Japanese Non-league Football News

Emperor's Cup 2006 Format
The JFA have confirmed the draw for the opening rounds of the Emperor's Cup proper for 2006. As usual, each prefecture will be represented by just one team from below the ranks of the J-League itself, with the preliminary tournaments to decide on who those teams will be taking place across Japan at the moment. So the draw as it stands involves nothing more than deciding which prefectures' teams will play against each other prior to the J2 sides becoming involved at the Third Round stage. JNFN will aim to provide as much information as possible about the prefectural tournaments in due course, but the basics of the draw are as follows:

Sun 17 Sep: Hokkaido - Oita
Sun 17 Sep: Nagano - Kyoto
Sat 23 Sep: Hokkaido or Oita - Nagano or Kyoto
Sun 08 Oct: Hokkaido, Oita, Nagano or Kyoto - Consadole Sapporo

Sun 17 Sep: Iwate - Kochi
Sun 17 Sep: Tottori - Miyagi
Sat 23 Sep: Iwate or Kochi - Tottori or Miyagi
Sun 08 Oct: Iwate, Kochi, Tottori or Miyagi - Honda FC

Sun 17 Sep: Ishikawa - Kagoshima
Sun 17 Sep: Shiga - Fukui
Sat 23 Sep: Ishikawa or Kagoshima - Shiga or Fukui
Sun 08 Oct: Ishikawa, Kagoshima, Shiga or Fukui - Ehime FC

Sun 17 Sep: Yamanashi - Yamagata
Sun 17 Sep: Yamaguchi - Ritsumeikan University
Sat 23 Sep: Yamanashi or Yamagata - Yamaguchi or Ritsumeikan University
Sun 08 Oct: Yamanashi, Yamagata, Yamaguchi or Ritsumeikan University - Sagan Tosu

Sun 17 Sep: Fukushima - Okayama
Sun 17 Sep: Shimane - Ehime
Sat 23 Sep: Fukushima or Okayama - Shimane or Ehime
Sun 08 Oct: Fukushima, Okayama, Shimane or Ehime - Montedio Yamagata

Sun 17 Sep: Mie - Osaka
Sun 17 Sep: Tokushima - Okinawa
Sat 23 Sep: Mie or Osaka - Tokushima or Okinawa
Sun 08 Oct: Mie, Osaka, Tokushima or Okinawa - Shonan Bellmare

Sun 17 Sep: Gifu - Hiroshima
Sat 23 Sep: Gifu or Hiroshima - Kanagawa
Sun 08 Oct: Gifu, Hiroshima or Kanagawa - Thespa Kusatsu

Sun 17 Sep: Miyazaki - Chiba
Sat 23 Sep: Miyazaki or Chiba - Fukuoka
Sun 08 Oct: Miyazaki, Chiba or Fukuoka - Tokushima Vortis

Sun 17 Sep: Nagasaki - Hyogo
Sat 23 Sep: Nagasaki or Hyogo - Aichi
Sun 08 Oct: Nagasaki, Hyogo or Aichi - Yokohama FC

Sun 17 Sep: Tochigi - Saga
Sat 23 Sep: Tochigi or Saga - Saitama
Sun 08 Oct: Tochigi, Saga or Saitama - Tokyo Verdy 1969

Sun 17 Sep: Kagawa - Kumamoto
Sat 23 Sep: Kagawa or Kumamoto - Ibaraki
Sun 08 Oct: Kagawa, Kumamoto or Ibaraki - Vegalta Sendai

Sun 17 Sep: Nara - Gunma
Sat 23 Sep: Nara or Gunma - Shizuoka
Sun 08 Oct: Nara, Gunma or Shizuoka - Mito Hollyhock

Sun 17 Sep: Wakayama - Aomori
Sat 23 Sep: Wakayama or Aomori - Toyama
Sun 08 Oct: Wakayama, Aomori or Toyama - Vissel Kobe

Sun 17 Sep: Akita - Niigata
Sat 23 Sep: Akita or Niigata - Tokyo
Sun 08 Oct: Akita, Niigata or Tokyo - Kashiwa Reysol

7th Eastern Japan Football Tournament

As mentioned here on JNFN at the end of June, the Eastern Japan Football Tournament took place in Fukui prefecture last weekend and was won by the representatives of the Tohoku region, TDK Akita. Although not run along quite the same lines as its Western equivalent, the competition has a comparably confusing format, not helped by the fact that it is a knock-out tournament with only six teams. However, the key point is that the teams that get eliminated in each round still play one further match against each other, in order ultimately to decide a one-to-six ranking that includes every contender. On their way to retaining the trophy from last year, TDK scraped past Tokai's Shizuoka FC on penalties in the First Round, eased past an Ishikawa Prefectural XI in the Second and then again needed penalties to overcome Norbritz Hokkaido in the Final. The full results and final ranking are as per below.

22 Jul 06 - TDK Akita pose with their winners’ booty

TDK Akita pose with their winners’ booty

First Round

Sat 15 Jul: Gunma Prefectural XI 1-4 Fukui Prefectural XI
Sat 15 Jul: Shizuoka FC 1-1 TDK Akita (PK 3-5)

First Round Runners-up Game

Sun 16 Jul: Shizuoka FC 10-0 Gunma Prefectural XI

Second Round

Sun 16 Jul: Norbritz Hokkaido 3-0 Fukui Prefectural XI
Sun 16 Jul: TDK Akita 2-0 Ishikawa Prefectural XI

Second Round Runners-up Game

Mon 17 Jul: Fukui Prefectural XI 5-3 Ishikawa Prefectural XI


Mon 17 Jul: Norbritz Hokkaido 2-2 TDK Akita (PK 1-3)

1 TDK Akita
2 Norbritz Hokkaido
3 Fukui Prefectural XI
4 Ishikawa Prefectural XI
5 Shizuoka FC

22 Jul 06 - Announcing the delights of the competition to the world

Announcing the delights of the competition to the world
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