Welcome Soccer Coaches! This Soccer Coaching / Soccer Training site provides access to detailed instruction and analysis of advanced soccer tactics and teamwork with emphasis on creating space as well as the paths and timing of supporting runs.
My Supporting Runs and Creating Space Interactive eBook provides detailed descriptions, animations and match video clips demonstrating the following team and small group offensive soccer tactics concepts: keeping possession, creating space, fewer intercepted passes, creating better passing options, support runs, diagonal runs, decoy runs, overlapping runs, forward runs, and how to generate more scoring opportunities.
” When you play a match, it is statistically proven that players actually have the ball 3 minutes on average … So, the most important thing is: what do you do during those 87 minutes when you do not have the ball. That is what determines whether you’re a good player or not.” – Johan Cruyff
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Coaching and Training Overview
I have thirty years of soccer coaching and training experience including middle school, high school, youth and adult international premier club, college, and Olympic Development Program. Head coaching includes soccer, swimming, wrestling, volleyball and basketball.
Experience & Qualifications:
Head Premier Youth and Adult Club Soccer Coaching & Training
Currently coaching and training the Spartans of the Central Florida Football Club, Orlando Elite Premier League. Previous clubs include the Lumber River Gunners, North Carolina; Mid-State United, North Carolina; Sunrise Youth, Florida; Huron Valley, Michigan; Livonia Youth, Michigan; Michigan Wolves, Michigan; Gladiators, Nebraska; Pacesetter, Ohio. NW Ohio Premier Soccer Club, Ohio. Teams won three state championships, and competed in the U.S. Canada, and Europe. Coaching experience includes boys premiere club teams from U10 through U19 as well
Soccer Coaching Certification, Soccer Coaching Awards & Experience:
• 166 hours of training in advanced soccer coaching, training and team management techniques
• Former players included members of the U.S. Olympic Team, U.S. Pan American Games team, World University Games team, and U.S. National Youth Soccer Teams
• Former University of Toledo Athletic Trainer
• Former Ohio and Nebraska State Team Coach for the Olympic Development Program
• Named Coach of the Year by the Northwestern Ohio High School Coaches Association
• Hold the National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America
• Three successful tours of Europe coaching premier travel teams.
• Named All Area Coach of the Year in southeastern Michigan
• Hold a National Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation
• Minored in Athletic Training and Interscholastic Athletics
• Named Regional Coach of the Year by the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association
• Record of 45-9-8 for a .73 winning percentage during three seasons as a Michigan Class A Head Boys Varsity Soccer Coach
• Former high school players I have coached who are former professional players in the MLS: Michael Gentile, Scott Lamphear, Jeff Cassar, and Jason Kreis.
• Other notable former players I have coached include: Douglas Mitchell (Furman), and Kenyon College Hall of Fame inductee Michael Donovan.
• Former Athletic Director of the Mid American Indoor Soccer League
• 2018 Spartans of the Central Florida Football Club, Undefeated Orlando Elite Premier League Champions
• 2006 North Broward Prep School, Coconut Creek, FL. Head Boys Middle School Soccer Coach.
• 2006 Flora Macdonald Academy, Red Springs, NC. Head Boys & Girls varsity Soccer Coach.
• 2005 Gateway Charter School, Ft Myers, FL. Head Boys Middle School Boys Soccer Coach, Basketball Coach, and Volleyball Coach. Undefeated league champions in soccer and volleyball.
• 2003 Cardinal Mooney High School, Sarasota, FL. Assistant Varsity Coach. State Finalist. Ranked #6 in the Southeast Region, and #2 in the final state poll 2003. Record of 22-1-2.
• 2001-2002 The Sagemont School, Weston, Florida. Head Boys Middle School Soccer and Flag Football Coach
• 1998-2000 Grand River Academy, Austinburg, Ohio. Head Boys Varsity Indoor and Outdoor Soccer Coach
• 1995-1998 Randolph-Macon Academy, Front Royal, Virginia. Head Boys Varsity Soccer, Wrestling and JV Basketball Coach
• 1995 Linden High School, Linden, MI. Head Girls Varsity Soccer Coach. District Champions.
• 1990-1993 Winston Churchill High School, Livonia, MI. Head Boys Varsity Soccer Coach. 1990 State Finalist with a final record of 20-1-1
• 1988 Harry A. Burke High School, Omaha, NB. Head Boys Varsity Soccer Coach. State Class A semi-finalist.
• 1988 Tarkio College, Tarkio, MO. Head Women’s Soccer Coach
• 1986 St. John’s High School, Toledo, OH. Assistant Boys Varisity Soccer Coach. Class AAA district finalist. Undefeated league champions.
• 1984-1985 DeSisto Academy, Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida. Head Boys Varsity Soccer and Basketball Coach
• 1983 – 1988 Staff Soccer Coach Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.
• 1983 St Francis De Sales High School, Toledo, OH. Head Boys Varsity Soccer Coach. Undefeated league champions.
• 1982 Perrysburg High School, Perrysburg, Ohio. Assistant Boys’ Varsity Soccer Coach. Undefeated Class AAA Champions of the Northern Lakes League.
• 1981 First high school Head Boys Varsity Soccer Coach at Bowsher High School, Toledo, Ohio. Undefeated league champions.
• 1979 – 1980 Initiated club soccer at both Sylvania Northview and Sylvania Southview high schools club. Success prompted the Sylvania school board to add varsity programs at both schools in 1981.
• 1978 – 1981 Director of Coaching, Referee Administrator and Trainer of the Sylvania Area Recreation Coalition in Sylvania, Ohio.
“I have known Coach Mason since 1978, and can extend the highest praise and recommendation. His early involvement with our referee program, to his involvement with basic team organization, to coaching our elite travel teams to several state championships, major tournament championships, and numerous league championships, is now legendary. Coach Mason played a major leadership role in the success of our programs. Your gain will be our loss, but we now have in place an excellent program thanks of the in great measure to the unceasing efforts of Coach Mason.”
– Charles Scharte, President – Pacesetter, Inc., CEO of SYSA
2018 Spartans of the Central Florida Football Club