(LOS ANGELES) – Applications from accredited organizations around the nation are pouring in to DFI, the first American developmental football organization engineered to cultivate the annual flow of 16,000 Division I, II, and III prospects.
It is the first turn-key, character-based franchise platform to develop elite athletes who are attempting to thread an NFL/CFL needle of opportunity.
DFI refines and showcases player skills through trademarked processes similar to the NBA's D-league and MLB's minor-league systems. DFI franchises share scalable brands, policies and procedures, verifiable data, and measurable results.
“We know from experience that the real magic is in the soft processes, specifically a commitment to character and community development,” says J David Miller, head coach and founder of the SoCal Coyotes, America’s #1 Developmental Pro Football Program™.
The DFI franchise model mirrors the non-profit Coyotes, who are a stunning national example of a human-development machine. Perfected over six years and 11 seasons, the Coyotes are the nation’s only example of a duplicatable franchise model.
However, don't think DFI is Coyote-centric, notes DFI Counsel Jack Mills, one of the nation’s pre-eminent sports attorneys. DFI’s training and support teams deliver superior tools, guidance, and information that franchisees need, with a level of support that you would expect from a multi-national conglomerate - and they do it well.
DFI has an executive staff that covers 19 departments, and offers some of the industry's best field support experts covering franchising, development, construction, and marketing. DFI SVP Ron DiGrandi, for example, is a former Time-Warner executive and market-growth specialist.
DFI personnel have proven expertise in providing franchise opportunities by offering comprehensive assistance that ranges from brand selection, through the development process, to providing ongoing support and training.
DFI’s technology is state-of-the-art, and helps franchisees operate more efficiently and cost effectively.
For instance, DFI’s 'Above the Line' leadership development is its Chief Cornerstone, where becoming a "Game-Ready Player' also requires prospects to be a 'Life-Ready Man.' Players get relationships, resources, vocational programs, character development, and game film, but amateurs still keep their eligibility.
DFI plays by NFL rules, with NFL uniforms and NFL leadership.