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8th annual NFL China University Bowl held in Beijing

Reporter: Mike Fox 丨 CCTV.com

11-01-2016 15:55 BJT

The 8th annual NFL China University Bowl was held at Beijing's Fengtai Sports Center. Four teams competed for the title. The field was also the site of several events put on by NFL China, in an effort to expose the sport to more potential fans in the world's most populous nation.

After four years, the NFL China University Bowl finals return to Beijing.

And there is some great action on the gridiron, as NFL China invited two AFCL team's to play exhibition games among the NFL Flag's youth team.

A fan zone beside the main field allows youngsters to join in the action, and experiences on different positions on the field, including Quarterback, Defensive Lineman and Wide Receiver.

"I have played American football for nearly a year. I prefer to play quarterback because I can deliver the information to others," said Yu Cheng, NFL fan.

NFL China has promoted the Flag game which is popular event in 30 countries all over the world to hold a clinic in the world's most populous nation. They established the NFL Flag university league in 2009, consisting of 24 teams from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Now the figure has increased to 60 teams across the country.

After the exhibition games, the main focus is on the field. Defending champions, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine square off against the University of Shanghai  of Science and Technology in the final.

Guangzhou plays great defensively, compeletely controlling the game, and forcing numerous turnovera. The champs are also efficient on offense, as their quarterback finds an open man for a touchdown. Guangzhou win in a rout, 52-6, as the defending champs grab their third NFL University bowl titles in four years.

"I am in the final year at university, I have paticipated in our three titles journeys. This time we won the champion again and I was namede MVP, I think I will keep playing American football. However, It is a happy ending for my University career," said Dong Shi, University Bowl Final MVP.

A fantastic game and an interactive fan zone will help grow the NFl product here in China.

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