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Vegalta Sendai takes down Michinoku Derby to advance to Final of the 98th Emperor's Cup #football #

06/12/2018, Japan, Soccer, Japan Football Association, Article # 28257408

The two Michinoku-region sides, J1 Vegalta Sendai and J2 Montedio Yamagata, clashed in the semi-finals of the Emperor's Cup JFA 98th Japan Football Championship on Wednesday 5 December. It was the Sendai side who prevailed in the Michinoku Derby after a close match that went 3-2 and booked their spot into the final for the first time. Coach WATANABE Susumu expressed his enthusiasm ahead of the final, “Grabbing a win at this derby will give us great confidence and we will fight in behalf of the Yamagata side to bring back our first title.”

In the early minutes of the match, Sendai took the initiative with their swift and collective approach to the ball, while initiating their attacks from the flanks. The opening goal came in the 14th minute when GERMAIN Ryo converted the delivery from NAKANO Yoshihiro with a superb left-footed volley. Sendai continued pressing forward as YAJIMA Shinya captured their second goal from a shot from distance, just four minutes following their opener.

Although Yamagata was forced to be in the defensive end for a while, they struck back when SAKANO Toyofumi headed home a cross delivered by KUMAMOTO Yuta to cut their deficit in half. The two sides exchanged a goal apiece in the remaining minutes of the first half to enter halftime with a one goal difference.

The second half saw the trailing Yamagata side rallying back in efforts to level the match. The J2 side created opportunities from MIKI Kai’s cross and set-pieces to capture the equaliser but fell short from finding the net. While this match was Yamagata’s first match in half a month, Sendai entered the match with just three-days rest, but the J1 side showed great persistence to keep their lead intact. After getting himself involved in all three goals, Germain shared his aspiration ahead of the final, “We will give our very best to take down the title.”

After making an incredible run by defeating multiple J1 teams such as Kashiwa Reysol, FC Tokyo, and Kawasaki Frontale, Yamagata failed to advance to their first Emperor’s Cup final since the 94th tournament where they finished as the runners-up. Coach KIYAMA Takashi regretted the goals conceded in the early minutes of the match, “We struggled to keep up with our opponents’ speed and techniques at the beginning of the match. It took us too long to get used to it.”

Coaches and Players' Comments

WATANABE Susumu, Coach (Vegalta Sendai)
We managed to attack with great intention and score goals in the early minutes of the match. Ideally, we wanted to score the third goal before our opponents scored a goal, which would have allowed us to take control of the match with a firmer grip. The closing minutes of the match saw the Yamagata side rallying back while our side showed fatigues from the tight match schedule. We might have showed many flaws and lacked quality in the final third, but we managed to end up as the winners. This derby win will give us great confidence moving forward and we will continue to work hard to fight in behalf of the Yamagata side and take back the title.

FW #19 GERMAIN Ryo (Vegalta Sendai)
I really wanted to advance to the final, so I was fully focused on how to contribute to the team. As a result, I managed to get myself involved in the three goals score by our side. When I scored the goal, Nakano delivered the cross exactly where I wanted so I took a step back and struck the ball with my left foot. It came right after a potential goal was erased from us, but we managed to keep our composure and kept on attacking despite the turn of an event.

KIYAMA Takashi, Coach (Montedio Yamagata)
We struggled to keep up with our opponents’ speed and techniques at the beginning of the match. It took us a while to adjust to them and as a result conceded goals to put ourselves in a tough spot. But the fact that we managed to end the first half with a score of 3-2 gave us hope for the second half. We showed great intensity in the early minutes of the second half but came short from equalising the match and Sendai did well to utilise the time effectively towards the end. I told my players not to forget this bitterness and to feed off of this experience to improve themselves. We will now regroup and strive to get promoted to the J1.

DF #3 KURIYAMA Naoki (Montedio Yamagata)
It took us 35 minutes to make the adjustments and put up an equal fight against our opponents today. We failed to match our opponents’ techniques and height until we conceded three goals. It felt like we were forced to cover such a huge area per player and we couldn’t really showcase our team’s colour. I just can’t help myself thinking that, if we could have done a better job during that stretch. But even so, the outcome would have been different if we could have scored in the second half when we had control of the match.

【1st Round】Sat. 26, Sun. 27 May
【2nd Round】Wed. 6 June
【3rd Round】Wed. 11 July
【Round of 16】Wed. 22 August (Reserve date Wed. 26 September)
【Quarterfinals】Wed. 24 October, Wed. 21 November
【Semi-final】Sun. 16 December
【Final】Mon. 24 December

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U-19 Japan Futsal National Team qualify for AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019 with close victory ove

U-19 Japan Futsal National Team qualify for AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019 with close victory ove

04/12/2018, Japan, Soccer, Japan Football Association, Article # 28257409

AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019 Qualifiers vs U-19 Hong Kong Futsal National Team
Mon. 3 December 2018 Kick-off 13:00 (Local time) Match Duration 40mins (20mins x2)
Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

U-19 Japan Futsal National Team 4-2 (2-0, 2-2) U-19 Hong Kong Futsal National Team

Scores
7' OTSUKA Hiroto (U-19 Japan Futsal National Team)
20' YAMADA Jiei (U-19 Japan Futsal National Team)
21' goal against
26' goal against
27' OTSUKA Hiroto (U-19 Japan Futsal National Team)
39' YAMADA Jiei (U-19 Japan Futsal National Team)

Starting Line-up
GK: TABUCHI Hiroshi
FP: HATAKEYAMA Yuki, OSAWA Masashi, TAKAHASHI Yudai, MORI Gensuke

Reserves
GK: INANO Shin
FP: KIMURA Yuta, YAMADA Jiei, HAGIWARA Manatsu, MOTOISHI Takehiro, YAMADA Kaito, OTSUKA Hiroto, HASHIMOTO Reira, IGUCHI Rintaro

Match Report

On Monday 3 December, the U-19 Japan Futsal National Team played their second match of the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019 Qualifiers against the U-19 Hong Kong Futsal National Team.

Japan had beaten Macau in their first match and they were in position to win out of the qualifiers with a draw or better in this match. Prior to the match, Japan’s Coach SUZUKI sent off the players by saying, “There may be times where the opponents will take control of the match, but you must keep your composure and anticipate for the opportunities. Let’s beat Hong Kong and get through the qualifiers.”

Carrying their momentum from their sweeping victory over Macau on the day before, Hong Kong showed great aggression to deny Japan from creating opportunities in the early minutes of the match. However, in the seventh minute, Japan opened the scoring when OTSUKA Hiroto, who scored a hat-trick in the previous match, captured the goal. Another player who recorded a hat-trick in their earlier match, YAMADA Jiei, extended the Japanese lead at the end of the first half, making the score 2-0 at half time.

The Hong Kong side who had to win in order to advance to the Championship, rallied back in the second half. At the start of the second half, they managed to cut the deficit in half by scoring from a freekick. Now with the momentum on their side, Hong Kong equalised the match just five minutes later, levelling the score line at 2-2.

The second goal brought great joy to the Hong Kong side, however, Japan managed to keep their composure. Just a minute following the equaliser, Otsuka captured his second goal of the match to put Japan ahead once again. The match would enter a deadlock from there, but with their back against the wall, Hong Kong started to lose their composure and made numbers of unforced errors. Following a four-second violation committed by the opposing goalkeeper, Yamada sealed the deal by scoring the fourth goal off an indirect freekick. The match ended with a final score of 4-2 and gave Japan the ticket to the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019.

The Japan Futsal National Team successfully won through the qualifiers, and a warm round of applause was given to the Japanese players after the match.

Coach and Players' Comments

SUZUKI Ryuji, Coach
We have just qualified for the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the players, staffs, and all the supporters of the U-19 Japan Futsal National Team. We will keep working hard to prepare for this competition which will take place next June.

FP #8 HASHIMOTO Reira (Okayama Sakuyo High School)
Today we qualified for the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019 by beating Hong Kong. We have limited time before the championship, but I will work on my weak points and try to improve myself ahead of the tournament so that I can get called up to the team again.

FP #10 YAMADA Kaito (Agleymina Hamamatsu)
I am relieved to qualify for the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019 by winning these two matches. We faced some difficult stretches, but we fought hard as a team and managed to earn the wins. Ahead of the tournament, I will work to develop my individual level so that I can get selected into the squad again. I will like to thank everyone who has travelled all the way to support us and everybody who were cheering for us from Japan.

FP #12 KIMURA Yuta (Espolada Hokkaido)
We have won the match against Hong Kong and qualified for the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019. Thank you very much for your support. Unlike the previous match, we faced some difficult times as our opponents took control of the match for some stints. But we managed to stay patient and defend through those tough stretches, and ultimately that has given us this victory. Once I return to my club, I will keep working hard so that I can be called up to the national team at the championship.

FP #13 OTSUKA Hiroto (Yaita Chuo High School)
It was a very difficult match, but I am glad we managed to fight as a team and earn the victory. We still have many things to work on both as a team and as individuals, so once we all return to our country, we must all work hard to improve ourselves. I will give my best to return to this team for of the championship.

FP #14 YAMADA Jiei (Lido di Ostia/Italy)
Despite facing some difficult times, I am happy that we managed to go through the qualifiers by beating Hong Kong. Once I return to my team in Italy, I will continue to work hard so that I can be selected by the national team again.

Schedule

AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019 Qualifiers
Sat. 1 December 18-0 1st Match vs. U-19 Macau Futsal National Team
(Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex)
Sun. 2 December TBC Training
Mon. 3 December 4-2 2nd Match vs U-19 Hong Kong Futsal National Team
(Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex)

*Local time
*The schedule is subject to change due to the team condition, the weather, etc.



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After securing their league title the day before, Kashima draws with Toyama Daiichi at the 17th Sec.

After securing their league title the day before, Kashima draws with Toyama Daiichi at the 17th Sec.

03/12/2018, Japan, Soccer, Japan Football Association, Article # 28257410

Pick-up Match

Kashima Antlers Youth 1-1 (0-1, 1-0) Toyama Daiichi High School

The 17th Sec. of the Prince Takamado Trophy JFA U-18 Football Premier League EAST took place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December where the first place Kashima Antlers Youth (Ibaraki) faced the 10th place Toyama Daiichi High School (Toyama).

With the league’s second place team, Aomori Yamada High School (Aomori) dropping their match against Shimizu S-pulse Youth (Shizuoka) on the day before, Kashima has already locked up the league title prior to their own match. As Coach KUMAGAI Koji described, “We knew this was going to be a tough match,” the situation made it difficult for the Kashima side to maintain their motivation ahead of the match.

Kashima’s midfielder MAEDA Taira (#10) later reflected on how they entered the match, “We knew Toyama Daiichi was coming to attack from the beginning, but we lacked intensity to start the match.” Kashima seemingly lacked concentration in the early minutes of the match, as they made uncharacteristic mistakes. In the 18th minute, Toyama Daiichi’s forward KOMORI Hiro (#10) forced a turnover deep in the Kashima territory and capitalised the opportunity to strike the opening goal.

With momentum on their side, Toyama Daiichi took the initiative of the match as they showcased great transitions between their defence and offence. Despite the team being set for relegation for the next season, Toyama Daiichi displayed great efforts throughout the match. Kashima came up with their first major chance in the 45th minute, but SASAKI Shogo’s (#7) long range effort was denied by the opposing defender.

During halftime, Kashima brought in two new players to make the adjustments. The league champs shifted their positions to utilise the width of the field and created opportunities to rally back. Chances were created by their set-pieces, but Toyama Daiichi responded well to deny them from equalising the match.

In the 82nd minute, Kashima’s defender YUKI Masataka (#2) delivered a cross from the right flank allowing the second half substitute, SUGIYAMA Manato (#11) to capture the goal with his header. With the scores levelled, Kashima attacked fiercely in the remaining minutes of the match to take the lead, but Toyama Daiichi did well to deflect the attacks, as the match ended with a final score of 1-1.

Following the match, Kashima’s Coach Kumagai mentioned that he gave a pep-talk to his players regarding the result of the match, but at the same time praised the players for their season long efforts, “We entered the season with a goal to avoid relegation, but the players did very well throughout the season.”

Kashima will now play in the Prince Takamado Trophy JFA U-18 Football Premier League Final, which will be held on Saturday 15 December at Saitama Stadium 2002. Ahead of the big match, Coach Kumagai stated, “We will prepare ourselves in the best way possible and leave no regrets at the match.”

Coaches and Players' Comments

KUMAGAI Koji, Coach (Kashima Antlers Youth)
Compared to the recent years, this year’s team featured many adventurous players and they showed great improvements in their mentality as the season progressed. The players were able to gain more and more confidence as we won more matches throughout the season. However, there were times where they were sitting on their laurels, so I hope today’s match has taught them a good lesson.

DF #7 SASAKI Shogo (Kashima Antlers Youth)
I was great that we won the title, but we wanted to earn the title with a victory. When we entered the league, our initial goal was to avoid relegation. I think the result came from us preparing and taking each match at a time. Our coach expects more from me, so I hope to contribute to the team’s victory in our final league match and the final.

MF #10 MAEDA Taira (Kashima Antlers Youth)
After being notified that we have won the title, we weren’t able to perform to our full potential. We saw similar situations throughout the season, and we must become mentally stronger so that we can play to the fullest under any given circumstances. In terms of football, there were many aspects the team lacked prior to the season, but we managed to improve ourselves gradually as we played the matches. This will be our final two matches wearing this uniform, so we will unite as a team and strive to earn victories in those matches.

OTSUKA Ichiro, Coach (Toyama Daiichi High School)
Despite this match coming after our relegation has already been determined, the players did well to reset their mind and fight through the match with great intention. Playing against the league champions at a wonderful stadium might have contributed to our motivation to play. The players did well to execute the game plan and the opening goal came from a play we were anticipating for. Although we conceded the equaliser in the second half, we were able to test out new players in the defence and allowed us to prepare ahead of the next match.

Results of other matches

FC Tokyo U-18 1-0 (1-0, 0-0) Ichiritsu Funabashi High School
Urawa Red Diamonds Youth 0-0 (0-0, 0-0) Kashiwa Reysol U-18
Ryutsukeizaidai Kashiwa High School 0-1 (0-0, 0-1) Jubilo Iwata U-18
Shimizu S-pulse Youth 2-1 (1-1, 1-0) Aomori Yamada High School

Second place Aomori Yamada High School (Aomori) suffered their first loss of the season as they dropped the away match against Shimizu S-pulse Youth (Shizuoka). As a result, Kashima locked up their league title prior to their match. The relegation battle will continue to the final Sec. as ninth place FC Tokyo U-18 (Tokyo) won over Ichiritsu Funabashi High School (Chiba). The match between Urawa Red Diamonds Youth (Saitama) and Kashiwa Reysol U-18 (Chiba) ended in a scoreless draw, while Jubilo Iwata U-18 (Shizuoka) won against Ryutsukeizaidai Kashiwa High School (Chiba).

Tournament Period:Sat. 7 April 2018 ~ Sun. 9 December 2018

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Vegalta Sendai Ladies advances to Quarterfinals of Empress's Cup JFA 40th Japan Women's Football Cha

Vegalta Sendai Ladies advances to Quarterfinals of Empress's Cup JFA 40th Japan Women's Football Cha

03/12/2018, Japan, Soccer, Japan Football Association, Article # 28257411

Pick-up Match 1

Cerezo Osaka Sakai Ladies (Nadeshiko Div.1/Osaka) 0-2 (0-1, 0-1) Mynavi Vegalta Sendai Ladies (Nadeshiko Div.1/Miyagi)

The two Nadeshiko Division 1 sides collided in the first match held at Hiroshima Koiki Park Football Stadium No.1, as Cerezo Osaka Sakai Ladies and Mynavi Vegalta Sendai Ladies faced each other. The two teams have played against each other four times this season, with Sendai taking the upper hand with a win and three draws.

The match saw the Osaka side controlling the ball possession with their quick ball movements. TANAKA Tomoko and MATSUBARA Shiho both made an attempt at goal but led by their goalkeeper SAITO Ayaka and the two centre halves, ICHISE Nana and SAKAI Yuki, the Sendai defence line defended well to keep the score line intact.

Vegalta on the other hand, initiated their attacks through the long balls delivered to their forward HAMADA Haruka to create opportunities. In the 25th minute, ONO Hitomi forced a turnover in the left side before passing the ball to NARA Misaki. Hamada responded to the early cross delivered by Nara and laid down the ball to allow Ono to strike the ball with her left foot, that captured the goal to give Sendai the lead.

The match entered into a deadlock for a while, but it was Cerezo who made the move to change the dynamics of the match. In the 71st minute, they shifted TAKARADA Saori to play upfront, while pressing up their goalkeeper to play higher to move the ball around. However, the Sendai defence line who made adjustments during halftime denied Cerezo from creating major opportunities.

Just as the match was about to finish, Sendai’s MIHASHI Mana converted a freekick with a header to double their lead and seal the match.

With the 2-0 victory, Sendai advanced to the quarterfinals where they will welcome the Nadeshiko League Champions, Nippon TV Beleza to their home stadium, Yurtec Stadium Sendai.

Pick-up Match 2

Nippatsu Yokohama FC Seagulls (Nadeshiko Div.2/Kanagawa) 0-2 (0-1, 0-1) Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies (Nadeshiko Div.1/Saitama)

The second match of the day featured a match between Nippatsu Yokohama FC Seagulls, who finished as the runners-up at the Nadeshiko League Division 2, and Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies who was fourth in Division 1.

It was the Yokohama side who created an opportunity first, as TACHIBANA Rei earned a corner kick after penetrating the right flank. The cross delivered by YAMAMOTO Emi came close to connecting a player in the box, but the Urawa defence line did well to deny the opportunity.

As Urawa’s KIRA Chinatsu later reflected, “Nippatsu has scored early in their previous match, so we focused on entering the match with high intensity to dominate the match from early on,” the Urawa side showcased an aggressive approach to threaten the Yokohama goal. Both SUGASAWA Yuika and OKUMA Rana made efforts to create opportunities, but Sugasawa’s shot was denied by the cross bar and came short from finding the back of the net.

The opening goal came in the 35th minute, when Sugasawa responded to a long ball delivered towards the box, as she raced to the ball ahead of the opposing goalkeeper and struck a header into the open net. Following their opening goal, Urawa showed great composure to dominate the match, but Yokohama showcased persistent efforts to keep the score line intact.

In efforts to score their second goal, Urawa brought in ENDO Yu in the 62nd minute to stimulate their offence. Just three minutes later, Endo was brought down in the box to earn a penalty kick, but Sugasawa failed to convert the spot kick.

Despite the missed attempt from the penalty spot, Urawa continued to attack with aggression and scored their second goal in the 78th minute when Kira struck a direct shot off a free kick to extend their lead. With the match ending with a final score of 2-0, Urawa advanced to the quarterfinals where AC Nagano Parceiro Ladies awaits.

Coach and Players' Comments

HAYASHI Honoka (Cerezo Osaka Sakai Ladies)
We entered the match with the intention to move the ball around from our own half and finish our plays with a shot. Despite taking control of the ball possession, we failed to create opportunities in the final third and finish with quality shots. Facing a team who defends with a block in the central area, we weren’t able to turn on our switch in critical situations and lost the battles to win the ball. This season, we faced many matches where we couldn’t pull off a win, but the team has managed to nurture a strong unity, and it means a lot for us that we were able to compete at division 1 this year.

HAMADA Haruka (Mynavi Vegalta Sendai Ladies)
There were plenty of space behind our opponent’s back, so I was anticipating to exploit that space when given the opportunity. When we scored the goal, (Nara) Misaki delivered a great ball into the space and (Ono) Hitomi made a great run. The goal was a result of a total effort made by everyone. I could have made it much easier for the team if I didn’t lose the ball too much while we had the 1-0 lead, so that’s something I must work on. In our next match, we will be facing Beleza, who we have not won against during the league action, but the match will be played at Yurtec Stadium and we’d have to win against them sooner or later as long as we are striving to win the tournament, so we will give our very best to win the match.

JINNO Takuya, Coach (Nippatsu Yokohama FC Seagulls)
We knew our opponents would take control of the ball possession, so we focused on our defence and tried to convert our few chances. We told each other to stay aggressive even when we are in the defensive end, but we were forced to play deep in our territory and failed to initiate quick transitions. We have to admit that it was a complete loss. The Reds’ forwards showcased great strengths and speed. It has given us a great opportunity to experience the speed of a division 1 side, so it should help us in our play-off match scheduled next week.

SUGASAWA Yuika (Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies)
We managed to score at a crucial moment of the match, maintain a clean sheet, and capture a late goal to extend the lead and win the match, so that was good for us. (Regarding her fourth goal of the tournament) My teammates are providing me with great passes, so I just had to stay composed and convert them. I have been able to collect the ball upfront and get myself involved in many of our goals this season, so I will continue to showcase my strengths at this final tournament of the year as well. We will give our best and prepare ourselves in the best way possible ahead of the quarterfinals.

Empress’s Cup JFA 40th Japan Women’s Football Championship

Tournament Dates:Sat. 3 November 2018 - Tue. 1 January 2019
【1st Round】Sat. 3 & Sun. 4 November 2018
【2nd Round】Sat. 24 & Sun. 25 November 2018
【3rd Round】Sat. 1 & Sun. 2 December 2018
【Quarterfinals】Sat. 22 December 2018
【Semi-Finals】Sat. 29 December 2018
【Final】Tue. 1 January 2019

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Nagoya scores 4 goals in win over league leader Kyoto to stay in contention for the league title at

Nagoya scores 4 goals in win over league leader Kyoto to stay in contention for the league title at

03/12/2018, Japan, Soccer, Japan Football Association, Article # 28257412

Pick-up Match

Kyoto Sanga F.C. U-18 0-4 (0-1, 0-3) Nagoya Grampus U-18

On Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December, the 17th Sec. of the Prince Takamado Trophy JFA U-18 Football Premier League took place. In the WEST division, the league leaders Kyoto Sanga F.C. U-18 (Kyoto) squared off against Nagoya Grampus U-18 (Aichi).

Depending on the results of the other matches played in the league, Kyoto Sanga F.C. U-18 was in position to potentially win the title with a victory in their final home match which attracted over 500 spectators. While Kyoto’s KOZUKI Soichiro (#14) reflected that, “We knew the league title was on the line, so we were really feeling the pressure,” Coach KOGA Satoshi of Nagoya Grampus U-18 on the other hand described their approach towards the match, “We had to win in order to keep our title hopes alive. We wanted to win the match while scoring as many goals possible.” The coach’s intention was well conveyed to his players as Nagoya struck the goal first in the 10th minute, when TANABE Kohei (#14) provided the final pass to MASUI Ken (#20) who scored with a lobbing shot.

Following the opening goal, it was the Kyoto side who took control of the match as they utilised their speed to exploit the open space and initiate their attacks. However, as Nagoya’s SUMI Seiga (#30) reflected, “We knew from our scouting that their #9 (HATTORI Kohei) has great speed, so we kept talking to each other to respond accordingly,” the Nagoya defence line showcased solid efforts to deny the league leaders from taking shots. In midfield, Tanabe displayed a superb effort to keep the key players from the Kyoto side from creating opportunities, as he mentioned after the match, “After playing with (FUKUOKA) Shinpei at the SBS Cup in August, I really thought he is a good player, and I was looking forward to playing against him.” With their collective efforts, Nagoya managed to contain the home side from finding the net and entered halftime with a one goal lead.

As Tanabe later shared that, “Our coach told us to win the match 5-0,” the Nagoya side picked up their pace in the second half to take over the match. Led by their forward SAKAKIBARA Kyota (#27), who showcased his speed and techniques in the right flank, the strengths of the Nagoya offence line were on full display. In the 67th minute, SUGAWARA Yukinari (#7) delivered a long ball from the defence line to allow MATSUOKA Jhonattan (#10) to take on the goalkeeper one-on-one and convert the opportunity with ease. Just five minutes later, Matsuoka responded to a deflection created by a shot taken by Sakakibara and converted the ball into the net to mark his second goal of the match. In the 78th minute, FUJII Haruya (#3) capitalised on a corner kick with a header to extend their lead to four goals.

Coaches and Players' Comments

YAMASHITA Hiroki, Coach (Kyoto Sanga F.C. U-18)
With many people coming to watch our final home game, we really wanted to share the joy of victory with everyone, but it turned out in an unfortunate result. We couldn’t find our rhythm in the first half and allowed our opponents to take over the match. Including the opening goal, we gave up goals too easily, so those are some aspects we must fix ahead of our next match. I hope the players will feed off of this loss and strive to improve their performance. This loss has made the equation simple for us, as a win against Hiroshima in our final Sec. will give us the title, so we will prepare ourselves ahead of the match.

MF #14 KOZUKI Soichiro (Kyoto Sanga F.C. U-18)
We usually initiate our attacks from the central area and create opportunities with our flank players facing forward, but today we couldn’t control the ball well at the central area. As a result, we kept on dumping long balls to the open space and our offence lacked variations. On the other hand, Grampus kept on moving the ball around and forced us to play defensively. Even when we had possession of the ball, we didn’t have enough players upfront and couldn’t get anything going. This was a very tough match, as we couldn’t find our rhythm in the entire 90 minutes.

KOGA Satoshi, Coach (Nagoya Grampus U-18)
We had to spend a lot of time in defence, but we managed to build up our attacks from the defence line and create enough spaces to launch our attacks. Our goals came from fast breaks, but that was a result of us staying patient in defence while creating enough opportunities to create our attacks. I feel like the players were able to showcase the fundamental aspects of what we have been working on in our daily trainings. We will continue to play our football and strive to win the final match with a score of 5-0. We will be aggressive and penetrate the penalty area as much as possible.

DF #30 SUMI Seiga (Nagoya Grampus U-18)
We were still in contention to win the title, so we entered the match with the intention to win the match what ever it took and take down the title. We came short from scoring one more goal and win the match in our previous Sec., so we were committed to score many goals today. After scoring the opening goal in the first half, we told each other to ride the momentum in the second half. As a result, we managed to score our second goal in a good shape and picked up more pace. We have been training with a higher standard, and that has really shown in the match today. Our fate depends on the results of the other matches, but we are still in contention to win the title, so we will prepare ourselves well to win our match next week.

Results of other matches

Hannan University Senior High School 3-1 (1-0, 2-1) Cerezo Osaka U-18
Vissel Kobe U-18 2-3 (1-1, 1-2) Gamba Osaka Youth
Higashi Fukuoka High School 3-0 (0-0, 3-0) Yonago Kita High School
Sanfrecce Hiroshima F.C Youth 3-0 (1-0, 2-0) Avispa Fukuoka U-18

Hannan University Senior High School (Osaka) welcomed Cerezo Osaka U-18 (Osaka) at home and won the match 3-1. Vissel Kobe U-18 (Hyogo) and Gamba Osaka Youth (Osaka) exchanged multiple goals, but it was Gamba’s goal in additional minutes that decided the winner. In the match between the two high school sides, Higashi Fukuoka High School (Fukuoka) came out victorious as they scored three goals against Yonago Kita High School (Tottori). Sanfrecce Hiroshima F.C Youth (Hiroshima) also won their match 3-0 against Avispa Fukuoka U-18 (Fukuoka).

WEST Sec. 17 Highlights

Tournament Period:Sat. 7 April 2018 ~ Sun. 9 December 2018

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Regional Representative puts up a great fight against a Nadeshiko Division 1 side at Empress's Cup J

Regional Representative puts up a great fight against a Nadeshiko Division 1 side at Empress's Cup J

02/12/2018, Japan, Soccer, Japan Football Association, Article # 28257413

Pick-up Match 1

AC Nagano Parceiro Ladies (Nadeshiko Div.1/Nagano) 1-0 (1-0, 0-0) Tokiwagi Gakuen High School (Tohoku/Miyagi)

The first match held in Hiroshima Koiki Park Football Stadium No.1 saw Nadeshiko Division 1 side, AC Nagano Parceiro Ladies face this year’s Inter High School Championships winner, Tokiwagi Gakuen High School. The two teams have faced each other in the third round of last year’s Empress's Cup, where the Nagano side won with a score of 3-0.

AC Nagano started off the match by pressing hard in offence as TAKIKAWA Yume, who played for Tokiwagi in last year’s match, pressured her former team from the front line. However, as Tokiwagi’s IMAI Yuka mentioned that “We knew their characteristics,” the high-school champions did well to block off the attacks initiated by AC Nagano.

The deadlock was broken in the 36th minute, when Takikawa redirected the long feed delivered by their goalkeeper IKEGAYA Natsumi to allow KANDA Wakaho to tap in the ball into the net. Nagano’s Coach HONDA Midori reflected on the opening goal, “We have been training to make long runs. While we lacked creativity in front of the opposing goal, (Kanda) Wakaho made a great run to change the dynamics of the match.”

With a goal lead, AC Nagano brought in YOKOYAMA Kumi in the second half to apply more pressure upfront. Yokoyama created an opportunity at the beginning of the second half as she dribbled through the field before firing a powerful shot, but her effort failed to capture the target.

Despite their intention to rally back, Tokiwagi struggled to pick up their pace in offence as they were forced to retreat deep in their territory. In the 76th minute, NAKAMURA Emi forced a turnover deep in the opposing end, but her attempt at goal came short from finding the back of the net.

The two sides fought hard until the end, but the score-line remained the same as the final whistle blew, handing AC Nagano the ticket into the quarterfinals.

Pick-up Match 2

Teikyo Heisei University (Kanto/Chiba)0-1 (0-1, 0-0) JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies (Nadeshiko Div.1/Chiba)

The second match saw the two Chiba sides clash as Teikyo Heisei University and JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies squared off against each other.

It was JEF United who took the initiative of this match, as they created multiple opportunities within the first 10 minutes of the match to threaten the Teikyo Heisei goal.

With momentum on their side, JEF United captured the opening goal in the 37th minute, when UENO Saki struck a powerful left footed shot, as she later reflected, “It felt so good.”

The JEF side rode the momentum throughout the first half as they recorded a total of 10 shots just within the half. However, they came short from further extending their lead, as the match entered halftime with a score of 1-0.

The Teikyo Heisei side who has captured a sensational come from behind victory in the second round, started to build their momentum in the second half. From their collective effort in defence, the university side created opportunities from their long-balls delivered in the flanks as IMADA Sara and OTAKE Mayu made runs to threaten the JEF United goal. In the 57th minute, Imada tried a lobbing shot at goal, while Otake had a golden opportunity in the 73rd, but they failed to capture the goal.

Despite their efforts, Teikyo Heisei came short from duplicating the heroics they created in the second round.

Coaches and Players' Comments

TAKIKAWA Yume (AC Nagano Parceiro Ladies)
I have swapped my position from last year and facing my former teammates and Coach Abe has given me an extra motivation to play well. Tokiwagi has become a much better team than I have imagined, and I personally might have gotten carried away a little, but I am glad our team managed to win. I played through the competition of Nadeshiko Division 1 this year, and I wanted to showcase my ability to create opportunities even under intense pressure, but today I wasn’t able to play to my fullest. Each match will present us with a tough challenge, so we will reset our mind to play well in our next match.

ABE Yoshiharu, Coach (Tokiwagi Gakuen High School)
It took us too long to scout and understand how our opponents were going to play against us. We conceded the goal from a small mistake, but in football, that little flaw can cost the entire match. We need to be able to make the adjustments on the pitch even when we face unexpected situations, and that ability can only be nurtured by gaining experience. By playing against a team from the Nadeshiko League, the players were able to gain great confidence and I hope they will utilise this experience to become a better player in the future. I have a mixed feeling facing a former player of ours, as I am half happy when they perform well against us.

YANO Kyoko, Coach (Teikyo Heisei University)
Although we wanted to win the match today, I feel like we were able to put on display what we can do at this stage, so I am satisfied with our performance. Typically, a team with less physiques, power, and speed tends to slow down in the second half, but our team showcased the ability to accelerate in the second half to play our style of football. Our players did well to offset the strong points of the opponents in the first half while exploiting their weak points in the second half, and I really felt how the team has improved over the past year. I am glad we were able to play against a high-level team ahead of our intercollegiate competitions, and we will continue to prepare ourselves ahead of our next competition.

FUJII Nana, Coach (JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies)
We are not a team that can score many goals, so we have been training to convert the few opportunities we are given. However, we haven’t been able to showcase that in this tournament. The win in our match today has given us the opportunity to prepare ahead of the next match, and I am looking forward to keep challenging ourselves. We faced a team that has came from behind in their previous match, so we wanted to play with more composure, but once we took the lead, we rushed our plays to score more goals and failed to manage the match effectively. We have entered this tournament with a goal to become the national champions, so we will continue to strive to heighten our overall strengths and showcase a more aggressive style of football.

Empress’s Cup JFA 40th Japan Women’s Football Championship

Tournament Dates:Sat. 3 November 2018 - Tue. 1 January 2019
【1st Round】Sat. 3 & Sun. 4 November 2018
【2nd Round】Sat. 24 & Sun. 25 November 2018
【3rd Round】Sat. 1 & Sun. 2 December 2018
【Quarterfinals】Sat. 22 December 2018
【Semi-Finals】Sat. 29 December 2018
【Final】Tue. 1 January 2019

Tournament Information



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U18 Men’s National Team (Staffs and Players) for Australia Tour

U18 Men’s National Team (Staffs and Players) for Australia Tour

30/11/2018, Japan, Hockey, Japan Hockey Association, Article # 28213297
AFC Futsal Fitness Coaching Course held in Hakone to deepen understanding of Fitness Training   #foo

AFC Futsal Fitness Coaching Course held in Hakone to deepen understanding of Fitness Training #foo

30/11/2018, Japan, Soccer, Japan Football Association, Article # 28257414

The AFC Futsal Fitness Coaching Certificate Course Level 1, a special curriculum conducted by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) was held between Sunday 18 and Friday 23 November at Hakone, Kanagawa.

Under the supervision of the AFC Instructor, the participants took part in learning the fundamentals of futsal fitness training. The course included sessions where they utilised heart rate monitors to gather numerical data, conducted practical sessions to simulate real life situations, and held discussions to further deepening their understandings of fitness training.

Instructors' Comments

Mr. Miles DOWNIE, AFC Instructor
It was an honour and a pleasure to conduct the second AFC Futsal Fitness Level 1 course in Japan. The course was a demanding undertaking for the participants during the six days. The course involved a series of theoretical and practical sessions conducted by both instructor and participants. Providing participants with the practical skills to prescribe and conduct integrated, futsal specific, training to development various physical qualities. As well as the physiological theory behind them and how to program such sessions into an annual plan. The participants demonstrated a magnificent work ethic in both practical and theory sessions, working in collaboration with each other often studying challenging material long in to the night. For this they must be congratulated. The development seen throughout the week was remarkable and will place these participants in a fantastic position to have a positive impact on the Future of Futsal Fitness in Japan. Assistant Instructor Mr. KOMORI Takahiro once again demonstrated his exceptional skills not just translating but facilitating the learning process for the participants. His expertise in communication makes him the very best I have seen. The facilities and setting of the course in Hakone were fantastic. It was a very special experience being in the mountains in autumn in the shadow of Mt Fuji. A big thank you needs to go to the Hakone Powel Hotel, the Seisa Lake Arena, everyone involved from the JFA and the AFC, for making this wonderful learning experience possible.

KOMORI Takahiro, AFC Assistant Instructor
Following last year, this was the second time this course was conducted. The course has given us the opportunity to explore the training methods that can heighten the performance of a futsal player while providing a platform where people can absorb the fundamental knowledge and philosophy that backs those methods. I am glad to be a part of such wonderful course where many people with many different backgrounds can come and learn, regardless of their experience with sports science. With the lectures and practical sessions held from the early morning to late evening, it was certainly a tough six-days, but the enthusiasm and open mindedness of the participants has really collaborated well with the entertaining and thorough lectures given by Mr. Downie. We have held a motto to provide a platform where people can take back a useful tool box that can be utilise through their daily activities, but I feel that certainly has been materialised. Taking part of this course for the second time, I personally have discovered many new things by interacting with the participants. I will like to thank everyone who has contributed to make this course happen and the members of SBFC LONDRINA. Thank you very much.

Participants' Comments

I was able to learn about the sport of futsal from a fitness stand point. I hope to utilise this experience to deepen and widen my coaching methods.
This course has given me the opportunity to learn how the physical aspect and training methods are related in the sport of futsal.
I learned how to construct the training schedule through an annual planning method and to build weekly menus.
The course schedule was very tight and intense, but it was a very productive course and I am very happy to participate in it.
I felt that I cannot learn such methods just by coaching in a regular basis. I will work to become able to construct a more thorough training plan in the future.
There were many things I wasn’t able to do or understand, but the instructors and other participants help me through to finish the course.



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Japan presented with 6 Awards including Inspiring AFC Member Association of the Year at AFC Annual A

Japan presented with 6 Awards including Inspiring AFC Member Association of the Year at AFC Annual A

29/11/2018, Japan, Soccer, Japan Football Association, Article # 28257415

On Wednesday 29 November, the AFC Annual Awards 2018 was held in Muscat, Oman, where Japan was presented with six awards including the Inspiring AFC Member Association of the Year. Among the six awards, Kashima Antlers' Coach OIWA Go and Nadeshiko Japan's Coach TAKAKURA Asako were named as the AFC Coach of the Year.

AFC Annual Awards 2018 Roll of Honour

AFC Diamond of Asia Zhang JILONG (CHI)
AFC Member Association of the Year
(Inspiring)
Japan Football Association
AFC Member Association of the Year
(Developing)
DPR Korea Football Association
AFC Member Association of the Year
(Aspiring)
Mongolian Football Federation
AFC President Recognition Award for Grassroots Football
(Inspiring)
Chinese Football Association
AFC President Recognition Award for Grassroots Football
(Developing)
Football Association of Singapore
AFC President Recognition Award for Grassroots Football
(Aspiring)
Palestine Football Association
AFC Coach of the Year (Men) OIWA Go
(JPN/Coach of Kashima Antlers)
AFC Coach of the Year (Women) TAKAKURA Asako
(JPN/Coach of Nadeshiko Japan)
AFC Player of the Year Abdelkarim HASSAN (QAT)
AFC Women’s Player of the Year Wang SHUANG (CHI)
AFC Futsal Player of the Year Ali Asghar HASANZADEH (IRN)
AFC Youth Player of the Year (Men) Turki Al AMAR (KSA)
AFC Youth Player of the Year (Women) TAKARADA Saori
(JPN/CEREZO OSAKA SAKAI LADIES)
AFC Asian International
Player of the Year
HASEBE Makoto
(JPN/Eintracht Frankfurt)
AFC Referees Special Award Alireza FAGHANI (IRN)
Reza SOKHANDAN (IRN)
Mohammadreza MANSOURI (IRN)
AFC President’s Special Recognition Award IKEDA Futoshi
(JPN/FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018
Coach of U-20 Japan Women's National Team)
Wild Boars FC (THA)

Comments

TASHIMA Kohzo, JFA President
We won more matches this year than any year in the past, and there is a good reason for that. 10 years ago, we have converted our U-12 category to play eight-a-side football and introduced more league competitions. These efforts made by the past members has finally materialised. We, as the successors, must carry out what we need to do now, so that our job can be looked back ten years from now and make the people say that we have done a great job. We our honoured to be awarded with such prestigious award and feel thankful of all of our senior members who has helped us earn this award.

TAKAKURA Asako, Coach of Nadeshiko Japan
I am honoured to be once again granted with this award this year. This will be my sixth time being awarded, but every time I feel that this award is earned by our players’ tireless efforts. Not to mention all the coaches and staffs who has helped these players develop into the level they are at right now. I am currently given the responsibility to look over the Nadeshiko Japan, and I feel that I am receiving this award in behalf of all the coaches who has contributed to our team. Along with our players, I will continue to work hard and challenge ourselves to fulfil the expectations of our supporters.

IKEDA Futoshi, Coach of U-20 Japan Women's National Team at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018
I am flattered to be given such wonderful award. This award was presented as a result of our championship campaign at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and looking at this commemorative shield brings back the memory of how hard our players and staffs has fought this summer. I want my players to continue to work hard and strive to become a member of the Nadeshiko Japan. I personally will also give my utmost efforts and challenge myself to build a better team.



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