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All-Japan Shakaijin - Second Round
The Second Round of this year's All-Japan Shakaijin tournament in Akita prefecture turned up some shocks on Sunday, with hosts TDK Akita going out on penalties to mid-ranking Kyushu League side Okinawa Kariyushi. FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu from the Kansai League may be looking forward to the Regional league Championship Winners' Play-off at the end of next month as they seek to win a place in the JFL, but their participation in the dress rehearsal has been brought to an abrupt end by surprise Kanto League champions YSCC, while the two sides battling out the Shikoku League crown - Nangoku Kochi and Kamatamare Sanuki - have also both been eliminated.

Favourites FC Gifu march on, however, after having dished out a 6-1 thrashing to All-Kamisu SC, while the two other Kyushu sides alongside Kariyushi have also made it through to the last eight. V Varen Nagaski needed penalties to overcome Fervorosa from Hokushinetsu, but New Wave Kitakyushu crushed Shizuoka teachers' side Fuyo Club.

Shakaijin - New Wave Kitakyushu fans, a very long way from home

New Wave Kitakyushu fans, a very long way from home

FC Gifu 6-1 All-Kamisu SC
Nangoku Kochi 0-2 AS Laranja Kyoto
NEC Tokin 1-4 FC Machida Zelvia
Fervorosa 1-1 V Varen Nagasaki (PK 2-4)
TDK Akita 2-2 Okinawa Kariyushi (PK 2-3)
Fuyo Club 0-5 New Wave Kitakyushu
Shizuoka FC 2-1 Kamatamare Sanuki
YSCC 4-2 FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu
All-Japan Shakaijin - First Round
The 2006 All-Japan Shakaijin tournament kicked off in Akita prefecture on Saturday, with 32 Regional and Prefectural League teams participating in Japan's most important national cup competition for smaller non-league teams. As regular readers of these pages will be aware, the Shakaijin is now more or less a dress rehearsal for the end-of-season play-offs to decide promotion to the JFL from the Regional leagues, with a lot of crossover in terms of competing clubs.

In Saturday's First Round ties, then, it was probably ambitious Tokai League champions FC Gifu who came out best, 4-0 up at half-time against tough Kyushu Leaguers Nippon Steel Oita and an eventual 6-2 win to take them through to a Second Round tie against All-Kamisu SC from the lower reaches of the Kanto League. Of the other top teams, V Varen Nagasaki and hosts TDK Akita will also be particularly pleased with their day's work, as they swept aside Hanno Bruder and Sanyo Electric Sumoto respectively.

The big losers were undoubtedly Japan Soccer College, Hokushinetsu League champions but defeated on this occasion 3-2 by New Wave Kitakyushu; and Chugoku League leaders Fagiano Okayama, who failed to overcome FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu from the Kansai League. At the other end of the scale, however, both of the teams from the Prefectural Leagues fell at the first hurdle, FC Nishiomiya A losing to the aforementioned All-Kamisu SC and Shizuoka FC proving to be all too much for Tonan SC Gunma.

Nippon Steel Oita 2-6 FC Gifu
FC Nishiomiya A 0-4 All-Kamisu SC
Nirasaki Astros 1-2 Nangoku Kochi
AS Laranja Kyoto 3-1 Nagoya Club
NEC Tokin 3-1 Sagawa Kyubin Chugoku
FC Machida Zelvia 2-2 Kobe FC 1970 (PK 6-5)
Norbritz Hokkaido 1-1 Fervorosa (PK 1-3)
Hanno Bruder 0-4 V Varen Nagasaki
TDK Akita 4-1 Sanyo Electric Sumoto
Okinawa Kariyushi 3-2 Toho Titanium
Fuyo Club 5-3 FC Primeiro
Japan Soccer College 2-3 New Wave Kitakyushu
Shizuoka FC 3-0 Tonan SC Gunma
Ain Food 1-2 Kamatamare Sanuki
Toyota Motors Hokkaido 2-4 YSCC
Fagiano Okayama 0-1 FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu
JFL - Round 26 (Saturday)
The JFL roared back into action on Saturday with four fixtures and significant wins for two of the teams on the fringe of the title race - bad news indeed for challengers and J2 hopefuls Rosso Kumamoto, who slipped back to fourth place after Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo's 1-0 defeat of Alo's Hokuriku. Rosso need a top two finish to achieve their goal of promotion, but now lie just a point ahead of Sagawa Kyubin Osaka, although the latter did need to come from behind in gaining a narrow win over struggling Mitsubishi Mizushima. Down towards the bottom with Mizushima are FC Ryukyu, undoubtedly the disappointments of the year and today crushed 5-0 by Yokogawa Musashino, for whom Daiki Koyama and star striker Yosuke Kobayashi both picked up a brace. Elsewhere, JEF Club coasted past crisis club Arte Takasaki, who are drifting ever more perilously closer to the bottom of the division.

14 Oct 06 - A gloomy afternoon at Yokogawa Musashino

A gloomy afternoon at Yokogawa Musashino

Sat 14 Oct: Arte Takasaki 2-4 JEF Club
Sat 14 Oct: Sagawa Kyubin Osaka 2-1 Mitsubishi Mizushima
Sat 14 Oct: Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo 1-0 Alo's Hokuriku
Sat 14 Oct: Yokogawa Musashino 5-0 FC Ryukyu

1 Honda FC 58 (+27)
2 Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo 53 (+34)
3 YKK AP 52 (+30)
4 Rosso Kumamoto 52 (+24)
5 Sagawa Kyubin Osaka 51 (+26)
6 Alo's Hokuriku 44 (+20)
7 Yokogawa Musashino 44 (+12)
8 Tochigi SC 43 (+13)
9 Sony Sendai 33 (-1)
10 SC Tottori 28 (+4)
11 JEF Club 28 (-12)
12 Arte Takasaki 25 (-25)
13 Sagawa Printing 24 (-19)
14 FC Kariya 23 (-15)
15 FC Ryukyu 23 (-17)
16 Ryutsu Keizai University 22 (-19)
17 Mitsubishi Mizushima 20 (-38)
18 Honda Lock 12 (-42)
Tokai League Division 2
Morishin's FC's chances of remaining in the Tokai League Division 2 disappeared on Sunday with their 5-0 defeat at Mind House TC. They have one more match to go against Kasugai Club, but are now four points behind Fuyo Club - although Kasugai know that a win in that final match of the season will give them the divisional title over Honda Suzuka.

Sun 08 Oct: Mind House TC 5-0 Morishin's FC

Sun 22 Oct: Kasugai Club 1-0 Morishin's FC

1 Kasugai Club 30 (+15)
2 Honda Suzuka 29 (+8)
3 Mind House TC 23 (+9)
4 Konica Minolta Toyokawa 22 (+8)
5 Nagoya Club 20 (+1)
6 Fuyo Club 18 (-4)
7 Morishin's FC 14 (-7)
8 FC Kawasaki 3 (-30)
Regional League Transfer News
Kyushu League champions and JFL hopefuls V Varen Nagasaki have appointed 46-year-old ex-Cerezo Osaka manager Shinji Kobayashi as their new assistant coach... they have also signed defender Tsuyoshi Kato, 24, from J2 newcomers Ehime FC... 23-year-old defender Ryuta Nanbu, formerly with Oita Trinita Youth, has moved from FC Central Chugoku to Chugoku League rivals Renofa Yamaguchi... Banditonce Kobe from the Kansai League have announced the signing of goalkeeper Taiji Furuta from Tokushima Vortis. Banditonce at the moment appear to be plagued by a lack of keepers, with Yukihiro Sen their only other net minder prior to the arrival of Furuta.

11 Oct 06 - Ryuta Nanbu wonders if he’s made the right decision

Ryuta Nanbu wonders if he’s made the right decision
Hokkaido Block League Play-offs
The first stage of the play-offs to decide the final line-ups for the 2007 Regional Leagues commenced over the weekend in Asahikawa in Hokkaido. One of the northernmost cities in Japan hosted a round robin competition between the winners of the four so-called Block Leagues which exist directly under the Hokkaido League itself in the country's pyramid structure. The winners of this mini-tournament go directly into the Hokkaido League 2007 - ironically in place of Asahikawa's own ACSC - while the runners-up play this coming weekend against the next-to-bottom team in the Hokkaido League, Thank FC, for their final opportunity to gain promotion.

This year's participants were Hokushukai from the Northern Block League, runners-up in the very first season of the Hokkaido League in 1978 but out of the top flight since 1988; Eastern champions R Superb Kushiro, something of a yo-yo team over the last few years, having last gained promotion in 2003; for the third year in a row, the Central League's Sapporo Wins; and somewhat surprisingly in the South, Shindo FC from Hakodate, who overcame the challenge of traditional local powerhouses Nippon Steel Muroran and Watanabe Industrial Riverside FC to take their first-ever Block League title.

Two wins in the first two matches on Saturday and Sunday put Hokushukai in the driving seat for the automatic promotion place, while Shindo FC were well out of it following Sunday's 5-1 thumping from Sapporo Wins. Monday then saw Shindo pull off a shock 4-1 win over Hokushukai, who nevertheless still topped the table thanks to R Superb and Sapporo Wins only being able to draw their decider. All of which means that Hokushukai will be playing in the Hokkaido League next year, with Sapporo Wins playing off against Thank FC - although if past form is anything to go by the omens are not good for Wins, who in both 2004 and 2005 fell at precisely this same hurdle.

Sat 07 Oct: Hokushukai 3-0 Sapporo Wins
Sat 07 Oct: R Superb Kushiro 3-2 Shindo FC

Sun 08 Oct: Hokushukai 2-1 R Superb Kushiro
Sun 08 Oct: Sapporo Wins 5-1 Shindo FC

Mon 09 Oct: Shindo FC 4-1 Hokushukai
Mon 09 Oct: R Superb Kushiro 1-1 Sapporo Wins

1 Hokushukai 6 (+1)
2 Sapporo Wins 4 (+1)
3 R Superb Kushiro 4 (-)
4 Shindo FC 3 (-2)
Tohoku League Division 2 (South)
Division 2 (South) of the Tohoku League is heading for an unexpectedly exciting climax, as a result of a remarkable run of success from Northern Peaks Koriyama. Two narrow mid-season defeats by front-runners Marysol Matsushima and Furukawa Battery had apparently ruled them out of the promotion race for this year, but since that time Northern Peaks have won six on the trot, rattling in no fewer than 35 goals in the process. Their latest triumph was scarcely unexpected, coming as it did against a Kureha Chemicals side who have lost all ten of their fixtures so far, but it means that Koriyama are now pushing Marysol and Furukawa for the single promotion play-off place. The issue of games in hand is a crucial one - Furukawa have three, Koriyama two and Marysol only one - but Furukawa must play both of their rivals by the end of this month and anything could happen.

Sun 08 Oct: FC Perada Fukushima 2-0 Kanai Club
Sun 08 Oct: Kureha Chemicals 1-7 Northern Peaks Koriyama

1 Marysol Matsushima 27 (+35)
2 Furukawa Battery 25 (+31)
3 Northern Peaks Koriyama 24 (+28)
4 Kanai Club 12 (-22)
5 Shichigahama SC 8 (-14)
6 FC Perada Fukushima 7 (-19)
7 Kureha Chemicals 0 (-39)
Shikoku League
Only two games played, but there was vital action at both ends of the Shikoku League on Sunday. At the foot of the table, Ventana AC's narrow 2-1 victory over Sanwa Club enabled them to overtake Alex SC as they seek to avoid the two relegation play-off spots, although Alex can put an end to the matter if they defeat Tokushima Vortis Amateur in their final match of the year in two weeks' time. But at the top of the division, Nangoku Kochi went ahead for the first time in 2006 thanks to a comfortable enough defeat of Sanyo Electric Tokushima. Leaders throughout the year Kamatamare Sanuki have a game in hand against Ehime Shimanami, but the title decider is still at the end of the month when Kamatamare travel to Kochi.

08 Oct 06 - Sanwa in blue defend against Ventana’s tactic of wild flapping at the ball

Sanwa in blue defend against Ventana’s tactic of wild flapping at the ball

Sun 08 Oct: Nangoku Kochi 3-0 Sanyo Electric Tokushima
Sun 08 Oct: Sanwa Club 1-2 Ventana AC

1 Nangoku Kochi 34 (+43)
2 Kamatamare Sanuki 33 (+31)
3 Ehime Shimanami 26 (+24)
4 Sanyo Electric Tokushima 20 (-)
5 Tokushima Vortis Amateur 15 (-3)
6 Ventana AC 13 (-28)
7 Alex SC 11 (-24)
8 Sanwa Club 1 (-43)
Chugoku League
A shock defeat for Chugoku League leaders Fagiano Okayama at Hiroshima Fujita SC on Sunday has opened up what had seemed to be a fairly cut-and-dried title race. FC Central Chugoku and Sagawa Kyubin Chugoku were in the meantime picking up their characteristic straightforward wins against Iwami SC and Hitachi Manufacturing Kasado respectively to close the gap to just three points, with the last game of the season now a potentially nailbiting clash between Sagawa and Fagiano. The win for Fujita helped them to climb two places up the table in what has been a disastrous year, while in the other match mid-table Renofa Yamaguchi consolidated further with a 3-0 defeat of JFE Steel.

08 Oct 06 - Fujita and Fagiano line up in the distance

Fujita and Fagiano line up in the distance

Sun 08 Oct: FC Central Chugoku 6-1 Iwami SC
Sun 08 Oct: Hiroshima Fujita SC 2-1 Fagiano Okayama
Sun 08 Oct: Hitachi Manufacturing Kasado 0-4 Sagawa Kyubin Chugoku
Sun 08 Oct: Renofa Yamaguchi 3-0 JFE Steel

1 Fagiano Okayama 30 (+37)
2 Sagawa Kyubin Chugoku 27 (+31)
3 FC Central Chugoku 25 (+24)
4 Renofa Yamaguchi 19 (-2)
5 Hiroshima Fujita SC 12 (-16)
6 JFE Steel 12 (-24)
7 Hitachi Manufacturing Kasado 9 (-19)
8 Iwami SC 4 (-31)

08 Oct 06 - Renofa Yamaguchi and JFE Steel get all pally beforehand

Renofa Yamaguchi and JFE Steel get all pally beforehand
Tohoku League Division 1
With a single full round of fixtures now remaining, Tohoku League Division 1 champions TDK Akita picked up a further three points in a 2-1 win over FC Primeiro on Sunday, nearest challengers Grulla Morioka squeezing past Wiese Shiogama 3-2 to keep the gap between the two at nine points. While NEC Tokin will undoubtedly be disappointed with their goalless draw at home to Sendai Nakata Club, the most significant match of the round was at Morioka Zebra, whose 2-1 win over Nippon Steel Kamaishi has boosted their hopes of avoiding the single automatuc relegation place. Zebra are celebrating their fiftieth anniversary in 2007 and have never been relegated from the Tohoku League Division 1 since its inception in 1977.

Sun 08 Oct: FC Primeiro 1-2 TDK Akita
Sun 08 Oct: Grulla Morioka 3-2 Wiese Shiogama
Sun 08 Oct: Morioka Zebra 2-1 Nippon Steel Kamaishi
Sun 08 Oct: NEC Tokin 0-0 Sendai Nakata Club

1 TDK Akita 39 (+49)
2 Grulla Morioka 30 (+11)
3 NEC Tokin 21 (+8)
4 FC Primeiro 19 (-11)
5 Wiese Shiogama 12 (-2)
6 Sendai Nakata Club 10 (-9)
7 Morioka Zebra 9 (-19)
8 Nippon Steel Kamaishi 7 (-27)
Emperor's Cup Third Round
08 Oct 06 - FC Gifu fans cheer their team on to, er, defeat at Thespa Kusatsu

FC Gifu fans cheer their team on to, er, defeat at Thespa Kusatsu

Ties played on Sun 08 Oct.

Consadole Sapporo 3-1 Nippon Steel Oita (aet, 1-1 @ 90 mins)
Honda FC 1-0 Kochi University
Ehime FC 2-0 Biwako Seikei Sport College
Sagan Tosu 4-3 Ritsumeikan University
Montedio Yamagata 6-2 Mitsubishi Mizushima
Shonan Bellmare 4-1 Kansai University
Thespa Kusatsu 3-0 FC Gifu
Tokushima Vortis 4-1 Miyazaki Sangyo-Keiei University
Yokohama FC 0-1 Banditonce Kobe
Tokyo Verdy 1969 0-1 Tochigi SC
Vegalta Sendai 1-0 Tokushima Vortis
Mito Hollyhock 0-1 Shizuoka FC
Vissel Kobe 2-4 YKK AP
Kashiwa Reysol 3-0 Hosei University
Tohoku League Division 1
Lowly Tohoku League Division 1 side Sendai Nakata Club picked up a remarkable 4-0 win at FC Primeiro on Sunday, a major boost in their fight to avoid relegation. The pressure mounts instead on their rivals, long-standing participants at this level of football, Nippon Steel Kamaishi and Morioka Zebra, who meet this coming weekend in a vital encunter.

01 Oct 06 - FC Primeiro prepare to get thumped by Sendai Nakata Club

FC Primeiro prepare to get thumped by Sendai Nakata Club

Sun 01 Oct: FC Primeiro 0-4 Sendai Nakata Club

1 TDK Akita 36 (+48)
2 Grulla Morioka 27 (+10)
3 NEC Tokin 20 (+8)
4 FC Primeiro 19 (-10)
5 Wiese Shiogama 12 (-1)
6 Sendai Nakata Club 9 (-9)
7 Nippon Steel Kamaishi 7 (-26)
8 Morioka Zebra 6 (-20)
Tohoku League Division 2 (North)
Tohoku League Division 2 (North) leaders FC Akita Cambiare dropped their first points of the season on Sunday, in a surprise 1-1 draw at mid-table Fuji Club 2003. Despite second-placed Mizusawa United Club's win over Hokuto Bank, however, Cambiare remain ten points clear and are confirmed paticipants in the play-offs for a place in the top division for next season. Fighting it out to avoid the drop are Aster Aomori, crushed 8-2 at home by Tono Club, and TDK Shinwakai, who look as if they may struggle to retain their placein the Regional leagues following their defeat at the hands of Vanraure Hachinohe.

Sun 01 Oct: Aster Aomori 2-8 Tono Club
Sun 01 Oct: Fuji Club 2003 1-1 FC Akita Cambiare
Sun 01 Oct: Hokuto Bank 0-1 Mizusawa United Club
Sun 01 Oct: TDK Shinwakai 1-5 Vanraure Hachinohe

1 FC Akita Cambiare 34 (+27)
2 Mizusawa United Club 24 (+11)
3 Tono Club 19 (+6)
4 Vanraure Hachinohe 16 (+4)
5 Fuji Club 2003 14 (+5)
6 Hokuto Bank 14 (+3)
7 Aster Aomori 9 (-25)
8 TDK Shinwakai 5 (-31)
Tokai League Division 2
Kasugai Club's failure to do anything more than draw their last three Tokai League Division 2 fixtures means that the 2006 title is likely to go to Honda Suzuka after a 2-2 tie between the frontrunning pair in Honda's last game of the season on Sunday. Suzuka bounce straight back to Division 1 following relegation a year ago, while Kasugai, who have one match to play at home to Morishin's, were last at the top level of the Regional game in 2003. Nagoya Club made the drop with Honda at the end of 2005 and rounded off their campaign with a draw at Konica Minolta Toyokawa that sees them finish in mid-table.

Sun 01 Oct: Kasugai Club 2-2 Honda Suzuka
Sun 01 Oct: Konica Minolta Toyokawa 2-2 Nagoya Club

1 Honda Suzuka 29 (+8)
2 Kasugai Club 27 (+14)
3 Konica Minolta Toyokawa 22 (+8)
4 Mind House TC 20 (+4)
5 Nagoya Club 20 (+1)
6 Fuyo Club 18 (-4)
7 Morishin's 14 (-1)
8 FC Kawasaki 3 (-30)
Tohoku League Division 2 (South)
Only one game to report on in the Tohoku League Division 2 (South) over the weekend, which with a 7-1 win for Northern Peaks Koriyama most definitely went to form. Opponents Kureha Chemicals have yet to pick up a point and indeed have conceded 49 goals in their nine fixtures so far this year, while Northern Peaks have now rattled in 28 goals on their way to winning their last five matches.

Sun 01 Oct: Northern Peaks Koriyama 7-1 Kureha Chemicals

1 Marysol Matsushima 27 (+35)
2 Furukawa Battery 25 (+31)
3 Northern Peaks Koriyama 21 (+22)
4 Kanai Club 12 (-20)
5 Shichigahama SC 8 (-14)
6 FC Perada Fukushima 4 (-21)
7 Kureha Chemicals 0 (-33)
Tokai League Division 1
Four goals from striker Ryo Mizutani helped Shizuoka FC to their biggest win of the year in the last match of the 2006 Tokai League Division One campaign, relegated ACM Central from nearby Fujieda suffering a ten-goal crushing on the way. Shizuoka will regard the match only as good preparation for next weekend's Emperor's Cup clash against J2 side Mito Hollyhock, for it means nothing in the context of the league - FC Gifu are title winners, but rather allowed their season to peter out with a damp squib of a 1-1 draw at home to Sagawa Kyubin Chukyo.

01 Oct 06 - Naoki Hiraoka ties things up for FC Gifu against Sagawa Kyubin

Naoki Hiraoka ties things up for FC Gifu against Sagawa Kyubin

Sun 01 Oct: ACM Central 0-10 Shizuoka FC
Sun 01 Oct FC Gifu 1-1 Sagawa Kyubin Chukyo

1 FC Gifu 38 (+43)
2 Shizuoka FC 35 (+41)
3 Yazaki Valente 25 (+4)
4 Sagawa Kyubin Chukyo 19 (-7)
5 Maruyasu Industry 18 (-4)
6 Fujieda City Hall 16 (-9)
7 Chukyo University 8 (-22)
8 ACM Central 2 (-46)

02 Oct 06 - Ryo Mizutani, on target for Shizuoka FC

Ryo Mizutani, on target for Shizuoka FC
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