CAFL – Professional American Indoor Football in China

CAFL Standings: Inside the Stats

by Mick Moninghoff


Shanghai, China, Nov. 2 2016 – The Beijing Lions are undefeated in the China Arena Football League and their stats back up the reason why. They have the most efficient defense, allow the fewest points per game, have scored the most on offense and were just two percentage points behind Shanghai when it comes to offensive efficiency. They will look to bolster those stats on Sunday in the first ever China Bowl, when they face the Qingdao Clippers in Shanghai.

The Lions defense caused 15 turnovers with 10 interceptions and five fumble recoveries. They also scored more points defensively (14) than any other CAFL Team. Finding the end zone twice for scores was James Romain with returns of an interception and a fumble. Paul Cheng also recorded a safety.

Beijing also recorded the most points in a game when they scored 70 in a victory over Dalian. Shanghai twice recorded more than 60 points in a contest and had the top efficiency rating at 75.5 percent.

Guangzhou shared the fewest points against, with Beijing allowing 184 on the season.

Team W/L Points For / Avg. Points Against/Avg. O-Efficiency D-Efficiency
Beijing 5-0 273 – 54.6 184 – 36.8 73.4 48.0
Qingdao 3-2 212 – 42.4 204 – 40.8 59.5 38.2
Shanghai 3-2 271 – 54.2 206 – 41.2 75.5 24.0
Guangzhou 2-3 186 – 37.2 184 – 36.8 66.6 42.5
Shenzhen 2-3 224 – 44.8 212 – 42.4 65.3 33.3
Dalian 0-5 96 – 19.2 265 – 53.0 28.8 24.0

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About CAFL

With the official announcement of approval from the China government, the new professional league will be called CAFL (China Arena Football League), and the Beijing based operating company, formerly known as Ganlan Media International, will carry the same name.

“We think this acronym says it all,” said David Niu, the President of AFL Global, the founding corporation based in Conshohocken, PA, USA. “The league, and all of our efforts, are unique to China. We want to highlight the fact that we are playing American-style football, not to be confused with soccer. And we want to emphasize that this is China’s first ever professional league, played by the best players in the world.”

Many of the rosters will feature Chinese players, who have been learning and training for the arena game specifically for over a year, at 6 select Chinese Universities, under the guidance of AFL Global.

CAFL headquarters are located in Beijing, with leadership comprised of senior media executives and sports professionals with an array of government and commercial experience.

For more information please contact the following:

Lou Tilley, VP CAFL Communications and Media

Alvina Alston, CAFL Public Relations

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