Beijing Lions Chinese Arena Football League Dalian Dragon Kings Guangzhou Power Qingdao Clipper Shanghai Skywalkers Shenzen Naja

Chinese Arena Football League Sparks Idea of Expansion

Arena Football has made it’s way to China and now the growing football league may be moving further and further on. The Street is reporting that we may see Arena Football in not just China, but also Korea, India and even Vietnam.

The Chinese Arena Football League will be kicking off it’s inaugural season on Oct. 1 with six teams facing each other in a five week span in what is being known as the Super Series. The six teams, the Beijing Lions, the Shanghai Skywalkers, the Qingdao Clipper, the Shenzen Naja, the Guangzhou Power and the Dalian Dragon Kings, will face each other at least once during the five-week.

The playoffs for the league will take place the weekend of Nov. 5 with the #1 seed and #2 seed facing off in the championship game, which is known as the “China Bowl”. The #6 seed will play the #5 seed to kick off the playoff games, followed by the #4 seed playing the #3 seed and the China Bowl to wrap it up. The All-Star Game will be played between the North team (best players from Beijing, Dalian and Qingdao) and the South team (best players from Shenzen, Shanghai and Guangzhou) on Saturday, Nov. 12.

The CAFL Draft was held on June 10, and each team drafted 20 players from both the Arena Football League and from China.

David Niu, AFL Global President, says the goal is to have Arena Football be played in several countries outside of the U.S. and for those leagues to compete in the World Cup for Indoor Football.

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