The Top Team
The Omiya Ardija top team shut out Tochigi SC 1-0 in Match 16 of the Meiji Yasuda J2 League. FW Genki Omae scored the winning goal. Drawing 2-2 with Kamatamare Sanuki in Match 17, Omiya geared up to beat Yokohama FC 4-0 in Match 18 and Mito Hollyhock 2-1 in Match 19. It was the second time Omiya won back to back this season. On June 6 Omiya played their second-round match of the Emperor's Cup JFA 98th Japan Football Championship and defeated AC Nagano Parceiro 1-0. The third-round match will take place on July 11.
Meiji University senior student, Masahito Ono, who will be joining Omiya Ardija next season, was certified as a 2018 JFA/J.League Special Designated Player. Ono will be able to play in J.League matches during his last year at Meiji University.
Omiya Ardija’s U-18 team participated in the 42nd Japan Club Youth (U-18) Football Championship Kanto Tournament, and won the first two matches. They were overwhelmed by Kashima Antlers Youth 0-4 in the quarterfinal match and missed advancing to the semis.
Shoi Yoshinaga of the U-18 team was selected to the U-18 Japan National Team. Yoshinaga took part in the national team activities from June 9-19, playing in the 24th Lisbon International Tournament U-18 held in Portugal.
The U-16 and U-15 youth teams traveled to the Netherlands on a training tour from May 29 to June 5 and from June 4 to June 12 respectively. The U-16 team played a friendly match with Feyenoord and won 4-2. They also won the Delta Cup, in which eight teams participated, defeating AZ in the final. Meanwhile, the U-15 team held a training session, played a friendly, and participated in the OSM ‘75 International U15 Tournament 2018.
A home game event for Ardija’s soccer school students was held prior to the June 2 match against Kamatamare Sanuki and the June 10 match against Yokohama FC. On June 2, the soccer school students were divided into two teams and played a friendly, and they also served as escort kids and flag bearers, joining the professional players as they entered the pitch. A game festival was organized on June 10.
Six matches played at home, starting from Match 23, were designated as the Omiya Ardija 20th anniversary series. During those six matches, the Ardija’s players will wear a special commemorative uniform that adopts the orange and navy checkered pattern from the very first Ardija uniform design.
A special promotion targeting female fans, “Orange Girls Day”, was carried out during Match 18 against Yokohama FC and Match 21 against Ehime FC. Six different schemes, including a gift given away to the first 3,000 ladies arriving at the stadium, were carried out to ensure that female fans and supporters enjoy Ardija’s home matches.
The 5th Clubhouse Open Day took place on June 17. Some 2,150 local people came to the clubhouse and enjoyed the various events that were held and watched the top team practice and play a training match.
The Ardija Business Club (ABC) organized an away-game tour for supporters on the day of Match 16 against Tochigi SC. 43 participants from 15 companies signed up for the tour and celebrated Ardija’s victory.