The Top Team
Omiya Ardija advanced to the knock-out stage of the J.League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup for the second time since 2005. The last group stage match against Kashima Antlers was actually a throw-away match, but Omiya gained a victory and finished the group stage with a clean, no-loss sheet.
In the Meiji Yasuda J1 League, Omiya stalled towards the end, with 1 loss and 2 ties for Matches 14-16. Omiya played at home against Vissel Kobe in Match 14 and against Yokohama F Marinos in Match 16, determined to win in front of the home crowd for the first time since Match 2 against Kashiwa Reysol, but couldn’t maintain the lead and drew with both teams. They will have to find a solution very quickly to overcome this drawback.
Meanwhile, the Omiya youth team played in the 40th Japan Club Youth (U-18) Football Championship (U-18) Kanto Tournament. Omiya shut out Suginami FC 6-0 in the first round, crushed SC Sagamihara 5-1 in the second round, and gained a place among the top 11 teams. Omiya lost 0-1 to Yokohama F Marinos Youth in the quarterfinal, finishing among the last 8. They will be participating in the national tournament which will take place during the summer.
The Omiya junior youth team playing in the 2016 Kanto Youth (U-15) Soccer League 1st Division met Yokohama FC in Match 14, drawing 2-2. The junior youth went on to win Match 15 against Kashima Antlers Tsukuba 2-1, and currently has 5 wins, 4 losses, and 6 draws.
A home game event exclusively for Ardija’s soccer school students took place during the J.League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup group stage match against Kashima Antlers on June 5. 29 students who were selected by lottery participated in the pre-match event.
NTT Sports Community Co., Ltd., who owns and operates the Omiya Ardija Football Club, formally announced that Shigeru Suzuki will step down as president on June 30 and Masashi Mori will succeed Suzuki as the new president. Mori’s appointment will become official at the board of directors’ meeting scheduled for July 1.
With the strong urging of club ambassador Taishi Tsukamoto and the top team Players’ Committee, a fund-raiser to help support Fumiya Hayakawa of Albirex Niigata, who was diagnosed with acute leukemia, took place on Saturday, June 18, during Match 16 against Yokohama F Marinos. The contributions will be forwarded to the account of “Help Support Fumiya Hayakawa of Albirex Niigata Fund.”
An open house event called “Orange Cube Clubhouse Open Day” was held on June 12 at the clubhouse and training field. Attracting more visitors than last year, the event was bustling with about 2,250 fans that came around and watched the top team play a friendly match against Tokyo Musashino City FC. Fresh-picked cucumbers and freshly made rice cakes were given away by the local community associations.