After a long preseason in which we made the first steps to build a professional club in Iwaki, the official kick off to the season was made on Sunday April 10th 2016.
It was clear that this first game could not go by unnoticed. Our own staff together with the team of Domecorp wanted to make this a special occasion that would make an impact on our future supporters. They pulled out all the stops. Every school was visited with free invitations. Radio and TV announcements were made to attract as many fans as possible.The match day program was extended with a clinic for schools and activities for kids outside the stadium. The match was broadcast live through our website in a professional manner with several cameras. Around 3000 spectators turned up for for this historic game.
A very nice result for the organization.
The game was played against Glorys Fukushima. It started with an impressive national anthem performed by Miliyah.
Our players were really motivated to show everybody their capability. They started a little nervous which resulted in to many mistakes in the first 20 minutes of the game. But after they settled and started to play their normal game the goals were coming. It was clear that the hard work of preseason paid off the longer the game lasted. Some very nice attacks resulted in a 3-0 advantage in half time. In the second half we scored another 5 which made it a clear 8-0 win.
It is nice to see that the players really start to understand the total football concept we try to implement. This means that we do not want to be dominant only in ball possession, but also like to press hard when we don’t have the ball. The players start to like taking the initiative and gain a lot of confidence when they see it work to their advantage.