What is The Total Soccer Player?

Johan Cruyff and 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. This site takes the idea of a Total Footballer a a step further and discusses nutrition, mobility, strength and conditioning, psychology, technical training, tactics, and pretty much anything that will help all of us become not only amazing soccer players, but mentally and physical healthy and happy human beings. 

To me, the Total Soccer Player is a soccer player who plays the game not only because they love it, but as a means of self-discovery and discovering truths about life. Soccer has been one of the greatest teachers in my life and has shown me how to handle failure and agony, the importance of a holistic approach in staying healthy and achieving success, how to take advice and listen to others, how to speak to others, and the importance of putting aside the ego and living a life of gratitude and presence. 

IntroDUCTION

To those who want to optimize the performance of the individual soccer player. We cover technical training, athletic development, nutrition, and mindset strategies to get soccer players performing their best.

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.

 

Tell me more about this program ... 

The Player Analysis Program is a unique way to get honest feedback and guidance on all aspects (mental, physical, technical, and tactical) of your individual soccer game. Team coaches are busy and may not always have the time, nor the desire to sit down with each of their players and assess their overall abilities. Frankly, many coaches are not educated in the sports sciences or sports psychology.  With the internet, I can easily watch you play a real game and provide you a detailed plan of action to start ballin'. 

 

Here is how it works

 
 

1. You upload an unlisted or public video to youtube of at least one half of your soccer game.

2. You fill out a form including your age, team name and colors, height, weight, position, jersey number and a questionnaire that will help me understand you as a person and as an athlete. I will watch the video and in the meantime you will perform some simple athletic tests.    

3.  After reviewing the game footage and assessing your answers and results of the athletic tests, I will give you detailed feedback on your soccer game. I will then create a series of exercises and that fits around your club or high school schedule which will include technical, physical, and mental training tailored to your needs. 

 
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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.”