FC Gifu Second, fresh off a relatively successful season were in action this week in the Zenkokushakaijinsakkataikai (第49回全国社会人サッカー選手権大会) or for easiness’ sake ‘Zensha’
The Seconds acquitted themselves very well, reaching the semi-final of the competition before losing to J3 hopefuls Renofa Yamaguchi. Here is a quick run-down of the tournament for the Seconds.
- Round 1 – FC Gifu Second 3-0 Kochi University Torastar
- Round 2 – FC Gifu Second 3-1 Chiba Teachers
- Round 3 – FC Gifu Second 3-2 Volca Kagoshima (AET)
- Semi Final – FC Gifu Second 0-2 Renofa Yamaguchi
- 3rd place game – FC Gifu Second v Joyful Honda Tsukuba
To get to the final four of this tournament is not easy, and they should be very proud of the way they played. Usually the 3rd place team in this competition goes onto compete in the JFL promotion play-off series, but FC Gifu Second have declined the opportunity to do so. (Incidentally, so did Joyful Tsukuba, so Volca Kagoshima will instead take part).
It will be interesting to see if any players from this group “graduate” to the full FC Gifu squad next year. There are some talented players, so hopefully some of them will be given a chance.