The Top Team
With only one win between Match 9 and 19 of the Meiji Yasuda J2 League, Omiya Ardija stands 13 points behind the club in the position to be promoted to J1. The second half of the season begins from September 26, so let’s hope Omiya will improve their standing.
Meanwhile, Keisuke Oyama’s super long shot scored during the August 12 match against Jubilo Iwata was selected as J2’s Best Goal of the Month for August.
Official matches for the youth teams have been put off for quite a while because of the coronavirus outbreak, but the long-awaited Prince Takamado Trophy JFA U-18 Football Premier League 2020 Kanto Region and the 14th Kanto Youth (U-15) Football League finally kicked off.
A “Support Sign Language Day” event was carried out on the September 5 match day against Fagiano Okayama. The event has been organized since 2006 to encourage everyone, whether they have an impairment or not, to enjoy sports together and to use sign language to express their support toward Omiya Ardija. The event slogan implies that normalization should be observed when supporting your football team. “Support Sign Language Day” is one of the club’s major social activities, and the 2020 season marked the twelfth time it took place. “Support Sign Language Day” received the Social Challenger Award at the 2020 J.League ‘Sharen’ Awards, which recognize the most challenging social activity carried out by J.League clubs in their hometowns. Omiya Ardija also received the largest number of votes from the general public. Hiromi Hara, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the J.League, conducted a ceremony before the match kicked off.
Omiya Ardija donated \787,164 to Saitama Prefecture to support medical staff working on the front line. The donation contains 10 percent of the proceeds (as of the end of August) from sales of masks featuring an original design. The first sales period started on June 12 and the second on July 24. The donation will be channeled through the “Anti-Coronavirus Foundation” and will fund projects to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Hitoshi Yamano, manager of the Department of Citizens’ Living at the Saitama Prefectural Government, commented: “Omiya Ardija is taking all necessary measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and their fans and supporters who come to the stadium also observe all the rules. They provide a safe and secure environment, and we are pleased to work together with the leading company of anti-coronavirus measures to overcome the pandemic.”
Players who will participate in the “JAPAN eSPORTS GRAND PRIX” organized by the Japan eSports Union were selected on September 18. Representing Omiya Ardija are former Ardija player, Daigo Watanabe, who will also serve as head coach; Marsan, who has a professional license; and Ishimitsu, who won the qualifying round. They will be competing for a place on the Japan national team.