RESULTS AND STANDINGS:
The tournament was a knock-out competition, divided in six rounds. Some teams had a bye in the first round and entered the tournament in the second one. Here are the scores of the quarterfinals, semifinals and final match:
In the final, Nankatsu and Toho were tied at the end of extra-time. Instead of going forward with a penalty shootout, both teams were declared champions.
These are the scores of the most relevant games of the first rounds of the tournament:
Best 24 players of the tournament:
- Goalkeepers: Yuzo Morisaki (Nankatsu); Ken Wakashimazu (Toho Academy); Masanori Kato (Furano).
- Defenders: Shingo Takasugi, Ryo Ishizaki (Nankatsu); Hiroshi Jito (Hirado); Makoto Soda (Azuma-Ichi).
- Midfielders: Tsubasa Ozora, Mamoru Izawa (Nankatsu); Takeshi Sawada, Hideo Koike (Toho Academy); Hikaru Matsuyama (Furano); Hiromichi Hori (Meiwa); Tetsuo Ishida (Minami Uwa).
- Forwards: , Hajime Taki, Teppei Kisugi (Nankatsu); Kojiro Hyuga, Kazuki Sorimachi (Toho Academy); Kazumasa Oda (Furano); Noboru Sawaki (Meiwa); Kazuto Takei (Minami Uwa); Kazuo Tachibana, Masao Tachibana (Hanawa).
In this link you have access to the tournament stats of every player that participated in this Middle School National Tournament.
Top Eleven of the Tournament: