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Omiya Ardija
Omiya Ardija
Full nameOmiya Ardija
Nickname(s)Risu (The Squirrels)
Founded1969; 51 years ago (1969)
GroundNACK5 Stadium ?miya
Omiya-ku, Saitama, Saitama
OwnerNTT Group
ChairmanMasashi Mori
ManagerTakuya Takagi
LeagueJ2 League
2019J2 League, 3rd
WebsiteClub website

Omiya Ardija (, ?miya Arud?ja) is a professional association football club based in ?miya 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 ?miya (Nack5?, Nakku-faibu Sutajiamu ?miya): ?miya 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 Kant? 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 ?miya to participate in the J. League. The name "Ardija" is a transcription of the Spanish language ardilla (squirrel) which is the mascot of ?miya 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 ?ita 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 Semi-final
2017 J1 18 18 11,464 Group Stage Quarter-final
2018 J2 22 5 9,224 - 3rd Round
2019 J2 22 3 9,478 - 3rd Round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance
  • Source: J. League Data Site


As of 11 January 2020[5]

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

Out on loan

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

  • Past (and present) players who are the subjects of resource 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 2017-2018
Takuya Takagi  Japan 2019-present


  1. ^ a b "Omiya Ardija Club Profile". J. League. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Club Profile". Omiya Ardija. Retrieved 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 2015.
  4. ^ " NACK5?". Saitama Shimbun (in Japanese). 47news. 23 October 2007.
  5. ^ "Top team". Omiya Ardija. Retrieved 2020.

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