AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE IN INDIAN SUBCONTINENT
Yes, if you are an American Football fan in India, your dream of witnessing or, may be, playing the game can come true now, thanks to Elite Football League of India a.k.a EFLI !!
The EFLI will be South Asia’s first professional American football league, and its launch is backed by both the Government of India and the Sports Authority of India. The Elite Football League of India (EFLI) is also the first ever men’s professional American football league in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.When the play begins in 2012, there will be 10 teams located in multiple cities across India, 2 in Sri Lanka, and 1 in Pakistan.
The EFLI aims at introducing American football to the Indian market and its large consumer base. The EFLI’s management team consists of both American and Indian business and entertainment executives as well as several American sports figures.
Few of the prominent investors in EFLI include former Green Bay Packers linebacker Brandon Chillar, Super Bowl-winning head coach Mike Ditka, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin and former NFL quarterbacks Ron Jaworski and Kurt Warner.Both Ditka and Irvin are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Chillar is of Indian descent. Investors outside of the sports community include American actor and entertainment producer Mark Wahlberg.
And if you are a Hyderabadi, there is one more reason to be proud of because Hyderabad has a team in EFLI, Hyderabad Sky Kings !!
Lakshmi Manchu, the tollywood actress, is actively promoting American Football in India. Talking to the media, Lakshmi Manchu said, “I have fond memories of watching American Football back when I was in the US. I am quite excited that the Elite Football League of India (EFLI) is going to kickoff soon. A lot of things have been changing rapidly and most importantly, our attention span has decreased a lot. American Football is a fun sport and it’s quite intense as well. I hope people support this new endeavour.”
So, if you don’t wish to miss the American Football in India, you would sure like to visit the EFLI website here !!