Japanese Non-league Football News

Nangoku Kochi - 2006 Selection
Beleaguered Shikoku League champions Nangoku Kochi have been looking at potential new players over the weekend. Hopefuls varying from junior high school boys to players reportedly with JFL experience have been participating in a trial in Kochi, their ages ranging from 15 to 26. The club have announced plans to establish youth team and a reserve team for 2006, with the latter most likely participating in the Kochi Prefectural League Division 3.

12 Feb 06 - Scrapping it out for a place in Nangoku Kochi's squad for 2006

Scrapping it out for a place in Nangoku Kochi's squad for 2006

Rosso / Honda Lock Friendlies
Kyushu-based JFL sides Honda Lock and Rosso Kumamoto were both in action against J2 opposition in pre-season games on Sunday, with Rosso coming off best in a 1-0 win over Yokohama FC thanks to a goal from midfielder Yasuhiro Kamata. Lock, meanwhile, managed a 1-1 draw with last year's J-League wooden-spooners Thespa Kusatsu.
Grulla - The Crisis Deepens?
Controversial Tohoku League team Grulla Morioka are still in crisis ahead of the 2006 season, if a public meeting of club officials, players and supporters is anything to go by. Some fans have suggested that the basis of the club over the last two years of league competition has not been as secure as the management have sought to portray - and the fact that the Iwate Prefectural FA have so far offered little support to Grulla's efforts to get into the JFL is, supporters suggest, a manifestation of a lack of confidence in what the club are trying to do. JNFN will be keeping a close eye on events in Morioka over the coming months.
Fagiano Friendly Win
Fagiano Okayama's pre-season preparations gathered pace with a 5-1 win over fellow Chugoku League team Hitachi Manufacturing Kasado at Kurashiki, amid reports that the team's new players have improved the strength of the squad and will make them more likely to challenge for a JFL place come the end of 2006.

12 Feb 06 - The massed ranks of Fagiano fans

The massed ranks of Fagiano fans vs Hitachi Kasado
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