The Top Team
Yet to capture a win after seven matches since the start of the season, Omiya Ardija’s struggling top team played Gamba Osaka in Match 8, adding another devastating 0-6 loss. They celebrated their first win of the season with a 1-0 score in Match 9 against their Saitama rival, Urawa Reds. Though defeated 0-1 by Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo in Match 10, they beat Vegalta Sendai 2-1 in the next match and moved up from the bottom of the J1 League standings, only to drop to the bottom again after a 0-3 loss to Cerezo Osaka in Match 12.
The top team also played in the 2017 J.League YBC Levain Cup, which kicked off on April 12. After four matches and a record of 2 losses, 2 ties and no wins, Omiya Ardija’s hope to advance to the final stage has faded away.
Atsushi Kurokawa of the top team was selected to participate in the May 9-13 training camp organized for the U-20 Japan National Team candidates. Kurokawa has also been picked as a member of the U-19 Japan National Team that will take part in the 45th Toulon Tournament.
The Omiya Ardija youth team playing in the Prince Takamado Trophy U-18 Football League 2017 Premier League East lost to defending champion Aomori Yamada High School (0-3) and to F.C. Tokyo U-18 (0-3) in Match 3 and 4 respectively. Their first victory of the season came just like the top team – defeating their local rival Urawa Youth 2-0.
After finishing Match 12 in the 2017 Kanto Youth (U-15) Soccer League, the Omiya Ardija junior youth team stands in second place with 7 wins, 4 losses and 1 tie, and is determined to replace the Kashima Antlers junior youth team in the top position.
The junior team played in the Kanto Youth Soccer Tournament, winning their first match and the match for the representing club title.
An event for students attending the Ardija Soccer School was held on May 20, the day Omiya’s top team played Cerezo Osaka in Match 12 of the J1 League. About 100 third and fourth graders participated and enjoyed playing games with each other.
On June 17, when Match 15 against Albirex Niigata will take place, a friendly match will be organized and participants will have a chance to watch the top team match afterwards. There will be 40 slots available for second to fourth graders attending the soccer school.
Orange Court Stellartown opened on May 1, and it is brimming with Ardija flavor. Visitors who come to play football here get to borrow Under Armour training wear – the same brand worn by the Ardija players.
Ardy and Miya took part in various events during Golden Week. On May 3 they visited the “34th Bonsai Festival”, on the 5th they dropped by the “Northern Heart Kitamachi Spring Festival”, and on the 7th they showed up at the “Artfull Yumematsuri Festival 2017” to liven up the atmosphere.
The “24th Fujin-no-Mori Tree Planting Event” was held on April 30 at Miyako City’s Taro District in Iwate Prefecture. Omiya City has taken part in this program since 2013. Some 110 people participated from Omiya this year and helped plant 1,000 trees.