Train of Thought – The value of playing with touch restrictions

The mental side of the beautiful game is at least as important as the physical side, but is often neglected by coaches in training sessions. In this series, Travis Norsen, author of Play With Your Brain, will discuss small tweaks to standard training exercises and the large positive effects they can have on players’ decision-making and soccer intelligence. This week, Travis explores the value of using one-touch restrictions in your sessions.

Premier League Tactics 2020-21 – Ebook

After analyzing each and every single Premier League team this year, we now share all of our insight on the 2020-21 season in the form of this book. But the book is far from just a copy and paste of what can already be found on the website. In fact, there are very few things in the entire 72 pages that you will find on our site. The book features a breakdown of each and every single club in the league, including their system and style of play, their personnel, their strengths, weaknesses, key players and more. It does not attempt to be an exhaustive list of every single thing about each and every Premier League team this season, rather an overview of the most crucial tactical features to their success or lack thereof in 2020-21.

Train of Thought – Situating training exercises in their appropriate place on the pitch

The mental side of the beautiful game is at least as important as the physical side, but is often neglected by coaches in training sessions. In this series, Travis Norsen, author of Play With Your Brain, will discuss small tweaks to standard training exercises and the large positive effects they can have on players’ decision-making and soccer intelligence. This week, Travis explores why you should situate your training exercises in their appropriate place on the pitch.

Train of Thought – Why you should be more defensive about rondos

The mental side of the beautiful game is at least as important as the physical side, but is often neglected by coaches in training sessions. In this series, Travis Norsen, author of Play With Your Brain, will discuss small tweaks to standard training exercises and the large positive effects they can have on players’ decision-making and soccer intelligence. This week, Travis explores why you should be more defensive about your rondos.

How social media changed football

As for everything new in the world, for every change there is a debate as to whether it has brought more positive or negative outcomes. We are currently seeing that debate ongoing with VAR, and it's no different with social media. Recently players, clubs, pundits and writers around the world even took a hiatus from social media in protest of the issues still going on that they feel social media companies are not doing enough to stop.

Train of Thought – Why you should incorporate double goals into your training

The mental side of the beautiful game is at least as important as the physical side, but is often neglected by coaches in training sessions. In this series, Travis Norsen, author of Play With Your Brain, will discuss small tweaks to standard training exercises and the large positive effects they can have on players’ decision-making and soccer intelligence. This week, Travis explores why you should incorporate double goals into your training.

Supporting young players in football

Every professional football player started playing the game at a young age. As a result, the preparation and training of young players has a major impact on their future. Youth football is a time for players to learn the basics of the game, and have fun. The two most important stakeholders in that journey are coaches and parents.

FSV Mainz 05 1-1 Hertha Berlin – Tactical Analysis

In Hertha Berlin’s first game in weeks due to a COVID-outbreak at the club, the Berlin based team failed to get a proper foothold of the game, but clung onto a 1-1 draw against a dominant Mainz 05 in good form. Here is our full analysis of the match between Mainz and Hertha BSC on May 3, 2021.

The Mastermind Monthly Magazine – April 2021

Calling all subscribers to TheMastermindSite.com, our Monthly Magazine for April 2021 has now arrived.

Session Plan – Passing Techniques & Combinations

Head of Coaching Content - Xhulio Zeneli - presents this session on passing, for a 13+ team. The learning objectives of this passing session plan are to replicate in game passing situations. The players learn technical aspects like directional control and passing with different parts of the foot. There is also a physical element with an overall objective to practice combinations that will lead to a shot on goal.