The Top Team
The 2020 Meiji Yasuda J2 League season kicked off on Sunday, February 23, and Omiya Ardija played an away match against Mito Hollyhock. Omiya resisted Mito’s powerful force and gained a goal in the first half. FW Takamitsu Tomiyama came on to the pitch in the second half and scored the deciding goal, giving Omiya a 2-1 victory.
The next match against Tokushima Vortis was to take place on February 29 as the home-game opener, but the match was postponed because of the COVID-19 virus. It was decided shortly after that all J.League matches would be postponed until the end of March. The team has since been training and preparing for the day that the league matches are resumed.
Meanwhile, the “Ardija Remote Fun Service by MC Tatsu” was held on Sunday, March 8. Shunsuke Kikuchi and Atsushi Kurokawa from the top team participated in the event hosted by MC Tatsu, and they responded to the questions from the supporters. Some 7,000 fans and supporters tuned in to the 30-minute live streaming of the event.
Jones Rei, member of Omiya Ardija’s U18 team, was registered to the top team and will now be able to play in official J.League matches.
With almost all of the schools shut down due to the COVID-19 virus, the U12, U15 and U18 Academy teams have suspended all activities until the end of March.
Because of the impact of the COVID-19 virus, the Omiya Ardija Soccer Schools have suspended all activities throughout the month of March. Consequently, the Omiya Ardija futsal court “Orange Court Stellartown” is also closed from March 1 – 31.
The joint promotional event “Battle of the Metropolitan Four: The Fourth Awakening” will be organized with three other clubs belonging to the Meiji Yasuda J2 League: Jef United Ichihara Chiba, Tokyo Verdy, and FC Machida Zelvia. The “Battle of the Metropolitan Four” event started in 2015 by Omiya Ardija, Jef United Ichihara Chiba, Tokyo Verdy and Yokohama FC. The 2020 edition marks the fourth time the event will be held. All participating clubs have a J1 license, and they will compete with each other through the season match-ups based on a pre-determined criteria to decide the winner among these Metropolitan Four clubs. Similar to last year, there will be a stamp rally as well as the very popular ‘battle between the mascots’.
The next generation communication technology will be installed at the home stadium, NACK5 Stadium Omiya, and will be made available to the public this season. The system will enable high-capacity data transmission, offering high-speed internet connection suitable for watching videos. The data transmission speed will be doubled from last year’s level, and users will be able to enjoy a stable internet connection regardless of the time of the day.