The Top Team
Suffering a 0-3 shutout in Match 12 against Cerezo Osaka, followed by a 2-4 defeat in Match 13 against Kashiwa Reysol, the Omiya Ardija top team counted their tenth loss of the season. At this point, Head Coach Hiroki Shibuya was dismissed and replaced by Coach Akira Ito. The first match played under Ito’s reign, Match 14 against Sagan Tosu on June 4, ended in a 1-1 draw.
Omiya Ardija won their last two matches in the 2017 J.League YBC Levain Cup, although they have already been eliminated. They shut out Shimizu S-Pulse 4-0 in Match 6 and won 2-1 against Jubilo Iwata in Match 7.
During the summer break, the 2017 Omiya Ardija Fan Festival is scheduled to take place in mid-July. Summer camp will go from July 16 to 20 where the team will gear up for the second half of the season.
The Omiya Ardija youth team played their first match in the knockout stage of the 41st Japan Club Youth (U-18) Football Championship, Kanto second-tier tournament against Tochigi SC. After the 90-minute regulation time, the two teams were locked in a scoreless draw. Omiya Ardija lost in the penalty shoot-out.
Kanji Okunuki of the youth team was selected to the U-18 Japan National Team that went on a tour to Portugal from June 10 to 20 and took part in the 23rd Lisbon International U18 Tournament.
Meanwhile, the junior youth team played against the Tokyo Verdy junior youth team in Match 12 of the Kanto Youth (U-15) Soccer League, winning 5-1. They were defeated 0-1 by Kashima Jr. Youth in Match 13, and drew 0-0 with Kashima Antlers Norte in Match 14.
The junior youth team participating in the Kanto Youth (U-13) Soccer League won three consecutive matches from Match 1 to 3: 2-0 against Kawasaki Frontale, 2-1 against Ventforet Kofu, and 2-0 against Waseda Club Forza ’02.
Before the matches against Yokohama F・Marinos on July 1 and Hokkaido Consadore Sapporo on July 8, there will be a special event for the soccer school students. Between July 22 and 24, 4th and 5th grade soccer school students will take part in a summer camp in Tsumagoi, and they plan to play a friendly match with the local team.
On May 20, during the home game against Cerezo Osaka, donations were collected for the Brazilian club Chapecoense, whose players were victims of a plane crash. 178,823 yen were collected and will be donated to the club.
On June 4, during Match 14 against Sagan Tosu, a “Let’s Support Sign Language Day” was organized for the ninth time. Everyone performed the supporters’ song “Aishiteruze – We are Orange” using sign language.
The 4th Club House “Orange Cube” Open Day was held on June 10. The top team’s training session was also held, and about 2,000 fans came to the open house. The fans enjoyed the free food and the special event that took place on the pitch where the players practiced.