Three J.Leaguers called up for Japan Under-22s

The Japan Football Association on Friday announced that Kawasaki Frontale midfielder Ryota Oshima is one of three more players called up to the national Under-22 squad.

Albirex Niigata striker Musashi Suzuki and JEF United Chiba talent Ado Onaiwu will also contend for a spot for the friendly test against Costa Rica at Yurtec Stadium in Sendai.

They will join up with the previously-announced squad in the clash which will take place on July 1 as part of preparations for next January’s AFC U-23 championship.


Young J.Leaguers called up to Japan U-22 for Costa Rica friendly

The Japan Football Association on Monday announced its list of 21 players for the Under-22 national team’s upcoming friendly against Costa Rica at Yurtec Stadium in Sendai.

Coach Makoto Teguramori’s squad includes Sanfrecce Hiroshima defender Soya Takahashi and Gamba Osaka midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi.

Both have also played for the J.League Under-22 Selection participating in the MEIJI YASUDA J3 League.

The test forms part of Japan’s preparations ahead of January’s AFC U-23 Championship, which serves as the confederation’s qualification tournament for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The full list of players is as follows:


Masatoshi Kushibiki (Shimizu S-Pulse)

Ayumi Niekawa (Jubilo Iwata)

Genki Yamada (Kyoto Sanga)


Kazuki Kushibiki (Consadole Sapporo)

Masashi Kamekawa (Avispa Fukuoka)

Yukitoshi Ito (Kashima Antlers)

Tatsuki Nara (FC Tokyo)

Naoki Kawaguchi (Albirex Niigata)

Takuya Iwanami (Vissel Kobe)

Naomichi Ueda (Kashima Antlers)

Soya Takahashi (Sanfrecce Hiroshima)


Wataru Endo (Shonan Bellmare)

Shinya Yajima (Fagiano Okayama)

Gakuto Notsuda (Sanfrecce Hiroshima)

Takuya Kida (Yokohama F. Marinos)

Shoya Nakajima (FC Tokyo)

Naoki Maeda (Matsumoto Yamaga)

Yosuke Ideguchi (Gamba Osaka)


Takeshi Kanamori (Avispa Fukuoka)

Yuta Toyokawa (Kashima Antlers)

Takuma Asano (Sanfrecce Hiroshima)


Sagamihara announce “Meiji Yasuda Life” Discount

Third-tier outfit SC Sagamihara announced details for their “MEIJI YASUDA LIFE DISCOUNT” promotion on Wednesday.

In recognition of Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance, the J.League’s title partner for 2015, the club will offer a 500 yen discount to fans with any of the Japanese characters that spell “Meiji Yasuda Life” in their name.

The special is scheduled to take place during their MEIJI YASUDA J3 League matchday 14 clash with Gainare Tottori next Sunday.

Sagamihara are currently in fifth place with 19 points from 11 matches, three points behind third-place Tottori.


Y.S.C.C. Yokohama continue Nepal fundraising efforts

MEIJI YASUDA J3 League outfit YSCC Yokohama called for donations to support post-earthquake reconstruction in Nepal on Sunday.

Fundraising stations were set up in front of Yokohama Mitsuzawa Athletic Stadium before the team’s matchday 11 game against Fujieda MYFC.

Relief funds collected at the match will be combined with the amount raised during the matchday 9 clash with Renofa Yamaguchi and donated through the Japan Red Cross Society.


Renofa offer lodging stipend for Shimonoseki home games

Third-tier outfit Renofa Yamaguchi on Thursday announced a stipend to assist fans attending games at the club’s secondary home ground of Shimonoseki Athletic Stadium.

Fans staying at participating hotels for any of the three eligible matches (versus the J.League Under-22s on 31st May, Machida Zelvia on 14th June, or SC Sagamihara on 4th October) will have half of their fees reimbursed by the club.

Located near the straits that separate Yamaguchi and Fukuoka prefectures, Shimonoseki is nearly 70 kilometres from Renofa’s traditional home ground, Yamaguchi Ishin Memorial Park Stadium.


Machida mascot Zelvi thrills at cherry blossom festival

Machida Zelvia club mascot Zelvi thrilled crowds when he participated in the Machida Cherry Blossom Festival.

Despite poor weather on the day of the festival, Zelvi raised spirits of those present by taking part in quiz events and prize raffles.

The MEIJI YASUDA J3 League side had already been active in the community when they initiated their “National Sakura Invitation Project” recently.

Fans with the character for sakura in their names had been offered free general admission tickets for Zelvia’s clash with Blaublitz Akita on 29th March.


Yokotake seeks new challenge in regional league

Gainare Tottori have confirmed that Tsubasa Yokotake completed his transfer to Shikoku regional league team Igosso Kochi on Wednesday.

Yokotake, a product of the famous Sanfrecce Hiroshima academy, played 10 matches in 2014 with MEIJI YASUDA J3 League side Gainare.

The midfielder made sure to thank his supporters in Tottori in a short message via the official club’s website.

His new side Igosso Kochi play in the Shikoku League, one of the several regional leagues that forms the fifth tier of Japanese football.

Above the regional league is the Japan Football League, which leads up to the three rungs of the J.League.


Machida Zelvia invite “Sakura” from around Japan to match

Fans stand to be eligible for free match tickets as part of FC Machida Zelvia’s “National Sakura Invitation Project”, the club announced on Saturday.

With Japan’s iconic cherry blossoms (sakura) in bloom now, the club will offer free general admission tickets to anyone with the character for sakura in their first or last name.

Tickets will be issued for the 29th March game, when the MEIJI YASUDA J3 League side host Blaublitz Akita at Machida Athletic Stadium.

Zelvia currently sit fourth in Japan’s third tier, after opening their 2015 campaign with one win and a draw.


New entrant Renofa Yamaguchi kick off in MEIJI YASUDA J3 League

Japan’s third division, the MEIJI YASUDA J3 League, kicked off its second season on Sunday.

The league features 13 teams, one of which is the Japanese Under-22 national team selection.

Amongst the teams playing the six fixtures was new club Renofa Yamaguchi FC, the only new club admitted to J.League in 2015.

They played their first home game at Ishin Memorial Park Stadium in front of more than 7,000 spectators, and defeated Gainare Tottori 2-1.

The league finishes on 23rd November after 39 rounds, with the top two teams holding a MEIJI YASUDA J2 League license eligible to earn promotion to the next tier.

The MEIJI YASUDA J3 League winner automatically gains promotion at the expense of the last-placed MEIJI YASUDA J2 League side, while the MEIJI YASUDA J3 League runners’ up while battle the 21st-placed MEIJI YASUDA J2 League side in a promotion/relegation playoff.

If either or both top two MEIJI YASUDA J3 League finishers are ineligible for promotion, the promotion/relegation process will be suspended in accordance to the exact positions of promotion-eligible clubs.

The Japan U-22 side is not eligible to gain promotion regardless of their finishing berth.