The Top Team
Omiya Ardija played five matches during the Golden Weed holidays and finished with the best record among all the J2 league clubs with 4 wins and 1 draw, including three consecutive shutout victories. Ardija then drew 1-1 in the first match after the holidays played at home against the league’s top runner, Jubilo Iwata. With no defeats in the past seven matches, Ardija stands at fourth place in the league after Match 14.
At the individual level, Kazuma Takayama, who was called to the J.League U-22 Selection, played two full matches as left side back in Match 10 against Nagano Parceiro (a 0-2 loss) and Match 12 against Fukushima United FC (a 4-1 win).
At the youth level, FW Kento Kawata, MF Atsushi Kurokawa, and FW Takumu Fujinuma gained dual team registration and will now be able to play in regular J.League matches.
This season is the first for the Omiya Ardija Youth team to participate in the Prince Takamado Trophy All Japan Youth (U-18) Premier Football League EAST, the top league of this generation. Ardija Youth has been surpassing its opponents in ball possession in most of the matches and after six matches has a record of 2 wins and 4 ties and is in fourth place. FW Atsushi Kurokawa has been added to the U-18 Japan National Team, which will go on tour to South Korea from May 18 to 21.
The Omiya Ardija Junior Youth team is participating in the 2015 Kanto Youth (U-15) Soccer League 1st Division. In Match 13 against FC Tokyo U-15 Musashi, Ardija Junior Youth won 3-1 and recovered to an even record of 5 wins, 5 losses, and 2 ties with one match remaining.
On May 4 Omiya Ardija Soccer School and FC Tokyo Soccer School organized a match fielding fourth graders at the Ajinomoto Stadium West Field. 38 members from Omiya participated and demonstrated their football skills they learned and brushed up on at the soccer school.
A special home game event exclusively for the soccer school students was held prior to kickoff at the top team matches against Ehime FC and Giravanz Kitakyushu. 82 fifth and sixth graders took part on the day of the Ehime match, while 108 first and second graders participated in the event before the Kitakyushu match, and they all had a great day running on the pitch at NACK5 Stadium Omiya.
During the period of April 23 to May 15, a school caravan event was carried out at eight kindergartens and nursery schools in Saitama City.
The 2015 Half Season Tickets went on sale from May 16. Ten home game matches, starting from Match 23 against Fagiano Okayama to Match 41 against Oita Trinita, is available at a special price.
Omiya Ardija and the Omiya Rotary Club jointly organized the 7th Eco Ball Project: “Let’s Give Away Soccer Balls to Kids in Brazil!” on May 10 at NACK5 Stadium Omiya. Carlinhos, Tomonobu Yokoyama, and Jin Izumisawa joined 147 children to clean and shine soccer balls, which will then be sent to underprivileged children in Brazil.
On May 7 a “Stretching Exercise Class for the Elderly” was held at the Mihashi Community Center in Saitama City. It was the second time this exercise class this year. Thirty participants took part and followed the instructions of the Omiya Ardija trainer as they energetically exercised for an hour and a half.