Japanese Non-league Football News

Chugoku League
Confirmed Chugoku League champions Fagiano Okayama are on their way to winning every match of their regular league season. The Pheasants, who have recently put in their application for associate membership of the J-League itself, have only one fixture remaining after their 6-0 drubbing of Sagawa Kyubin Chugoku on Sunday, while rivals FC Central Chugoku were involved in qualifying for the later stages of the Emperor's Cup tournament. A club record 9252 watched the Fagiano match at Momotaro Stadium.

At the other end of the standings, Hitachi Manufacturing Kasado will definitely finish bottom ahead of the local play-off tournament following their 3-2 defeat at Hiroshima Fujita SC, although the expansion of the league to ten teams next season means that there is no relegation. Fellow Hiroshima prefecture sides JFE Steel Western Japan and Mazda SC shared the points in a 1-1 draw in the other match of the round.

09 Jul 07 - The Fagiano - Sagawa night match

The Fagiano - Sagawa night match

Sun 08 Jul: Fagiano Okayama 6-0 Sagawa Kyubin Chugoku
Sun 08 Jul: Hiroshima Fujita SC 3-2 Hitachi Manufacturing Kasado
Sun 08 Jul: JFE Steel Western Japan 1-1 Mazda SC

1. Fagiano Okayama 39 (+72)
2. FC Central Chugoku 24 (+15)
3. Sagawa Kyubin Chugoku 18 (+1)
4. Renofa Yamaguchi 18 (-8)
5. Hiroshima Fujita SC 14 (-8)
6. Mazda SC 12 (-14)
7. JFE Steel Western Japan 11 (-22)
8. Hitachi Manufacturing Kasado 6 (-44)

JFL Sunday Scores
A goal in the dying seconds from defender Takashi Kageyama - his second of the match - gave Sagawa Kyubin SC the 3-2 win over FC Kariya that took them past rivals Rosso Kumamoto and back to the top of the JFL in the Sunday evening fixture. Lowly Kariya thought they were on the way to a shock point when Masahito Sasagawa levelled the match with three minutes remaining, but the defeat for them combined with a good 2-1 win for Sagawa Printing at out-of-form TDK SC means that the Aichi side slip down to third from bottom in the standings.

Two goals inside a minute in the early stages of the first half set Ryutsu Keizai University up for a fine 4-1 victory at Mitsubishi Mizushima. The match of the day, however, pitched YKK AP with JEF Reserves, who looked as if they were going to win the game until YKK's former Ehime FC forward Hironori Saruta tied things up in 87th minute. This keeps the company side from Toyama in fourth place, but their recent good form now has them just two points behind FC Gifu, while Sagawa and Rosso now seem to be involved in a two-way fight for the championship.

09 Jul 07 - A rare moment of joy on Sunday for Mitsubishi Mizushima

A rare moment of joy on Sunday for Mitsubishi Mizushima

Sun 08 Jul: Mitsubishi Mizushima 1-4 Ryutsu Keizai University
Sun 08 Jul: Sagawa Kyubin SC 3-2 FC Kariya
Sun 08 Jul: TDK SC 1-2 Sagawa Printing
Sun 08 Jul: YKK AP 2-2 JEF Reserves

1. Sagawa Kyubin SC 45 (+25)
2. Rosso Kumamoto 43 (+22)
3. FC Gifu 37 (+11)
4. YKK AP 35 (+11)
5. JEF Reserves 32 (+7)
6. Yokogawa Musashino 31 (+9)
7. Alo's Hokuriku 31 (+1)
8. Honda FC 27 (+5)
9. Tochigi SC 26 (+6)
10. Mitsubishi Mizushima 25 (-5)
11. Ryutsu Keizai University 24 (-2)
12. Gainare Tottori 21 (-5)
13. Sony Sendai 21 (-13)
14. TDK SC 20 (-7)
15. Sagawa Printing 20 (-11)
16. FC Kariya 17 (-9)
17. FC Ryukyu 16 (-21)
18. Arte Takasaki 5 (-24)

09 Jul 07 - YKK AP goalscorer Hironori Saruta

YKK AP goalscorer Hironori Saruta
Hokushinetsu League Division 1
Sunday's penultimate round of the Hokushinetsu League Division 1 introduced further twists into this most exciting of Japan's nine Regional League competitions. Former leaders Japan Soccer College were subjected to their second successive defeat as they went down 2-1 at home to an AC Nagano Parceiro side who had previously appeared to have slipped out of the running. Parceiro remain in contention, but the favourites to win the title now are arguably local rivals Matsumoto Yamaga Club, whose 2-1 defeat of Zweigen Kanazawa puts them two points clear at the top. The waters are muddied yet further by the fact that JSC host Yamaga in two weeks' time, while Zweigen travel to AC Nagano.

Lower down the table, Fervorosa had to come from a goal down at half time to beat Ueda Gentian 4-1, a result that confirms Ueda's relegation to Division 2. But the identity of the team who will face a play-off to remain in the top flight is unclear after the two contenders - Valiente Toyama and Niigata University of Management - drew 1-1, to leave Valiente safe in sixth place and with the relatively easy task of a final game against Ueda. The students, on the other hand, must beat Fervorosa knowing that even that may not be enough to help them avoid the play-off.

09 Jul 07 - Hidehito Shirao in action for Yamaga against Zweigen

Hidehito Shirao in action for Yamaga against Zweigen

Sun 08 Jul: Fervorosa 4-1 Ueda Gentian
Sun 08 Jul: Japan Soccer College 1-2 AC Nagano Parceiro
Sun 08 Jul: Matsumoto Yamaga Club 2-1 Zweigen Kanazawa
Sun 08 Jul: Valiente Toyama 1-1 Niigata University of Management

1. Matsumoto Yamaga Club 30 (+32)
2. Japan Soccer College 28 (+25)
3. AC Nagano Parceiro 28 (+14)
4. Zweigen Kanazawa 27 (+22)
5. Fervorosa 24 (+16)
6. Valiente Toyama 7 (-19)
7. Niigata University of Management 6 (-46)
8. Ueda Gentian 2 (-43)
JFL Friday & Saturday Scores
Round 19 of the current JFL season is stretched over three days, with FC Gifu and Alo's Hokuriku having shared a Friday evening goalless draw that keeps Gifu in third place. But Rosso Kumamoto go back in front as a result of their 3-2 home win over Gainare Tottori, in which the Kyushu side had to come from behind after Kazuya Tamura's eleventh-minute opener for the visitors. YKK AP and JEF Reserves are scheduled to play a fascinating-looking game on Sunday, but at the moment they are separated in the standings by Yokogawa Musashino, 1-0 winners over poor Arte Takasaki. And Takasaki's neighbours Tochigi SC are also experiencing a desperately disappointing season, as they find themselves down in ninth after their draw against Sony Sendai. Remaining second bottom are FC Ryukyu, who conceded four times in the last quarter of an hour at Honda FC.

09 Jul 07 - Gifu battle it out with Alo’s in the Friday night game

Gifu battle it out with Alo’s in the Friday night game

Fri 06 Jul: FC Gifu 0-0 Alo's Hokuriku

Sat 07 Jul: Honda FC 4-0 FC Ryukyu
Sat 07 Jul: Rosso Kumamoto 3-2 Gainare Tottori
Sat 07 Jul: Tochigi SC 0-0 Sony Sendai
Sat 07 Jul: Yokogawa Musashino 1-0 Arte Takasaki

1. Rosso Kumamoto 43 (+22)
2. Sagawa Kyubin SC 42 (+24)
3. FC Gifu 37 (+11)
4. YKK AP 34 (+11)
5. Yokogawa Musashino 31 (+9)
6. JEF Reserves 31 (+7)
7. Alo's Hokuriku 31 (+1)
8. Honda FC 27 (+5)
9. Tochigi SC 26 (+6)
10. Mitsubishi Mizushima 25 (-2)
11. Gainare Tottori 21 (-5)
12. Ryutsu Keizai University 21 (-5)
13. Sony Sendai 21 (-13)
14. TDK SC 20 (-6)
15. FC Kariya 17 (-8)
16. Sagawa Printing 17 (-12)
17. FC Ryukyu 16 (-21)
18. Arte Takasaki 5 (-24)

09 Jul 07 - On target for Honda FC, it’s Kazuhiro Yoshimura

On target for Honda FC, it’s Kazuhiro Yoshimura
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