Coach Education – Centre for Learning

Join thousands of coaches around the world who are using The Mastermind Site’s Learning Lab to learn new skills and develop their craft. From session plans to tactics, formations, sport psychology and more, our Centre for Learning provides something for every coach to enjoy. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


LEARNING LAB


INTRODUCTION TO FOOTBALL ANALYSIS COURSE


GAME MODEL PACKAGES + EBOOKS

MASTERCLASSES

Learn the secrets of the game and understand the fundamentals of every facet of the sport.

session plans

Discover session plans on all of the most crucial topics when coaching young players, and the key coaching points attached.

tactics

Learn tactical insights from professional teams and all the top tactics used in the world of football to gain the upper hand.


formations

Discover all of the top formations for every level of the game including 5v5 all the way up to 11v11. Learn some of the crucial steps to executing some of the most common formations, using professional teams as an example.

sport psychology

Gain a greater understanding of the mental side of the game, including some of the top psychological skills needed to perform at the highest level.

HOME TRAINING

Stay active outside of your team training with our home training programs, videos, activities, challenges and more..


COACHING MASTERCLASSES


coaching mentorship

Need help establishing your system and style of play? Want to build a game model from start to finish, including a detailed roadmap for how your team is going to play? Want coaching tips and advice? Want to learn how to analyze football matches with a detailed eye for what most people miss when watching the beautiful game? Then our mentorship program is a great fit for you!

In our mentorship program, you’ll work 1on1 with CEO Rhys over email and video calls to become the very best coach that you can be. You’ll also gain exclusive access to all of our ebooks and our Premium Subscription as part of your package. For more information or to sign up for coaching mentorship, fill out our contact form here!

Be sure to check out my latest coaching advice, analyses, and tactics!
Be sure to follow on social media via the links below.

As the founder of TheMastermindSite.com back in 2016, I have worked tirelessly to create one of the biggest tactics & analysis websites the beautiful game has to offer. Combining my knowledge of writing, coaching, analysis and the game as a whole, I want to help you take your craft to the next level.

In 2020, I helped over 75 undergraduate students at Western University in London, ON, develop their coaching craft, in a three month Coaching & Leadership course. A month later, I began my path as the Technical Director of the club I started my coaching career with, helping coach, mentor and develop close to 100 coaches. In 2021, I began working with current and former professional players, helping them develop their system and style of play as coaches. Throughout that time, I have accumulated training through MBP and the PFSA in the realms of analysis, scouting and performance-based football, and HighFive in coaching & mentorship; and worked with coaches around the world from eight different nations. If you are interested in getting involved in my Coaching & Mentorship program, don’t hesitate to reach out.

SEE MORE ON MY COACHING PHILOSOPHIES…

-> Coaching Automatisms – Rehearsed Patterns of Play
-> Finding the balance between being fun and assertive in coaching (+ more Q&A)
-> Why everything in coaching needs to fit your context

podcasts

How I coached an unbeaten team The Mastermind Site

In the summer of 2021, I took a youth team to an unbeaten campaign, in their first ever season playing together. While winning is never the most important part of youth soccer, I share some of the key tips and tricks that allowed me to achieve success with my team and instill a positive culture where each and every player wanted to return. In the first half of the episode, I also discuss the exciting opportunities coming up on TheMastermindSite.com. Follow the show and my body of work @mastermindsite and @desmondrhys!  —– Produced by Rhys Desmond as part of TheMastermindSite.com. Follow the show @mastermindsite on social media and subscribe to TMS. This episode was supported by @FootyLingo. Visit FootyLingo to play language and reading comprehension games based on our analyses, and use the code "mastermindsite" at check out for 20% off any subscription plan. That's our social handle, "mastermindsite" for 20% any subscription plan on FootyLingo.com.

Creating Unstructured Sporting Environments – with Adam Stapleton The Mastermind Site

COVID-19 has presented a unique opportunity for community sports organizations and their coaches to rethink their practices and work toward greater inclusivity. In Canada, few opportunities exist in the community for youth to practice on their own through unstructured play and unstructured learning environments. This episode explores how we can create these unstructured sporting environments in Canada, using programs like Kicks in the UK as an example. We also explore how to inspire youth to achieve greater individual involvement in the sport, both in terms of participation and individual involvement within games.  Guest: Adam Stapleton is a current masters and Youth License student, along with his role as a head coach with Whitecaps London FC. He is also a frequent contributor to the online resource studentofthegame.co.uk and can be found on Twitter @AdamFStapleton. Host: Rhys Desmond is the creator and owner of TheMastermindSite.com. He is lifelong lover and educator of the beautiful game. You can find him on Twitter @DesmondRhys. Follow TMS: @mastermindsite on Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe via email at the footer of themastermindsite.com Music: The music for this episode was provided by minwbu from Pixabay. “Min-2019”.

Creating a Game Model – with Sam Holmshaw The Mastermind Site

You might have heard some buzz recently in the coaching world about something called "game models". But what exactly is a game model and why is it so important to coaches across the globe? Sam Holmshaw joins the podcast to discuss his insight into creating game models, and shares his experiences working in the UK coaching and football scene.  Guest: Sam Holmshaw is the First Team Manager of Ilkey Town Women, the host of @The_SC_Podcast and the Technical Director of @HolmshawAcademy. You can find his website and game model packages at samholmshaw.com/shop/ and follow him on social media @SamHolmshaw_MSc. Host: Rhys Desmond is the creator and owner of TheMastermindSite.com. He is a lifelong lover and educator of the beautiful game. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @DesmondRhys. Follow TMS: @mastermindsite on Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe via email at the footer of themastermindsite.com Music: The music for this episode was provided by minwbu from Pixabay. “Min-2019”.

Coaching During a Pandemic The Mastermind Site

COVID-19 has presented unique challenges for coaches across the globe. A year after joining an MLS-affiliated organization at the start of a pandemic, Trevor McGahan gives Rhys Desmond and TheMastermindSite.com an exclusive interview about the challenges he has faced and the experiences he's had after breaking into the coaching scene. Trevor and Rhys also discuss some of the differences between coaching in the United States to Canada, and the exciting future of young Canadian players progressing into the professional game.  GUEST Trevor McGahan is a staff coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps affiliated academy – Whitecaps London FC, and a self-made musician. You can find him and his music on Instagram @dj_melo_91.  HOST Rhys Desmond is the creator and owner of TheMastermindSite.com. He is also a staff coach for Whitecaps London FC. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @DesmondRhys. FOLLOW TMS @mastermindsite on Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe via email -> themastermindsite.com/subscribe. MUSIC The music for this episode was provided by minwbu from Pixabay. “Min-2019”. Be on the lookout in the future for DJ Melo to hopefully be our official music producer! 

Join thousands of coaches around the world who are using The Mastermind Site’s Learning Lab to learn new skills and develop their craft. From session plans to tactics, formations, sport psychology and more, our Centre for Learning provides something for every coach to enjoy. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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