How to Defend like a Pro

Over the past decade, the emphasis on attacking play in the beautiful game has grown and grown. Coaches and fans are increasingly more excited about the attacking moments of the game, rather than defensive moments. Defending has become an afterthought, and teams that set up to defend are often deemed "boring" and "dinosaurs" by fans around the world. But defending remains an integral component to the modern game, and often it can be seen that teams with the better defense structures (Atletico, Manchester City, etc.) often win more football matches.

Kylian Mbappe – Player Analysis

After his incredible performance against FC Barcelona, many now regard Kylian Mbappe as the next coming of Lionel Messi, with some even suggesting he's already taken over as the world's greatest player. It was clear as day that Mbappe was going to be a world beater when he first stepped onto the scene with AS Monaco as a seventeen-year-old. But the Frenchman has progressed just as many hoped he might, which cannot be said about most of the seventeen-year old's who have burst onto the scene like Mbappe. Now a well established front-man for PSG, Mbappe is once again leading his team's charge toward the UEFA Champions League final just as he did last season. This is a tactical analysis all about PSG's Kylian Mbappe.

Play with Your Brain – Travis Norsen Book Interview

That quote, from one of football's greatest ever players, is the opening statement by which Play with Your Brain: A Guide to Smarter Soccer for Players, Coaches and Parents, predicates itself upon. The book serves as a wonderful guide for anyone involved in the beautiful game to learn how players can become better, smarter soccer players. Author of the book Travis Norsen gives TheMastermindSite.com an exclusive interview about his thoughts on the book and what players, coaches and parents can learn from reading his guide. Be sure to check out the book on Amazon.

12 Skill Moves To Beat Defenders – Home Training Session

Stuck inside with nothing to do? Not able to go out to the park and train? Fear not, because TheMastermindSite.com will be delivering several home training sessions over the next few weeks. The final session in this series comprises twelve skill moves to beat defenders. Coach Rhys will lead you through all twelve skill moves and the crucial steps to execute each one. Enjoy.

Skills Challenge – First Touch Spin

Can you complete this first touch spin and score? Here is a skills challenge that will get you to work on both your right foot and left foot first touch spin, and quick finishing.

Home Training Session – First Touch & Quick Finishing

Stuck inside with nothing to do? Not able to go out to the park and train? Fear not, because TheMastermindSite.com will be delivering several home training sessions over the next few weeks. Session twelve focuses primarily on first touch and finishing quickly. Coach Rhys will lead you through a series of exercises around this fun topic, a skills challenge and a brutal fitness challenge to end off. Now, enjoy this session all about first touch and finishing.

How To Boss The Midfield Like Kovacic and Jorginho – Tactical Analysis

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 central midfielders 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.

Instagram Live Conversation with @CoachMariaSoccer

Join us and @CoachMariaSoccer today at 3PM EST on Instagram Live. Maria and I will be discussing athlete motivation, what it takes to get to the next level, and answering questions from the audience! Don't miss this Instagram live! ⚽ Maria Procopio - Soccer Coach🧿 (@coachmariasoccer) • Instagram photos and videos Rhys Desmond (@desmondrhys) • Instagram photos and videos The Mastermind Site (@mastermindsite) • Instagram photos and videos.

Home Training Session – Colour Control & Shuttle Run Fitness Challenge

Stuck inside with nothing to do? Not able to go out to the park and train? Fear not, because TheMastermindSite.com will be delivering several home training sessions over the next few weeks. Session eleven is a four colour session, with some ball control, dribbling and turning. Coach Rhys will lead you through a series of exercises around this fun topic, two skills challenges and a shuttle run fitness challenge to end off. Now, enjoy this session all about receiving, turning and finishing.

Home Training Session – Receiving, Turning & Finishing

Stuck inside with nothing to do? Not able to go out to the park and train? Fear not, because TheMastermindSite.com will be delivering several home training sessions over the next few weeks. Session ten is a ball and a wall session, all about receiving, turning and finishing. Coach Rhys will lead you through a series of exercises around this fun topic, and a juggling skills challenge. Now, enjoy this session all about receiving, turning and finishing.