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CAFL Press Release

CAFL to kick off China’s professional American arena football league in 2016

Wednesday June 3, 2015

 In order to lay a solid foundation for the launch of the China Arena Football League (CAFL), the China Rugby Football Association (CRFA), in concert with the China Sports Ministry and the CAFL have agreed that the inaugural CAFL season begin in the Autumn of 2016. The CAFL has spent 3 years working in tandem with the CRFA and other critical government agencies in order to gain approval for the first-ever American style professional football league in China, and will adhere to their sequential recommendations.

“By kicking off our new professional league in 2016, we will be able to further develop our China-based player prospects, who will continue to work through our on-going training and tryout camps, as well as to further develop a strong fan base for the debut” said Marty Judge, the founder of the CAFL. As part of the recommended timetable, a professional exhibition game will be staged in a major China city featuring foreign, as well as Chinese players who have registered with the CRFA. Foreign coaching candidates will also be selected to lead each team. The current projection is for the exhibition game to be played in early 2016. It is anticipated that the promotion and exposure of the sport through the exhibition game will increase national awareness of the new sport of arena-style American football, and lead to the formal debut of the CAFL professional league later in 2016.