American Professional Referees set to be included in officiating team for the AFLC Championship Game.
In order to ensure the finest level of place for the AFLC Championship Game, this year’s AFLC match will utilize some of the best current non-professional football referees from over the last few years.
In total, there will be 7 referees utilized during the match, all of whom have had many years of experience calling games. There will also be referee supervisor Tang Xixiang (唐希翔) leading the group. Of the seven that will be on the field, three are from AFLC; Liu Cheng, (刘晟), Wang Yi Xin (王易行) and Chóu Xīn (仇昕). The remaining four referees specifically requested for this game all come from professional officiating backgrounds in America. They are Scott Milway, Shawn McGurrin, David Bautista, and Fred Thompson. Among them, Shawn McGurrin has over 15 years of experience as an American Football referee. They will surely enhance the quality of our refereeing for the Championship Game since it is well known that Chinese American Football’s biggest weakness is the lack of professional referees.
In order to make the AFLC finals more professional and exciting, the AFLC wants to further train these local referees and raise their overall level before the Championship Game. Therefore, a special training session with the American referees will be held on the night of January 13th in Shanghai Pudong district’s Italian Center. The main goal of the AFLC for this game is to ensure a high level of play from all around, and that includes the officiating crew. We are very hopeful that the extra training and effort taken to improve the quality of the officials will pay off.
The AFLC Championship Game will be held on January 14.