The Top Team
Omiya Ardija captured a win with Yuta Mikado’s dramatic goal in Match 18 of the 2019 Meiji Yasuda J2 League. However, they suffered a scoreless draw in the following two matches, Match 19 against Tokyo Verdy and Match 20 against Zweigen Kanazawa. In Match 21 against Albirex Niigata, Omiiya opened the match with a goal from FW Robin ŠIMOVIĆ, but Niigata came from behind and snatched away the victory. It was the first loss for Omiya in four months. In Match 22 against Kagoshima United FC, FW Juanma DELGADO contributed to the 6-0 shutout with a hat trick. Omiya gained three points and a great start to the second half of the season. After Match 22, with 10 wins, 9 draws and 3 losses and 39 points, Omiya is positioned at fourth place, only 1 point behind first place Kyoto Sanga F.C.
On Wednesday, July 3, Omiya played against Thespakusatsu Gunma in the second round of the Emperor’s Cup, winning 2-1 in overtime and advancing to the third round.
MF Ippei Shinozuka, who transferred from Yokohama F･Marinos, introduced himself to the Omiya supporters before the match against Kagoshima. Also, DF Keisuke Nishimura of Senshu University and Soya Takada from the Omiya Ardija U-18 team have been unofficially decided as additional reinforcements.
Omiya Ardija’s U18 team took part in the JFA U-18 Football Premier League 2019 East, playing four matches that ended in three losses and one draw. They were defeated 0-2 in Match 7 by Kashiwa Reysol, defeated again 2-4 in Match 8 by Shoshi High School, drew 0-0 with Shimizu S-Pulse in Match 9, and lost 0-1 to Kashima Antlers in Match 10. They are currently in fifth place with 12 points.
A home-game event involving the Ardija Soccer School students took place on Saturday, June 29, on the day of the match against Kanazawa. After the game festival that was organized on the pitch, the participating kids welcomed the players with a high five as they came on to the pitch to warm up before their match. They also served as escort kids and flag bearers, accompanying the players as they re-entered the pitch for the match. It was a great experience for them to feel up close the tension of the top team players as they prepared for the match. The day also celebrated this season’s second “Soccer School Students Root for the Team Day”. Despite the rainy weather, the soccer school students and coaches gathered at the stadium to support the top team with the Ardija chant.
The “6th Club House Orange Cube Open Day” was held on Sunday, June 23, featuring various events and a practice match by the top team. Some 2,716 visitors came and enjoyed the event with the players, who visited the booths and posed for photos with the fans.
“NTT docomo presents: The 12th Omiya Ardija Orange! Happy!! Smile Cup!!!” is taking place on July 7, July 15 and August 18. Organized every year since 2008, the event attracts football teams from special-needs schools all over Saitama Prefecture, and this year marks its 12th year. Some 21 teams participated in this year’s tournament. The two teams advancing to the final will play for the cup at NACK5 Stadium Omiya on Sunday, August 18, before Match 28 of the 2019 Meiji Yasuda J2 League between Omiya and Jef United Ichihara Chiba.