The Top Team
Omiya Ardija’s top team drew 1-1 against Kashiwa Reysol in Match 30 played at home, then lost 1-2 to Cerezo Osaka in Match 31, extending their winless league matches to nine. Omiya hoped to advance to the semifinals of the Emperor’s Cup for the second year in a row, but they were knocked out in the quarterfinals by Cerezo Osaka, who shut out Omiya 0-2. Head Coach Akira Ito and Head of Development, Daiju Matsumoto, were dismissed from the club and replaced by Masatada Ishii as the new Head Coach and Tetsuya Nishiwaki coming on board as Head of Development, as Omiya struggled to remain in the J1 league. However, in Match 32, the first league match played under Head Coach Ishii, Omiya was defeated 0-3 by Vegalta Sendai.
Meanwhile, Omiya Ardija’s youth team participated in the 2017 J Youth Cup, beating Vegalta Sendai Youth 2-0 in the second round. Omiya went up against Kawasaki Frontale U-18 in the third round, losing 1-3 and failing to make it to the quarterfinals.
On October 29, Omiya’s junior team played the second round of the 41st Japan U-12 Football Championship, Southern Region Tournament, and overwhelmed Urawa Mimuro SSS 6-0. They went on to play NEOS FC in the last match that would determine the regional representative, winning 1-0 and gaining a place in the Saitama Prefectural Championship. The first and second round matches of the Saitama Prefectural Championship took place on November 12. Omiya crushed Konan Minami SS (B) 5-0 in the first round, and also knocked out Regista FC (B) 3-0 in the second round. Their winning streak continued as they defeated Regista FC (A) 1-0 in the semifinal on the 19th, and won the final 2-1 against Konan Minami SS (A) to become the Saitama champion. They will be traveling to Kagoshima to play in the nationals that will kick off on December 25.
The “1st Saitama Prefecture Sports Tag Club Championshp” took place on November 4 at Omiya Gymnasium, and Omiya Ardija’s soccer school students who were selected by lottery participated in the inaugural event. Club Ambassador Taishi Tsukamoto was appointed head coach of Omiya and led the U-12 team to finish in second place and the U-9 team to win the title. Omiya’s U-9 team will play in the national tournament that will take place on November 23.
On October 29, the “Nishi Ward Kids Soccer Class” was organized at Omiya Ardija’s training ground, and 69 girls and boys living in Nishi Ward participated. On the same day, when Match 31 against Cerezo Osaka was played at home, a public viewing event called “Omiya Orange Street” took place on Omiya Ginza Avenue located on the east side of the JR Omiya Station. Many people gathered to enjoy the event and to deliver their enthusiastic support.
Omiya Ardija participated in the “Citizens Festival” which took place from the latter part of October to the beginning of November in the Nishi, Kita, Omiya, Minuma and Iwatsuki Wards of Saitama City. A PR booth and a kick target game were set up, and club mascots Ardy and Miya greeted many fans and visitors.
As part of the activities of the Ardija Business Club, an “ABC Away Match Inspection and Study Tour” and a “Futsal Friendship Meet” were organized. The away match tour took place on October 28-29 in Osaka on the occasion of the match against Cerezo Osaka. The futsal event was held on October 31 at Orange Court Stellartown, with 60 participants making up for their lack of exercise and socializing with ABC members afterwards.
November 14 was “Saitama Prefecture Citizens Day’” and the prefectural government office carried out an “Open Day” event. Omiya Ardija participated as a member of a group formed by top sports teams based in Saitama Prefecture called “Pridreams Saitama.”