#CANPL Team Guide: Pacific FC

The Canadian Premier League is just a few weeks away from kicking off. Four of the seven Mastermind Site #CANPL Team Guides have been posted and now its time to examine a team from the west coast of Canada, Pacific FC. Here is The Mastermind’s official team guide for Vancouver Island's newest soccer club: Pacific FC. HISTORY On May 5, … Continue reading #CANPL Team Guide: Pacific FC

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#CANPL Team Guide: Valour FC

The Canadian Premier League is just a few weeks away from kicking off. The Mastermind Site kicked off its 2019 #CANPL Team Guides with Halifax Wanderers FC, Forge FC and York 9. Now it's time to take a look at Winnipeg's Valour FC, coached by former Canada U-20 coach Rob Gale. Here is The Mastermind’s official team guide for Winnipeg's new club: Valour … Continue reading #CANPL Team Guide: Valour FC

#CANPL Team Guide: York 9

The Canadian Premier League is just a few weeks away from kicking off. The Mastermind Site kicked off its 2019 #CANPL Team Guides with Halifax Wanderers FC and then Forge FC and now it is time to check out Jim Brennan's latest project, York 9. Like HFX and Forge, York 9 are an entirely new club formed for the specific purpose of competing in the Canadian Premier League. Here is The Mastermind’s official team guide for Jim Brennan's York 9. 

PSG Fruitless Without Cavani & Mbappe

Paris Saint Germain have developed a well-oiled system under Thomas Tuchel. The tactical flexibility of players like Dani Alves and Julian Draxler have allowed the French giants to flourish in a number of different systems, seemingly chopping and changing their formation every week without ever missing a beat. However, without star men up top like … Continue reading PSG Fruitless Without Cavani & Mbappe

#CANPL Team Guide: Forge FC

The Canadian Premier League is just a few weeks away from kicking off. The Mastermind Site kicked off its 2019 #CANPL Team Guides with Halifax Wanderers FC, to view that article check out our HFX Team Guide. Our second team to go under the magnifying glass will be Hamilton's Forge FC, another newly formed club with a lot of optimism heading into the inaugural Canadian Premier League season. Here is The Mastermind’s official team guide for Hamilton's new club, Forge FC. 

#CANPL Team Guide: Halifax Wanderers FC

The Canadian Premier League is just a few weeks away from kicking off. So it's about time The Mastermind Site kicks off its #CANPL Team Guides, starting with the newly formed Halifax Wanderers FC. The Wanderers have quickly become the biggest soccer club in the East Coast and it appears as though there is no … Continue reading #CANPL Team Guide: Halifax Wanderers FC

5 Players Manchester United Should Sign In The Off-Season

Although the past few weeks has seen a slight dip in form, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit the ground running with Manchester United in 2019. After taking over for Jose Mourinho at the end of December, Solskjaer has won 15 of his 22 matches, which equates to a win percentage of nearly 70%. But in nearly every position on the pitch, it is very evident that upgrades are needed. It is unquestionable that Manchester United need to freshen up their squad in the summer and they should look no further than these five players in order to do that. 

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. 

Macarena Sanchez and the Women’s Football Lawsuit in Argentina

It's no secret that women's football is treated in lesser regard to men's, rather unfairly, and in more ways than just television coverage and attention. Female footballers make significantly less income than their male counterparts and in a country like Argentina, women's football is not even a professional sport and something that women can do … Continue reading Macarena Sanchez and the Women’s Football Lawsuit in Argentina

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