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Ardija Monthly News 2017 January Issue

The Top Team
Gearing up for the Emperor’s Cup quarterfinal against Shonan Bellmare on December 24, the Omiya Ardija top team spent December 6-10 training at the Tokinosumika Sports Centre in Shizuoka Prefecture. On the final day they played a training match with JFL champion Honda FC and drew 1-1.
In the coming 2017 season, MF Yusuke Segawa will transfer to Omiya from Thespakusatsu Gunma. Segawa graduated from Meiji University and signed with Gunma in 2016. In his first season as a pro, he played 42 matches and scored 13 goals for Gunma in the J2 league. He is expected to be a great asset to Omiya.

The final match of the Prince Takamado Trophy All Japan Youth (U-18) Premier Football League East was held on December 11. Left with a chance to win the title, the Omiya Ardija youth team faced the Yokohama F・Marinos Youth but lost 0-3, finishing the season in fourth place with 9 wins, 6 losses, and 4 ties.
Meanwhile, the Omiya Ardija junior youth team also played the final match of the 2016 Kanto Youth (U-13) Soccer League on December 11. Going up against Waseda Club Forza ’02, Omiya lost 0-2 and finished in third place with 7 wins, 4 losses, and 3 ties.

A “Family Football Coaching Class” for kids in kindergarten middle class to first grade will be held on January 28 and 29, 2017, at Omiya Dai-ni Koen. Omiya Ardija is receiving applications between December 6, 2016, and January 10, 2017, from parent-and-child pairs interested in attending. 80 pairs of 160 participants, of which 40 pairs will be allocated to kids attending Omiya Ardija’s soccer school, will be able to participate in each session. Those interested in applying, please visit Omiya Ardija’s official website.

Omiya’s official partner Shimamura, a loyal club supporter since Omiya Ardija’s participation in the J.League in 1999, will become a Top Partner from the 2017 season. Shimamura’s name will appear on the team uniform and training wear.

The design of the authentic uniform for the 2017 season has been selected. The “Five Line” adopted in the emblem representing the birth and history of the club will continue to be used and has been positioned in the center of the design. Reservations to purchase a replica uniform can be made on the Omiya Ardija official website from December 17 up until 5 p.m. on January 31.

On December 17, a party for a football exchange program organized by the J.League and Abu Dhabi was held in Tokyo. Omiya Ardija’s president, Masashi Mori; the head coach of the youth team, Shinji Otsuka; and six Omiya players attended the event. Representing Abu Dhabi were His Excellency Mr. Khaled Omran Sqait Sarhan Alameri, the UAE Ambassador to Japan, and His Excellency Mr. Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council. The Abu Dhabi U-17 all-star team was also present. From the Japanese side, Mitsuru Murai, Chairman of the J.League; Koji Toyoshima, Director of Petroleum Policy at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; and Aya Noguchi from the International Department of the Sports Agency took part and mingled with the guests from Abu Dhabi.