Omiya Ardija

Omiya Ardija
Full name Omiya Ardija
Nickname(s) Risu (The Squirrels)
Founded 1969 (1969)
Ground NACK5 Stadium Ōmiya
Omiya-ku, Saitama, Saitama
Ground Capacity 15,500
Owner NTT Group
Chairman Shigeru Suzuki
Manager Hiroki Shibuya
League J1 League
2016 J1 League, 5th
Website Club home page

Omiya Ardija (大宮アルディージャ Ōmiya Arudīja) is a professional association football club which play in the J1 League, and are 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 currently compete in the J1 League following an immediate promotion in 2015 after being relegated in 2014. They competed in J1 2005 and continued to remain in J1 between 2005 and 2014, following promotion from J2 in 2004 as the second placed team.

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.


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

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

Current players

As of 21 January 2016.[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 Keigo Numata
7 Japan MF Ataru Esaka
8 Serbia FW Dragan Mrđa
9 Slovenia FW Nejc Pečnik
10 Japan MF Yuzo Iwakami
11 Japan MF Ryuji Bando
13 Japan DF Daisuke Watabe
14 Japan DF Shintaro Shimizu
15 Japan MF Keisuke Oyama
16 Brazil MF Mateus
17 Japan MF Shigeru Yokotani
18 Japan MF Tomonobu Yokoyama
No. Position Player
19 Japan DF Ryo Okui
20 Japan DF Tsubasa Oya
21 Japan GK Hitoshi Shiota
22 Japan MF Takuya Wada
23 Japan MF Shin Kanazawa
25 Japan DF Kazuma Takayama
26 Japan MF Masato Kojima
27 Japan MF Atsushi Kurokawa
28 Japan DF Shunsuke Fukuda
29 Japan FW Kento Kawata
30 Japan FW Takumu Fujinuma
32 Japan GK Yuki Kato
39 Japan MF Jin Izumisawa
41 Japan MF Akihiro Ienaga (vice-captain)
50 Japan GK Kenya Matsui

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
Japan GK Shuhei Kawata (at Tochigi SC)
Japan GK Keiki Shimizu (at Thespakusatsu Gunma)
Japan DF Yuko Takase (at Thespakusatsu Gunma)


As of 16 May 2015.

‡ As caretaker manager


  1. 1 2 "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. "Current squad". Omiya Ardija. Retrieved 21 January 2016.

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