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Philly's Arena Football seeks coaches, players for China

May training, October games in Beijing, Guangzhou

Philly's Arena Football seeks coaches, players for China

Philadelphia Soul team president Ron Jaworski visited China in 2012 to promote the Arena Football League. (Alex Brandon / AP file photo)
Philadelphia Soul team president Ron Jaworski visited China in 2012 to promote the Arena Football League. (Alex Brandon / AP file photo)

Arena Football League, the Philadelphia-based indoor sports group reorganized by corporate headhunter Martin E. Judge Jr. and ex-Eagles QB Ron Jaworski last year, says its affiliate AFL Global LLC has won China government approval for "a comprehensive football training program" to prepare at least 40 China athletes to learn football this May, followed by October exhibition games in Beijing and Guangzhou.

"The Chinese market is huge," Judge said in a statement. "Our hope is to introduce an official six-team professional league that will begin regular season play in the Fall of 2014."

AFL Global officials joined David Wu, identified by AFL as the head of Beijing-based sports-development company Ganlan Media International (GMI), in a meeting at Beijing Sports University to sign the deal for the training camp to open this Spring. In a statement, AFL Global president David Niu called it a "significant first step." 

AFL Global "is actively searching for players and coaches to help build qualified teams for the official league play in 2014." More at www.AFL-Global.com.

Joseph N. DiStefano
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