By John George
Global LLC said Tuesday it is moving forward with plans to plans to
further develop professional American Arena Football in China.
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.”
the founder and CEO of the Judge Group consulting firm based in West
Conshohocken, Pa., holds a minority ownership stake in the Soul.
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.
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.
addition, AFL Global is actively searching for players and coaches to
help build qualified teams for the official league play in 2014.