Japanese Non-league Football News

All-Japan Shakaijin - Semi-Finals
Favourites FC Gifu were squeezed out at the semi-final stage of the 2006 All-Japan Shakaijin tournament in Akita prefecture on Monday. Their match-up with V Varen Nagasaki was always likely to be the battle of the Regional League giants and the Kyushu League champions edged past their Tokai League counterparts via a penalty shoot-out, the two sides having been deadlocked at 1-1 after extra time. Ironically enough in tomorrow's final, V Varen will take on Gifu's own local rivals, Shizuoka FC, who overcame New Wave Kitakyushu 2-1 in the other semi-final - and with indications from the JFA being that the winner or finalist of this year's competition maybe granted a place in the Regional League Championship Winners' Play-off for a place in the JFL, this was without doubt the match of the year for Shizuoka.

FC Gifu 1-1 V Varen Nagasaki (PK 4-5)
New Wave Kitakyushu 1-2 Shizuoka FC

Tohoku League Division 2 (North)
There are almost two full rounds of Tohoku League Division 2 (North) results to report upon, with champions FC Akita Cambiare stretching their lead to twelve points following away wins at Aster Aomori and Tono Club. Remaining in second are Mizusawa United Club thanks to a draw against Tono and a 9-1 drubbing of poor TDK Shinwakai, who are rooted to the foot of the table having failed to get to grips with the demands of Regional level football. The same cannot be said for fellow new boys Fuji Club 2003, who continue to give a respectable account of themselves and moved mid-table courtesy of an 8-0 win over the inconsistent Vanraure Hachinohe.

Sun 08 Oct: Aster Aomori 2-6 FC Akita Cambiare
Sun 08 Oct: Fuji Club 2003 8-0 Vanraure Hachinohe
Sun 08 Oct: Hokuto Bank 4-2 TDK Shinwakai
Sun 08 Oct: Mizusawa United Club 2-2 Tono Club

Sun 15 Oct: Aster Aomori 2-5 Vanraure Hachinohe
Sun 15 Oct: Mizusawa United Club 9-1 TDK Shinwakai
Sun 15 Oct: Tono Club 1-2 FC Akita Cambiare

1 FC Akita Cambiare 40 (+32)
2 Mizusawa United Club 28 (+19)
3 Tono Club 20 (+5)
4 Vanraure Hachinohe 19 (-1)
5 Fuji Club 2003 17 (+13)
6 Hokuto Bank 17 (+5)
7 Aster Aomori 9 (-32)
8 TDK Shinwakai 5 (-41)
JFL Signings
Rosso Kumamoto have signed 20-year-old midfielder Kosuke Yoshii from J2 side Shonan Bellmare... in the mean time, forward Akira Takabe and midfielder Hirotaka Uchibayashi have left Rosso on a two-month loan deal at Kansai Leaguers FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu... two new signings, too, for SC Tottori, in the shape of Ryo Ota - a 24-year-old midfielder from Tsukuba University - and a 24-year-old coach, Nobukazu Hatano from Hotta Wonderlands...

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FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu’s new, as yet un-named, mascot
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