Interview: Arena Football League Global President David Niu on CAFL (China) League Start
- Updated: September 20, 2016
Football frenzy is upon us, and this worldwide sport will be expanding with a new AFL league in China called the China Arena Football League (CAFL). The CAFL has recently partnered with Chinese online digital network iQIYI, which will be the exclusive provider of the league’s inaugural season. There will be two CAFL games played every Saturday and a third weekend game each Sunday. All games will be seen live exclusively on iQIYI.
AFL Global President David Niu (Niumataiwalu), born in Fiji and raised in Australia, has many responsibilities in the CAFL and for arena football development. He has an extensive background in rugby, where he was a player and official with the National Rugby League side St. George Illawarra Dragons. He recently answered questions about this historic CAFL start (October 1) that was three years in the making.
Congratulations on the beginning of CAFL this October as part of the AFL, created by Martin E. Judge (also CAFL Chairman/Founder). How does this addition expand your role as AFL Global President?
[I took on] my role as President of AFL Global from the outset when we first started our effort in China. So, China is the first location as we work toward developing a global footprint for professional American Arena Football. Our plans call for expansion throughout Asia, Europe, the Americas and into the Pacific [region]. Leagues being played in countries within a region can then have separate team champions that could play off in a city-based “Champions League” similar to the soccer models leading to international competition (e.g. USA vs. China) and potentially an Arena League World Cup. So, in a brief snapshot, that is the vision for AFL Global.