CAFL – Professional American Indoor Football in China

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CAFL Game Officials represented from US, China and Italy

 Beijing, China, October 4, 2016 – History was made the weekend of October 1st and 2nd when the inaugural games of the CAFL took place. Refereeing those games where men and women representing the US, China and Italy. The officials for the CAFL are as follows:

Carl Paganelli- Supervisor of officials

Terri Valenti – Asst Supervisor

Vincenzo Calandrelli

Riccardo Zampedri

Wade Wagner

RG Detillier

William McClesky

Corrado Camossa

Marco Sala

Chiara Tomaz

Wang Long

“Our goal was to offer professional American style football to the Chinese people”, said David Niu President of AFL Global. “In addition to the best and the brightest players and coaches, the game officials represent the finest refereeing in arena football and we are proud to have the US, Italy and Chinese countries represented. Hats off to Smitty‘s too for outfitting our game officials and serving as our official apparel company. ”

History was made again in the second game that weekend when Wang Long from China refereed his first professional American style football game. “Wang Long, our Chinese official, is pleased to be a part of the Super Series. He is learning from some of the best and hopes someday to become head of officials for the CAFL,” said Carl Paganelli, Supervisor of Officials for the CAFL. “We are all thrilled at being part of the CAFL. It is wonderful experience for China, their people and the officiating staff. We made history.”


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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