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Copa del Rey 2018/19: Barcelona vs Sevilla

February 16th, 2019Posted by BJ Pheasant

Another good article from a writer. Barca crushing the opposition. With this positive and aggressive play you would have to think they are favorites for the Champions League after last year’s disappointing finish. There something funny that happens to Barcelona when they face an opponent wearing white at the Camp Nou that just flips the switch […]

Player Relationships in Pressing

January 15th, 2019Posted by BJ Pheasant

Pressing in part or all of the game is en vogue. I saw this good article that breaks down the basics. Good to show to players so they can hear it from another voice. If a team decides to apply pressure on the ball, they have to coordinate their off the ball actions in order […]

Game of Throw ins – restarts integral to the game

December 11th, 2018Posted by BJ Pheasant

Restarts are an underrated tactical area in soccer. I argue elsewhere that 5% of practice time on restarts will significantly improve efficacy. It is the 4th dimension in soccer (1st Dimension – verticality, 2nd Dimension – horizontal/possession, and 3rd Dimension – Arial). The article below says that in some MLS games 10% of completed passes […]

Sampdoria’s Defence Explained

October 27th, 2018Posted by BJ Pheasant

There are a growing number of websites with in depth soccer information and analysis. is one of them with a number of good writers. I really liked the direct explanation for Sampdoria. Liverpool and Manchester City. What do they have in common? Well, other than being two northwestern English clubs, they are also the only clubs […]

Building a Scouting Algorithm Part 1

March 22nd, 2017Posted by BJ Pheasant

I recently read a two part series on Building a Football Scouting Algorithm Part 1 & Part 2 by Richard Whittall. He showed his work as “The ultimate aim of this series is to provide a very simple model for smaller clubs with very limited resources to potential improve their success rate in the summer […]

Coaching Legend Jeff Cummings Resigns at Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Thomas More

February 28th, 2017Posted by BJ Pheasant

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – BJ Pheasant) – Jeff Cummings has resigned his position as head women’s soccer coach at Thomas More College to pursue opportunities outside of athletics it was announced by Director of Athletics Terry Connor.  Coach Cummings has had an enormous impact on the women’s and men’s soccer programs in his time with the […]

Thomas More WSOC 2016 NSCAA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year

November 23rd, 2016Posted by BJ Pheasant

Thomas More is a NCAA Division III college located 10 minutes from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio on an idyllic 100 acre campus in the rolling hills of Northern Kentucky. The Saints women’s soccer program has earned the 2016 NSCAA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year and is one of only three schools in the nation to make the Sectional […]

Value of Assistant Coaches

November 20th, 2016Posted by BJ Pheasant

As someone who has been a full-time assistant coach there are not many articles written on being an assistant or about their value. Early in my career coaching club and high school there is typically a single head coach with some part time help. As head coach in those situations I try to find people […]

Comparing Bruce Arena & Bill Belichick

November 7th, 2016Posted by BJ Pheasant

Two recent articles, based on peer interviews, about coaches with great resumes have popped up and are great reads for both veteran and aspiring coaches alike.. The first is on Bruce Arena and the second is on Bill Belichick The parallels between the two are numerous: out work the competition, use of statistics, ability to […]

Saints Tame Tartans: An Ode to Grantland Rice

September 3rd, 2016Posted by BJ Pheasant

Saints Tame Tartans: An Ode to Grantland Rice 9/3/20164 – WOMEN’S SOCCER B.J. Pheasant, Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach Sept. 3, 2016 – Outlined against a bright blue September sky, the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore they are known as Famine, Pestilence, Destruction and Death. These are only aliases. Their real names are inscribed […]

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