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Japan women's national football team

Japan
なでしこジャパン
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) なでしこジャパン (Nadeshiko Japan)[1]
Association Japan Football Association
Sub-confederation EAFF (East Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Norio Sasaki
Captain Aya Miyama
Most caps Homare Sawa (197)
Top scorer Homare Sawa (82)
FIFA code JPN
FIFA ranking 3 Steady
Highest FIFA ranking 3 (23 December 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking 14 (July 2003)
First international
 India 1–0 Japan 
(Jakarta, Indonesia; 21 January 1986)
Biggest win
 Japan 21–0 Guam 
(Guangzhou, China; 5 December 1997)
Biggest defeat
 United States 9–0 Japan 
(Charlotte, United States; 29 April 1999)
World Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1991)
Best result Winners, 2011
Asian Cup
Appearances 15 (First in 1981)
Best result Winners, 2014

The Japan women's national football team, or Nadeshiko Japan (なでしこジャパン), is a selection of the best female players in Japan and is run by the Japan Football Association (JFA). Japan defeated the United States in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final in a penalty shootout, becoming the first Asian team to win the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Contents

  • History of Nadeshiko Japan 1
    • 70s and 80s 1.1
    • Crisis years 1.2
    • Regeneration 1.3
    • Successful era 1.4
      • 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup 1.4.1
      • 2012 Summer Olympics 1.4.2
      • 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup 1.4.3
      • 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup 1.4.4
  • Nadeshiko Japan '​s international competition records 2
    • World Cup 2.1
    • Olympic Games 2.2
    • AFC Asian Cup 2.3
    • EAFF Women's Football Championship 2.4
    • Asian Games 2.5
  • Schedule and results 3
  • Coaches 4
  • Current squad 5
  • Players 6
    • Top appearances 6.1
    • Top goalscorers 6.2
  • FIFA Rankings 7
  • Honors 8
    • International 8.1
    • Continental 8.2
    • Regional 8.3
  • Overall official record 9
  • Youth national teams 10
    • Under-20 team 10.1
    • Under-17 team 10.2
  • See also 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13

History of Nadeshiko Japan

70s and 80s

During the 1970s, the number of women football players and teams increased in Japan, and teams made up regional leagues in various parts of Japan. In 1980, "

Sporting positions
Preceded by
2007 Germany 
World Champions
2011 (first title)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
2010 Australia 
Asian Champions
2014 (first title)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Hakuhō Shō
Japan Professional Sports Grand Prize
2011
Succeeded by
Shinnosuke Abe
  • Official website
  • FIFA profile

External links

  1. ^ "Taking the Measure of the Year's Victors".  
  2. ^ Hongo, Jun, "Nadeshiko Japan eyes London Olympic gold", Japan Times, 24 January 2012, p. 3.
  3. ^ "Japan edge USA for maiden title". FIFA. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Women's World Cup final: Japan beat USA on penalties". BBC Sport. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Nadeshiko Japan beats Australia to win Women’s Asian Cup". The Japan Times. May 26, 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Japan lift 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup". Goal.com. May 26, 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "なでしこジャパン 第17回アジア競技大会 (2014/仁川)マッチスケジュール".  
  8. ^ "Nadeshiko to play Canada in October friendlies".  
  9. ^ "Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women's National Team) member and schedule - International Friendly Match vs. Canada Women's National Team (10/25, 28@Canada)".  

References

See also

Under-17 team

Under-20 team

Youth national teams

Competition Stage Result Opponent Position Notes
1981 Asian Championship Round 1 0–1 Chinese Taipei
0–2 Thailand
1–0 Indonesia 3 / 4
1986 Asian Championship Round 1 0–2 China
10–0 Malaysia 2 / 3
Semifinals 4–0 Thailand
Final 0–2 China
1989 Asian Championship Round 1 3–0 Hong Kong
11–0 Indonesia
14–0 Nepal 1 / 4
Semifinals 0–1 Chinese Taipei
Third place 9–0 Hong Kong
1990 Asian Games Main Round 0–5 China
5–0 Hong Kong
8–1 South Korea
1–1 North Korea
3–1 Chinese Taipei 2 / 6
1991 Asian Championship Round 1 1–0 North Korea
4–1 Hong Kong
12–0 Malaysia
12–0 Singapore 1 / 5
Semifinals 0–0 (PSO: 5–4) Chinese Taipei
Final 0–5 China
1991 World Cup Round 1 0–1 Brazil
0–8 Sweden
0–3 United States
1993 Asian Championship Round 1 6–1 Chinese Taipei
15–0 Philippines
4–0 Hong Kong 1 / 4
Semifinals 1–3 China
Final 3–0 Chinese Taipei
1994 Asian Games Round 1 1–1 China
3–0 Chinese Taipei
5–0 South Korea 2 / 4
Final 0–2 China
1995 World Cup Round 1 0–1 Germany
2–1 Brazil
0–2 Sweden 3 / 4
Quarterfinals 0–4 United States
1995 Asian Championship Round 1 1–0 South Korea
6–0 India
17–0 Uzbekistan 1 / 4
Semifinals 3–0 Chinese Taipei
Final 0–2 China
1996 Summer Olympics Round 1 2–3 Germany
0–2 Brazil
0–4 Norway 4 / 4
1997 Asian Championship Round 1 21–0 Guam
1–0 India
9–0 Uzbekistan 1 / 4
Semifinals 0–1 North Korea
Third place 2–0 Chinese Taipei
1998 Asian Games Round 1 6–0 Thailand
2–3 North Korea
8–0 Vietnam 2 / 4
Semifinals 0–3 China
Third place 2–1 Chinese Taipei
1999 World Cup Round 1 1–1 Canada
0–5 Russia
0–4 Norway 4 / 4
1999 Asian Championship Round 1 9–0 Thailand
5–1 Uzbekistan
14–0 Nepal
6–0 Philippines 1 / 5
Semifinals 0–2 Chinese Taipei
Third place 2–3 North Korea
2001 Asian Championship Round 1 14–0 Singapore
11–0 Guam
0–1 North Korea
3–1 Vietnam 2 / 5
Semifinals 2–1 South Korea
Final 0–2 North Korea
2002 Asian Games Main round 0–1 North Korea
3–0 Vietnam
1–0 South Korea
2–2 China
2–0 Chinese Taipei 3 / 6
2003 Asian Championship Round 1 15–0 Philippines
7–0 Guam
7–0 Myanmar
5–0 Chinese Taipei 1 / 5
Semifinals 0–3 North Korea
Third place 0–1 South Korea
2003 World Cup Round 1 6–0 Argentina
0–3 Germany
1–3 Canada 3 / 4
2004 Summer Olympics Round 1 1–0 Sweden
0–1 Nigeria 3 / 3
Quarterfinals 1–2 United States Awarded the Fair Play Award
2005 East Asian Championship Main Round 0–1 North Korea
0–0 China
0–0 South Korea 3 / 4 Awarded the Fair Play Award
2006 Asian Games Round 1 13–0 Jordan
4–0 Thailand
1–0 China 1 / 4
Semifinals 3–1 South Korea
Final 0–0 (PSO: 2–4) South Korea
2006 Asian Championship Round 1 5–0 Vietnam
11–1 Chinese Taipei
1–0 China 1 / 4
Semifinals 0–2 Australia
Third place 2–3 North Korea
2007 World Cup Round 1 2–2 England
1–0 Argentina
0–2 Germany 3 / 4
2008 East Asian Championship Main Round 3–2 North Korea
2–0 South Korea
3–0 China 1 / 4
2008 Asian Cup Round 1 1–3 South Korea
11–0 Chinese Taipei
3–1 Australia 1 / 4
Semifinals 1–3 China
Third place 3–0 Australia
2008 Summer Olympics qualification Final round 2–0 Vietnam
4–0 Thailand
6–1 South Korea 1 / 4
2008 Summer Olympics Round 1 2–2 New Zealand
0–1 United States
5–1 Norway 3 / 4
Quarterfinals 2–0 China
Semifinals 2–4 United States
Third place 0–2 Germany
2010 East Asian Championship Round 1 2–0 New Zealand
3–0 Chinese Taipei
2–1 South Korea 1 / 4
2010 Asian Cup Round 1 8–0 Myanmar
4–0 Thailand
2–1 North Korea 1 / 4
Semifinals 0–1 Australia
Third place 2–0 China
2010 Asian Games Round 1 4–0 Thailand
0–0 North Korea 1 / 3
Semifinals 1–0 China
Final 1–0 North Korea
2011 World Cup Round 1 2–1 New Zealand
4–0 Mexico
0–2 England 2 / 4
Quarterfinals 1–0 Germany
Semifinals 3–1 Sweden
Final 2–2 (PSO: 3–1) United States Awarded the Fair Play Award
2012 Summer Olympics qualification Final round 3–0 Thailand
2–1 South Korea
1–0 Australia
1–1 North Korea
1–0 China
2012 Summer Olympics Round 1 2–1 Canada
0–0 Sweden
0–0 South Africa 2 / 4
Quarterfinals 2–0 Brazil
Semifinals 2–1 France
Finals 1–2 United States
2013 EAFF Women's East Asian Cup Final round 2–0 China
0–0 North Korea
1–2 South Korea
2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup Round 1 2–2 Australia
4–0 Vietnam
7–0 Jordan 1 / 4
Semifinals 2–1 China PR
Final 1–0 Australia

Overall official record

Champions (2): 2008, 2010

Regional

Gold Medal (1): 2010
Champions (1): 2014
Runners-Up (4): 1986, 1991, 1995, 2001

Continental

Runners-up (1): 2012
4th place (1): 2008
Champions (1): 2011

International

Honors

FIFA Rankings

As of 28 October 2014

Players


# Name Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
Goalkeepers
1 Miho Fukumoto (福元 美穂) (1983-10-02) 2 October 1983 75 0 Okayama Yunogo Belle
21 Erina Yamane (山根 恵里奈) (1990-12-20) 20 December 1990 13 0 JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies
Defenders
2 Yukari Kinga (近賀 ゆかり) (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 92 5 Arsenal L.F.C.
3 Azusa Iwashimizu (岩清水 梓) (1986-10-14) 14 October 1986 109 11 NTV Beleza
5 Aya Sameshima (鮫島 彩) (1987-06-16) 16 June 1987 57 3 Vegalta Sendai Ladies
18 Saori Ariyoshi (有吉 佐織) (1987-11-01) 1 November 1987 30 0 NTV Beleza
19 Yuri Kawamura (川村 優理) (1989-05-17) 17 May 1989 11 1 Vegalta Sendai Ladies
4 Saki Kumagai (熊谷 紗希) (1990-10-17) 17 October 1990 63 0 Olympic Lyon
Midfielders
7 Kozue Ando (安藤 梢) (1982-07-09) 9 July 1982 119 18 1. FFC Frankfurt
8 Aya Miyama (宮間 あや) (1985-01-28) 28 January 1985 144 34 Okayama Yunogo Belle
9 Nahomi Kawasumi (川澄 奈穂美) (1985-09-23) 23 September 1985 67 18 INAC Kobe Leonessa
12 Megumi Kamionobe (上尾野辺 めぐみ) (1986-03-15) 15 March 1986 27 2 Albirex Niigata Ladies
6 Mizuho Sakaguchi (阪口 夢穂) (1987-10-15) 15 October 1987 85 26 NTV Beleza
14 Asuna Tanaka (田中 明日菜) (1988-04-23) 23 April 1988 30 3 1. FFC Frankfurt
13 Rumi Utsugi (宇津木 瑠美) (1988-12-05) 5 December 1988 74 5 Montpellier HSC
20 Asano Nagasato (永里 亜紗乃) (1989-01-24) 24 January 1989 7 1 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam
Forwards
11 Shinobu Ohno (大野 忍) (1984-01-23) 23 January 1984 125 39 Arsenal L.F.C.
17 Yūki Ōgimi (大儀見 優季) (1987-07-15) 15 July 1987 112 52 Chelsea L.F.C.
22 Yuika Sugasawa (菅澤 優衣香) (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 24 8 JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies
15 Megumi Takase (高瀬 愛実) (1990-11-10) 10 November 1990 52 9 INAC Kobe Leonessa
16 Mana Iwabuchi (岩渕 真奈) (1993-03-18) 18 March 1993 25 3 Bayern Munich
Caps and goals as of 28 October 2014.

The squad selected for the international match vs. Canada on 25 and 28 October.[9]

Current squad

Coaches

* Japan score always listed first

Date Venue Opponent Result* Competition Japanese scorers
5 March 2014 Stadium Bela Vista, Parchal
 Portugal
 United States 1–1 D 2014 Algarve Cup Miyama Goal 82'
7 March 2014 Stadium Bela Vista, Parchal
 Portugal
 Denmark 1–0 W 2014 Algarve Cup Iwabuchi Goal 43'
10 March 2014 Estádio Algarve, Faro
 Portugal
 Sweden 2–1 W 2014 Algarve Cup Ōgimi Goal 49'
Miyama Goal 89' (pen.)
12 March 2014 Estádio Algarve, Faro
 Portugal
 Germany 0–3 L 2014 Algarve Cup
8 May 2014 Kincho Stadium, Osaka
 Japan
 New Zealand 2–1 W Friendly match Takase Goal 40'
Sugasawa Goal 86'
14 May 2014 Thống Nhất Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City
 Vietnam
 Australia 2–2 D 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup Goal 71' (o.g.)
Ōgimi Goal 84'
16 May 2014 Thống Nhất Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City
 Vietnam
 Vietnam 4–0 W 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup Kawasumi Goal 44'87'
Kiryu Goal 65'
Ōgimi Goal 69'
18 May 2014 Gò Đậu Stadium, Thủ Dầu Một
 Vietnam
 Jordan 7–0 W 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup Kira Goal 25'90+3'
Nakajima Goal 45+1'75'
Sakaguchi Goal 49'81'
Alhyasat Goal 69' (o.g.)
22 May 2014 Thống Nhất Stadium, Hồ Chí Minh City
 Vietnam
 China PR 2–1 W aet 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup Sawa Goal 51'
Iwashimizu Goal 120+2'
25 May 2014 Thống Nhất Stadium, Hồ Chí Minh City
 Vietnam
 Australia 1–0 W 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup Iwashimizu Goal 28'
13 September 2014 ND Soft Stadium Yamagata, Tendō
 Japan
 Ghana 5-0 W Friendly match Takase Goal 1'18'
Sakaguchi Goal 11'
Osafume Goal 30'
Nakajima Goal 38'
15 September 2014.[7] Namdong Asiad Rugby Field, Incheon
 South Korea
 China PR 0-0 D 2014 Asian Games
18 September 2014 Namdong Asiad Rugby Field, Incheon
 South Korea
 Jordan 12-0 W 2014 Asian Games Kawasumi Goal 5'81'
Sugasawa Goal 12'39'41'
Sakaguchi Goal 20'32'71'
Goal 36' (o.g.)
Kira Goal 44'49'
Miyama Goal 60'
22 September 2014 Incheon Munhak Stadium, Incheon
 South Korea
 Chinese Taipei 3-0 W 2014 Asian Games Sakaguchi Goal 3'
Kira Goal 32'
Kawasumi Goal 85'
26 September 2014 Hwaseong Stadium, Hwaseong
 South Korea
 Hong Kong 9-0 W 2014 Asian Games Masuya Goal 3'26'
Goal 10' (o.g.)
Nakajima Goal 14'
Iwashimizu Goal 49'
Kiryu Goal 60'81'
Takase Goal 66'
Sugasawa Goal 76'
29 September 2014 Incheon Football Stadium, Incheon
 South Korea
 Vietnam 3-0 W 2014 Asian Games Sakaguchi Goal 24'
Osafune Goal 53'
Sugasawa Goal 74'
1 October 2014 Incheon Munhak Stadium, Incheon
 South Korea
 North Korea 1-3 L 2014 Asian Games Miyama Goal 56'
25 October 2014[8] Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
 Canada
 Canada 3-0 W Friendly match Ōgimi Goal 9'
Kawamura Goal 70'
Kawasumi Goal 80'
28 October 2014 BC Place, Vancouver
 Canada
 Canada 3-2 W Friendly match Nagasato Goal 33'
Ōgimi Goal 76'
Sameshima Goal 90+2'

Schedule and results

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GD
1990 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 17 8 +9
1994 Runners-up 4 2 1 1 9 3 +6
1998 Third place 5 3 0 2 18 7 +11
2002 Third place 5 3 1 1 8 3 +5
2006 Runners-up 5 4 1 0 21 1 +20
2010 Champions 4 3 1 0 6 0 +6
2014 Runners-up 6 4 1 1 28 3 +25
Total 7/7 34 22 6 6 107 25 +82

Asian Games

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
Hosts / Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA GD
2005 Third place 3 0 2 1 0 1 -1
2008 Champions 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6
2010 Champions 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6
2013 Runners-up 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1
Total 4/4 12 7 3 2 18 6 +12

EAFF Women's Football Championship

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GD
1975 Did not enter - - - - - - -
1977 Did not enter - - - - - - -
1979 Did not enter - - - - - - -
1981 Group stage 3 1 0 2 1 3 -2
1983 Did not enter - - - - - - -
1986 Runners-up 4 2 0 2 14 4 +10
1989 Third place 5 4 0 1 37 1 +36
1991 Runners-up 6 4 1 1 27 6 +21
1993 Third place 5 4 0 1 29 4 +25
1995 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 27 3 +24
1997 Third place 5 4 0 1 33 1 +32
1999 Fourth place 6 4 0 2 36 6 +30
2001 Runners-up 6 4 0 2 30 5 +25
2003 Fourth place 6 4 0 2 34 4 +30
2006 Fourth place 5 3 0 2 19 6 +13
2008 Third place 5 3 0 2 19 7 +12
2010 Third place 5 4 0 1 16 2 +14
2014 Winners 5 4 1 0 16 3 +13
Total 13/18 71 49 2 20 338 55 +283

AFC Asian Cup

Olympic Games

World Cup

Nadeshiko Japan '​s international competition records

Nadeshiko Japan next mission is to defend the title they hold from the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup when the next tournament will be in Canada. Japan, along with China, South Korea, Australia and Thailand will make appearances in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, in which Japan is Asia's largest hope. Unfortunately, after Spain's disastrous campaign in Brazil 2014 by being eliminated from the group stage, Japan is expected to defend the title after Spain ended their worst record in a FIFA World Cup.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

In the semi-final, Japan beat seven-time champions China 2-1 after 120'. In the final, they met Australia once again and successfully earned a 1-0 win with Azusa Iwashimizu's goal. This marked the first time Japan become "Queen of Asia". They became the first Asian team to subsequently win both the FIFA Women's World Cup and AFC Women's Asian Cup. Because of their top placement in the tournament, Japan, Australia, China, South Korea and newcomer Thailand secured their spot at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup to be played in Canada the following year.[6]

Despite having won a FIFA Women's World Cup in 2011, Japan entered the 2014 Asian Cup having never previously won the tournament. They were drawn with Asia's Queen Australia, host Vietnam and newcomer Jordan. Their first match in the group stage of the tournament resulted in a 2-2 draw against the defending champion Australia.[5] Also in the group stage, Japan upset host Vietnam by a 4-0 win before defeating Jordan with a 7-0 win to finish first with a higher goal difference.

2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup

In a rematch of the World Cup final, Japan was defeated in the Olympic final by a score of 1-2 against the United States, allowing two goals to Carli Lloyd in the 8th and 54th minutes. Yūki Ōgimi scored the lone goal for Japan.

Japan qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics by finishing first in the Asian qualifier in September 2011, only 6 weeks after winning the Women's World Cup. At the World Cup, after finishing second in their group behind Sweden, Nadeshiko Japan defeated Brazil 2–0 in the quarterfinals, followed by a 2–1 victory over France, whom Nadeshiko had lost to in a friendly match right before the Olympics, to reach the final.

2012 Summer Olympics

After the final game finished 2–2 after extra time, Japan beat the United States 3–1 in a penalty shootout, becoming the first Asian team to win the FIFA Women's World Cup, and the first Asian team to win a senior FIFA title.[3][4] It came right after men's team won the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, marked their most successful year in Japanese football.

Japan qualified for the finals by finishing third in the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup. After finishing second in their group behind England, Nadeshiko Japan beat two-time defending champion and host nation Germany 1–0 in the quarterfinals, before easily defeating Sweden 3–1 to reach the final.

Nadeshiko, 2013

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup

Successful era

Following the increase in public interest in women's football in Japan, the JFA organized a public contest to select a nickname for the team. "Nadeshiko Japan" was chosen from among about 2,700 entries and was announced on 7 July 2004. "Nadeshiko", a kind of dianthus, comes from the phrase "Yamato Nadeshiko" (大和撫子, "ideal Japanese woman").

In August 2002, the 2004 Summer Olympics. The team at first went through a losing streak, but Ueda gradually improved the team, and it eventually gained wide support in Japan. In particular, a game against Korea DPR, which decided who would participate in the 2004 Olympics, not only made fans rush to the National Stadium but also was widely watched on TV.

Regeneration

Japan women's national football team attended various championship tournaments such as the 1996 Summer Olympics and the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup which had made the national team and the L. League very popular. However, in 1999, Japan failed to qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympics, and this helped to cause the withdrawal of a series of teams from the L. League. Japanese women’s football was on the verge of decline.

Crisis years

In 1986, Ryohei Suzuki was selected as the coach of the Japan women's national football team, the first "All Japan" team. In 1989, the "Japan Women's Football League" (abbreviated to "L. League") was established, and the women’s national team qualified for the "1991 FIFA Women's World Cup" in China.

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