The Mastermind Site is a football, tactics, and coaching website dedicated to helping all football fanatics and lovers of the beautiful game, develop a greater understanding of the technical, tactical and mental aspects of football. The focus of the site centers around football tactics and analysis, with player and coach education as secondary focal points. The website’s creator – Rhys Desmond – is a coach in London, Ontario, working for two community sport organizations, including an MLS-affiliated club.
TheMastermindSite.com was created in May, 2016 as a football website designated primarily toward reporting of matches, and rating of players in Team of the Week‘s and the site’s Top 100 Footballers feature. Lead author and creator of the website – Rhys Desmond – originally intended on it being a standard football blog with little to no interest in making any profit. However the site has since evolved and grown, to the extent that it is now in a respectable place within the football and tactics community. In 2018, the content shifted toward more coaching and player educational pieces, with tactics entering the scene primarily in 2019 as Rhys obtained greater coaching licenses and qualifications. In 2019, the site also began earning ad revenue from webhost WordPress.com, began selling Ebooks, and launched the podcast – The Mastermind Site Podcast. In 2021, TheMastermindSite began partnering with Football Manager YouTube creator RDF Tactics. In 2021, the website also expanded its network, hiring several journalists and creative producers, including Lead Football Correspondents – Anthony Khoury and Silvia Senna, and podcasters – Russell Tho and Kausty Kapoor.
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Rhys Desmond is the creator of TheMastermindSite.com and the writer behind more than five hundred articles found on the site since 2016. Rhys is a staff coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps affiliated club Whitecaps London FC and the Technical Leader of NorWest Optimist Soccer Club in London, Ontario. He is currently completing a Masters degree in Sport Management and Leadership at Western University and holds a B.A. in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a Minor in Psychology from the University of Waterloo. Rhys is currently pursuing careers in football journalism, analysis, recruitment and scouting.
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Some things never change, and one of those things is Atletico Madrid under Diego Simeone. The Argentine’s team have been one of the most consistent sides over the past decade, not only on form, but on system and style of play. This season, Atletico have been playing some fantastic football, with all of their top stars in full flow. Los Rojiblancos currently sit top of the table, albeit on goal differential, with 8 wins from 11 matches so far. Here is a Tactical Analysis of Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid in 2020-21. Keep Reading.
Thomas Tuchel currently remains unbeaten in his first three matches in charge of Chelsea. During that time his team have kept over 70% of the possession and haven’t conceded a single goal. One of Tuchel’s most impressive tactical implementations has been his reliance on Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic as a double-pivot in a highly functional 3-4-2-1/3-4-3 system that transforms into a 3-2-5 in attack. Jorginho and Kovacic are playing just about as well as any midfield duo in the world at the moment, and might just be the pair of players that can bring Chelsea to greater times. This article will explore how players of any age can boss the midfield like Kovacic and Jorginho. Keep Reading.
The last time Everton won at Anfield, Trent Alexander-Arnold had just had his first birthday. September 1999 was the date, a match that lives long in Don Hutchinson’s memory and almost no one else’s. But even though it had been more than twenty-one years since Everton last won at Anfield, you just got the feeling that it might happen again this season. In the end, Carlo Ancelotti put on a tactical masterclass and his team put on a defensive clinic, but Liverpool were also woeful in attack and looked on different wavelengths at times. It all culminated in a historic win for the Toffees and an embarrassing defeat for Jurgen Klopp as things continue to go from bad to worse for the Reds. Here is a tactical analysis of Everton’s historic 2-0 win over Liverpool. Keep Reading.
In terms of goal-scoring, Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge of Chelsea might not have gone as planned. But his team still put up a magnificent, tactically intriguing performance, and much promise for the future certainly remains. Given that he had only one day in charge of the Blues before this match, Tuchel certainly managed to get his point across regarding the tactical innovations that he wanted to implement in this match and the players seemed to follow his instructions incredibly well. The German manager changed Lampard’s team more than expected, and even implemented a highly intriguing 3-2-5 attacking shape. Let’s get right into this tactical analysis of Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea in their 0-0 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Keep Reading.
After years and years of back-four systems being the dominating dogma in world football, back-three systems are now starting to take over. The growing popularity of formations like 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 has been matched by the variety of tactical nuisances that managers around the world have used to innovate these system of plays. 3-5-2, for example, has many distinct variations and teams operating within this formation can feel comfortable knowing that they can easily adapt their midfield structure to match what they want to achieve out of any game. Here are 3 Ways To Play 3-5-2. Keep Reading.
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 players move up to the 11v11 game for the rest of their lives. With so much analysis on the best formations for 11v11, it’s amazing how the 9v9 game often gets overlooked. So with that, The Mastermind Site has compiled a list of the best formations and the tactics and requirements associated with each.. Keep Reading.
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