Why should anyone listen to an American when it comes to getting better at soccer? I am a former Division 1 player, UEFA B Licensed coach, and PhD candidate studying football science and medicine in Germany with the DFB (German FA). I was never the most talented player or athlete. I am also vertically challenged (5’5 on a good day) and had struggles with injuries; all things which forced me to work extra hard and develop a curious mind about the how the body functions and to quickly develop skills that work under pressure to make an impact on the game.

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Applying the lessons I learned through my trials and tribulations, I am here to save you the headaches that I went through so you can stay healthy, transform your athleticism, and dominate the game of soccer. Check out the ARTICLES with tons of content and interviews about training, mindset, and nutrition for soccer players. I also spent over a year writing and recently updated Soccer Dominance that goes into great detail on how to eat to lose fat and build muscle, prevent and return quickly from injury, and develop game changing speed and dynamic athleticism.

If you are looking for more individualized help, I do private consulting for players on a monthly basis as part of the Player Analysis Coaching program where I watch your game footage, analyze pictures, and send you some athletic tests to complete. Based on those I write you a nutrition and training program based around your specific team schedule plus communication on WhatsApp. Send an email to smherold4@gmail.com to get in touch about that.


Why did I name this site The Total Soccer Player?

The Dutch National Team of 1974 coined the term "Total Football' which meant that any player on the field could play any position. I love that idea and feel strongly that soccer players should be well-rounded players. This site takes the idea of a Total Footballer a step further and discusses nutrition, mobility, strength and conditioning, psychology, technical training, and tactics that will help all of us become not only amazing soccer players, but mentally and physical healthy and happy human beings. Where you stand now as a soccer player is a result of nature and nurture. We can't do much about your genetics, but we can damn sure maximize how you treat and train your mind and body and create dramatic transformation.



Soccer Drills Ball & Wall

Check out our video page for more soccer tips, interviews, and training methods. Training with a soccer ball and wall is a super effective way to work on all skills without the need for other people to play the ball in.

The cruyff turn

 The Cruyff is a great move to create space in a soccer game. It is easily applied when faking a long ball, shot, or cross. The Cruyff has advantages over other methods of changing direction that I discuss in the video.

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Paul Caligiuri: US Soccer Hall of Famer, Former US National Team Defender, LA Galaxy, Columbus Crew.

"It was obvious from day 1 meeting Mat that he is obsessed with physical development of the soccer player. Having him on staff at Cal Poly Pomona led to a drastic increase in our players speed, power, fitness, and mental toughness. I trust Mat’s expertise that he can make any player a more complete athlete and keep them in the game longer and stronger.”


Noah Delgado: Former pro soccer player for Puerto Rico National Team and Puerto Rico Islanders, Captain of both teams

“Mat has helped my athleticism for soccer so much. He is always thinking outside of the box about ways to train smarter and get better results. I have improved my speed and strength so much under his guidance. With other trainers I always seem to get some kind of injury but with Mat I have managed to stay healthy. Whenever I have a question about the body, Mat is the first person I trust.”

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Shay Spitz: professional, Richman Kickers, USA

“Mat helped me increase my speed, power, and overall strength and fitness a huge amount in a short time. Working with Mat was unlike any other training for soccer I have encountered and it was very interesting to see the way he combined his knowledge about strength and conditioning, track and field, and soccer. We tested often and rigorously and it was nice to see my numbers constantly improve in all tests as well as witness major improvements on the field where they matter.”