Japanese Non-league Football News

Tohoku League Division 2 (South)
There were only two games played in the Tohoku League Division 2 (South) over the weekend, but nevertheless Furukawa Battery made it to the top of the table for the first time this season in some considerable style, putting eight goals past a Kureha Chemicals defence that has so far conceded 26 in just five matches. Furukawa now have a game in hand over previous leaders Marisol Matsushima and look as if they may be able to go on and take the title. Six points behind them in third place are Northern Peaks Koriyama, 4-1 winners over FC Perada Fukushima in the other fixture of the day.

02 Jul 06 - Furukawa’s Akihiro Sanpei about to release a no doubt venomous shot against Kureha

Furukawa’s Akihiro Sanpei about to release a venomous shot against Kureha

Sun 02 Jul: FC Perada Fukushima 1-4 Northern Peaks Koriyama
Sun 02 Jul: Furukawa Battery 8-1 Kureha Chemicals

1 Furukawa Battery 15 (+15)
2 Marisol Matsushima 15 (+14)
3 Northern Peaks Koriyama 9 (+3)
4 Kanai Club 6 (+1)
5 FC Perada Fukushima 4 (-9)
6 Shichigahama SC 4 (-9)
7 Kureha Chemicals 0 (-15)

Tohoku League Division 2 (North)
Continuing their coast towards the Tohoku League Division 2 (North) title, FC Akita Cambiare made it seven wins out of seven on Sunday by beating Vanrarure Hachinohe 4-2. Their nearest challengers - six points off the pace - are Mizusawa United Club, 3-1 winners at a Fuji Club 2003 side struggling to make an impact at Regional level following promotion at the end of last year. Tono Club lie third after a 6-0 crushing of TDK Shinwakai, although they do have two games in hand over both Cambiare and Mizusawa. But undergoing a terrible 2006 are Aster Aomori, keen to fight for a JFL place but unable to make the step up in quality, with Hokuto Bank inflicting a fourth defeat in five league matches so far this year.

02 Jul 06 - The 2006 Fuji Club 2003 squad, losers against Mizusawa

The 2006 Fuji Club 2003 squad, losers against Mizusawa

Sun 02 Jul: FC Akita Cambiare 4-2 Vanrarure Hachinohe
Sun 02 Jul: Fuji Club 2003 1-3 Mizusawa United Club
Sun 02 Jul: Hokuto Bank 2-0 Aster Aomori
Sun 02 Jul: TDK Shinwakai 0-6 Tono Club

1 FC Akita Cambiare 21 (+16)
2 Mizusawa United Club 15 (+10)
3 Tono Club 10 (+6)
4 Vanrarure Hachinohe 7 (-4)
5 Hokuto Bank 4 (-)
6 TDK Shinwakai 4 (-11)
7 Aster Aomori 3 (-9)
8 Fuji Club 2003 2 (-8)
Tohoku League Division 1
TDK Akita remain atop the Tohoku League Division 1 despite not having played a game over the weekend. The now have a game in hand over their deadly rivals Grulla Morioka, who squeezed past neighbours Morioka Zebra 1-0 to move level on points with TDK, but with a far inferior goal difference. FC Primeiro are third with four wins in their last five games, the latest being by 2-1 against struggling Nippon Steel Kamaishi. Putting together a solid season in the middle of the division are NEC Tokin, who unsurprisingly overcame the woefully off-form Wiese Shiogama.

02 Jul 06 - FC Primeiro give Nippon Steel in green the runaround

FC Primeiro give Nippon Steel in green the runaround

Sun 02 Jul: FC Primeiro 2-1 Nippon Steel Kamaishi
Sun 02 Jul: Morioka Zebra 0-1 Grulla Morioka
Sun 02 Jul: NEC Tokin 4-2 Wiese Shiogama

1 TDK Akita 21 (+28)
2 Grulla Morioka 21 (+11)
3 FC Primeiro 16 (-4)
4 NEC Tokin 13 (+5)
5 Wiese Shiogama 6 (-6)
6 Morioka Zebra 5 (-8)
7 Nippon Steel Kamaishi 1 (-18)
8 Sendai Nakata Club 0 (-8)

02 Jul 06 - Daisuke Horiuchi of Grulla seeks to evade the clutches of the Zebra defence

Daisuke Horiuchi of Grulla seeks to evade the clutches of the Zebra defence
Shikoku League - Round 10
A seven-goal performance from Nangoku Kochi striker Yohei Ueda against Alex SC could still help his club to retain their Shikoku League title, despite current leaders Kamatamare Sanuki themselves beating Sanwa Club 6-0. This places Nangoku five points behind Kamatamare, but the 2005 champions have a game in hand, a marginally superior goal difference - and a home match against their new rivals from Kagawa prefecture still to come in September. Ehime Shimanami can probably now be discounted from the race, even though they are level on points with Nangoku and beat Tokushima Vortis Amateur on Sunday: their goal difference is much worse and they do not have the advantage of a game in hand. The fourth fixture on Sunday saw Sanyo Electric Tokushima continue their inconsistent season with a 3-0 win over Ventana AC to stay mid-table.

02 Jul 06 - Eiji Natsuda rattles in one of his four against Sanwa

Eiji Natsuda rattles in one of his four for Kamatamare against Sanwa

Sun 02 Jul: Kamatamare Sanuki 6-0 Sanwa Club
Sun 02 Jul: Nangoku Kochi 10-0 Alex SC
Sun 02 Jul: Sanyo Electric Tokushima 3-0 Ventana AC
Sun 02 Jul: Tokushima Vortis Amateur 1-2 Ehime Shimanami

1 Kamatamare Sanuki 27 (+28)
2 Nangoku Kochi 22 (+29)
3 Ehime Shimanami 22 (+17)
4 Sanyo Electric Tokushima 16 (+5)
5 Tokushima Vortis Amateur 9 (-5)
6 Alex SC 8 (-21)
7 Ventana AC 7 (-22)
8 Sanwa Club 1 (-31)

02 Jul 06 - Ventana and Sanyo in red jump around

Ventana and Sanyo in red jump around
Kyushu League
The battle at the top of the Kyushu League looks set to continue right through to the end of the season, as all four of the main contenders picked up wins on Sunday. V Varen Nagasaki therefore retain their position as frontrunners, having beaten Osumi NIFS United 1-0 - but they're being chased hard by New Wave Kitakyushu and Nippon Steel Oita, victors over Kaiho Bank SC and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki respectively. Volca Kagoshima did well to beat Okinawa Kariyushi 3-2 and open up a three-point gap as a result, although it could be that the title is beyond them for this season.

02 Jul 06 - Kaiho Bank in blue attempt to put a stop to New Wave’s title challenge

Kaiho Bank in blue attempt to put a stop to New Wave’s title challenge

Sun 02 Jul: Kaiho Bank SC 0-2 New Wave Kitakyushu
Sun 02 Jul: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki 2-3 Nippon Steel Oita
Sun 02 Jul: Okinawa Kariyushi 2-3 Volca Kagoshima
Sun 02 Jul: Osumi NIFS United 0-1 V Varen Nagasaki

1 V Varen Nagasaki 28 (+18)
2 New Wave Kitakyushu 26 (+16)
3 Nippon Steel Oita 25 (+20)
4 Volca Kagoshima 24 (+12)
5 Okinawa Kariyushi 21 (+9)
6 Osumi NIFS United 8 (-16)
7 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki 6 (-11)
8 Kaiho Bank SC 4 (-15)
9 Nanakuma Tombies 2 (-33)
Kansai League Division 2 - Round 12
Matters are now finalised at the top of the Kansai League Division 2, as FC Kyoto BAMB 1993 and Technonet Osaka have confirmed that they will finish in the top two positions and therefore gain promotion to Division 1 for 2007. Second place Technonet are fully ten points ahead of Hermano Osaka a place behind them following a 4-1 win over their crosstown rivals on Saturday, while FC Kyoto were beating Kohga School 2-1. The focus of attention therefore moves to the bottom of the table, where Kobe FC Senior C picked a good time to notch up a victory for the first time in 2006 - 4-1 against Kihoku Football Group, who now lie just three points ahead of Kobe with two games remaining. In mid-table, Riseisha FC have just one defeat in their last eight matches and managed a comfortable 2-0 win over Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe.

02 Jul 06 - Bouncing straight back to the Kansai League Division 1, FC Kyoto BAMB

Bouncing straight back to the Kansai League Division 1, FC Kyoto BAMB

Sat 01 Jul: Technonet Osaka 4-1 Hermano Osaka
Sat 01 Jul: Kohga School 1-2 FC Kyoto BAMB 1993
Sat 01 Jul: Riseisha FC 2-0 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe

Sun 02 Jul: Kihoku Football Group 1-4 Kobe FC Senior C

1 FC Kyoto BAMB 1993 30 (+29)
2 Technonet Osaka 29 (+12)
3 Hermano Osaka 19 (+6)
4 Riseisha FC 18 (+6)
5 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe 17 (-2)
6 Kohga School 9 (-8)
7 Kihoku Football Group 8 (-29)
8 Kobe FC Senior C 5 (-14)
Kansai League Division 1 - Round 12
With just two rounds to go in the Kansai League Division 1, Banditonce Kobe would appear to have almost certainly confirmed their title victory - a 2-1 win over Sanyo Electric Sumoto on Sunday means that they are four points ahead of FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu, with a superior goal difference into the bargain. FC Mi-o meanwhile put 2004 champions AS Laranja Kyoto in serious danger of relegation by beating them 3-0 on Saturday, while also making 99% certain that they themselves will finish second. Laranja are probably in competition to avoid the two relegation places with Takada FC and Kyoto Shiko Club, who drew 3-3 to leave Shiko a point ahead. In mid-table, Kobe FC 1970 won 2-1 at Ain Food and now lie third.

02 Jul 06 - Kobe FC’s 2006 squad, 2-1 winners at Ain Food

Kobe FC’s 2006 squad, 2-1 winners at Ain Food

Sat 01 Jul: Ain Food 1-2 Kobe FC 1970
Sat 01 Jul: AS Laranja Kyoto 0-3 FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu
Sat 01 Jul: Kyoto Shiko Club 3-3 Takada FC

Sun 02 Jul: Sanyo Electric Sumoto 1-2 Banditonce Kobe

1 Banditonce Kobe 29 (+21)
2 FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu 25 (+16)
3 Kobe FC 1970 19 (-3)
4 Ain Food 16 (+1)
5 Sanyo Electric Sumoto 16 (-1)
6 Kyoto Shiko Club 12 (-5)
7 Takada FC 11 (-16)
8 AS Laranja Kyoto 10 (-13)
Fervo Sign Bandi Keeper
Hokushinetsu League Division 1 side Fervorosa have signed goalkeeper Shuichi Mizukami a month after his release by Kansai League leaders Banditonce Kobe. Mizukami, who is 25, previously played for Alo's Hokuriku in the JFL and began his career in the youth set-up at Gamba Osaka.

04 Jul 06 - New Fervorosa keeper Shuichi Mizukami

New Fervorosa keeper Shuichi Mizukami
Hokkaido League - Round 7
Title holders Norbritz Hokkaido bounced back from their defeat two weeks ago by Toyota Motors Hokkaido to gain a narrow 1-0 win over Thank FC and so retain their position at the top of the Hokkaido League table as the season reaches the halfway point. A somewhat surprising second place belongs to Sapporo Football Group,, who cruised past Toyota Motors Hokkaido with their biggest win of the year so far. But Blackpecker Hakodate, runners up last time around, must be disappointed to have lost three times already in 2006, their latest defeat coming courtesy of Barefoot Hokkaido. The bottom two sides in the division, Tokachi Fairsky and ACSC Asahikawa, gained a valuable point apiece in a goalless draw.

02 Jul 06 - The Toyota Motors wall prepares to get hit by a Sapporo free kick

The Toyota Motors wall prepares to get hit by a Sapporo free kick

Sun 02 Jul: ACSC Asahikawa 0-0 Tokachi Fairsky
Sun 02 Jul: Blackpecker Hakodate 1-2 Barefoot Hokkaido
Sun 02 Jul: Norbritz Hokkaido 1-0 Thank FC
Sun 02 Jul: Sapporo Football Group 5-0 Toyota Motors Hokkaido

1 Norbritz Hokkaido 16 (+15)
2 Sapporo Football Group 13 (+9)
3 Blackpecker Hakodate 12 (+2)
4 Barefoot Hokkaido 11 (+1)
5 Toyota Motors Hokkaido 11 (-4)
6 Thank FC 7 (+1)
7 Tokachi Fairsky 5 (-12)
8 ACSC Asahikawa 4 (-12)

02 Jul 06 - Norbritz Hokkaido in red overcome Thank FC

Norbritz Hokkaido in red overcome Thank FC
Further Signing For Banditonce
Kansai League Division 1 leaders Banditonce Kobe have made another new signing in their quest to win a place in the JFL for 2007. Despite the team having scored 26 times in eleven league matches, Mitsutoshi Watada is a 30-year-old striker with J-League experience at both Vissel Kobe and JEF United.
All-Japan Shakaijin 2006
The JFA have confirmed that this season's All-Japan Shakaijin tournament will be held from 13 - 18 October in Akita prefecture. JNFN last year provided a basic results service for the competition - which can be accessed via the appropriate link under Category on the left-hand side of this page - but for 2006 will seek to offer more detail in relation to the qualifying tournaments for what is arguably the most important national knock-out competition for Japanese non-league clubs.
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