Japanese Non-league Football News

Kyushu League
The typhoon conditions that have been affecting much of Japan throughout the weekend brought about the postponement of Saturday's relegation clash between Kumamoto Teachers and Nanakuma Tombies, together with the Okinawa Kariyushi against Nippon Steel Oita match. But the Kyushu League's top three teams were all in action - and they all managed to pick up maximum points, thus ensuring that the tension mounts yet further as the season nears its climax.

Still holding on to top spot are New Wave Kitakyushu, 1-0 winners against an in-form Volca Kagoshima who had won their six previous games. V Varen Nagasaki remain third a couple of points off the lead after they beat Volca's neighbours from National Institute of Fitness & Sports, Osumi NIFS United. Narrow favourites for the title, however, are probably Honda Lock - a 4-2 defeat of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki keeps the former JFL side in the fight, with a crucial game in hand.

16 Jul 07 - Mitsubishi Nagasaki scrap it out with those dreadful cheats Honda Lock

Mitsubishi Nagasaki scrap it out with those dreadful cheats Honda Lock

Sun 15 Jul: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki 2-4 Honda Lock
Sun 15 Jul: Osumi NIFS United 1-3 V Varen Nagasaki
Sun 15 Jul: Volca Kagoshima 0-1 New Wave Kitakyushu

1. New Wave Kitakyushu 40 (+41)
2. Honda Lock 39 (+47)
3. V Varen Nagasaki 38 (+54)
4. Nippon Steel Oita 31 (+16)
5. Volca Kagoshima 24 (-)
6. Okinawa Kariyushi 18 (-3)
7. Osumi NIFS United 13 (-15)
8. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki 13 (-26)
9. Kaiho Bank SC 9 (-51)
10. Kumamoto Teachers 6 (-25)
11. Nanakuma Tombies 3 (-54)

Kansai League Division 2
All the promotion and relegation issues are resolved in Division 2 of the Kansai League with one match still remaining. In their very first season of Regional League football, Hannan University took the title and move up to Division 1 for 2008, following their win over runners-up - and fellow promoted side - Takada FC. At the other end of the table, Kihoku Football Group have experienced a catastrophic year, as exemplified by their 9-0 crushing by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe, and they will definitely be playing in their local Prefectural League next year. Hermano Osaka will meanwhile participate in a relegation play-off as a result of finishing seventh via their 2-0 defeat by Kyoto Shiko Club. Riseisha FC are safe despite losing 4-0 at home to Kohga School.

Sat 14 Jul: Hermano Osaka 0-2 Kyoto Shiko Club
Sat 14 Jul: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe 9-0 Kihoku Football Group
Sat 14 Jul: Riseisha FC 0-4 Kohga School

Sun 15 Jul: Takada FC 1-2 Hannan University

1. Hannan University 33 (+45)
2. Takada FC 26 (+16)
3. Kyoto Shiko Club 20 (+11)
4. Kohga School 20 (+5)
5. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe 18 (+2)
6. Riseisha FC 16 (-8)
7. Hermano Osaka 11 (-17)
8. Kihoku Football Group 0 (-44)
Kansai League Division 1
Banditonce Kobe have been confirmed as champions of the Kansai League, following on from the penultimate round of fixtures staged over the weekend. On Saturday, Banditonce scored a comfortable 4-2 win over relegation-threatened neighbours Kobe FC 1970 that put them five points ahead of sole challengers FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu. But FC Mi-o's 1-1 draw at home to FC Kyoto 1993 on Sunday means that next week's end-of-year clash between the top two is now no more than a formality.

Third place belongs to Osaka company team Ain Food after they drew with AS Laranja Kyoto. The only real issue still to be decided is the identity of the second team to be relegated to Division 2. FC Glaspo Kashiwara have long been for the drop, having picked up only two points all year, but the fact that they lost 4-0 at home to Sanyo Electric Sumoto means that is not known whether either Sanyo or Kobe FC will join them in the lower flight for 2008.

Sat 14 Jul: Ain Food 1-1 AS Laranja Kyoto
Sat 14 Jul: Banditonce Kobe 4-2 Kobe FC 1970
Sat 14 Jul: FC Glaspo Kashiwara 0-4 Sanyo Electric Sumoto

Sun 15 Jul: FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu 1-1 FC Kyoto 1993

1. Banditonce Kobe 36 (+44)
2. FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu 32 (+39)
3. Ain Food 24 (+1)
4. AS Laranja Kyoto 19 (-12)
5. FC Kyoto 1993 16 (-3)
6. Sanyo Electric Sumoto 12 (-23)
7. Kobe FC 1970 10 (-15)
8. FC Glaspo Kashiwara 2 (-31)
JFL Sunday Score
A last-minute change in the schedule resulted in only one JFL fixture being staged on Sunday, with JEF Reserves' match at home to high-flying Sagawa Kyubin SC and Ryutsu Keizai University against FC Gifu joining FC Ryukyu and TDK SC on the slate for holiday Monday. The postponements were due to the typhoon conditions affecting many parts of Japan. But in the game that did take place, Rosso Kumamoto made the most of the situation to go top of the table by beating bottom side Arte Takasaki 2-1, both goals coming almost inevitably from star striker Yutaka Takahashi.

Sun 15 Jul: Arte Takasaki 1-2 Rosso Kumamoto

1. Rosso Kumamoto 46 (+23)
2. Sagawa Kyubin SC 45 (+25)
3. FC Gifu 37 (+11)
4. YKK AP 35 (+9)
5. Yokogawa Musashino 34 (+10)
6. Alo's Hokuriku 34 (+2)
7. JEF Reserves 32 (+7)
8. Honda FC 30 (+7)
9. Tochigi SC 26 (+5)
10. Mitsubishi Mizushima 25 (-6)
11. Ryutsu Keizai University 24 (-2)
12. Gainare Tottori 24 (-3)
13. Sagawa Printing 23 (-10)
14. Sony Sendai 21 (-14)
15. TDK SC 20 (-7)
16. FC Kariya 17 (-11)
17. FC Ryukyu 16 (-21)
18. Arte Takasaki 5 (-25)
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