Chugoku League side Fagiano Okayama have put in an application for associate membership of the J-League. The league's board will on 21st August consider the documentation provided by Fagiano's president - and if the application is successful, it will mean that the Pheasants will be the first-ever Regional League team to achieve associate member status. JFL sides Rosso Kumamoto, Tochigi SC, FC Gifu and Gainare Tottori are the four teams that currently hold associate membership, with Rosso and Gifu in particular in competition for a top four finish that will almost certainly lead to a J2 spot.
... 20-year-old Mitsubishi Mizushima defender Junichi Yamamoto has left the club and joined Kanto League side Furukawa Electrics Chiba... JFL leaders Sagawa Kyubin SC drew 3-3 with Ritsumeikan University in a friendly on Monday... and Rosso Kumamoto played three games against the locals of Ohzu High School on Tuesday, winning the first two 3-0 and 7-1 but losing the last 2-0...
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