáquio, and why he’s prepared to play a pivotal role for Canada at the 2022 World Cup.

Alessandro Hojabrpour – Player Analysis

Alessandro Hojabrpour has been one of the standout performers of the past two seasons in the Canadian Premier League. Playing in an understated defensive midfield role where he’s required to proactively participate in all phases of the game, Hojabpour has also been a name that has gone relatively unnoticed when compared to some of his CPL peers. At 22 years of age, with the maturity of someone in their mid-twenties, Hojabrpour should be on the radar of every single MLS club, and soon enough on the radar of our national team. Here is my analysis of the remarkabilities to Alessandro Hojabrpour in 2022, and why he’s one of the best midfielders that Canada has to offer.

Coaching Philosophies Guide

Struggling to know how to communicate your ideas about the game in a succinct format? Our ‘Coaching Philosophies Guide’ will help you to know what you need to consider when building the perfect team environment, and will allow you to nail down your thoughts about how and who you want to be as a coach.

Our guide comes with my own Coaching Philosophies as an example for how you can structure your own. This can be purchased for just $2.99, as part of our continued attempt to make our content as accessible as possible.

Manuel Akanji at Man City – Tactical Analysis

Even at the cut-price of £15 million, many unaware football fans were skeptical of Manchester City’s move for Manuel Akanji. The thought was that he was an unreliable defender, who frequently made critical defensive errors leading to goals. This happened a few times in Akanji’s early days at BVB, and painfully for us as fans, most crucially in the lead-up to Dortmund losing the title in Favre’s first year. But what many failed to recognize despite my constant banging of the drum last year – Akanji had grown into one of the best defenders on the planet in his final two seasons at the club. Here is our analysis of Manuel Akanji’s start to life at Manchester City.

The case for short corners

Among a host of changes to the game and innovations popping up at every turn, short corners remain an understudied facet of the game. While they often frustrate fans in stadiums when they ultimately come to nothing, the right short corner kick routine can bear fruit for any team, creating an overload before whipping the ball into the box.

CPL Playoffs – Cavalry 1-1 Forge – Match Analysis

While it wasn’t the most explosive semi-final match inside the CPL Playoffs, Forge and Cavalry met for an intriguing tactical battle of wits inside the semi-final first leg, settling for a 1-1 draw. Here is our match analysis of the first-leg encounter between Cavalry and Forge, and what both teams may look to do ahead of the second-leg.

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