The Top Team
Back in J1 after a one-year hiatus, the Omiya Ardija top team had a clean, no-loss sheet in April. In their first match in May, Omiya defeated Avispa Fukuoka 2-1, but their winning streak ended in Match 11 against their Saitama rival, Urawa Reds. Omiya was defeated 0-1, but came back with a 1-0 victory against Vegalta Sendai in Match 12. In the J.League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup match against Jubilo Iwata, Omiya nailed another win with a 1-0 shutout. With five matches left in the Meiji Yasuda J1 League, Omiya is in fourth place. Omiya is also near qualifying for the knockout stage of the Yamazaki Nabisco Cup for the first time since 2005.
The junior team took part in the JA Zennou Chibirinpic 2016 and finished the group stage with four wins. In the semifinal they went on to defeat Sorisso Kumamoto in a PK shootout, and shut out JACPA Tokyo 2-0 in the final to clutch their first national title.
The youth team playing in the Prince Takamado Trophy All Japan Youth (U-18) Premier Football League EAST is on the rise. After unexpectedly losing three matches in a row at the onset, they beat Ryutsu Keizaidai Kashiwa High School 2-1 in Match 4 to score their first victory in the league. Drawing 2-2 in the following match with Albirex Niigata U-18, we can look forward to their growth and improvement after the month-and-a-half break.
On May 15 the junior youth played Yokohama F･Marinos Jr. Youth Oppama in the 2016 Kanto Youth (U-15) Soccer League 1st Division and drew 2-2. It was their third consecutive draw, and they extended their “no loss” streak to five matches, with a record of 4 wins, 3 losses and 5 draws.
A soccer coaching event exclusively for the Ardija Soccer School students was organized on the occasion of the May 29 match against Vissel Kobe. The third to sixth graders enjoyed taking part in the game festival and a friendly match. Soccer school students are also welcome to sign up for the warming-up high-touch event that will take place during the June 5 match with Kashima Antlers.
The first “Stretching Exercise Class for the Elderly” was held on May 11 at the Saitama City Nanasato Community Center. Ardija Academy trainer, Takayuki Suwa, spent about two hours counseling 27 participants about the promotion of health, improving their physical strength, and encouraging communication. Omiya Ardija plans to continue this effort, organizing 12 stretching exercises classes at ten community centers during the year.
On May 14 a soccer coaching seminar for the family was held at the Shibaura Institute of Technology. 30 parent-and-child pairs, a total of 60 participants, enjoyed a day of soccer together.