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JFA Uniqlo Soccer Kids in Osaka successful with over 2,000 participants

28 January 2015

JFA Uniqlo Soccer Kids in Osaka successful with over 2,000 participants

The JFA Uniqlo Soccer Kids is a fun festival in which any pre-elementary school children of six years old or younger can participate. Kyocera Dome Osaka in Osaka Prefecture hosted it on 25 January, assembling 2,225 children from 149 teams, including some individual participants.

Former Japan national team player Morishima Hiroaki was there as a special guest for the event, along with Gamba Osaka's Gamba Boy and Cerezo Osaka's Lobby and Madam Lobina. They spent time with the participants, taking photos together and giving cheers to them. The JFA Uniqlo Soccer Kids are held at 14 different domes and football stadiums around the nation. The last of which will be held in Kanagawa Prefecture on 15 March.




●Comments from the Host
Secretary General, General Incorporated Association Osaka Prefectural Football Association
This festival has been held with the support from Uniqlo since 2003, and a total of 150,000 kids have participated in it around the country. In Osaka, we had it at Kyocera Dome Osaka in the first year and had hosted eight events at Nagai Stadium, Kincho Stadium and then back at Kyocera Dome afterwards. Those who participated in those days have become high school students. We hope everybody here to listen to  your fathers and mothers at home well, listen to your teachers at your kindergartens well, and listen to your football coaches well. The Japan Football Association are supporting from this generations through the senior generations in terms of football. As we've had another successful event, we appreciate the people from Uniqlo and staff members. (At the closing ceremony)

●Comments from the one of Guardians
Kashihara Tomoko, mother of Kashihara Ruito who attends at Wellness Tsurumi Kindergarten 
We participated in it as a member of his kindergarten's football club today. They usually have only one practice a week and it was the first time for him to play in a game since he became a senior. They didn't particularly have a practice for today, but my son has had more interest in football and watches it on television sometimes. Son is a fan of Kakitani and cheers for him. After attending this event, my son got to have good experience as he was able to play more seriously, which I don't usually get to see. My son played in all the three games, though he wasn't able to score. But he played good games. He seems to have wanted to score, so after this point on, hopefully he practices more seriously and score some goals.

Event Overview

Event title JFA Uniqlo Soccer Kids in Kyocera Dome Osaka
Date Sun. 25 January 2015
Timetable Morning session:
Gate open 08:45 / Players entry 09:30 / Opening ceremony 09:50 /
Festival 10:20-12:15 / Closing ceremony 12:05
Afternoon session:
Gate open 12:45 / Players entry: 13:30 / Opening ceremony 13:50 /
Festival 14:20 - 16:15 / Closing ceremony 16:25
Venue Kyocera Dome Oska(3-2-1 Chiyozaki Nishiku Osaka)
Game format 8-a-side mini soccer festival
Size of pitch: 26m×13m (Total of 14 pitches)
Number of games per team: about 3 games
Playing time: 1st half 5min, 2nd half 5min
Target participants Preschool age children 6 years old or younger
Host organizations Japan Football Association and Osaka Football Association
Special sponsor Uniqlo Co., Ltd.
Special guest MORISHIMA Hiroaki(former Japan International)
Support staff Osaka Football Association staff / Osaka Football Association volunteer staff /
Gamba Osaka / Cerezo Osaka/Osaka Kyouiku University / Mukogawa Women’s University /
Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences / Uenomiya Gakuen High School /
Sakuranomiya High School / Osaka Kaisei Gakuen High School
Mascot support Gambaboy(Gamba Osaka)/Lobby, Madame Lobina(Cerezo Osaka)
Application period Fri. 21 November to Fri. 19 December, 17:00   *first-come-and-first-served
Application Uniqlo soccer kids application form available on JFA Official website

Soccer families

 Teams MenWomen  Total
U-6 group (team participation)  149 1,449 484 2,082
U-6 group (individual participation)   107 36 143
Total 149 1,556 520 2,225
Spectators 4,800
Staff 230
Soccer families total 7,255

Event Schedule of Business Year 2014

Sun.  8 June 2014 Fukuoka Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome
Mon. 21 July 2014 Aichi Nagoya Dome
Mon. 15 September 2014 Tokyo Tokyo Dome
Sun. 5 October 2014 Iwate Iwate Sports Park Athletic Field
Mon. 13 October 2014 Toyama Toyama Athletic Recreation Park
Sun. 19 October 2014 Ibaraki Kashima Soccer Stadium
Mon. 3 November 2014 Hokkaido Sapporo Dome
Sun. 16 November 2014 Miyagi Kesennuma Elementary School
Mon. 24 November 2014 Saitama Seibu Dome
Sat. 29 November 2014 Kumamoto Kumamoto Sports Park Auxiliary field
Sun. 7 December2014 *changed on 10/6 Okayama kanko Stadium
Sun. 21 December 2014 Yamaguchi Yamaguchi Kirara Memorial Park
Sun. 25 January 2015 Osaka Kyocera Dome Osaka
Sun. 15 March 2015 Kanagawa Shonan BMW Stadium Hiratsuka
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