Japanese Non-league Football News

Tohoku League Play-off Modification
The success of TDK Akita in reaching the JFL has had ramifications further down the Regional League pyramid as well. In order to maintain the number of teams in Division 1 of the Tohoku League at eight following the promotion of the 2006 champions, the promotion / relegation play-off between Division 1 and Division 2 will feature not Morioka Zebra but Nippon Steel Kamaishi, who finished bottom of Division 1 and had expected to be automatically relegated. Nippon Steel will take on the loser of October's play-off between the two Division 2 winners, FC Akita Cambiare, in a double-header over this weekend.

Volca Aim For Associate Membership
After a disappointing 2006 campaign, Kyushu League side Volca Kagoshima have announced their intention to press ahead and work towards achieving associate membership of the J-League as soon as 2009. At present, only one club - Rosso Kumamoto - is in possession of this status, which was defined and established by the J-League in March as a required step on the way to joining J2, although both Tochigi SC and SC Tottori have firm plans to make successful applications in the coming months.

Volca, ten years old in their current form but founder members of the Kyushu League in 1973 as Kagoshima Teachers, have long been considered also-rans in their regional competition, which has become probably the toughest in the country in recent years. The club have nevertheless indicated that they believe the way to tackle this and thereby mount a serious challenge to the likes of champions V Varen Nagasaki and other top sides is to harness local support and to identify and sign up better players from Kagoshima itself.
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