American Football Heading To China In 2015

PHILADELPHIA (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — While the NFL is focusing its attention on London, American Football is making its way to another international destination.

The China American Football League plans to kick off in the world’s most populous country in 2015. The announcement made Thursday comes less than a year after Philadelphia Soul co-owner Marty Judge sponsored the first American football game played in China.

The indoor CAFL is expected to begin with six to eight teams in two conferences. The franchises will be in major cities in China and include a combination of American and Chinese players.

Former Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil and former Pro Bowl quarterback Ron Jaworski partnered with Judge to help make it happen.

CAFL franchise owners will invest $10 million to start.

Three NFL games will be played in London in 2014, including a Nov. 9 game featuring the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has expressed interest in seeing the NFL expand to London.

“London could be an expansion for the NFL. I like the idea. It adds a lot of ‘wow’ to the NFL.”

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