Author Archives: Gregor

Beyond the result: the most memorable games

It’s great when your team wins. Your beer tastes better, your friends’ jokes are funnier and you don’t notice the weather nearly as much. You’ve usually got some moments to replay in your head for the night that make you … Continue reading

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Domenic Mobilio is still remembered very fondly

  Domenic Mobilio has just won a Twitter poll I put together to determine the best male Canadian soccer player ever. It was one of those COVID-19 ‘stuck at  home’ kind of things that everyone seems to be doing. It … Continue reading

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How kids really benefit from soccer

I have three kids; 27, 24 and 17. Eldest and youngest boys, daughter in the middle. They all played through to U18 with my youngest just entering his U18 this season. I coached the eldest until U13 and the youngest … Continue reading

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Planes, Trains and Tickets – 9 days seeing games in Europe

The jet lag is gone now and so, for the most part, is the Tube cough that I picked up from the not so great air in the London Underground. It was a fast-paced, hectic, often tense ‘holiday.’ Nine days … Continue reading

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The impact of cars

UPDATE Nov 29: So six weeks, almost to the hour, after my brother in law was admitted to hospital, he was released. He went home last night with 20 boxes of medical supplies related to his tracheotomy and feeding tube. … Continue reading

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Going straight to the top

Ran into a former coach at our club yesterday and it reminded me of one of my favourite coach stories. Most people who read this will know what an International Transfer Clearance (ITC) is but briefly for those who do … Continue reading

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Messi’s El Clasico goal: so many coaching points

It was spectacular theatre. Thirty seconds left in injury time when the clip starts with Pique receiving the ball three yards off his end line. Eighteen seconds later the ball is in the Real Madrid goal and Barcelona have won the … Continue reading

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Analyst analysis

Just sent a DM on Twitter to a group of like-minded soccer moaners and groaners. It was regarding one of the colour commentators on a Canadian broadcast of a game. “XXXXX makes Capt Obvious look like an enigma.” With Jason … Continue reading

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How you really keep girls playing soccer

This will rub some people the wrong way. There’s another round, in what seems like a long series, of empowerment, ‘follow your dream’ types of programs and products coming our way. There are celebratory t-shirts for you to buy and … Continue reading

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Coaching the competitive recreational team

I’ve always bristled at the idea that teams are either elite/high performance or recreational/grassroots. I think there’s a substantial group of teams that don’t tidily fit into these two categories. I’d call them competitive recreational teams and they fit closer … Continue reading

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