CAFL – Professional American Indoor Football in China

SMITTY Official Apparel is going international as the Official Outfitter of the Game Officials for the China Arena Football League


Philadelphia, PA., August 21, 2016 – The China Arena Football League has entered into an agreement with SMITTY Official Apparel to outfit all game day officials (referees) for the inaugural CAFL Super Series which will take place October 2016 through November 2016.

This inaugural and historic series will be the first to introduce Arena style football to China.  The CAFL, which is led by Marty Judge and Ron Jaworski brought the sport to the Chinese people in August 2012 and from that the Super Series was born.  “We are very excited to partner with Smitty’s Official Apparel for the Super Series”, said David Niu, President of AFL Global.  “Our officials reflect the highest standards of our league and we are proud to have them outfitted with the highest standards.”

About Smitty’s Official Apparel

Since acquiring the “Original Smitty Lanyard Company” in 2004, Smitty Official’s Apparel has grown from a company with two products (Smitty and Noose Lanyards) to a nationwide manufacturing leader of sports officials’ apparel with almost (2000) products in various styles and sizes.

Our goal is to provide quality products and services at an affordable price for dealers and ultimately sports officials.  With input from our dealers and sports officials, we have aggressively developed products to stay current with the trends and requests of officials.

Our recent addition of a complete line of Dye Sublimated Shirts with over (60) current styles manufactured in the USA for various sports associations confirms our commitment to meeting the needs of sports officials.

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, contact Lou Tilley at LTilley@Tilley.TV


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