It delights me to acknowledge my deep gratitude and love to all my players who have shown up for training...I like to refer to them as my children-extended family.

It is thanks to each of them that I have the greatest job in the world- being a soccer coach.

I have always been deeply motivated by champions - outstanding achievement, especially in the face of adversity...and saddened by wasted potential. I spend my days trying to understand both.

Research lures you down uncharted paths, deep rabbit holes with each turn revealing something new.

Welcome to Soccer Mastermind

The Death of Kids Soccer

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After playing the game for over 30 years I can no longer watch scarcity and narcissism destroy our game… I’d say the one thing we- soccer parents- have in common is that we’re sick and tired of being afraid. Afraid that our children will get hurt… Afraid that our children will quit the game… Afraid that our children will not fit in… We’re also tired of world news and the global conversation (propaganda) that is programming us to FEAR and looking for individuals to blame. Forty Continue Reading

Soccer Drills for U8: One v One Battles

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Soccer Drills for U8 The purpose of this drill is to allow players to develop their dribbling and defending techniques. As players develop and mature in ability, they should begin to realise that soccer is about one on one duals and beating your direct opponent. 1v1 Players on the red team are the attacking side and start with possession. The red player must try and dribble his opponent and stop the ball in between the cones. Players on the blue team need to defend- if they gain Continue Reading

The Search for Soccer Vitality

soccer motivation

A few quick questions to all soccer parents... How real are you? How much of your life do you pretend or make up? Are you living your life to express your authentic self? Are you chasing your own dreams and trying to reach your own potential? Have you ever stopped and wondered why your energy levels are always zapped and diminished? Version 2.0 As soccer parents we need to create the best possible version of ourselves so we can contribute and make a difference to our family and Continue Reading

Replace Soccer Goals with Soccer Outcomes

Soccer Goals

It’s that time of year...soccer goals and new year resolutions. Before we all rush out and get ourselves a new set of goals/resolutions, I would like to pitch a few ideas...and ask a few questions. Outcomes What do you want? This is the definitive question in LIFE...isn’t it? Funny that... You cannot answer... Then how do you answer the same question on behalf of your child? Forget about goals, key performance indicators and targets. Forget about success, failure and even Continue Reading

Soccer Happiness or Super Heroes

soccer hapiness

Do you ever stop and think… What makes a child happy? I ask this question before training. You can’t help but ask when you see happy, energetic kids followed by the sluggish –shoulders pressed to the ground- defeated children. We all want the same things for our kids… Health, success…to grow up to love and be loved…to chase down their dreams and punch the air in victory. Sitting high on the list…we want our children to be happy. Where do all the happy children come Continue Reading

Soccer Performance: Knowledge by Deception

Soccer World

We live in two worlds... One is our world. The world we experience firsthand. Our children, our friends, our suburb and the streets we grew up in...our world. When we break it down like that, our world is small...very small. Our world is composed of interactions...human contact...things we have seen with our own eyes. Things we have heard, felt or experienced. In this world... Anfield... Bernabeu and the Nou Camp...don’t exist...unless –of course- you’ve visited these Continue Reading

Soccer Drills: Gladiators

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Soccer Drills for Kids The main objective of this drill is to protect the ball with your body and close ball control. It also teaches the players spacial awareness, timing and exposes them to one on one battles. Each players starts with a ball and dribbles around in a circular area. The players must protect their own ball while trying to kick the other players' balls out. Once a player loses possession of the ball, the player is eliminated and must sit outside the playing Continue Reading