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"You and your opponent want the same thing. The only thing that matters is who works the hardest for it."- Unknown

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Why DFA?

"Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is."
- Vince Lombardi

Any person with patience can teach a player how to dribble and pass. I’d be lying if I said otherwise. But that’s where the similarities end when it comes to DFA. I’ve dedicated my passion to teaching players how to become a better athlete and person. What I do well is pull the inner champion out and show them what can be. I push players to their perceived limit and then push them past it.

The sessions are intense, fast paced, demanding, and challenging. For the sole purpose of showing players what they are capable of achieving.

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Who is DFA

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BJ Durel - Owner / Head Trainer

BJ began training players in 2008 and created DFA in 2009.  

Playing Experience:

  • United States Youth Boys National Pool 1998-1999

    • Repped the US overseas against Spain, Brazil, England, Russia, and more

  • Shawnee State University 2001-2004

  • FC Dayton (semi-pro) 2006-2008

Coaching experience: Club - National Premier League

License: National D Coaching License

Years Training: 15+

Training Style: Challenging, Dynamic, Fun, Tactical, Elevated (mental), Technical

I really enjoy creating training sessions that challenge the player beyond the typical mechanical learning style. My sessions are dynamic and require players to be focused not only on the physical nature of the game but also the mental nature. My expectations are high and I accept no less than 100% of effort. Sessions are created based around the players needs - while maintaining their strengths. We train at a high pace than games so that when it comes to game time the play is slowed down allowing the players speed-of-play to be effortless. 


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DFA Services

"You earn trophies at practice. You just pick them up at competitions." - Unknown

DFA provides top of the line training for players looking to take their game to the next level. DFA provides individual, small group, and team-based training to suit all development needs and goals.

DF Fitness - NEW

DF now offers the following classes at our new HQ located on Ohio Pike in eastern Cincinnati - Amelia, OH:

  •  fitness classes

  • strength training

  • speed & agility 


DFA is know for its camp the Elite ID Camp. This camp is the reason Nike reached out to be a sponsor of DFA. We also have college camps and  position specific camps for all ages. 

Small Group Training

We are firm believers that competition breeds greatness. General sessions are designed to help improve first touch, technical ability, game mentality, and game fitness.  Small groups can also be specific to a particular area of play (attacking, defending, fitness, etc.).

1-on-1 Training

When working with players 1:1 DFA really focuses on the players needs by talking with the player, the parents, and coaches when necessary.

Sessions can include technical training, finishing, defensive tactics, attacking movements, GK training, etc. 

Team Training

Being non-club affiliated allows DFA to work with all organizations in the Cincinnati Tri-State area. DFA works with clubs and coaches to create training sessions to emphasize certain aspects of play.

Film / Game / Highlight Review

One of the best and most underused platforms to help players is film. As players and coaches we understand the importance of seeing for yourself. We work with teams/coaches/players to review game film and provide honest feedback and analysis of the individual and team.

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BJ once said to me: "I will always give 100% to help my players reach their goals." I can attest that this has held true. Coach BJ's personal level of commitment to his players is unparalleled. He constantly goes above and beyond. He has attended their games and requested game film to see how his training is translating on the field. He communicates regularly, takes the feedback to continually develop the player and he's always available for the players to contact with any questions/needs they may have. Based upon this he makes adjustments to make sure each session is targeted to the player's needs. DFA players generally come to share a couple common traits: intense, competitive, and DFA players are definitely fit!

Aaron C. - Father of NCAA D1 Player

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Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky / Lexington, KY / SE Indiana


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