The Top Team
As the end of the season approaches, Omiya Ardija’s top team was still struggling. They drew 1-1 with Yokohama FC in Match 38, lost 1-2 to Kyoto Sanga F.C. in Match 39, and drew 1-1 again in Match 40 against Zweigen Kanazawa, failing to gain a single victory. In the last two matches of the regular season, Omiya defeated Montedio Yamagata 2-1 and shut out Fagiano Okayama 1-0, finishing in fifth place and managing to secure a place in the playoffs. Omiya’s first playoff match was played on November 25 at home against Tokyo Verdy. But Omiya lost 0-1 in their first mach, and could not achieve the goal of returning to J1.
Ardija’s youth team played their first match in the 2018 J Youth Cup 26th J.League Youth Championship against Kamatamare Sanuki Youth, beating them 2-1. In the second round match, however, they lost to Sanfrecce Hiroshima Youth 0-1 and failed to advance further in the competition.
Ardija’s junior team participated in the JFA U-12 Japan Football Championship as the defending champion. They overwhelmed Regista FC 2-0 in the November 18 semi-final, but were defeated 0-1 in the final by Konan Minami SSS, failing to make it to the national championship two years in a row.
The Saitama Prefecture Sport Tag Federation hosted the “2nd Saitama Prefecture Sport Tag Club Championship” at the Omiya Gymnasium in Saitama City. Ardija’s Soccer School students took part in the competition, with U-12 coach Yuichi Hiromatsu overseeing the teams. Ardija’s U-9 team won the title and the U-12 team came in fourth. The U-9 team qualified for the national championship held on October 28, and they finished the preliminary round with 2 wins but lost in their first match in the knockout phase. They reached the top eight teams for two consecutive years.
The “2018 Omiya Ardija Fan Festival presented by Shimada-zukuri Udon Okina-no-Sato” took place on November 18 at NACK5 Stadium Omiya. The Fan Festival kicked off with a family soccer clinic held exclusively for family members of the fan club. Ardija players and staff were also present and they enjoyed the various events and attractions with the fans and supporters.In the “Arlympic 2018” Team C led by captain Shin Kanazawa won the title. The event attracted about 2,300 fans.
November was designated as the month to promote the prevention of child abuse. Omiya Ardija carried out various activities related to the “Orange Ribbon Movement”. The Orange Ribbon Movement is dedicated to increasing the awareness and support of the prevention of child abuse, and the orange ribbon is a symbol of the child abuse prevention movement. Omiya Ardija, Saitama City and Saitama Prefecture have been working hand in hand since 2009 to promote the Orange Ribbon Movement, and they are celebrating a decade-long collaboration this year.