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

How Canada Could Line Up at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup

After a dominant display against Mexico in Canada's final World Cup sendoff before the 2019 World Cup, The Mastermind Site takes a look at how Canada could line-up at this year's tournament in France. GOALKEEPER: STEPHANIE LABBÉ Stephanie Labbé has had a bright start to life with North Carolina Courage, keeping 2 clean sheets in her first … Continue reading How Canada Could Line Up at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Borussia Dortmund Season In Review

The first half of the 2018-19 campaign was the most fun I've ever had watching Borussia Dortmund. The Black and Yellows were flying high in the Bundesliga and went undefeated until the end of December, while only losing 1 Champions League game in that time. New signings Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney, Axel Witsel and Achraf … Continue reading Borussia Dortmund Season In Review

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

Best Formations for 8v8

Before the USSF switched to 9-a-side for U11 & U12, 8-a-side was the common standard. Today, 8v8 is not a common playing format. However, it is useful to discuss from a 9v9 standpoint, to elucidate what formations might be useful when a team has to play short. Here are the best formations for 8v8, a … Continue reading Best Formations for 8v8

Why a Women’s Canadian Premier League Should be the Next Step for Canada Soccer

This past weekend, the newly formed Canadian Premier League, Canada's first ever top-flight league, got underway. It was a monumental occasion for soccer in Canada and kicked off the path to better times for our nation's Men's National Team. One of the major hopes behind the Canadian Premier League was that it would present young … Continue reading Why a Women’s Canadian Premier League Should be the Next Step for Canada Soccer

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