As the major European football leagues draw to a close on the men’s side, this year will be a year for Canadian soccer fans to remember. In ways never seen before, Canadian footballers have been right up there with some of the world's best, even playing key roles in top European title races.
It’s early days for the Canadian Men’s National Team, but there is a lot to be optimistic about. After a 5-1 win to open their 2022 World Cup Qualifying campaign, here are some thoughts on the way that John Herdman is lining up players and moving them around the field. In a world where just a few years ago, the biggest club representative of Canada was Unattached FC™, it is nice to see some healthy competition and tough decisions for the coach.
The first international break of 2021 kicks off an exciting spring/summer in the world of football with three major tournaments: the Euros, Copa America and Olympic Games - taking place in a few months' time. All three tournaments were supposed to take place in 2020, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic they were pushed to 2021. Here we will highlight a few teams and storylines to keep an eye on this international break.
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.
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.
In the history of the World Cup, not a single CONCACAF nation has ever reached the final, let alone won the competition. We are just under five years away from a CONCACAF-led World Cup in 2026, with all of these nations developing long term plans to do their best damage when the time ultimately comes for the competition. So with the present state of the CONCACAF scene, Rhys and Sam create their CONCACAF best eleven's and debate over some of the best players currently playing the game right now from North America. Be sure to tell us who would make your best eleven, and vote for who has the better team at themastermindsite.com.
Rhys is joined by Canada Soccer expert Sam the Man to discuss the 32 greatest players to ever play for the Canadian Men's National Soccer Team. Players discussed include the likes of Atiba Hutchinson, Dwayne De Rosario, Julian de Guzman and Canada's latest star - Alphonso Davies. Follow along with the bracket as you listen via the link below! This post is reposted from the Round of 32 Podcast!
Rhys is joined by Canada Soccer expert Sam the Man to discuss the 32 greatest players to ever play for the Canadian Women's National Soccer Team. For the first time ever, the winner is declared before the show even begins, but Rhys and Sam still go through the bracket to see how everything will play out. Players discussed include the likes of the illustrious Diana Matheson, Sophie Schmidt, Charmaine Hooper and of course, the one and only, all-time great Christine Sinclair.
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
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 Men's National Team. One of the major hopes behind the Canadian Premier League was that it would present young Canadian … Continue reading Why a Women’s Canadian Premier League Should be the Next Step for Canada Soccer