Japanese Non-league Football News

All-Japan Shakaijin - First Round
The 2006 All-Japan Shakaijin tournament kicked off in Akita prefecture on Saturday, with 32 Regional and Prefectural League teams participating in Japan's most important national cup competition for smaller non-league teams. As regular readers of these pages will be aware, the Shakaijin is now more or less a dress rehearsal for the end-of-season play-offs to decide promotion to the JFL from the Regional leagues, with a lot of crossover in terms of competing clubs.

In Saturday's First Round ties, then, it was probably ambitious Tokai League champions FC Gifu who came out best, 4-0 up at half-time against tough Kyushu Leaguers Nippon Steel Oita and an eventual 6-2 win to take them through to a Second Round tie against All-Kamisu SC from the lower reaches of the Kanto League. Of the other top teams, V Varen Nagasaki and hosts TDK Akita will also be particularly pleased with their day's work, as they swept aside Hanno Bruder and Sanyo Electric Sumoto respectively.

The big losers were undoubtedly Japan Soccer College, Hokushinetsu League champions but defeated on this occasion 3-2 by New Wave Kitakyushu; and Chugoku League leaders Fagiano Okayama, who failed to overcome FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu from the Kansai League. At the other end of the scale, however, both of the teams from the Prefectural Leagues fell at the first hurdle, FC Nishiomiya A losing to the aforementioned All-Kamisu SC and Shizuoka FC proving to be all too much for Tonan SC Gunma.

Nippon Steel Oita 2-6 FC Gifu
FC Nishiomiya A 0-4 All-Kamisu SC
Nirasaki Astros 1-2 Nangoku Kochi
AS Laranja Kyoto 3-1 Nagoya Club
NEC Tokin 3-1 Sagawa Kyubin Chugoku
FC Machida Zelvia 2-2 Kobe FC 1970 (PK 6-5)
Norbritz Hokkaido 1-1 Fervorosa (PK 1-3)
Hanno Bruder 0-4 V Varen Nagasaki
TDK Akita 4-1 Sanyo Electric Sumoto
Okinawa Kariyushi 3-2 Toho Titanium
Fuyo Club 5-3 FC Primeiro
Japan Soccer College 2-3 New Wave Kitakyushu
Shizuoka FC 3-0 Tonan SC Gunma
Ain Food 1-2 Kamatamare Sanuki
Toyota Motors Hokkaido 2-4 YSCC
Fagiano Okayama 0-1 FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu

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