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Regional League Championship Winners' Play-off Results
In a desperately close Final Group of this year's Regional League Championship Winners' Play-off tournament, favourites Fagiano Okayama recovered from the disappointment of a penalty shoot-out defeat on Saturday to win their Sunday game and take top spot. This means that the Chugoku League champions will be automatically promoted to the JFL for 2008, where they will be joined by Kyushu's New Wave Kitakyushu.

The Fukuoka outfit bounced back from a slow start to claim a sensational 2-0 win on Sunday over then-leaders Banditonce Kobe. In what was an incredibly close tournament, this enabled them to squeeze out Kobe's Kansai neighbours FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu into third place.

While Banditonce will have to go back to their Regional League for next season, FC Mi-o's fate remains unclear until the J-League confirm whether or not Rosso Kumamoto and FC Gifu will definitely be promoted to J2. The most likely outcome looks to be that Mi-o will be required to play off against Arte Takasaki for the right to play in the JFL in 2008, but it is the J-League itself which is required to make a final decision.

Final Group in Kumagaya

Fri 30 Nov: Fagiano Okayama 1-1 New Wave Kitakyushu (PK 4-3)
Fri 30 Nov: Banditonce Kobe 1-1 FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu (PK 5-3)
Sat 01 Dec: Fagiano Okayama 0-0 Banditonce Kobe (PK 2-4)
Sat 01 Dec: New Wave Kitakyushu 0-1 FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu
Sun 02 Dec: Fagiano Okayama 1-0 FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu
Sun 02 Dec: New Wave Kitakyushu 2-0 Banditonce Kobe

1. Fagiano Okayama 6 (+1)
2. New Wave Kitakyushu 4 (+1)
3. FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu 4 (-)
4. Banditonce Kobe 4 (-2)
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JFL Sunday Scores
The 2007 JFL season reached its conclusion on Sunday with a full series of nine fixtures. Champions Sagawa Kyubin SC and second place Rosso Kumamoto both rounded off their campaigns in fine style, with Sagawa's Sho Gokyu appropriately netting their final goal - his thirtieth of the season - in a 3-1 defeat of Mitsubishi Mizushima.

Likewise, Rosso's own top scorer Yutaka Takahashi was on good form, scoring four times after the interval as the J-League-bound side trounced Sagawa Printing. Hoping to join Rosso in J2 next season, FC Gifu will be hoping that the J-League approve their financial arrangements as the team ended 2007 in third, following a comfortable win over Arte Takasaki.

In their final-ever matches prior to merging in the close season, Toyama pair Alo's Hokuriku and YKK AP experienced contrasting fortunes. Alo's managed a 3-3 draw with JEF Reserves after having trailed 2-0 inside ten minutes, with star striker Hideyuki Ishida grabbing a hat-trick, but YKK slumped to a defeat at home to Ryutsu Keizai University.

2006 champions Honda FC are evidently trying to develop a new team but nevertheless rounded off an inconsistent year impressively, defeating TDK SC and their miserly defence 4-1. Tochigi SC will be glad to see the back of 2007 but were at least able to conclude it with a win over lowly FC Kariya. Elsewhere in mid-table, Sony Sendai overcame Gainare Tottori but Yokogawa Musashino surprisingly lost at home to FC Ryukyu.

Sun 02 Dec: Alo's Hokuriku 3-3 JEF Reserves
Sun 02 Dec: Arte Takasaki 0-2 FC Gifu
Sun 02 Dec: Honda 4-1 TDK SC
Sun 02 Dec: Rosso Kumamoto 6-3 Sagawa Printing
Sun 02 Dec: Sagawa Kyubin SC 3-1 Mitsubishi Mizushima
Sun 02 Dec: Sony Sendai 1-0 Gainare Tottori
Sun 02 Dec: Tochigi SC 2-1 FC Kariya
Sun 02 Dec: YKK AP 0-1 Ryutsu Keizai University
Sun 02 Dec: Yokogawa Musashino 1-2 FC Ryukyu

1. Sagawa Kyubin SC 83 (+50)
2. Rosso Kumamoto 30 (+31)
3. FC Gifu 60 (+14)
4. Alo's Hokuriku 59 (+15)
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5. Honda FC 58 (+19)
6. YKK AP 55 (+7)
7. Yokogawa Musashino 54 (+6)
8. Tochigi SC 52 (+14)
9. JEF Reserves 52 (+5)
10. Ryutsu Keizai University 50 (+9)
11. Sony Sendai 44 (-13)
12. Sagawa Printing 43 (-12)
13. TDK SC 42 (+2)
14. Gainare Tottori 39 (-9)
15. Mitsubishi Mizushima 35 (-17)
16. FC Kariya 28 (-23)
17. FC Ryukyu 27 (-44)
18. Arte Takasaki 7 (-54)
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