The University of Pennsylvania played against the American Football League of China (AFLC) All-Stars, a squad made up of several different clubs, in March.
A couple of days in Shanghai before the team played in the Global Ambassadors Bowl the teams’ coaches met, and then a 3,200 sell-out crowd watched Penn warm up and compete, including government officials.
Priore said they were learning how to play it. He added that the coaching was good and what they played was sound. They had some athletes who weren’t as experienced on the techniques of football. They executed sophisticated schemes like spread passing formations and RPOs although some of the taller players carried more than optimal weight.
Priore said he expects more Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) teams to make the trip although he does not envision Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams going over to play.
Jaworski, an Arena Football League team of the Philadelphia Soul and a co-owner Marty Judge founded the CAFL. Jaworski has seen four games in Beijing since the league debuted in 2016. 6,000 fans filled the sold-out arenas to cheer the loudest for field goals and kickoffs.
Jaworski said that you had got to be very careful with the outdoor game. That’s why they felt the Arena League game would fit beautifully. They were standing on their feet at the end of the game. They loved it. Because many cities struggle with air pollution so the Arena Football League might have the best future in China.
Jaworski expected that in the next decade football to be in China “in a big way”, and rumors have swirled that the Los Angeles Rams nearly played a 2018 regular-season game against the San Francisco 49ers in China. The NFL also tried to hold a preseason game in China in 2007 between Seattle Seahawks and the Patriots, which led up to the Summer Olympics in Beijing.