The Top Team
Because of a string of injured players, the Omiya Ardija top team signed Ryota Aoki from Nagoya Grampus on a temporary transfer on October 23. Also registered to the top team were Tomoya Osawa and Masaya Shibayama of the Ardija U18 team, who are due to join the top team next season. In addition, returning to Omiya form a temporary transfer were Kazuma Takayama (from Montedio Yamagata) and Kento Kawata (from AC Nagano Parceiro).
Omiya played a Meiji Yasuda J2 League match away on November 4 against Giravanz Kitakyushu and gained a victory, but couldn’t add any points in the matches that followed until they won at home against Zweigen Kanazawa on November 15. Because of the results of the other J2 League match-ups, Omiya’s hopes of a promotion to J1 slipped away. After the November 15 match, Masashi Mori, President of Omiya Ardija, made a statement on the official club website: “This season we pledged to win the J2 League title and return to J1. However, with eight more matches still remaining, we are in 16th place with 11 wins, 14 losses, and 9 draws. I feel very responsible for disappointing our supporters. I would appreciate your support till the end of this season.”
Omiiya Ardija’s U18 team participated in the knock-out stage of the 44th Japan Club Youth Football Championship (U-18), Kanto Regional Touranament, beating Kashima Antlers Youth 2-1 and winning a place in the national tournament scheduled for December.
Meanwhile, the U15 team played Maebashi FC in the final match of the Prince Takamado Trophy JFA 32nd U-15 Japan Football Championship, Kanto Regional Tournament, in which the winner would advance to the national tournament. There was no winner after extended time, and the match went into a penalty shoot-out. Omiya prevailed and will be playing in the final tournament in December.
Ardija’s U15 team advanced to the semifinals of the JFA 44th U-12 Japan Football Championship, Saitama Prefectural Tournament. With two more victories, they will also be in the national tournament.
On the occasion of Omiya Ardija joining the WE League, Ardija President Mori paid a courtesy visit to Saitama Governor Motohiro Ohno and Saitama Mayor Hayato Shimizu on November 2. President Mori met Governor Ohno together with Urawa Reds President Yoichi Tachibana, Chifure AS Elfen Saitama Chairman Satoshi Miyauchi, and WE League Chairperson Kikuko Okajima, and he went to the office of Mayor Shimizu with President Tachibana and Chairperson Okajima to inform them about the WE League participation.
As part of the “Sharen!” (coordinated social activities) promoted by the J.League, Omiya Ardija and local businesses organized a community project, “Ardija Terrace @Omiya Ichibangai”, to support the ‘cafeteria for children’ service aimed at providing meals to children. The club collaborated with local businesses to open a special cafeteria at the Omiya Ichibangai shopping district, and also invited 50 pairs of 100 people from the Saitama City residents who use the local ‘cafeteria for children’ to Ardija’s home match against Zweigen Kanazawa.