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AFL Global to Introduce Arena Football in China
- Updated: February 19, 2013
Training Plan Announced with Two Exhibition Games Set For October 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PHILADELPHIA, PA, February 19, 2013 – Following an extremely successful trip to Beijing, China, AFL Global, LLC formally announces plans to further develop professional American Arena Football to China by Fall of 2014. A comprehensive football training program has been set for May 2013 in Beijing, followed by exhibition games in two different cities, Beijing and Guangzhou, in October 2013. This will markthe first time professional American football will be played in China with the support of the Chinese government.
“We are very excited about this opportunity,” said AFL Global CEO Martin E. Judge, Jr., who together with ex-NFL great Ron Jaworski founded AFL Global in 2012. “The Chinese market is huge. Our hope is to introduce an official six-team professional league that will begin regular season play in the Fall of 2014.”
AFL Global President David Niu, Ganlan Media International (GMI) President David Wu, along with key members of AFL Global’s US and GMI’s China Operations teams visited the prestigious Beijing Sports University to finalize the May training camp.
“This is a significant first step for us,” says Niu. “The training facilities at the University are first-class in every way. This is where so many of their Olympic champion athletes train.”
It is anticipated that 40-60 Chinese athletic coaches and officials from cities throughout China will attend the training sessions in May 2013. The curriculum has been carefully designed to provide attendees with the proper accreditation that will allow them to begin training young Chinese athletes in football beginning this summer. American football coaches and officials selected by AFL Global will present the program to the attendees. AFL Global and the Beijing Sports University are currently working on an agreement to build a stand-alone arena football training facility on the campus; the first one of its kind in China.
Following the training, AFL Global will focus on producing two AFL exhibition games in China this Fall. The first game is scheduled for Saturday, October 12 in Beijing followed by a second, one week later on October 19, in Guangzhou.
AFL Global is actively searching for players and coaches to help build qualified teams for the official league play in 2014. For more information on AFL Global, go to www.AFL-Global.com.
ABOUT AFL GLOBAL
AFL Global, LLC is a company created by Martin E. Judge, Jr. with plans to introduce and launch professional American Arena Football in China. For more information, go to www.AFL-Global.com.
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