CAFL – Professional American Indoor Football in China

CGTN Features CAFL during Super Bowl Week

As we get ready for the Super Bowl, China’s own national TV News network is focused on US, the CAFL – see their just released story below:


David Niu talks to CGTN about American football in China. He’s the President of AFL Global and is one of the people bringing American Arena football to China.


America’s Super Bowl championship football game kicks off on Sunday. Well over 100 million people are expected to tune in, mostly in the U.S. but also in countries like Great Britain, Mexico and China. American professional football is trying to establish a toehold in China with the help of the only full-blooded Chinese football player to ever play in the U.S. CGTN’s Hendrik Sybrandy reports from Denver.


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


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