The Top Team
On September 23, Omiya Ardija’s top team played Match 27 of the Meiji Yasuda J1 League against Jubilo Iwata. Omiya lost 1-2 despite MF Mateus scoring a goal for two league matches in a row. The next match was played at home against Shimizu S-Pulse, one of the clubs that is also struggling to avoid being relegated to J2. Although Omiya played aggressively from the onset and created many opportunities, the match ended in a 0-0 tie. The score was even again in Match 29, as Omiya drew 1-1 with Yokohama F・Marinos. Omiya has not seen victory for seven matches now.
DF Akinari Kawazura fulfilled all the conditions required for a “Professional A” contract during the Round of 16 match of the Emperor’s Cup against University of Tsukuba that took place on September 20 and signed a Professional A contract with Omiya.
Omiya Ardija’s youth team played against Urawa Reds Youth in Match 14 of the Prince Takamado Trophy U-18 Football League 2017 Premier League East and captured a 2-1 victory, but lost the next match to Ichiritsu Funabashi High School with a 1-2 score. As a result, they are in 8th place after Match 15 with 4 wins, 9 losses and 2 ties.
The junior youth team overwhelmed Urawa Reds Junior Youth with a 5-1 outcome in Match 19 of the Kanto Youth (U-15) Soccer League. Their winning streak continued as they shut out Tochigi SC Junior Youth 2-0, won the close game against Kashiwa Reysol U-15 with a 3-2 finish, and in Match 22 defeated Yokohama FC 3-1. They are in fourth place with 36 points. Meanwhile, they played their Round 3 match of the 27th Saitama Prefecture Club Youth Soccer Championship and were knocked out of the competition by FC ASAS with a 2-3 loss.
From August 13 to October 1, a career design support program called the “J.League Yononaka Class” for fiscal year 2017 was held, targeting 20 players from the junior youth (U-13) team. The participating players learned about J.League’s business structure and about the different jobs related to football. The program helped them develop an awareness of designing a career path towards the future.
A home-game event exclusively for Ardija’s soccer school students was held on September 30, on the occasion of the J1 league match against Shimizu S-Pulse. Kids from kindergarten to second grade who attend the soccer school were treated to a game festival.
December 4 will mark the club’s 20th anniversary, and a special “20th Anniversary Commemorative Logo” has been created. The logo features five lines that express the 20th anniversary and a symbolic squirrel’s tail design.
As part of the activities supporting the reconstruction efforts of the Great East Japan Earthquake, a “Fureai Soccer” event was organized at the Kamaishi Municipal Stadium located at Kasshi-cho of Kamaishi City in Iwate Prefecture. Marking the sixth support activity event carried out in Kamaishi City, U-12 coaches Hayato Hashimoto, Yuichi Hiromatsu and Tatsuki Iijima turned up to coach 71 first to fourth graders playing in Kamaishi’s youth soccer clubs.
The “Saitama Soccer Festa 2017” was held on October 15 at the Urawa Komaba Stadium. A friendly match between academy players of Omiya Ardija and Urawa Reds took place, and Omiya’s junior youth (U-13) won 2-0. A match featuring former players of Omiya Ardija and Urawa Reds followed, and Omiya was defeated 1-3.