Japanese Non-league Football News

FC Kariya Announce Squad Details
FC Kariya have announced some initial details about their squad for the 2006 JFL season, their first as a community-based club following the change of status and name from the old Denso team. Eleven of the 25 squad members are former Denso players - not necessarily the dream scenario for new boss Nariyasu Yasuhara, given that they finished fourteenth in the sixteen-team division last year - but there are some newcomers with experience at a reasonable level of football. Takeshi Kobayashi is a midfielder from SC Tottori, Keisuke Haraga a forward previously with Mitsubishi Mizushima and, as mentioned before on JNFN, defensive lynchpin is Tetsuro Uki from J2 side Shonan Bellmare.
Hokushinetsu Challengers Release 21!
Likely to be competing with Zweigen Kanazawa in what looks set to be the most exciting of the Regional Leagues this season, newly-promoted Hokushinestu League Division 1 side Matsumoto Yamaga FC have released no fewer than 21 squad members as they look to gather enough good players to take them upon what they hope will be the next stage of a journey to the JFL and the J-league.

07 Feb 06 - Hopeful of winning a JFL place, Matsumoto Yamaga FC

Hopeful of winning a JFL place, Matsumoto Yamaga FC
More JFL Transfer News As Tochigi Release 11
More transfer news to report ahead of the JFL season, with additional players coming out of the J-League to a range of clubs in Japan's top tier of non-league football. Hirotoshi Yokoyama, a 30-year-old midfielder previously with JEF United and Yokohama FC, moves from J1 newcomers Ventforet Kofu to Sagawa Kyubin Osaka... another midfielder, 22-year-old Shinobu Ito, joins Sagawa Printing from Mito Hollyhock... YKK AP have just three new squad members for 2006, 26-year-old forward Takuya Kikuchi, 25-year-o;d midfielder Hiro Morikawa and 17-year-old midfield player Yohei Nakada... no fewer than eleven players have been released by championship hopefuls Tochigi SC...

NB. It was reported by the JFA on 9th February that Hirotoshi Yokoyama has in fact joined TDK Akita of the Tohoku League, not Sagawa Kyubin Osaka
Sagawa Hook Up Osawa
Diminutive 21-year-old former Omiya Ardija forward Tomoya Osawa, release at the end of the 2005 season, has signed a contract with JFL side Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo.

07 Feb 06 - So small you can hardly see him - Tomoya Osawa

So small you can hardly see him - Tomoya Osawa
Controversy Reigns In Shikoku Play-off
Controversy to report from the Shikoku League promotion play-offs, the final matches of which were played on Sunday. With the bottom two teams from the 2005 Shikoku League matched up against the top two teams from the four-way Prefectural League play-off, things were bound to be tight - and so it proved as Sanwa Club from Kochi prefecture retained their place at regional level for 2006, drawing 2-2 in the second leg to win 8-7 on aggregate over Hisaeda FC of Ehime.

The other tie, however, saw Tokushima Vortis Caballos - an amateur side not surprisingly connected to J2 outfit Tokushima Vortis - take on Kochi's Showa Club, who had finished dead last in the Shikoku League but in the first leg of the play-off had demonstrated that they were not about to accept relegation without a fight. For Showa triumphed 1-0 in Kochi, travelling to Tokushima, therefore, with a sense of optimism.

07 Feb 06 - Tokushima Vortis Amateurs, now aka Tokushima Vortis Caballos

Tokushima Vortis Amateurs, now aka Tokushima Vortis Caballos

The first 45 minutes of the second leg were goalless, but Caballos levelled the aggregate score a quarter of an hour from time. Five minutes later, Showa were stunned when the referee blew not for what they had thought was an obvious dive in the penalty area from a Tokushima striker, but for a spot kick.

Duly converted, the club from Kochi were 2-1 down and heading out of the Shikoku League, but even after the final whistle the arguments still raged - especially when it emerged that the referee was himself from Tokushima, despite the fact that the official in the first leg had hailed not from Kochi, but from Ehime. The story ends with dark accusations being made by Showa in the direction of the Tokushima Prefectural FA, suspected of trying to fast-track Caballos to promotion in order to follow on from the success elsewhere of another amateur side, JEF United Amateurs.
Shikoku League Team List 2006
English name - Japanese name - 2005 finishing position

Alex SC - アレックス SC - 6th
Ehime Shimanami - 愛媛しまなみ - 3rd
Kamatamare Sanuki - カマタマーレ讃岐 - 4th (as Takamatsu FC)
Nangoku Kochi - 南国高知 - Shikoku League champions
Sanwa Club - 三和クラブ - 7th
Sanyo Electric Tokushima - 三洋電機徳島 - 2nd
Tokushima Vortis Amateur - 徳島ヴォルティス・アマチュア (ex-Tokushima Vortis Caballos - 徳島ヴォルティス・カバロス) - Tokushima Prefectural League champions
Ventana AC - ベンターナ - 5th
Rosso - First Friendly
Rosso Kumamoto began the preparations on Saturday for their forthcoming assault on the JFL with a creditable 1-1 draw against a young Nagoya Grampus 8 side.
SC Tottori - The Next Steps To The J-League
An important stage to report in the development of J-League hopefuls SC Tottori, who have just announced the establishment of the independent management structure that is a pre-requisite of entry into the professional ranks. With one full-time executive, the club are aiming to work towards the point where they have a playing staff of about thirty, while although they plan to use the Tottori Bird stadium in the short-term, there is talk that the overall aim is to develop a new ground for the club.

New coach Kei Kinoshita has meanwhile been informed in no uncertain terms that his target is to achieve a place in J2 in 2008, i.e. presumably by winning the JFL in 2007. In the forthcoming season, however, Tottori have stated that they are aiming for a top five finish.
Yokogawa In Friendly Win
On Saturday, Yokogawa Musashino won a pre-season friendly 3-0 against... hmmm, Yokogawa Musashino Youth. Well done.

04 Feb 06 - Yokogawa Musashino defender Hiromi Nishiguchi

Yokogawa Musashino defender and goalscorer Hiromi Nishiguchi
FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu Snap Up Yokogawa Forward
Striker Yuta Sueyoshi, 26, has moved from JFL side Yokogawa Musashino to FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu of the Kansai League Division 1 - previously mentioned on JNFN as a revamped Sagawa Kyubin Kyoto and ambitiously aiming for a J-League place.
Zweigen Kanazawa - The Race For The JFL Hots Up
The race to reach the JFL for 2007 is warming up very nicely now, with the news that Hokushinetsu League side Zweigen Kanazawa have strengthened their initial 2006 squad, which - as announced here on JNFN some time ago - consisted almost entirely of former Kanazawa SC players. A trio of 21-year-old midfield players instead come to them from the fringes of various points in the J-League.

Tomohisa Yoshida arrives in Ishikawa prefecture from Oita Trinita, although he spent last season on loan with J2 side Mito Hollyhock. Satoshi Takahashi was a rookie in 2005 at Yokohama FC, while Tatsuro Kimura is a product of the youth set-up at Sanfrecce Hiroshima. A 20-year-old defender, Hideki Okouchi from Vegalta Sendai, also moves to the ambitious Zweigen.
Honda FC Add Students To Squad
Five young players have been added to Honda FC's squad as they attempt to recover from 2005's disastrous fifth-place finish. No fewer than three of them are 22-year-old midfielders: Nozomi Nishi from Ritsumeikan University, Ryosuke Horikiri from Toyo University and Takahiro Tsuchiya from Kokushikan University. Elsewhere, Kazuhito Kawasumi, 21, is a defender from Shizuoka Sangyo University and
Takumi Oguri is an eighteen-year-old midfielder who graduates from the club's own Honda FC U-18 side.
SC Tottori - More Signings
SC Tottori, hopeful of making good progress in the JFL this year, have released details of three more new players. Hideki Uchiyama is a 24-year-old forward from follow JFLers Yokogawa Musashino, Jon U Kin is a 22-year-old former Cerezo Osaka Youth attacking midfielder from Korea University and Yutaka Kudamatsu, 25, a midfielder, makes the step up from Kansai League side Banditonce Kobe.
Sony Sendai Squad Additions
2005's early season JFL pacesetters, Sony Sendai, have announced only three new additions to their squad for the forthcoming season. Motoki Kamegabuchi, a 22-year-old defender, joins from from Kansai University; Tomokazu Hirama, a 27-year-old midfielder from FC Horikoshi; and
Masafumi Monma, a 22-year-old midfielder from Tohoku Gakuin.

03 Feb 06 - New Sony Sendai midfielder Masafumi Monma

New Sony Sendai midfielder Masafumi Monma
FC Gifu Boost As Yoshida Signs
03 Feb 06 - That really is an orange kit, isn't it

That really is an orange kit, isn't it

Following the recent signing of Tokushima Vortis defender Takayuki Komine, ambitious Tokai League side FC Gifu have announced that 36-year-old Shimizu S-Pulse veteran midfielder Yasuhiro Yoshida has agreed to join them for the 2006 push towards the JFL. Yoshida's career dates back to the very early days of the J-League, when he turned out first for Kashima Antlers before moving to S-Pulse, then on to Sanfrecce Hiroshima before returning for six years on the orange side of Shizuoka. Bringing in the region of 250 games' worth of pro experience to Gifu, he's sure to be a key member of their developing squad.
Banditonce Kobe - New Signings Announced
Kansai League champions Banditonce Kobe - who narrowly missed out on a place in the JFL in December, thanks to their fourth place finish in the play-off final group - have released details of an ambitious series of signings that they hope will see them take a step further up the footballing ladder come the end of 2006.

03 Feb 06 - Ryosuke Kanzaki - Hoping to win a JFL spot for Banditonce

Ryosuke Kanzaki - Hoping to win a JFL spot for Banditonce Kobe

They have eight new players in the first team squad, several with JFL experience, but have defender Ryosuke Kanzaki joining from Kawasaki Frontale reserves. Elsewhere, experienced defender Kohei Yamamichi enjoyed several seasons of regular J2 appearances at Sagan Tosu, while Shohei Kamada moves to the club from Tokushima Vortis.
JFL Transfer News
24-year-old striker Hideki Uchiyama, previously with Ome FC in the Kanto League, joins SC Tottori from Yokogawa Musashino... Yusaku Tanioku, a defender with plenty of J2 experience at Ventforet Kofu, has left Tokushima Vortis for Sagawa Kyubin Osaka... but the big news of the day is that Honda FC have a new mascot called Passaro.

03 Feb 06 - Passaro - floats like a... No, that's wrong, isn't it

Passaro - floats like a... No, that's wrong, isn't it
Mizushima Squad Unveiled
Predicted JFL strugglers Mitsubishi Mizushima have released details of their first team squad for 2006. It includes no fewer than ten new players, seven of whom are new high school or university graduates. Shinpei Watanabe, however, is a defensive midfielder with JFL experience at Denso, while midfielder Dai Ishikawa - who began his footballing career with Ehime FC Youth - joins from Tochigi SC. Previously with Hokushinetsu League team Japan Soccer College, striker Arata Izumi completes the line-up for the Red Adamant, having completed a spell with Albirex Niigata Singapore.

03 Feb 06 - Mitsubishi Mizushima 2006

Mitsubishi Mizushima 2006
More JFL Moves
The busy JFL close season shows no signs whatsoever of quietening down, as clubs compete in the transfer market to bolster their squads ahead of the 2006 season. Recent deals include the move of 25-year-old striker Yutaka Takahashi - previously at Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Omiya Ardija - to Rosso Kumamoto from JEF United, while Kazushi Isoyama, a 31-year-old forward with J-League experience at Omiya Ardija and Consadole Sapporo, has gone from Mito Hollyhock to Arte Takasaki.

02 Feb 06 - Kazushi Isoyama, Arte Takasaki's new star striker

Kazushi Isoyama, Arte Takasaki's new star striker

Elsewhere, Sagawa Kyubin Osaka have snapped up Yuusaku Tanioku, a 27-year-old defender most recently with Tokushima Vortis but with several seasons' J-League experience at Ventforet Kofu. Tokushima have also sold former FC Tokyo, Vegalta Sendai and Kashiwa Reysol defender Takayuki Komine to ambitious Tokai League side FC Gifu.
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