“Village Super League” or Cun Chao in Chinese is a rural football league in China’s Rongjiang, consisting of 20 amateur village football teams. During halftime, there are performances of traditional Guizhou ethnic songs and dances, and the grand prizes include chickens, ducks, geese, pigs, cows, sheep and other livestock.
Cun Chao gained worldwide attention and even attracted the support of retired English football star Michael Owen who made a video cheering for the players.
What is the appeal of this amateur rural football league?
In this episode of Global Heartbeat podcast, Lianhe Zaobao’s Chongqing correspondent Edwin Ong shares his first-hand experience of Cun Chao with host Han Yong Hong.
Hosted by Lianhe Zaobao’s Associate Editor, Han Yong Hong, Global Heartbeat is a Mandarin weekly news and current affairs podcast that is updated every Tuesday, 7.00 PM SGT. It is available on zaobao.sg, Apple Podcast, Google Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast platforms.