The NFL is hoping to get its game in China before the start of the 2017 season.
The NFL’s China division is set to open its doors to players on Saturday for the first time since the country banned football in October.
The league, which owns a 50% stake in China’s second-largest soccer team, the Beijing Guoan Lions, has been forced to look for a new home in China after Beijing’s top court ordered the team to leave the country on March 16.
The Lions were banned for seven matches after they were implicated in an alleged bribery scheme involving the country’s soccer federation.
The U.S. Soccer Federation, which represents the NFL in China, says it is exploring the possibility of having the league play in the country in the future.
“The NFL has been an active partner in promoting the sport in China and we look forward to welcoming the league back to the country,” the federation said in a statement.
The League will be able to continue to operate in China as long as the league is not directly involved in the investigation.
The league will remain in contact with the Chinese Football Association (CFA), which has the power to revoke the league’s registration and suspend the player.
The CFA has said it is open to considering all legal options, but will first look at the possibility to host a preseason exhibition game at a new stadium in Shanghai.