Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Arena Football In China Takes Steps Forward

By John George
AFL Global LLC said Tuesday it is moving forward with plans to plans to further develop professional American Arena Football in China.
“We are very excited about this opportunity,” said AFL Global CEO Martin E. Judge Jr., who together with Ron Jaworski , co-majority owner of the Philadelphia Soul, founded AFL Global in 2012. “The Chinese market is huge. Our hope is to introduce an official six-team professional league that will begin regular season play in the fall of 2014.”
Judge, the founder and CEO of the Judge Group consulting firm based in West Conshohocken, Pa., holds a minority ownership stake in the Soul.
AFL Global plans to begin a comprehensive football training program in May in Beijing, which will be followed by exhibition games in Beijing and Guangzhou in October.
Last month, I wrote about the Soul inviting players from China to participate in the team’s open tryout.
AFL Global and the Beijing Sports University are working on an agreement to build a stand-alone arena football training facility on the campus; the first one of its kind in China.
In addition, AFL Global is actively searching for players and coaches to help build qualified teams for the official league play in 2014.

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