Earlier this year the famed football star, Kurt Warner and his wife, Brenda invested in the EFLI procuring a small piece of the league and delivering footballs to school children throughout India. Based on the overwhelming reception throughout Southeast Asia, the EFLI has chosen to accept the request of the Nation of Bangladesh to become the next country to participate in the league.
The Warner Family has decided to significantly increase their ownership stake of the EFLI and will be the first and only team owner to date of the first team of Bangladesh. Few people realize that the population of Bangladesh is the world’s 7th largest. Consider that this is a population larger than that of Russia encompassing a land mass the size of the State of Illinois.
“In 2001, Brenda and I established our First Things First Foundation to impact the world around us! Yet, we have always dreamed of doing more. We believe our investment in the EFLI is a unique opportunity to see our dream realized! We believe the EFLI can impact Southeast Asia through both the introduction of the great game of football, and it’s philanthropic potential. We look forward to the EFLI, and to the development of the game of football, as we hope to help many young athletes and families achieve success they have only dreamed of.”
According to Richard Whelan, Co-CEO of the League “Expansion and diversification of the league certainly solidifies the foundation of the EFLI as it offers options and demand on many levels such as sponsorship, venue and fiscal abundance. We are not limited in our negotiations with one facility or one government. ”
The EFLI has moved its first season up from November to July to showcase teams from India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan and will begin televised play on the 15th. The second season will take place in November to include the addition of the newly acquired team from Bangladesh.
In the near future, the youth of India will someday say: ”I remember when football started here.” Their children will not believe that football didn’t always exist in India.