Omiya Ardija

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Full name Omiya Ardija
Nickname(s) Risu (The Squirrels)
Founded 1969; 49 years ago (1969)
Ground NACK5 Stadium Ōmiya
Omiya-ku, Saitama, Saitama
Capacity 15,500
Owner NTT Group
Chairman Masashi Mori
Manager Masatada Ishii
League J2 League
2017 18th (relegated)
Website Club website
Current season

Omiya Ardija (大宮アルディージャ, Ōmiya Arudīja) is a professional association football club based in Ōmiya in Saitama, Japan. Its "hometown" as designated by the league is the whole of Saitama city, which is shared with neighbours Urawa Red Diamonds. Omiya competed in the J1 League following an immediate promotion in 2015 after being relegated in 2014. Omiya was relegated again following the 2017 season. They competed in J1 2005 and continued to remain until 2014, following promotion from J2 in 2004 as the second placed team. The team currently competes in the J2 League.

Their home field is Nack5 Stadium Ōmiya (Nack5スタジアム大宮, Nakku-faibu Sutajiamu Ōmiya): Ōmiya Park Soccer Stadium by the naming rights with occasional games being played at the Kumagaya Athletic Stadium.


The team were founded in 1964 as NTT Saitama Soccer Selection in Urawa, Saitama and later known as the NTT Kantō Soccer Club in 1969. They were first promoted to the Japan Soccer League Second Division in 1987, and when the JSL folded, joined the former Japan Football League.[1]

In 1998 it was separately incorporated as NTT Sport Community K.K. based in Ōmiya to participate in the J. League. The name "Ardija" is a transcription of the Spanish language ardilla (squirrel) which is the mascot of Ōmiya and the park in which their home stadium is located.[1][2]

Their matches against Urawa Red Diamonds have been called the "Saitama Derby".[3]

In 2005–2007 most of Omiya's home matches were held at Saitama Stadium 2002 and Urawa Komaba Stadium due to expansion works at their home ground. In October 2007 the expansion was complete. On November 11, the re-opening match was held as a J. League season match between the Ardija and Ōita Trinita (1–2).[4]

Record as J. League member[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J. League Cup Emperor's Cup
1999 J2 10 6 2,674 1st Round 3rd Round
2000 J2 11 4 3,477 1st Round 3rd Round
2001 J2 12 5 3,864 1st Round 1st Round
2002 J2 12 6 5,266 4th Round
2003 J2 12 6 5,058 3rd Round
2004 J2 12 2 6,108 5th Round
2005 J1 18 13 9,980 Quarter-final Semi-final
2006 J1 18 12 10,234 Group Stage 5th Round
2007 J1 18 15 11,465 Group Stage 4th Round
2008 J1 18 12 9,350 Group Stage 5th Round
2009 J1 18 13 13,707 Group Stage 3rd Round
2010 J1 18 12 11,064 Group Stage 4th Round
2011 J1 18 13 12,221 2nd Round 2nd Round
2012 J1 18 13 10,637 Group stage 4th Round
2013 J1 18 14 11,138 Group stage 2nd Round
2014 J1 18 16 10,811 Group stage Quarter-final
2015 J2 22 1 9,490 3rd Round
2016 J1 18 5 11,814 Quarter-final Semi-final
2017 J1 18 18 11,464 Group Stage Quarter-final
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance
  • Source: J. League Data Site

Current players[edit]

As of 16 January 2018.[5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Nobuhiro Kato
2 Japan DF Kosuke Kikuchi (captain)
3 Japan DF Hiroyuki Komoto
4 Japan DF Kohei Yamakoshi
5 Japan DF Taisuke Nakamura
6 Japan DF Akinari Kawazura
7 Japan MF Yuta Mikado
8 Japan MF Akimi Barada
9 Sweden FW Robin Simović
10 Japan FW Genki Omae
11 Brazil FW Marcelo Toscano
13 Japan DF Daisuke Watabe
14 Japan FW Shintaro Shimizu
15 Japan MF Keisuke Oyama
16 Brazil MF Mateus
No. Position Player
17 Japan MF Shigeru Yokotani
18 Brazil MF Cauê Cecilio
19 Japan DF Ryo Okui
20 Japan DF Noriyoshi Sakai
21 Japan GK Hitoshi Shiota
22 Japan GK Takashi Kasahara
23 Japan MF Shin Kanazawa
25 Japan DF Kazuma Takayama
28 Japan FW Takamitsu Tomiyama
32 Japan GK Yuki Kato
33 Japan MF Kanji Okunuki
34 Japan FW Kazuaki Saso
35 South Korea DF Kim Dong-su
39 Japan MF Shintaro Shimada
  • Past (and present) players who are the subjects of Wikipedia articles can be found here


Coach Nation Tenure
Pim Verbeek  Netherlands 1998–1999
Toshiya Miura  Japan 2000–2001
Henk Duut  Netherlands 2002
Masaaki Kanno  Japan 2003
Eijun Kiyokumo  Japan 2003
Toshiya Miura  Japan 2004–2006
Robert Verbeek  Netherlands 2007
Satoru Sakuma  Japan 2007
Yasuhiro Higuchi  Japan 2008
Chang Woe-ryong  South Korea 2009–2010
Jun Suzuki  Japan 2010–2012
Takeyuki Okamoto (interim)  Japan 2012
Zdenko Verdenik  Slovenia 2012–2013
Takeyuki Okamoto (interim)  Japan 2013
Tsutomu Ogura  Japan 2013
Kiyoshi Okuma  Japan 2014
Hiroki Shibuya  Japan 2014–2017
Akira Ito  Japan 2017
Masatada Ishii  Japan 2017–


  1. ^ a b "Omiya Ardija Club Profile". J. League. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Club Profile". Omiya Ardija. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "The 13th Saitama derby in the football-mad region comes around this Saturday in Japan's J-League when Urawa Red Diamonds face Omiya Ardija". 11 June 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "オレンジの聖地一新 NACK5スタジアム大宮". Saitama Shimbun (in Japanese). 47news. 23 October 2007. 
  5. ^ "Notice of 2018 season team structure decision". Omiya Ardija. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 

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