Sanfrecce Hiroshima defeated Thespa Kusatsu by a score of 4-3 to retain the UFJC title at home on Saturday, November 22. This was a J2 league match.
The current Unofficial Football Japanese Championship holders are Sanfrecce Hiroshima, winning the title from Shonan Bellmare on October 4 by a score of 2-0.
Since that match, Sanfrecce Hiroshima has successfully defended the title against:
-Osaka Sports University on October 12 with a 6-0 win
-Sagan Tosu on October 25 with a 5-1 win
-Tokyo Verdy on November 2 with a 1-0 win
-Vegalta Sendai on November 9 with a 1-1 draw
-Kawasaki Frontale on November 15 with a 2-0 win
-Thespa Kusatsu on November 22 with a 4-3 win
This is Hiroshima's 15th reign as UFJC title holder.
Hiroshima's next defense will take place on November 30 with a league match away against Roasso Kumamoto. A Kumamoto win would assure that the UFJC title will be defended in J2 until the fourth round of the 2009 Emperor's Cup at the earliest.