Japanese Non-league Football News

JFL - Round 26 (Sunday)
It was more or less business as usual for JFL leaders Honda FC as their league schedule re-opened on Sunday, second-half goals from lethal front pairing Junya Nitta and Kodai Suzuki helping them to a 2-0 win over Tochigi SC. Their nearest challengers are now six points off the pace, although both YKK AP and Rosso Kumamoto managed away wins to remain in touch, at Sony Sendai and Ryutsu Keizai University respectively.

The other action was towards the foot of the division, as Honda Lock gained their first away win of the year at Sagawa Printing, thanks to three goals in fourteen minutes mid-way through the second period. Still five points adrift of Mitsubishi Mizushima it looks like too little too late for Lock, but fellow strugglers FC Kariya moved up two places following their 4-3 win at SC Tottori, Yasuhiro Nakayama twice getting his name on the scoresheet.

15 Oct 06 - JFL leaders Honda FC before their clash with Tochigi

JFL leaders Honda FC before their clash with Tochigi

Sun 15 Oct: Honda FC 2-0 Tochigi SC
Sun 15 Oct: Ryutsu Keizai University 1-2 Rosso Kumamoto
Sun 15 Oct: Sagawa Printing 1-3 Honda Lock
Sun 15 Oct: SC Tottori 3-4 FC Kariya
Sun 15 Oct: Sony Sendai 0-3 YKK AP

1 Honda FC 61 (+29)
2 YKK AP 55 (+33)
3 Rosso Kumamoto 55 (+25)
4 Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo 53 (+34)
5 Sagawa Kyubin Osaka 51 (+26)
6 Alo's Hokuriku 44 (+20)
7 Yokogawa Musashino 44 (+12)
8 Tochigi SC 43 (+11)
9 Sony Sendai 33 (-4)
10 SC Tottori 28 (+3)
11 JEF Club 28 (-12)
12 FC Kariya 26 (-14)
13 Arte Takasaki 25 (-25)
14 Sagawa Printing 24 (-21)
15 FC Ryukyu 23 (-17)
16 Ryutsu Keizai University 22 (-20)
17 Mitsubishi Mizushima 20 (-38)
18 Honda Lock 15 (-40)

15 Oct 06 - Tottori fans witness their team’s defeat by - pffft - FC Karya

Tottori fans witness their team’s defeat by - pffft - FC Kariya

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
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