The Top Team
Omiya Ardija’s top team drew 1-1 with Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Match 24 of the Meiji Yasuda J1 League, but lost the following match to Kashima Antlers with a scoreless 0-1 defeat. In Match 26 Omiya drew 2-2 with Gamba Osaka at Kumagaya Athletic Stadium, where a home game is organized once a year along with some fun events. Round 16 of the Emperor’s Cup took place on September 20, and Omiya played against University of Tsukuba. FW Shintaro Shimizu scored two goals to shut out Tsukuba 2-0, and Omiya cruised on to the quarterfinals.
FW Kento Kawata, who came up from the youth team and has been playing for Thespakusatsu Gunma this season on a temporary loan, will be transferred to Tochigi SC on a temporary development loan and will be playing for Tochigi SC until January 31, 2018. MF Kanji Okunuki will be playing with the top team next season, and FW Kazuaki Sasou of Shohei High School will also be joining the team in the 2018 season.
In Match 10 of the Prince Takamado Trophy U-18 Football League 2017 Premier League East, the Omiya Ardija youth team defeated Yokohama F･Marinos Youth 2-1. They then suffered three straight losses to Kashima Antlers Youth, Aomori Yamada High School, and F.C. Tokyo U-18.
The junior youth team played against Kashima Antlers Tsukuba in Match 18 of the 2017 Kanto Youth (U-15) Soccer League, and won the match to finish in seventh place. In Match 7 of the Kanto Youth (U-13) Soccer League, the junior youth lost to Kumagaya SC 3-4 but managed to finish at the top of Division 1B with 5 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie.
MF Kanji Okunuki of the youth team was selected to the U-18 Japan National Team that toured Qatar from September 20 to October 1.
Junior team coach Yusuke Shimada served as head coach of the CP football (7-a-side football by cerebral palsy players) Japan National Team that took part in the 2017 IFCPF World Championships held in San Luis, Argentina.
An all-star team from Omiya Ardija Soccer School and fifth and sixth grade students from GK Course played a friendly match on August 20. The friendly was organized to encourage more interaction between different schools and promote friendship among the students.
A carbon offset campaign was conducted during the home matches at NACK5 Stadium Omiya against Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Shimizu S-Pulse. 4,500kWh of green energy were purchased at each match resulting in a carbon offset of 4,419kg.
Omiya Ardija and baseball’s Saitama Seibu Lions jointly organized “A x L! Omiya”, an event to give support to each other during a home game in Omiya. The two teams put up a booth at each other’s stadium, carried out PR initiatives, and helped out with ticket sales.
Total Advisor Norio Sasaki and Toshiyuki Akimoto, who is in charge of global promotion at Ardija’s Business Department, visited Brazil during September 9-13 as part of the “Nantokashinakya!” project. They observed the support activities of JICA volunteers and NGO groups.
On September 16, Saitama Prefecture’s special project, “Seishonen Yume no Kakehashi” (Support the Dreams of the Young), was held at Kumagaya Dome Stadium with some 100 girls and boys in 4th, 5th and 6th grades participating from all across Saitama Prefecture.