The Top Team
In the season match-ups, Omiya Ardija played against Kyoto Sanga F.C. on September 26. Coming from behind with a two-goal disadvantage, Omiya scored four goals and captured an astonishing victory. In the following match against Mito Hollyhock, Omiya came from behind again and scored the winning goal just before the ending whistle. The last time Omiya won two matches in a row was at the end of July. The victories were followed by Omiya suffering four matches without a victory and lingering at 16th place in the rankings.
Starting with the October 25 match against Matsumoto Yamaga FC, visiting team supporters were admitted into the stadium. Omiya Ardija supporters were able to attend the away match for the first time since the season’s opening match in February.
Masayuki Yamada transferred from FC Tokyo on October 20 on a limited period contract. Yamada stands at 186cm and plays center back. He will wear the number 43.
Omiya Ardija was issued a “J1 Club License for the 2021 Season” from the club license issuing body, the First-Instance Body (FIB).
Omiya Ardija’s U18 players, Tomoya Osawa and Masaya Shibayama, will be promoted to the top team next season. Commented Osawa: “I’ve been with Omiya Ardija since I was in fourth grade, and I’m very happy to finally be playing as a professional player.” Shibayama commented: “I’ll work hard to give smaller players hope, do my best to contribute to the team, and try to please the fans and supporters.”
Omiya Ardija will establish a women’s football team and will enter the “Women Empowerment League”, the first Japanese professional football league for women that will be launched in the autumn of 2021. The league’s nickname “WE League” stands for the objective “to use women’s sport and football as a driving force to contribute to the development and creation of a society that embraces diverse dreams and lives and where everyone shines”. The establishment of the WE League opens the door to a career as a “professional female football player”. The naming “WE” is also a reminder that this new league is committed to creating a society where WE all play an important part, especially those who are involved with the league.
Omiya Ardija’s president, Masashi Mori, gave a statement: “We thank all those who cooperated toward our entry to the women’s professional football league, the WE League. We will continue to make our best efforts to achieve our objective to contribute to the creation of a society where people can share their dreams and emotions and to help develop a better local community for all.” Ardija Total Advisor, Norio Sasaki, added, “I am thrilled that we will be able to give women players who want to play for Omiya Ardija a chance to realize their dreams. I hope we continue to grow as a club and provide opportunities where women can show their abilities and shine.”