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

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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

How Every Canadian Premier League Team Could Line Up

The Canadian Premier League is just four days away from kicking off! Heading into the season The Mastermind analyzed each and every team and their chances in this exciting inaugural season. Check out our Team Guides here! But something that everyone is waiting to see is how each of these teams are going to line up. Ultimately this league … Continue reading How Every Canadian Premier League Team Could Line Up

Should Major League Soccer Adopt A Promotion-Relegation System?

On April 18, 2019, Major League Soccer announced a strategic plan to expand to 30 teams by 2021. MLS currently comprises 24 teams - 3 in Canada, and the rest in the United States. Expanding to 30 teams would make it the biggest professional league in world football in terms of number of clubs and players. With 4 teams arriving to the league in the past 3 years and 4 more on their way by 2021, things are really becoming a bit crazy in the North American soccer scene. Ultimately, the decision from an economic standpoint is a wise one for the league. More clubs = more money, greater outreach and greater attention. But it would throw certain things into chaos, such as scheduling, fairness of scheduling, and the disparities in between the caliber of teams and players.     

#CANPL Team Guide: FC Edmonton

The Canadian Premier League is just a few weeks away from kicking off. The Mastermind Site has now officially launched a #CANPL Team Guide for every single club, with FC Edmonton being the last. After analyzing Halifax, Forge, York, Valour, Cavalry, and Pacific FC; FC Edmonton is the last team to go under the magnifying glass. Here is The Mastermind’s official team guide for the newly revamped FC Edmonton. 

#CANPL Team Guide: Cavalry FC

The Canadian Premier League is just one week away from kicking off. Five of the seven Mastermind Site #CANPL Team Guides have been posted and now its time to examine a team that many have as the favourites heading into the opening matches. Here is The Mastermind’s official team guide for Calgary's newest club: Cavalry FC. HISTORY On May 5, 2018, … Continue reading #CANPL Team Guide: Cavalry FC

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.

#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

#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