About Us

“Maximizing Player Potential”

It is our mission to provide our athletes with an unparalleled experience through individualized programming, cutting-edge methodologies and equipment. Our fundamental approach ensures every athlete receives intensive instruction, guided assistance and ongoing evaluation. Our program seeks to develop the skills, discipline, and strong character necessary that provide opportunity for success both on and off the field. The strength and professionalism of our staff as well as the support of our athletes and parents will ensure our athletes reach their full potential in all aspects of their lives.

History

We are driven by excellence, dedicated to providing independent development, catered to individuals wanting to reach the next level, through hard work and dedication.

Owner and visionary, Erin Mikula, has spent the last decade developing her concept and growing X Factor Futbol into one of the very few businesses that ignore the outside noise, focusing entirely on an athlete first approach. Independent from any youth organization, X Factor Futbol stands alone from an educational and developmental standpoint.

Through a dedicated group of professionals, X Factor Futbol tests, trains and retests its athletes within every training program. Our dedication to detail guarantees our athletes receive the attention they deserve and the results they are looking for.

Situated on 8 acres of land, X Factor aims to be an athletes one stop shop and currently boosts a 9,500 sq ft indoor training facility and a 27,000 sqft outdoor training field with more development coming shortly.

Since 2014 X Factor Futbol has helped hundreds of players improve their game. From recreational players to current clients like US Women’s National Team and International star, Rose Lavelle.

Meet the Leadership Team

Erin Mikula

Owner

Erin Mikula is a native of Cincinnati and grew up playing for the Cincinnati Classics Hammer FC.  After graduating HS in 2007, Erin spent the next 4 years at the University of North Carolina, winning 2 National Championships, working with one of the most successful female coaches in modern history, Anson Dorrance. 

 

In her final year at UNC Erin suffered a career ending knee injury and was fortunate enough to become the under-graduate assistant coach for the 2011-12 season.

Erin returned to Cincinnati with a passion for teaching and spent the next several years coaching youth soccer and working at New Richmond HS as a math and gym teacher.

Between 2012 and 2014 Erin had the opportunity to work with, study and observe players, teams and clubs throughout Cincinnati and noticed the lack of individual attention being given to each athlete. Coaches were being overworked and there were simply not enough hours in the day to dedicate to individual development. Players were missing out on their true potential.

In 2014 Erin made the decision to walk away from teaching and follow her passion for player development and X Factor Futbol was created! A 1500 sqft indoor training facility located in Milford, OH.

By 2017 Erin had doubled the size of her facility to incorporate a more advanced training technique and strategy geared towards optimal performance.

As the business continued to grow, so did client demand, and it became very apparent that today’s athlete wanted to manage their time more efficiently. A one-stop-shop that catered to their every need, providing Erin with another opportunity to enhance player experience even further.

Therefore, in 2020 X Factor Futbol added an additional 1500sft indoor training space with the introduction of their Speed and Agility suite. A dedicated space allocated to improving a player’s athletic performance, along with providing injury prevention, recovery training and yoga.

Most recently Erin made the decision to expand her facility even further by adding a 27,000sqft lighted outdoor grass area, X Factor Field. A state-of-the-art complex that advances the individual experience by creating a much larger platform, both physically and mentally.

Over the last 6 years Erin Mikula and X Factor Futbol have established themselves as one of the leading player development platforms within the city. Situated on 8 acres of land and with more development scheduled shortly X Factor Futbol has become the go to destination!

Jon Pickup

General Manager

Jon comes to X Factor Futbol with an impressive resume with over 30 years of work experience within the game. After signing his 1st professional contract at the age of 15 he spent the next 20 years playing all over the world to include England, Ireland, China, and eventually the USA. 

After his professional career came to an end, Jon transitioned into coaching, with his first role coming as the Director of Coaching for Classics Hammer FC overseeing their boy’s program. Since then, Jon has served as the Director of Coaching at The Cardinal Soccer Club, Kings Hammer Soccer Club, and most recently as the Director of CUP Girls. In 2005, Jon became the Head Coach for the Cincinnati Kings Men’s professional soccer team, being named USL Coach of the Year in only his second season.

Despite stepping away this year to spend more time with his family, Jon continues to stay connected within the game and serves as the President of the Girls Southeast Recreational Program, catering to over 800 female soccer players aged between 5-18 years of age. Jon also serves on numerous boards and local committees, along with working for several National Coaching Educational programs.

Over the last 20 years, Jon has developed a reputation for building programs, increasing numbers, and bringing organizations together. His desire for excellence, coupled with his integrity and honesty is second to none.

Jon attended Accrington and Rossendale College in England, gaining a B-Tech in Sports Management. He holds several diplomas in nutrition, speed and agility, leadership and sports psychology along with the highest qualifications within soccer.

Jon’s main role will be to oversee the growth and development of the business as we continue to add new programming for our athletes. We have a lot of exciting new developments and announcements that will come in the following weeks!

Austin Berry

Director of Sports Performance

Austin joins X Factor with an impressive resume. He played collegiately at the University of Louisville before being selected as a 1st round draft pick for the Chicago Fire in the MLS. In 2012 Austin was named Rookie Player of the Year. He then spent time playing for the Philadelphia Union before heading overseas in 2015 to play in South Korea for FC Anyang. Austin returned to Cincinnati in 2016 to play for FC Cincinnati. In 2017 he became the team’s Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, a position he still holds.