Japan national under-23 football team

Last updated
Japan U23
Japanese Olympic Committee logo.svg
Nickname(s) サムライ・ブルー
(Samurai Blue)
Association Japan Football Association
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation EAFF (East Asia)
Head coach Akinobu Yokouchi
Captain Yuta Nakayama
Most caps Kensuke Nagai
Keigo Higashi
(31 each)
Top scorer Shoya Nakajima (19)
FIFA code JPN
Kit left arm jpn20h.png
Kit left arm.svg
Kit body jpn20h.png
Kit body.svg
Kit right arm jpn20h.png
Kit right arm.svg
Kit shorts jpn20h.png
Kit shorts.svg
Kit socks jpn20h.png
Kit socks long.svg
First colours
Kit left arm jpn20a.png
Kit left arm.svg
Kit body jpn20a.png
Kit body.svg
Kit right arm jpn20a.png
Kit right arm.svg
Kit shorts adidascondivo20wb.png
Kit shorts.svg
Kit socks 3 stripes white.png
Kit socks long.svg
Second colours
First international
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 1–1 Japan  Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; December 1990) [1]
Biggest win
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan 13–0 Philippines  Flag of the Philippines.svg
(Hong Kong; 12 June 1999)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 6–1 Japan  Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 6 February 1994)
Summer Olympics
Appearances7 (first in 1996 )
Best resultFourth place (2012)
AFC U-23 Championship
Appearances4 (first in 2013 )
Best resultWinner (2016)
Asian Games
Appearances5 (first in 2002 )
Best result Gold medal asia.svg Gold Medal (2010)

The Japan national under-23 football team is a national association football youth team of Japan and is controlled by the Japan Football Association. The team won the gold medal at the 2010 Asian Games and were champions in the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship. The head coach is Akinobu Yokouchi. Since 1992, it was decided that teams targeting athletes under the age of 23 will participate in the Olympics (additional provisions for overage limits have been added since 1996). Therefore, the name changes to Japan national under-22 football team the year before the Olympics and Japan national under-21 football team two years ago. The exception to this is the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which has been postponed for one year, so in 2021, the team will be called the Japan national under-24 football team.

Contents

Team image

Nicknames

The Japan national under-23 football team has been known or nicknamed as "サムライ・ブルー (Samurai Blue)".

Rivalries

South Korea

Japan maintains a strong football rivalry with South Korea.

Media coverage

Summer Olympics

Television channelPeriod

AFC U-23 Asian Cup

Television channelPeriod

Friendly and Qualifiers

Television channelPeriod
TBS, Fuji TV, Nippon TV 2021

Results and fixtures

Legend

  Win  Draw  Lose  Void or Postponed  Fixture

2019

22 March AFC U-23 Championship qualification Japan  Flag of Japan.svg8–0Flag of Macau.svg  Macau Yangon, Myanmar
15:00
Report (AFC) Stadium: Thuwunna Stadium
Attendance: 303
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)
24 March AFC U-23 Championship qualification Timor-Leste  Flag of East Timor.svg0–6Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Yangon, Myanmar
15:00 Report (AFC)
Stadium: Thuwunna Stadium
Attendance: 753
Referee: Hussein Abo Yehia (Lebanon)
26 March AFC U-23 Championship qualification Japan  Flag of Japan.svg7–0Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar Yangon, Myanmar
15:00
Report (AFC) Stadium: Thuwunna Stadium
Attendance: 9,875
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)
1 June Toulon Tournament (Group stage) England  Flag of England.svg1–2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Aubagne, France
15:05
Report (FFE)
Stadium: Stade de Lattre-de-Tassigny
Referee: Felipe González Alveal (Chile)
4 June Toulon Tournament (Group stage) Japan  Flag of Japan.svg6–1Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Salon-de-Provence, France
16:05
Report (FFE)
Stadium: Stade d'Honneur Marcel Roustan
Referee: Robert Hennessy (Republic of Ireland)
7 June Toulon Tournament (Group stage) Portugal  Flag of Portugal.svg1–0Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Fos-sur-Mer, France
17:05 Report (FFE) Stadium: Stade Parsemain
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (Azerbaijan)
12 June Toulon Tournament (Semi-finals) Japan  Flag of Japan.svg2–2
(5–4 p)
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Aubagne, France
15:00
Report (FFE)
Stadium: Stade de Lattre-de-Tassigny
Referee: Horațiu Feșnic (Romania)
Penalties
15 June Toulon Tournament (Final) Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg1–1
(5–4 p)
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Salon-de-Provence, France
16:00
Report (FFE)
Stadium: Stade d'Honneur Marcel Roustan
Referee: António Nobre (Portugal)
Penalties
  • Soccerball shad check.svg
  • Soccerball shad check.svg
  • Soccerball shad check.svg
  • Soccerball shad check.svg
  • Soccerball shad check.svg

2020

9 January AFC U-23 Championship (Group stage) Japan  Flag of Japan.svg1–2Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia Rangsit, Thai
20:15
Report (AFC)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Thammasat Stadium
Attendance: 1,433
Referee: Chris Beath (Australia)
12 January AFC U-23 Championship (Group stage) Syria  Flag of Syria.svg2–1Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Rangsit, Thai
20:15
Report (AFC)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Thammasat Stadium
Attendance: 1,509
Referee: Ali Sabah (Iraq)
15 January AFC U-23 Championship (Group stage) Qatar  Flag of Qatar.svg1–1Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Bangkok, Thai
20:15
Report (AFC)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Rajamangala Stadium
Attendance: 1,362
Referee: Muhammad Taqi (Singapore)

2021

26 March Saison Card Cup Japan  Flag of Japan.svg0–1Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Chōfu, Tokyo, Japan
19:00  UTC+9 Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Stadium: Ajinomoto Stadium
Attendance: 8,416
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
29 March Saison Card Cup Japan  Flag of Japan.svg3–0Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Kitakyushu, Japan
19:45  UTC+9 Hayashi Soccerball shade.svg 45'
Itakura Soccerball shade.svg 68', 73'
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Stadium: Mikuni World Stadium Kitakyushu
Attendance: 7,302
Referee: C. R. Srikrishna (India)
3 June Unofficial friendly Japan A Flag of Japan.svg 3–0Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Hokkaido, Japan
19:30  UTC+9 Hashimoto Soccerball shade.svg 2'
Kamada Soccerball shade.svg 41'
Asano Soccerball shade.svg 52'
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Stadium: Sapporo Dome
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mohamed Darwish (UAE)
5 June Friendly Japan  Flag of Japan.svg6–0Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana Fukuoka, Japan
19:25  UTC+9 Doan Soccerball shade.svg 16'
Kubo Soccerball shade.svg 32'
Assinki Soccerball shade.svg 45' (o.g.)
Soma Soccerball shade.svg 48'
Ueda Soccerball shade.svg 56'
Mitoma Soccerball shade.svg 89'
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Stadium: Best Denki Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Hiroki Kasahara (Japan)
12 June Friendly Japan  Flag of Japan.svg4–0Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica Toyota, Aichi, Japan
13:35  UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Stadium: Toyota Stadium
Attendance: 4,029
Referee: Yudai Yamamoto (Japan)
17 July Kirin Challenge Cup (Under-24) Japan  Flag of Japan.svgvFlag of Spain.svg  Spain Hyogo, Japan
--:--  UTC+9 Source (JFA)
[Report (JFA)]
Stadium: Noevir Stadium Kobe
22 July 2020 Summer Olympics GS Group A Japan  Flag of Japan.svgvFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Tokyo, Japan
20:00  UTC+9 [Report (FIFA)]
[Report (JFA)]
[Report (JFA)]
Stadium: Tokyo Stadium
25 July 2020 Summer Olympics GS Group A Japan  Flag of Japan.svgvFlag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Satiama, Japan
20:00  UTC+9 [Report (FIFA)]
[Report (JFA)]
[Report (JFA)]
Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002
28 July 2020 Summer Olympics GS Group A France  Flag of France.svgvFlag of Japan.svg  Japan Yokohama, Japan
20:30  UTC+9 [Report (FIFA)]
[Report (JFA)]
[Report (JFA)]
Stadium: International Stadium Yokohama

Head-to-head record

The following table shows Japan under-23 team's all-time international record, correct as of 1 October 2020.

AgainstPlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGDConfederation
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 0000000 AFC
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 0000000 AFC
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 0000000 AFC
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 0000000 AFC
Flag of Macau.svg  Macau 0000000 AFC
Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar 0000000 AFC
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 0000000 AFC
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 0000000 AFC
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 0000000 AFC
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 0000000 AFC
Flag of East Timor.svg  Timor-Leste 0000000 AFC
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 0000000 AFC
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 0000000 AFC
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 0000000 CAF
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 0000000 CONCACAF
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 0000000 CONMEBOL
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 0000000 CONMEBOL
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 0000000 OFC
Flag of England.svg  England 0000000 UEFA
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 0000000 UEFA
AgainstPlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGDConfederation

Coaching staff

Current coaching staff

As of 21 May 2021 [2]
PositionName
Head coach Flag of Japan.svg Akinobu Yokouchi
Assistant coach Flag of Japan.svg Katsushi Kurihara
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Japan.svg Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
Physical coach Flag of Japan.svg Yoshiharu Yano

Manager history

As of 29 March 2021 after the match against Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina.
NamePeriodMatchesWinsDrawsLossesWinning %Notes
Flag of Japan.svg Yoshitada Yamaguchi 1990–1992000000.0%
Flag of Japan.svg Akira Nishino 1993–1996000000.0%
Flag of France.svg Philippe Troussier 1998–2000000000.0%
Flag of Japan.svg Masakuni Yamamoto 2002–2004000000.0%
Flag of Japan.svg Yasuharu Sorimachi 2006–2008000000.0%
Flag of Japan.svg Takashi Sekizuka 2010–2012000000.0%
Flag of Japan.svg Makoto Teguramori 2014–2016000000.0%
Flag of Japan.svg Hajime Moriyasu 2017–2020000000.0%
Flag of Japan.svg Akinobu Yokouchi 2020000000.0%
Flag of Japan.svg Hajime Moriyasu 2020–000000.0%

Players

Current squad

The following players were named to the squad for the training match against Flag of Japan.svg Japan's first team, as well as the international friendly matches against Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana and Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica on 5 and 12 June 2021. [3]
Caps and goals accurate up to and including 7 December 2020.
No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)Club
11 GK Keisuke Osako (1999-07-28)28 July 1999 (aged 21) Flag of Japan.svg Sanfrecce Hiroshima
121 GK Yuya Oki (1999-08-22)22 August 1999 (aged 21) Flag of Japan.svg Kashima Antlers
231 GK Kosei Tani (2000-11-22)22 November 2000 (aged 20) Flag of Japan.svg Shonan Bellmare
241 GK Zion Suzuki (2002-08-21)21 August 2002 (aged 18) Flag of Japan.svg Urawa Reds

52 DF Koki Machida (1997-08-25)25 August 1997 (aged 23) Flag of Japan.svg Kashima Antlers
202 DF Reo Hatate (1997-11-21)21 November 1997 (aged 23) Flag of Japan.svg Kawasaki Frontale
152 DF Taiyo Koga (1998-10-28)28 October 1998 (aged 22) Flag of Japan.svg Kashiwa Reysol
2 DF Ayumu Seko (2000-06-07)7 June 2000 (aged 20) Flag of Japan.svg Cerezo Osaka
272 DF Daiki Hashioka (1999-05-17)17 May 1999 (aged 22) Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Sint-Truiden
22 DF Yukinari Sugawara (2000-06-28)28 June 2000 (aged 20) Flag of the Netherlands.svg AZ
222 DF Maya Yoshida OA(captain) (1988-08-24)24 August 1988 (aged 32) Flag of Italy.svg Sampdoria
192 DF Hiroki Sakai OA (1990-04-12)12 April 1990 (aged 31) Flag of Japan.svg Urawa Red Diamonds

43 MF Ko Itakura (1997-01-27)27 January 1997 (aged 24) Flag of the Netherlands.svg FC Groningen
33 MF Yuta Nakayama (1997-02-16)16 February 1997 (aged 24) Flag of the Netherlands.svg PEC Zwolle
143 MF Yuki Soma (1997-02-25)25 February 1997 (aged 24) Flag of Japan.svg Nagoya Grampus
83 MF Koji Miyoshi (1997-03-26)26 March 1997 (aged 24) Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Royal Antwerp
73 MF Kaoru Mitoma (1997-05-20)20 May 1997 (aged 24) Flag of Japan.svg Kawasaki Frontale
213 MF Keita Endo (1997-01-22)22 January 1997 (aged 24) Flag of Germany.svg Union Berlin
103 MF Ritsu Doan (1998-06-16)16 June 1998 (aged 22) Flag of Germany.svg Arminia Bielefeld
183 MF Ryotaro Meshino (1998-06-18)18 June 1998 (aged 22) Flag of Portugal.svg Rio Ave
173 MF Ao Tanaka (1998-09-10)10 September 1998 (aged 22) Flag of Germany.svg Fortuna Düsseldorf
113 MF Takefusa Kubo (2001-06-04)4 June 2001 (aged 20) Flag of Spain.svg Getafe CF
63 MF Wataru Endo OA (1993-02-09)9 February 1993 (aged 28) Flag of Germany.svg VfB Stuttgart

94 FW Daichi Hayashi (1997-05-23)23 May 1997 (aged 24) Flag of Japan.svg Sagan Tosu
254 FW Daizen Maeda (1997-10-20)20 October 1997 (aged 23) Flag of Japan.svg Yokohama F. Marinos
264 FW Ayase Ueda (1998-08-28)28 August 1998 (aged 22) Flag of Japan.svg Kashima Antlers
134 FW Kyosuke Tagawa (1999-02-11)11 February 1999 (aged 22) Flag of Japan.svg FC Tokyo

OA Over-aged player.

(Players are listed within position group by kit number, order of caps, then alphabetically)

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up to a Japan under-23 squad in the past 12 months.
No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)Club
2 DF Takehiro Tomiyasu INJ (1998-11-05)5 November 1998 (aged 22) Flag of Italy.svg Bologna
2 DF Teruki Hara (1998-07-30)30 July 1998 (aged 22) Flag of Japan.svg Shimizu S-Pulse
2 DF Tsuyoshi Watanabe (1997-02-05)5 February 1997 (aged 24) Flag of Japan.svg FC Tokyo
2 DF Shinya Nakano (2003-08-17)17 August 2003 (aged 17) Flag of Japan.svg Sagan Tosu

3 MF Shunta Tanaka (1997-05-26)26 May 1997 (aged 24) Flag of Japan.svg Consadole Sapporo
3 MF Kota Watanabe (1998-10-18)18 October 1998 (aged 22) Flag of Japan.svg Yokohama F. Marinos


INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad / standby
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

(Players are listed within position group by order of latest call-up, caps, and then alphabetically)

Previous squads

Olympic Games

AFC U-23 Asian Cup

Asian Games

Records

As of 5 June 2021
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

Competitive record

 Champions   Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

Olympic Games

AFC U-23 Asian Cup

Asian Games

See also

National teams
Men's
Women's

Related Research Articles

Japan national football team Mens national association football team representing Japan

The Japan national football team, nicknamed the Samurai Blue (サムライ・ブルー), represents Japan in men's international football and it is controlled by the Japan Football Association (JFA), the governing body for football in Japan. The head coach is Hajime Moriyasu, who is also the coach of the Japan U-23 team.

Japan Football Association

The Japan Football Association is the governing body responsible for the administration of football in Japan. It is responsible for the national team, as well as club competitions.

Japan womens national football team Womens national association football team representing Japan

The Japan women's national football team, or nicknamed Nadeshiko Japan (なでしこジャパン), represents Japan in women's association football and is run by the Japan Football Association (JFA). It is the most successful women's national team from the Asian Football Confederation. Its highest ranking in the FIFA Women's World Rankings is 3rd, achieved in December 2011.

The Kirin Cup is an association football tournament organised in Japan by the Kirin Brewery Company. The host, Japan, is a participant in every edition. The tournament was founded in 1978 then known as Japan Cup, and was last held in its full form in 2016.

The Japan national futsal team represents Japan in international futsal competitions and is controlled by the Japan Football Association. It is one of the strongest teams in Asia, the champions in the 2006, 2012 and 2014 Asian Futsal Championships. Japan has also played in four FIFA Futsal World Cups.

South Korea womens national football team Mens national association football team representing South Korea

The Korea Republic women's national football team represents South Korea in international women's football competitions. The team is referred to as the Korea Republic by the FIFA. Its first game was a match against Japan in 1990, which it lost 13–1. Since then, it has qualified for three FIFA World Cups, in 2003, 2015, and 2019.

Shusaku Nishikawa Japanese footballer

Shusaku Nishikawa is a Japanese football player currently playing for Urawa Red Diamonds.

Myanmar womens national football team Womens national association football team representing Myanmar

Myanmar women's national football team is a female association football team representing Myanmar and controlled by Myanmar Football Federation (MFF). Myanmar, like North Korea, has received more money from the state and improved its game recently, and had a goal of qualifying for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany. They failed, however, in the Asian qualifiers, not winning any matches, and are now focusing on the future.

The Japan national beach soccer team represents Japan in international beach soccer competitions and is controlled by the JFA, the governing body for football in Japan.

Gōtoku Sakai American-born Japanese footballer

Gōtoku Sakai is an American-born Japanese footballer of German descent who currently plays for Vissel Kobe and was a player for the Japanese national team, mainly as a right back.

The Japan national under-20 football team is a national association football team of Japan and is controlled by the Japan Football Association.

The Japan national under-17 football team is a national association football youth team of Japan and is controlled by the Japan Football Association. The team were champions in the 1994 and 2006 AFC U-17 Championships, as well as the 2012 AFF U-16 Youth Championship.

South Korea national under-23 football team National football team in South Korea

The South Korea national under-23 football team represents South Korea at football in the Olympic Games and Asian Games. This team was founded when the Olympic football was changed to an under-23 competition, and is also managed as under-21 or under-22 team while it doesn't play in major competitions.

The Japan women's national futsal team represents Japan in international women's futsal competitions and is controlled by the Japan Football Association. It is one of the strongest teams in Asia as the champions of the 2007, 2009 and 2013 Asian Indoor Games.

Mana Iwabuchi

Mana Iwabuchi is a Japanese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Arsenal of the English FA Women's Super League (WSL) and the Japan women's national football team.

Ryota Oshima is a Japanese football player for Kawasaki Frontale.

The Japan women's national under-20 football team is a national association football youth team of Japan and is controlled by the Japan Football Association.

This article details the results and fixtures of the Japan national football team.

The Japan women's national under-17 football team is a national association football youth team of Japan and is controlled by the Japan Football Association.

This article lists the results and fixtures for the Japan women's national football team.

References

  1. Hyung-Jin Yoon (6 May 2006). "Japan - International Results U-23 (Olympic) Team [Malaysia (1) – Japan (1)]". RDFC. Archived from the original on 29 March 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  2. "U-24 Japan National Team Squad - International Friendly Match (6/5@Fukuoka, 6/12@Aichi)". www.jfa.jp. Japan Football Association (JFA). 20 May 2021. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  3. "U-24日本代表メンバー 国際親善試合【6.5@福岡/ベスト電器スタジアム、6.12@愛知/豊田スタジアム】". Japan Football Association (JFA). 20 May 2021. Retrieved 20 May 2021.