For anyone who is not a football fan, it can often be perplexing as to why anyone would spend their entire weekend watching the beautiful game. It's almost frowned upon to admit that you spend your weekends watching soccer and analyzing over what you witness, almost as though you're committing a crime against sunny days and patios. I may very well be committing a crime against sunny days and patios, but the fact of the matter is: I watch a ton of football, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Do you also love football and want to watch it relentlessly? Well then you my friend, need to get some hobbies. No. Seriously. It's all about balance. You seriously do. But you, my friend, have also come to the right place. Here's how I watch so much football, in spite of an incredibly condensed schedule and a full-time job.
When it comes to analysis, it's no secret that the goal is to think on a deeper level, scrutinizing over the finer minutia beyond what you see at first glance. But it's also no secret that this skill takes dedicated time and energy to learn. A lack of deep tactical understanding about the game often comes at a cost to coaches and amateur analysts. They are adequately able to perceive events on a football pitch, but they may be unsure of how to change what they are seeing for the better, or even fully comprehend what they are seeing to the level required. Coaches in my Mentorship Program often ask me - "How do you go from seeing to understanding?" Well that, my friends, is what we're after today. In this series of notes, I'm going to give you a series of images and videos, where you can go from seeing, to understanding. If you've been doing analysis for years, no worries, this will still be an excellent way for you to practice and refine your skills.
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!