Author Archives: Nick Humphries



Nick Humphries

Challenging the status quo everyday. Australian, but played for clubs in Hungary, The Netherlands & Switzerland. Spreading the vision that you can become whatever you put your mind to as founder of TrainEffective.com.

To The Youth Athlete I Was, And The Adult Athlete I’ll Never Be
in General Soccer Performance Help & Advice, Uncategorized

To The Youth Athlete I Was, And The Adult Athlete I’ll Never Be

  It’s amazing how much an athlete’s passion grows when fulfilling it is no longer an option. This blog is originally published on The Odyssey Online and reposted with author’s permission. Follow Gina on Twitter.   It’s hard for people that have never fallen in love with a sport to understand the loss when it comes time to find new passions. But everyone can understand the pain...

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15 Mar 2016
How to See & Move like an EPL Soccer Player
in Player Tips, Soccer IQ & Tactics, Tips for Midfielders, Tips for Strikers, Uncategorized

How to See & Move like an EPL Soccer Player

Have you ever wondered how English premier league players like David Silva, Jordan Henderson and Juan Mata are able to launch such precise passes with so little time to make a decision? Sure, their technique is sublime, but on closer inspection there’s a supreme level of intelligence which makes the difference between them and the others. It’s all about the decisions they make seconds before...

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29 Jan 2016
Can I Become a Pro While In School?
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Can I Become a Pro While In School?

In response to the famous post about footballs late bloomers, a commentor asked: As someone who’s been through the motions of this exact question and has had to make some really tough life-changing decisions between going to university and focusing on a football career, it’s my duty to lend and share my advice with you. Like I said it’s tough, but there is a way...

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29 Jan 2016
This Little Trick Changed my Entire Career.
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This Little Trick Changed my Entire Career.

Full-time football academies and high level teams that train every day are not very flexible with time, so if you’re not in one, you have the freedom to decide when and where you want to train. It’s cool to have this freedom, however if you’re serious about getting better that means that whatever you do in your time requires a certain skill which is not...

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29 Jan 2016
A Must-Have Skill of any World Class Striker (VIDEO)
in Soccer IQ & Tactics, Tips for Strikers, Uncategorized

A Must-Have Skill of any World Class Striker (VIDEO)

In football, we say that as a striker, you have to ‘want the ball’. Because if you never get the ball, you’ll never score. Period. To want the ball, you have to make a move. You gotta make runs to create space and make yourself available. Most importantly, you need to be thinking and reacting quicker than your opponent. If you want to see how...

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22 Sep 2015
7 Ways to Get a Soccer Trial or Tryout [With FREE 400+ European Club Database]
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7 Ways to Get a Soccer Trial or Tryout [With FREE 400+ European Club Database]

” I want to play professionally, but how do I get a soccer trial or tryout? “ I receive this question from readers almost on a daily basis, but I have yet to see a good guide about getting a football trial on the internet. This is pretty shocking, because at some point in time, millions of players must ask themselves this very question if...

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04 Aug 2015
How Much Do Semi-Pro Footballers Earn?
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How Much Do Semi-Pro Footballers Earn?

From my experiences around the world as a ‘semi-professional’ footballer and as someone who has been offered to play professionally, there’s always a question which gets thrown around: “How much do you get paid as soccer player?” Since there’s nothing really out there which suggests a figure, let me tell you about my own personal experience. I’ll include of the figures that were offered to...

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28 Jul 2015
3 Tips to Never Lose The Ball Again
in Soccer IQ & Tactics, Tips for Defenders, Tips for Midfielders, Tips for Strikers, Uncategorized

3 Tips to Never Lose The Ball Again

Best midfielder tips ever? SCANNING. Just like a Tarsier scans for potential prey or predators using their 360 degree vision, former NYCFC midfielder & Chelsea legend Frank Lampard does the same with his scanning ability. Lampard has never been the fastest or quick footed player, in fact he’s even been taunted by fans for ‘eating what he wants’ and has been given the nickname ‘Fat Frank’....

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21 Apr 2015
The Secret Weapon of Successful Soccer Players
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The Secret Weapon of Successful Soccer Players

Mentors change lives. It’s that simple. If you have someone who can share their guidance and football experience with you as you grow, you can learn an amazing amount and avoid making the same mistakes they did. It’s no coincidence why so many top-level athletes usually have fathers/mothers or family members that were athletes themselves. However, most people are not that lucky, so how do...

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16 Apr 2015
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