The Top Team
After beating V-Varen Nagasaki in Match 5 of the season, Omiya Ardija’s top team suffered consecutive losses, lingering at the lower ranks with 2 wins, 4 defeats, and 2 draws after Match 8. The match schedule for the Emperor’s Cup JFA 101st Japan Football Championship was announced, and Omiya Ardija will play their first match from the second round on June 9 against JEF United Ichihara Chiba at the opponent’s home ground.
Two players from Omiya Ardija Ventus, Aya Sameshima and Hannah Stambaugh, were selected to Nadeshiko Japan (the Japan women’s national team) and took part in the international friendly matches that were held in April. Nadeshiko Japan played Paraguay and Panama, and won both matches.
Omiya Ardija’s U18 members, Toshihiro Wakui, Haruki Ozawa, and Hiroki Maezawa, were chosen to participate in the U-17 national team training camp.
Official matches for all age groups kicked off. The U15 team is participating in the Kanto Youth (U-15) Football League’s top league, and the U18 is playing in the Prince Takamado Trophy JFA U-18 Football Premier League 2021 East.
On March 27, before Match 5 of the Meiji Yasuda J2 League against V-Varen Nagasaki, the “Soccer School Graduation Ceremony for Fiscal Year 2020” was held for the sixth graders graduating from the Omiya Ardija Soccer School at the end of March. Before the graduation ceremony, a pitch event titled “Game Festival” was organized for the sixth graders. A total of 109 sixth graders from 13 soccer schools attended the graduation ceremony. They received their diploma and a ‘kizuna’ card inscribed with the message, “Together, toward the future.” Ardija’s Masahito Ono, who is a former member of the soccer school, delivered a video message to congratulate the graduates.
The Aeon Omiya Soccer School will open in May 2021 at Fut Messe in Kita-ku, Saitama City. In addition, a short-term soccer clinic called “TIPS Course,” which focuses solely on brushing up football techniques and provides lessons in line with Omiya Ardija’s development program, will be launched for fifth and sixth grade students. “TIPS” is a player evaluation system adopted by the Omiya Ardija Academy, and it also stands for the various ‘hints’ to solve the many challenges the players experience on the pitch. Based on Omiya Ardija’s TIPS coaching system, the clinic will offer hints and advice to solve problems and develop the skills of the players.
From April 2, fans can place in-store orders to have their name and number added to Ardija’s 2021 season replica uniform.