The Top Team
The Omiya Ardija top team played their last match of the Meiji Yasuda Seimei J1 League 1st stage against Kawasaki Frontale, losing 0-2 and failing to capture a win in four matches. Although they stalled toward the end of the stage, Omiya competed well overall and finished in fifth place with 26 points.
In the opening match of the 2nd stage against Nagoya Grampus, defender Hiroyuki Komoto scored a dramatic goal seconds before the whistle to contribute to a clean 1-0 victory. It was the second win at home this season and a great kickoff to the 2nd stage. In the matches to follow, Omiya tied 1-1 with Jubilo Iwata and also drew with Gamba Osaka and Urawa Reds to whom they lost in the 1st stage, building the momentum they need to stay competitive throughout the season.
The Omiya Ardija youth team playing in the Prince Takamado Trophy All Japan Youth (U-18) Premier Football League East gained consecutive victories against Yokohama FM (2-1), Ichiritsu Funabashi High School (1-0), and Shimizu S-Pulse Youth (2-1). Their winning streak ended with a 0-3 defeat to Kashiwa Reysol U-18 on July 17, putting them in sixth place with 13 points in the first half of the competition.
In the meantime, the junior youth team beat Urawa Reds 1-0 in their third match of the 31st Japan Club Youth (U-15) Football Championship and advanced to the quarterfinals. They lost 1-2 to Kawasaki Frontale in the quarterfinal, but gained a place in the summer national competition. The junior youth also took part in the Kanto Youth (U-15) Soccer League First Division, but was defeated 1-2 by Mitsubishi Yowa SC Sugamo Jr. Youth.
On the day of the J1 League 2nd stage opening match on July 2 against Nagoya Grampus, a “Game Festival” was organized at NACK5 Stadium Omiya for fifth and sixth graders enrolled in the Ardija Soccer School. 100 kids selected by lottery were thrilled to play football on the same pitch their football heroes play on.
Following the June 17 shareholders’ meeting and the July 1 board of directors’ meeting, Masashi Mori was officially appointed as the president of Omiya Ardija. Mori stated: “There are many challenges to tackle, but I am confident that the club will reinforce our solidarity to realize our vision, Ardija Vision 2020: Toward the Future Together.”
The “ARDIJA FREE Wi-Fi” service was launched at the NACK5 Stadium Omiya on the day of the 2nd stage opening match against Nagoya Grampus. With J.League’s leading high-speed Wi-Fi service, Omiya can now offer a new style and service for the stadium spectators.
Omiya Ardija’s club ambassador, Taishi Tsukamoto, and Ardy the mascot took part in the “25th Nakasendo Miyahara Festival 2016” was held on July 17. Omiya contributed the club’s original merchandise as prizes for the lottery.