Japanese Non-league Football News

Shikoku League
There is little doubt that the sensation of the year across all of the nine Regional Leagues has been the astonishing success of Tokushima Vortis Amateur. The team achieved little during their first season in the Shikoku League in 2006, but have trounced all-comers in 2007 to take the title - and fans will be awaiting with interest to see if this local success can translate into something wider when they participate in the Regional League Championship Winners' Play-off tournament next month, for a spot in the JFL.

Vortis concluded the Shikoku League campaign with crushing defeats of relegation play-off-bound Sanwa Club and Tokushima Comprille SC, running up a total of 31 goals in just 180 minutes of football. Not surprisingly, runners-up Kamatamare Sanuki could hardly compete with that level of performance, but their final game of the year did serve to underline the extent to which there has been a power shift in the non-league game on the island over the last couple of seasons.

For a 5-1 defeat for Nangoku Kochi would have been unthinkable even twelve months ago. Nevertheless, the southerners' period of dominance - which manifested itself via five consecutive title wins up to 2005 - can now be said to be most definitely at an end. It is Vortis who will represent Shikoku at national level this year and while Kochi and, last year, Kamatamare, were unable to cope with the step-up in quality, it could just be that Tokushima will be in with a chance of bringing JFL football back to the region.

Sun 23 Sep: Ehime Shimanami 1-4 Kamatamare Sanuki
Sun 23 Sep: Sanyo Electric Tokushima 1-3 Nangoku Kochi
Sun 23 Sep: Tokushima Comprille SC 2-3 Ventana AC

Sun 30 Sep: Ehime Shimanami 1-3 Tokushima Comprille SC
Sun 30 Sep: Sanwa Club 3-6 Sanyo Electric Tokushima

Sun 07 Oct: Tokushima Vortis Amateur 19-0 Sanwa Club

Sun 21 Oct: Ehime Shimanami 1-2 Sanyo Electric Tokushima
Sun 21 Oct: Kamatamare Sanuki 5-1 Nangoku Kochi
Sun 21 Oct: Tokushima Comprille SC 0-12 Tokushima Vortis Amateur
Sun 21 Oct: Ventana AC 4-4 Sanwa Club

1. Tokushima Vortis Amateur 40 (+85)
2. Kamatamare Sanuki 37 (+54)
3. Nangoku Kochi 30 (+19)
4. Sanyo Electric Tokushima 21 (-10)
5. Ventana AC 14 (-29)
6. Ehime Shimanami 10 (-25)
7. Tokushima Comprille SC 9 (-34)
8. Sanwa Club 4 (-60)

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