American football has kicked off in Almaty, Kazakhstan, as the game grows in popularity and boasts a small but loyal following.
In a video from Radio Free Europe, The Almaty Titans face off against their Kyrgyz rivals, the Bishkek Barsy or Snow Leopards. There are now four teams competing in football in Central Asia, with hopes of starting a fifth team, and the teams strong enough to face teams in Russia, Dubai and Turkey. While the game still faces challenges, including lack of funding and government support, the sport has a devout following. Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via Storyful