The Top Team
Riding on a wave of two straight victories, Omiya Ardija played against Renofa Yamaguchi FC in Match 30, drawing 4-4 in a goal-loaded game. In Match 31 against FC Gifu, Omiya survived the opponent’s vigorous attack and captured a win with an own-goal in the 88th minute. Victory came in the last minute again in the next match against FC Machida Zelvia, Match 33, with a goal by DF Hiroyuki Komoto in additional time. However, Omiya failed to take advantage of the scoring opportunities in the postponed Match 32 against Ventforet Kofu, losing 0-1 and missing a chance for their third consecutive victory.
MF David Babunski came on board at the end of August and joined the starting line-up for the September matches against Machida and Kofu. He showed outstanding toughness handling the ball and created chances by passing the ball around in midfield and feeding the ball to the frontline. His excellent skills will be a great asset to the team.
Omiya Ardija’s youth team played Match 10 of the Prince Takamado Trophy JFA U-18 Football Prince League 2018 Kanto tournament and drew 2-2 with Kiryu Dai-ichi High School. They defeated Toko Gakuen High School with a 3-1 score, and had another 2-2 draw against Tokyo Verdy Youth. After 12 matches, they stand at third place with 5 wins, 3 losses and 4 ties.
Meanwhile, Ardija’s junior youth team shut out Kashiwa Reysol U-15 with a score of 3-0 in Match 14 of the 2018 Kanto Youth (U-15) Soccer League, capturing their first back-to-back victory. In Match 13, which was postponed to September 12, they beat Urawa Reds Junior Youth 3-1, extending their winning streak to three. Though they lost to Yokohama FC 0-2 in Match 19, the team continues to play well.
On August 25 and 26, the “Soccer School Summer Camp 2018 in Nasu” was organized for soccer school students. Second and third grade kids selected by a lottery were joined by 14 members belonging to soccer clubs in Kamaishi City who were invited as part of the “Team as One” efforts to support those affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. The kids enjoyed playing football and spending time together throughout the two-day camp.
Omiya Ardija will extend cooperation to Saitama City’s project to revitalize the local economy through the collaboration with sport teams. On August 18, when Omiya played Niigata at home, information about special benefits or services offered at local shops around the station were distributed on the club’s official app.
On September 2, the local ward office of Omiya in Saitama City hosted the 15th Omiya Ward Kids Soccer School. Over 100 elementary school students living or attending a school in Omiya Ward participated in the event held at NACK5 Stadium Omiya. Seven U-12 coaches from Omiya Ardija gave lessons, and the kids enjoyed playing football on the home stadium pitch.
Omiya Ardija, Ardija’s Players Association and the OB Players Association organized a charity auction and fund-raising drive, raising 1,677,811 yen in total which will be donated to the Japan Red Cross to aid the areas affected by the “Heavy Rain Event of July 2018”. Furthermore, another fund raiser was conducted at the September 15 match against Machida to raise funds for the areas damaged by the “2018 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake”. Top team players participated and raised a total of 331,663 yen, which will be donated to the Japan Red Cross and other public agencies through the “Team as One: Consadore 2018 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake Relief”.