THE SHENZHEN Devils, a team in the Shenzhen International Amateur Football League (SIAFL), has clinched the league title with a game to spare in an eagerly anticipated clash against their league rival Shenzhen.
The Devils, which was formed in the year 2015, was in first place before the match began, just two points ahead of the Tigers in second.
Playing the Devils on Halloween was ominous for the Tigers, and the Devils thumped their rivals 7-1 to win their first league title in what is only their second season.
The Devils’ last league game will be next Monday evening. They will be awarded the league championship trophy at the end of the season party Dec. 3.
According to the league’s chairman, Nick Thompson, there is one league game remaining this season, before SIAFL enters the cup tournament, where the Devils will look to emulate the two-time league champion Lunatics by accomplishing a league double.
The bottom four teams in the league standings will compete in the tournament.
SIAFL was founded in 2013 by a small group of expats who spent their free time playing soccer in Shenzhen.
The 2016 season kicked off in May at Futian’s Xiangmihu soccer pitch, attracting over 100 players.