FIFA Women’s World Cup – New Zealand 0-1 Netherlands – Tactical Analysis

Group E kicked off yesterday with Canada beating Cameroon, and now both opening fixtures of Group E have been played, both ending in 1-0 score-lines. Canada's victory against Cameroon was fairly comfortable, while Netherlands had to really dig this one out and were only able to snatch it right at the end from a resilient … Continue reading FIFA Women’s World Cup – New Zealand 0-1 Netherlands – Tactical Analysis

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FIFA Women’s World Cup – England 2-1 Scotland – Tactical Analysis

Group D, tipped by many to be the Group of Death, is now the fourth group to kick off at the Women's World Cup. Although the score-line looks far from comfortable, in the end England had a comfortable evening as they floated by Scotland with ease and their stars really shone bright. Here is our … Continue reading FIFA Women’s World Cup – England 2-1 Scotland – Tactical Analysis

FIFA Women’s World Cup – Australia 1-2 Italy – Tactical Analysis

The 2019 Women's World Cup continues to entertain as Group C becomes the third group to kickoff, with a full-throttled match between Australia and Italy. This opening Group C fixture came up with a bit of a shocking upset as Italy snatched it at the very end to beat the NWSL-powered Australia. Let's get right into … Continue reading FIFA Women’s World Cup – Australia 1-2 Italy – Tactical Analysis

FIFA Women’s World Cup – France 4-0 South Korea – Tactical Analysis

The FIFA Women's World Cup is underway and kicked off with a bang today as France smashed South Korea in a 4-0 victory. In truth, there was only ever going to be one winner in this match. Although South Korea were up for the test and gave it what they had, France completely dominated the … Continue reading FIFA Women’s World Cup – France 4-0 South Korea – Tactical Analysis

Is U13 Too Early For 11v11?

When Long-Term-Player-Development (LTPD) was introduced to soccer in Canada in 2008, one of its many goals was to shorten field sizes, game times and players on the field in accordance with what would be most beneficial for the development of children. Now, eleven years on from all the changes which have widely been accepted and … Continue reading Is U13 Too Early For 11v11?

4 Reasons Your Practice Session Isn’t Working

Sometimes we as coaches spend hours perfecting our session plans, making sure the activities are as beneficial and intricate as they can be, only to have the practice fall apart. This article will discuss 4 common reasons why your practice might not be working and how to fix it. POOR EXPLANATION/DEMONSTRATION Players need to have … Continue reading 4 Reasons Your Practice Session Isn’t Working

Forge FC 1-1 York 9 Match Recap & Analysis

The Canadian Premier League has finally kicked off with the first match between Forge FC and York 9. The game was explosive, end-to-end and very intriguing as both Smyrniotis and Brennan did everything they could to try and get the win. Here is our match recap and analysis for Forge FC's 1-1 tie with York … Continue reading Forge FC 1-1 York 9 Match Recap & Analysis

How the Best Managers in the World used Formations to Gain an Advantage

At the end of the day, a team can win playing any formation and there isn't necessarily any formation that is superior to another. However, some of the best teams in the modern era have perfected certain systems and styles of play, guided by the formation they use. Here is an examination of some of the best teams in the world and how their formation has led to their success.

How To Coach Pressing

Pressing has become an increasingly important aspect to the modern game. Some of the most successful teams in the world play a high pressing game, including Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. As a result, it has received great attention worldwide and is beginning to be implemented everywhere as a strategy, including with young players. … Continue reading How To Coach Pressing

4-3-3 vs. 4-1-4-1: Tactical Flexibility

In the post 4-4-2 era, teams all over the world play a variety of different formations. These formations change game by game or even within games, so it is becomingly increasingly difficult to nail professional teams down to just one single formation. That being said, two of the most popular formations in the world right now are the tactically flexible 4-3-3 and 4-1-4-1, both of which have been used heavily by Pep Guardiola throughout his career. Ultimately the formation has to suit the players that you have and their developmental, psychological and physiological characteristics. But the 4-3-3 and 4-1-4-1 are two very similar formations. The 4-1-4-1 is perhaps a little more physically demanding and tactically complex, while the 4-3-3 is perhaps more rooted in wing-play and the collaboration of the midfield triangle. Although these formations are very similar, they can offer a team a completely different dynamic, depending on how a manger or coach wants to implement them. 

5 Myths of Youth Sport

Sports have the potential to create several positive outcomes for children and adults alike (Crocker, 2016). However, sports do not always create positive outcomes. This article explores the five biggest myths surrounding youth sports and consequently what parents and coaches can do in order to ensure children stay in sport for life. MYTH: Youth Sport … Continue reading 5 Myths of Youth Sport