Empress’ Cup 2014 tournament bracket created by Ken Suzuki

Empress’ Cup 2014 tournament bracket created by Ken Suzuki

The teams to compete in the Empress’ Cup 2014 and the fixtures are made public. One distinct feature of 2014 tournament is that youth team of four Nadeshiko League clubs are involved.

Urawa Reds Ladies Youth JEF United Chiba Ladies U18 Albirex Niigata Ladies U18 Okayama Sakuyo High School The soccer club of Okayama Sakuyo High School is the Yunogo Belle’s youth team whose players are eligible to play in the Nadeshiko League (if properly registered.)

The first round matches will be played on November 29 and 30. The second round matches are scheduled for December 6 and 7 in which four teams will make their first appearances. Iga Kunoichi, Kibi University, Speranza Osaka-Takatsuki, Urawa Reds Ladies Youth Iga and Kibi are the two bottom teams of Nadeshiko League. Takatsuki is currently at the top of the second division (Challenge League.) Urawa Youth is the only U18 team given this privilege. The other eight Nadeshiko League teams will make their first appearances in the third round (round of 16) scheduled for December 13 and 14. Quarter-finals, semi-finals and final are scheduled for December 21, December 28 and January 1 respectively.

Match results are posted in the comment wall below.

29 Comments
  1. Author
    Ken Suzuki 5 years ago

    January 1 result

    [Final]
    Urawa Reds 0 – 1 NTV Beleza
    NTV: 19’ Mina Tanaka
    Attendance: 6,120
    Shots: Urawa 5 – 6 NTV
    Corners: Urawa 2 – 4 NTV

    2014 season concludes with three titles won by different teams.

    Nadeshiko League Regular Series: Yunogo Belle
    Nadeshiko League: Urawa Reds
    Empress’ Cup: NTV Beleza

    • Author
      Ken Suzuki 5 years ago

      By the way, the attendance of the last year’s final by INAC Kobe vs. Albirex Niigata was 3,901. I am pleased if this means the Nadeshikos gain support without relying on a single team’s popularity.

    • Asa 5 years ago

      Thank you Ken for all the updates in this tournament

    • WSU 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for your brilliant coverage.
      I am sorry the Urawa Reds were unable to claim the trophy but they only lost by a narrow margin.
      What a fantastic attendance, I agree that it is very promising that this was achieved without relying on a single team’s popularity.
      2015 is going to be very exciting!

  2. Author
    Ken Suzuki 5 years ago

    December 28 results

    [Semi Finals]

    NTV Beleza 2 – 0 Vegalta Semdai
    NTV: 30’ Yui Hasegawa, 79’ Own Goal
    Attendance: 3,361
    Shots: NTV 12 – 7 Sendai
    Corners: NTV 2 – 1 Sendai

    Urawa Reds 3 – 1 JEF Chiba
    Urawa: 64’ Ayano Dozono, 69’ & 73’ Kiko Seike
    Chiba: 90+3’ Risa Fukasawa
    Attendance: 4,315
    Shots: Urawa 10 – 14 Chiba
    Corners: Urawa 3 – 3 Chiba

    Final match-up and the contenders’ results in 2014

    Urawa Reds vs. NTV Beleza
    —[6/1] NTV 0 – 2 Urawa
    —[7/26] Urawa 0 – 0 NTV
    —[9/7] NTV 0 – 3 Urawa
    —[10/19] Urawa 1 – 2 NTV

    • WSU 5 years ago

      Thank you Ken.

      Great attendances at the semi-finals. It’s going to be an exciting contest for the final!

  3. Author
    Ken Suzuki 5 years ago

    December 21 results

    [Quarter Finals]

    Urawa Reds 2 – 0 Iga Kunoichi
    Urawa: 44’ Hanae Shibata, 76’ Natsuki Kishikawa
    Attendance: 860
    Shots: Urawa 10 – 6 Iga
    Corners: Urawa 3 – 3 Iga

    INAC Kobe 0 – 1 JEF Chiba
    Chiba: 57’ Risa Ikadai
    Attendance: 1,052
    Shots: Kobe 6 – 8 Chiba
    Corners: Kobe 4 – 3 Chiba

    NTV Beleza 3 – 0 Albirex Niigata
    NTV: 21’ Mina Tanaka, 50’ Azusa Iwashimizu, 55’ Yui Hasegawa
    Attendance: 829
    Shots: NTV 13 – 5 Niigata
    Corners: NTV 9 – 4 Niigata

    Vegalta Sendai 6 – 1 Yunogo Belle
    Sendai: 50’ Aya Sameshima, 53’ & 76’ & 80’ Haruka Hamada, 58’ Asuka Kakazu, 86’ Miki Irie
    Yunogo: 90+3’ Saori Arimachi
    Attendance: 1,679
    Shots: Sendai 44 – 3 Yunogo
    Corners: Sendai 12 – 0 Yunogo

    Semi Final match-ups and results in 2014

    Urawa Reds vs. JEF Chiba
    —[6/8] Urawa 1 – 0 Chiba
    —[8/2] Chiba 0 – 0 Urawa
    —[10/4] Chiba 1 – 2 Urawa
    —[11/1] Urawa 2 – 1 Chiba

    NTV Beleza vs. Vegalta Sendai
    —[4/12] NTV 2 – 0 Sendai
    —[6/28] Sendai 0 – 1 NTV

    • WSU 5 years ago

      Thank you Ken, great to see Urawa Reds make the semi-finals.

  4. Author
    Ken Suzuki 5 years ago

    December 14 results

    [Round 3]

    Iga Kunoichi 3 – 1 Elfen Saitama
    Iga: 26’ & 36’ Kristen Mewis, 87’ Shiho Ogawa
    Saitama: 76’ Eriko Arakawa
    Attendance: 453
    Shots: Iga 13 – 3 Saitama
    Corners: Iga 4 – 3 Saitama

    Vegalta Sendai 5 – 0 Angeviolet Hiroshima
    Sendai: 23’ & 44’ & 84’ Haruka Hamada, 74’ & 90+1’ Yuki Sakai
    Attendance: 483
    Shots: Sendai 27 – 2 Hiroshima
    Corners: Sendai 5 – 0 Hiroshima

    Fujieda Junshin HS 0 – 4 JEF United Chiba
    Chiba: 3’ Own Goal, 38’ Yuika Sugasawa, 60’ Risa Ikadai, 87’ Naomi Yamamoto
    Attendance: 812
    Shots: Junshin 2 – 16 Chiba
    Corners: Junshin 0 – 4 Chiba

    NTV Beleza 9 – 0 Ehime Ladies
    NTV: 14’ Risa Shimizu, 28’ Chiaki Shimada, 53’ & 73’ & 87’ Mina Tanaka, 54’ Saori Ariyoshi, 59’ Rin Sumida, 61’ Yui Hasegawa, 78’ Yuka Momiki
    Attendance: 296
    Shots: NTV 29 – 5 Ehime
    Corners: NTV 5 – 3 Ehime

    Now all eight survivors are teams of the Nadeshiko League.

    Quarter Finals: December 21. The past matches and the results in 2014.

    (1) Urawa Reds vs. Iga Kunoichi
    —[4/6] Iga 0 – 3 Urawa
    —[6/22] Urawa 2 – 0 Iga

    (2) NTV Beleza vs. Albirex Niigata
    —[4/5] Niigata 0 – 0 NTV
    —[6/22] NTV 5 – 0 Niigata
    —[8/31] Niigata 1 – 1 NTV
    —[11/3] NTV 1 – 2 Niigata

    (3) JEF Chiba vs. INAC Kobe
    —[4/27] Kobe 1 – 1 Chiba
    —[7/12] Chiba 1 – 0 Kobe
    —[9/7] Kobe 3 – 4 Chiba
    —[11/24] Chiba 1 – 1 Kobe

    (4) Yunogo Belle vs. Vegalta Sendai
    —[6/1] Yunogo 2 – 1 Sendai
    —[7/26] Sendai 1 – 1 Yunogo

    • WSU 5 years ago

      Thank you for all the updates Ken.
      All very exciting fixtures when you look at the previous results.

      Bit off topic… But I just wondered, will there be an ‘all star’ match in December this year?

      • Author
        Ken Suzuki 5 years ago

        All-Star game? We had one in August. No, December is already “full” with first IWCC then Empress’ Cup.

        • WSU 5 years ago

          Was there a match on Christmas Eve last year… or am I thinking of something else?

          • Author
            Ken Suzuki 5 years ago

            Oh, I think you mean the Empress’ Cup final (Niigata vs. Kobe) which was on the day before Christmas Eve (December 23, 2013.) For the ongoing tournament, the final match is set on the more prestigious January 1.

          • WSU 5 years ago

            Yeah that must have been it, sorry! I just remembered a match on Christmas eve in Japan, thank you for clearing that up.

  5. Author
    Ken Suzuki 5 years ago

    December 13 results

    [Round 3]

    Urawa Reds 6 – 0 Nojima Stella
    Urawa: 16’ & 83’ Chinatsu Kira, 25’ Hanae Shibata, 56’ Akane Saito, 76’ Michi Goto, 31’ Kiko Seike
    Attendance: 451
    Shots: Urawa 25 – 5 Nojima
    Corners: Urawa 3 – 1 Nojima

    INAC Kobe 4 – 0 Harima Albion
    Kobe: 13’ & 82’ Mai Kyokawa, 46’ Megumi Takase, 50’ Emi Nakajima
    Attendance: 1,206
    Shots: Kobe 20 – 3 Harima
    Corners: Kobe 8 – 2 Harima

    Tokiwagi Gakuen HS 0 – 4 Albirex Niigata
    Niigata: 22’ Sayaka Oishi, 44’ Haruka takahashi, 68’ & 90+1’ Marumi Yamazaki
    Attendance: 587
    Shots: Tokiwagi 6 – 12 Niigata
    Corners: Tokiwagi 2 – 3 Niigata

    Nippon Sport Science Univ. 1 – 3 Yunogo Belle
    NSSU: 10’ Risa Maeda
    Yunogo: 53’ & 66’ Saori Arimachi, 90+2’ Aya Miyama
    Attendance: 712
    Shots: NSSU 2 – 15 Yunogo
    Corners: NSSU 2 – 5 Yunogo

    The Urawa vs. Nojima and Kobe vs. Harima were played in a same stadium which I went . . . and I was freezing in blowing wind for six hours. Two more games will be played in the same stadium, Junshin HS vs. JEF Chiba and NTV Beleza vs. Ehime. Should I go? Uggghhhhh . . . . Anyway, it was a bit unfortunate that the final match of the Emperor’s Cup (men’s) was played today and the almost all soccer fans were watching this game. It deprived the dedicated Nadeshikos of the larger attendance they deserve. Let’s hope it will be better from tomorrow on.

    • WSU 5 years ago

      Thank you Ken.
      That doesn’t sounds very nice conditions at the stadium! I would still be tempted to go though haha.

      • Author
        Ken Suzuki 5 years ago

        I was horrified to see my post-match face, powder-white and red-nosed . . . . a clown’s face !!

        But, yes, I am tempted to go again . . . . .

  6. Author
    Ken Suzuki 5 years ago

    December 7 results

    [Round 2]

    Sfida Setagaya 0 – 1 Fujieda Junshin HS
    Junshin: 94’ Fuka Kono
    Attendance: 216
    Shots: Setagaya 11 – 11 Junshin
    Corners: Setagaya 2 – 2 Junshin

    Urawa Reds Youth 0 – 0 Harima Albion
    PK: Urawa Youth 3 – 4 Harima
    Attendance: 195
    Shots: Urawa Youth 12 – 5 Harima
    Corners: Urawa Youth 9 – 4 Harima

    Tokiwagi Gakuen HS 3 – 2 Speranza Osaka-Takatsuki
    Tokiwagi: 4’ Haruna Sugihara, 16’ Ayaka Nishikawa, 82’ Nana Ichise
    Takatsuki: 37’ Saki Honda, 90’ Yuki Hazuki
    Attendance: 312
    Shots: Tokiwagi 12 – 12 Takatsuki
    Corners: Tokiwagi 2 – 4 Takatsuki

    Kibi Univ. 2 – 2 Angeviolet Hiroshima
    PK: Kibi 7 – 8 Hiroshima
    Kibi: 7’ Asuka Nishikawa, 83’ Own Goal
    Hiroshima: 11’ Fumina Katsurama, 67’ Mizuki Saihara
    Attendance: 631
    Shots: Kibi 14 – 17 Hiroshima
    Corners: Kibi 3 – 4 Hiroshima

    • WSU 5 years ago

      Thank you Ken. What a shame for Urawa Reds Youth to be defeated by penalties.

      • Author
        Ken Suzuki 5 years ago

        As you see in the numbers of shots and corners, this team of high-school girls outperformed a team of adults. Their play-style is a mirror-image of their elder sisters’, only less experienced.

        This match is enjoyable (especially for a neutral viewer.) If anyone is interested the full match can be viewed.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ngNQv1Zwi2g

        I am still pleased as two high-school teams (Tokiwagi and Junshin) made it into the round of 16.

  7. Author
    Ken Suzuki 5 years ago

    December 6 results

    [Round 2]

    Nojima Stella 3 – 1 Seiwa Gakuen HS
    Nojima: 15’ & 68’ & 84’ Arisa Minamino
    Seiwa: 53’ Yukiko Abe
    Attendance: 353
    Shots: Nojima 15 – 10 Seiwa
    Corners: Nojima 4 – 2 Seiwa

    JEF Chiba U18 0 – 4 Iga Kunoichi
    Iga: 9’ Maiko Nasu, 64’ & 77’ Kristen Anne Mewis, 79’ Yoshie Matsunaga
    Attendance: 110
    Shots: Chiba U18 4 – 13 Iga
    Corners: Chiba U18 2 – 2 Iga

    Ehime Ladies 3 – 2 JFA Academy Fukushima
    Ehime: 45+2’ Saori Haruyama, 88’ Sayumi Nishikawa, 110’ Ayu Oya
    Fukushima: 8’ Hikaru Kitagawa, 14’ Miyabi Moriya
    Attendance: 130
    Shots: Ehime 6 – 13 Fukushima
    Corners: Ehime 2 – 1 Fukushima

    Daisho Gakuen HS 0 – 1 Nihon SSU
    NSSU: 47’ Hikari Hirata
    Attendance: 189
    Shots: Daisho 6 – 7 NSSU
    Corners: Daisho 1 – 2 NSSU

  8. Author
    Ken Suzuki 5 years ago

    November 30 results

    [Round 1]

    Fujieda Junshin High Sch. 5 – 0 Himeji Dokkyo Univ.
    Junshin: 31’ & 63’ Hina Sugita, 45+1’ Yukiko Shimamura, 54’ Fuka Kono, 90+3’ Naoka Yanami
    Attendance: 372
    Shots: Junshin 11 – 2 Himeji
    Corners: Junshin 3 – 0 Himeji

    Don’t be surprised because a high school trounced a college. Fujieda-Junshin HS supplied two players, Sugita and Kono, to the U17 cup, and Sugita won the MVP.

    AS Harima Albion 3 – 0 Shimizu Daihachi Pleiades
    Harima: 31’ Chihiro Nakajima, 37’ Ai Saito, 71’ Sonoko Chiba

    JFA Academy Fukushima 3 – 0 Fukuoka J Anclas
    Fukushima: 43’ Hikaru Kitagawa, 47’ Rana Okuma, 73’ Yuki Mizutani
    Attendance: 283
    Shots: Fukushima 16 – 9 Fukuoka
    Corners: Fukushima 3 – 3 Fukuoka

    Albirex Niigata Ladies U18 0 – 6 Tokiwagi Gakuen High Sch.
    Tokiwagi: 9’ Meika Mihashi, 59’ Sakuya Kawasaki, 64’ Haruna Sugihara, 68’ Ayaka Nishikawa, 77’ Ayano Iwaki, 85’ Aoi Komori
    Attendance: 118
    Shots: Niigata U18 5 – 17 Tokiwagi
    Corners: Niigata U18 3 – 6 Tokiwagi

    Angeviolet Hiroshima 2 – 1 Norddea Hokkaido
    Hiroshima: 16’ Yuki Takeda, 73’ Sonoka Ichikawa
    Hokkaido: 21’ Akiho Minato
    Attendance: 281
    Shots: Hiroshima 36 – 7 Hokkaido
    Corners: Hiroshima 8 – 0 Hokkaido

    Japan Soccer College Ladies 0 – 2 Nippon Sport Science Univ.
    Nippon SSU: 51’ Chiharu Ishii, 62’ Rie Abe
    Attendance: 92
    Shots: JSCL 9 – 12 Nippon SSU
    Corners: JSCL 4 – 3 Nippon SSU

  9. Author
    Ken Suzuki 5 years ago

    The tournament begins.

    November 29 results

    [Round 1]

    Nojima Stella Kanagawa 3 – 2 Okayama Sakuyo High Sch.
    Nojima: 16’ Yurie Inoue, 28’ Reona Omiya, 49’ Maika Goto
    Sakuyo: 6’ & 52’ Sae Kitakata
    Attendance: 103
    Shots: Nojima 21 – 10 Sakuyo
    Corners: Nojima 6 – 2 Sakuyo

    Nojima is the third of the second division in 2014. Okayama-Sakuyo HS is the Yunogo Belle’s youth team.

    Naruto Uzushio High Sch. 0 – 2 Seiwa Gakuen High Sch.
    Seiwa: 17’ Riko Shimoyama, 85’ Ayano Matsui
    Attendance: 300
    Shots: Naruto 6 – 13 Seiwa
    Corners: Naruto 1 – 4 Seiwa

    Shizuoka Sangyo Univ. 1 – 2 JEF United Chiba Ladies U18
    Shizuoka: 66’ Asami Hirano
    Chiba U18: 29’ Madoka Oya, 90’ Kan Ozawa
    Attendance: 225
    Shots: Shizuoka 4 – 11 Chiba U18
    Corners: Shizuoka 2 – 5 Chiba U18

    Chiba U18 will meet their elder sisters, JEF Chiba, at a semi-final if both teams made it there.

    Sfida Setagaya 6 – 2 Niigata Univ. of Health & Welfare
    Setagaya: 29’ & 47’ Aya Shimojo, 30’ Akane Nagasaki, 75’ & 88’ Hitomi Mori, 81’ Mariko Tanaka
    Niigata U: 86’ Ruka Yamatani, 90’ Miyuki Takahashi
    Attendance: 104
    Shots: Setagaya 23 – 7 Niigata U
    Corners: Setagaya 8 – 2 Niigata U

    Hinomoto Gakuen High Sch. 1 – 3 Ehime FC Ladies
    Hinomoto: 27’ Mayu Ikejiri
    Ehime: 38’ & 77’ Mana Akune, 68’ Miyuki Yamashiro
    Attendance: 250
    Shots: Hinomoto 8 – 10 Ehime
    Corners: Hinomoto 1 – 5 Ehime

    Daisho Gakuen High Sch. 5 – 1 Kamimura Gakuen High Sch.
    Daisho: 40’ Kayo Tanimura, 91’ & 105’ Miwa Oi, 96’ Niina Yamada, 109’ Aya Fujine
    Kamimura: 76’ Momoka Minatsu
    Attendance: 225
    Shots: Daisho 15 – 9 Kamimura
    Corners: Daisho 9 – 4 Kamimura

  10. Gina West 5 years ago

    Thank you Ken, for the information and graphic.
    I am interested to see how the four youth teams of the Nadeshiko League clubs do, very exciting.

    • Author
      Ken Suzuki 5 years ago

      Is there any way I can change the graphic image as the tournament proceeds? I want to add results and make it easy to see which teams advanced as I did in the previous two years.

      • Gina West 5 years ago

        Yeah we should be able to set that up, no problem. I will work out the best way and then let you know.

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