Japanese Non-league Football News

All-Japan Shakaijin - Quarter-Finals
Monday was quarter-finals day in the All-Japan Shakaijin tournament in Akita prefecture - and the last four are to be made up of teams from just two of Japan's nine regions. The favourites are Tokai League champions FC Gifu, who breezed past AS Laranja Kyoto, while from the same league come Shizuoka FC, conquerors of Kanto League title winners YSCC. In the semi-finals will come a clash about as big as they come at Regional level - for FC Gifu are scheduled to meet Kyushu League champions V Varen Nagasaki, 2-1 victors over ambitious new Kanto side FC Machida Zelvia.. The final position in the last four is taken up by New Wave Kitakyushu, who were 4-0 up at half-time during their tie with Okinawa Kariyushi and eventually won 5-1.

FC Gifu 3-0 AS Laranja Kyoto
FC Machida Zelvia 1-2 V Varen Nagasaki
Okinawa Kariyushi 1-5 New Wave Kitakyushu
Shizuoka FC 2-1 YSCC

Chugoku League
FC Central Chugoku crushed Hitachi Manufacturing Kasado 6-1 in their game in hand in the Chugoku League on Sunday, closing the gap between themselves and leaders Fagiano Okayama to just two points with two fixtures remaining. And while Fagiano have the superior goal difference, FC Central have the more straightforward games still to play, against JFE Steel and Renofa Yamaguchi - while Fagiano must in the last match of the season on 29th October visit third-placed Sagawa Kyubin Chugoku, still in with an outside chance of retaining their title.

Sun 15 Oct: Hiroshima Fujita SC 3-4 Renofa Yamaguchi
Sun 15 Oct: Hitachi Manufacturing Kasado 1-6 FC Central Chugoku

1 Fagiano Okayama 30 (+37)
2 FC Central Chugoku 28 (+29)
3 Sagawa Kyubin Chugoku 27 (+31)
4 Renofa Yamaguchi 22 (-1)
5 Hiroshima Fujita SC 12 (-17)
6 JFE Steel 12 (-24)
7 Hitachi Manufacturing Kasado 9 (-24)
8 Iwami SC 4 (-31)
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