The Top Team
Omiya Ardija played Match 6 of the Meiji Yasuda J1 League against Vissel Kobe on April 8 and suffered their sixth consecutive loss. They managed a 0-0 draw in Match 2 of the 2017 J.League YBC Levain Cup that took place on April 12 against Kashiwa Reysol, putting a stop to their official match losing streak. Thanks to Ataru Esaka’s goal, Omiya Ardija tied the score 1-1 in Match 7 of the J1 League against Shimizu S-Pulse.
DF Kazuma Takayama became a father on April 7. The baby boy is the first child for Takayama and his wife. After the April 12 Levain Cup match, Takayama fulfilled all the conditions as a Professional A player and signed the contract.
On April 8, the Omiya Ardija youth team played Match 1 of the Prince Takamado Trophy U-18 Football League 2017 Premier League East and drew 1-1 with Yokohama F・Marinos Youth. They were defeated by Kashima Antlers Youth 1-2 in Match 2 and failed to mark a victory.
The junior youth team played Match 7 of the Kanto Youth (U-15) League and shut out Kashima Tsukuba 3-0. They are in fourth place with 4 wins and 3 losses.
Tomoya Osawa of the junior youth team was selected for the Japan U-15 National Team that will tour Europe. During this European tour, the team will participate in the 14th Delle Nazioni Tournament in Italy.
Also from the junior youth team, Miran Ichihara and Manato Takahashi were chosen to take part in the 2017 J.League Academy Player (U-14) training camp. They participated in the training camp at J-Green Sakai in Osaka.
The junior team played in the East Japan Tournament of the J Club Preliminary Stage of the U-12 Junior Soccer World Challenge 2017. They finished as runner-up in Group B and qualified for the final tournament.
A special exercise program called “Fureai Sports Experience in Stellartown” took place on March 26. U-12 coach Yasuomi Shiina and the club mascot Ardy joined the many participants who participated in the program aimed at improving the physical capabilities that are helpful for playing football.
Ardy made an appearance in many hometown events from the end of March, including the 5th Saitama March, the 8th Saitama Kobaton Cup, the Sogo Omiya Store 30th Anniversary Festival, the Iwatsuki Station Tour, and the 40th Iwatsuki Castle Park Sakura Festival.
As part of Saitama’s inbound promotion efforts, Omiya Ardija worked with the Saitama Prefectural Government’s Tourism Division to organize a stadium tour titled “LOVE SAITAMA Supporter Program.” Fourteen foreign nationals who currently live in Japan participated in the event held on April 1, touring NACK5 Stadium Omiya and learning about the attractions of the Omiya area.
Club Ambassador Taishi Tsukamoto represented the club and took part in the April 4 ceremony that kicked off the spring term traffic safety campaign.
On April 9, Omiya Ardija and the Omiya Rotary Club hosted the “9th Eco Ball Project: Let’s Send Soccer Balls to Kids in Brazil!” at NACK5 Stadium Omiya. About 30 children learned about the project and helped clean and polish the soccer balls that would be sent to Brazil. Mateus from Omiya’s top team also came out to lend a hand.