American Football News

American football – the new direction of Chinese sports (part 1)

In the sports sector reform, Chinese people will come here to receive American football as a new spiritual food.

October 1 saw a milestone of America football when this American “specialty” was officially introduced in the Chinese playground. More than 11,500 Chinese people came to watch the opening match of the American football championship in China, as a way to kick off the American sport in conquering fans in the mainland.

In the US, the word “Football” is very famous but not football originating from England, but football. If in the UK, the Premier League is the No. 1 league, the United States has the NFL (National Football League) with the NBA Basketball League (National Basketball Association).

In the first official introduction to China and the formation of a professional league, American football called China Arena Football League (CAFL), with 6 participating teams, including Beijing Lions, Shanghai Skywalkers, Guangzhou Power, Shenzhen Naja, Dalian Dragon Kings, and Qingdao Clipper. CAFL founder, Martin Judge, a US football tycoon, has begun planning to bring teams from the American Arena Football League to China since 2012.

In fact, there are no Chinese who are truly “professional” in American football, even though in the last few years there has been a movement to develop this sport at the amateur level. However, China has attached its local human resource development clause by registering 10 Chinese players, 10 American players out of the 20 players of each of the aforementioned CAFL teams.

In The Time’s writings or The Los Angeles Times, most American football fans admit they know nothing about the rules of the game, but feel excited. Speaking like David Niu – CAFL President, American football is often very exciting with sudden changes and matches always have high scores, usually a total of a few dozen goals, different from just “a few goals “or draw 0 – 0 like European football. In last weekend’s match, Shenzhen Naja won Dalian Dragon Kings with a score of 47-19.