|Nickname(s)||なでしこジャパン (Nadeshiko Japan)|
|Association||Japan Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||EAFF (East Asia)|
|Head coach||Asako Takakura|
|Most caps||Homare Sawa (205)|
|Top scorer||Homare Sawa (83)|
|Current|| 11 |
|Highest||3 (December 2011)|
|Lowest||14 (July 2003)|
(Hong Kong; 7 June 1981)
(Guangzhou, China; 5 December 1997)
(Tokyo, Japan; 9 September 1981)
(Charlotte, United States; 29 April 1999)
|Appearances||8 (first in 1991 )|
|Best result||Champions (2011)|
|Appearances||4 (first in 1996 )|
|Best result||Runners-up (2012)|
|Appearances||16 (first in 1977 )|
|Best result||Champions (2014, 2018)|
The Japan women's national football team, or 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.
Nadeshiko Japan defeated the United States in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, thus claiming their first FIFA Women's World Cup title, becoming the first Asian team to do so and only the fourth women's world champions.It won silver medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, making it the only Asian team to have three combined medals from international championships. It also won gold medals at the 2014 and 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cups, the 2010 and 2018 Asian Games, and the 2008, 2010, and 2019 EAFF Football Championships.
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 1977, the Japan team participated its first international tournament, 1977 AFC Women's Championship. But, this Japan team was not a national team, Japan Football Association dispatched club team, FC Jinnan as a Japan team. In 1980, "All-Japan Women's Football Championship" was held. In 1981, Japan Football Association formed first national team for 1981 AFC Women's Championshipand Seiki Ichihara managed as first Japan national team manager. The first match against Chinese Taipei on 7 June at this tournament is the first match for Japan national team history. In 1984, national team was formed for the first time in three years for a China expedition, and Takao Orii managed national team.
In January 1986, Ryohei Suzuki became first full-time manager for national team. In December, Japan won the 2nd place at 1986 AFC Women's Championship. 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.
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 with economic stagnation (Lost Decade) the withdrawal of a series of teams from the L. League. Japanese women's football was on the verge of decline.
In August 2002, the Japan Football Association appointed Eiji Ueda, who had been coach for the Macau national football team, as the new head coach. Officials expected a revitalization of women's football and planned a team reorganization, aiming for 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.
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").
Japan was dropped with Germany, Canada and Argentina during 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. Beginning by a 6–0 thrash to newcomer Argentina, but later Japan fell on 0–3 loss to later champion Germany, and 1–3 to Canada, who later won 4th place.
Again, in 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup held in China, they again faced Germany, Argentina and England. They started with a 2–2 draw over England, before beating Argentina 1–0 after 90'. But a 0–2 loss over reigning champion Germany again eliminated Japan from the group stage. Japan's disappointing campaign through two decisive Women's World Cup would not have expected to lead to a 2011 triumph.
Japan qualified for the finals by finishing third in the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup. After finishing second in their group behind England, 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.
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.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 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 Olympics, 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.
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.
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.[ citation needed ] Their first match in the group stage of the tournament resulted in a 2–2 draw against the defending champion Australia. 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.[ citation needed ]
In the semi-final, Japan beat eight-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 for Japan to 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.[ citation needed ] 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.
Japan, then fourth in the world, was drawn into Group C for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, with tournament debutants Ecuador, Switzerland, and Cameroon. Japan won all three games, securing passage into the Round of 16, where they drew yet another tournament debutant in the Netherlands. Saori Ariyoshi and Mizuho Sakaguchi scored goals for Japan, and they ultimately survived a couple of nervy moments to get into the quarterfinals. Against Australia, Japan once again used their technical possession game to frustrate The Matildas and negate their speed. Mana Iwabuchi notched the only goal of the game three minutes from time to send Japan to the semifinals.
Against England in the semifinals, Nadeshiko Japan was able to survive against the tenacious Lionesses, as the two teams traded goals from the penalty spot (Aya Miyama for Japan, Fara Williams for England). Deadlocked from the 40th minute on, Japan got a truly fortunate break as English centre back Laura Bassett, in trying to clear out a Japan cross, ended up scoring an own-goal at the death. This set up a rematch with the United States from the 2011 Women's World Cup.
Unfortunately for Japan, the Americans came out flying and scored four goals in the first 16 minutes of the match, with American midfielder Carli Lloyd scoring a hat trick in the process. Yuki Ogimi brought Japan one back in the 27th minute, and an own goal from Julie Johnston halved the American lead, but Tobin Heath put the final touch on the United States' third Women's World Cup victory.
The following 23 players were named to the squad for the 2020 SheBelieves Cup.
Caps and goals as of 12 March 2020 after match against
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Sakiko Ikeda (池田 咲紀子)||8 September 1992||16||0|
|18||GK||Ayaka Yamashita (山下 杏也加)||29 September 1995||37||0|
|21||GK||Chika Hirao (平尾 知佳)||31 December 1996||2||0|
|4||DF||Saki Kumagai (熊谷 紗希) (captain)||17 October 1990||112||1|
|20||DF||Arisa Matsubara (松原 有沙)||1 May 1995||4||1|
|3||DF||Shiori Miyake (三宅 史織)||13 October 1995||24||0|
|22||DF||Mayo Doko (土光 真代)||3 May 1996||4||0|
|2||DF||Risa Shimizu (清水 梨紗)||15 June 1996||33||0|
|16||DF||Asato Miyagawa (宮川 麻都)||24 February 1998||11||0|
|5||DF||Moeka Minami (南 萌華)||7 December 1998||12||0|
|7||MF||Emi Nakajima (中島 依美)||27 September 1990||81||14|
|12||MF||Hikaru Naomoto (猶本 光)||3 March 1994||20||0|
|10||MF||Yuka Momiki (籾木 結花)||9 April 1996||33||10|
|14||MF||Yui Hasegawa (長谷川 唯)||29 January 1997||42||8|
|6||MF||Hina Sugita (杉田 妃和)||31 January 1997||18||0|
|17||MF||Narumi Miura (三浦 成美)||3 July 1997||20||0|
|19||MF||Jun Endo (遠藤 純)||24 May 2000||14||0|
|9||FW||Yuika Sugasawa (菅澤 優衣香)||5 October 1990||71||20|
|8||FW||Mana Iwabuchi (岩渕 真奈)||18 March 1993||72||29|
|15||FW||Mina Tanaka (田中 美南)||28 April 1994||41||16|
|23||FW||Mami Ueno (上野 真実)||27 September 1996||8||0|
|13||FW||Mayu Ikejiri (池尻 茉由)||19 December 1996||7||2|
|11||FW||Riko Ueki (植木 理子)||30 July 1999||5||0|
The following players have been called up to the Japan squad in the past 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Natsumi Asano (浅野 菜摘)||14 April 1997||0||0||v. |
|GK||Rei Takenaka (武仲 麗依)||18 May 1992||0||0||v. |
|DF||Kiko Seike (清家 貴子)||8 August 1996||2||1||Training camp, 14–19 February 2020|
|DF||Hana Takahashi (高橋 はな)||19 February 2000||1||0||v. |
|DF||Aya Sameshima (鮫島 彩)||16 June 1987||113||5||v. |
|DF||Rumi Utsugi (宇津木 瑠美)||5 December 1988||113||6||Unattached||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|DF||Nana Ichise (市瀬 菜々)||4 August 1997||19||0||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|DF||Risako Oga (大賀 理紗子)||4 January 1997||3||0||v. |
|MF||Honoka Hayashi (林 穂之香)||19 May 1998||1||0||Training camp, 14–19 February 2020 INJ|
|MF||Akari Kurishima (栗島 朱里)||14 September 1994||1||0||2019 EAFF Championship|
|MF||Hinata Miyazawa (宮澤 ひなた)||21 November 1999||2||0||v. |
|MF||Mizuho Sakaguchi (阪口 夢穂)||15 October 1987||124||29||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|FW||Rikako Kobayashi (小林 里歌子)||21 July 1997||12||4||2020 SheBelieves Cup INJ|
|FW||Rika Masuya (増矢 理花)||14 September 1995||27||6||v. |
|FW||Saori Takarada (宝田 沙織)||27 December 1999||3||0||v. |
|FW||Kumi Yokoyama (横山 久美)||13 August 1993||43||17||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup|
Most capped players
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Dates and times are shown in Japanese local time unless otherwise noted.
Win Draw Lose
|4 April 2019 Friendly|| France ||3–1||Auxerre, France|
|21:00 CEST|| Gauvin |
|Report|| Kobayashi ||Stadium: Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps|
|9 April 2019 Friendly|| Germany ||2–2||Paderborn, Germany|
|Report||Stadium: Benteler-Arena |
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)
|2 June 2019 Friendly|| Japan ||1–1||Le Touquet, France|
|20:50|| Sugasawa ||Report|| Hermoso |
|Stadium: Stade Gérard Houllier|
Referee: Mehdi Mokhtari
|10 June 2019 FIFA World Cup – GS|| Japan ||0–0||Paris, France|
|18:00 CEST|| Shimizu |
|Report||Stadium: Parc des Princes |
Referee: Stephanie Frappart (France)
|14 June 2019 FIFA World Cup – GS|| Japan ||2–1||Rennes, France|
|15:00 CEST||Report||Stadium: Roazhon Park |
Referee: Lidya Tafesse Abebe (Ethiopia)
|19 June 2019 FIFA World Cup – GS|| Japan ||0–2||Nice, France|
|21:00 CEST||Report||Stadium: Allianz Riviera |
Referee: Claudia Umpiérrez (Uruguay)
|25 June 2019 FIFA World Cup – R16|| Japan ||1–2||Rennes, France|
|21:00 CEST||Report||Stadium: Roazhon Park |
Referee: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)
|6 October 2019 Friendly|| Japan ||4–0||Shizuoka|
|14:30|| Iwabuchi |
|Report|| Zadorsky ||Stadium: IAI Stadium Nihondaira|
|10 November 2019 Friendly|| Japan ||2–0||Kitakyushu|
|12:45|| Kumagai |
|Report||Stadium: Kitakyushu Stadium|
|11 December 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship Final round|| Japan ||9–0||Busan, South Korea|
|16:20|| Box |
|Stadium: Busan Asiad Main Stadium|
|14 December 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship Final round|| Japan ||3–0||Busan, South Korea|
|15:55||Box||Stadium: Busan Gudeok Stadium|
|5 March 2020 SheBelieves Cup|| Japan ||1–3||Orlando, United States|
|16:15 ET||Report||Stadium: Exploria Stadium |
Referee: Katja Koroleva (United States)
|8 March 2020 SheBelieves Cup|| Japan ||0–1||Harrison, United States|
|14:15 ET||Report||Stadium: Red Bull Arena |
Referee: Katja Koroleva (United States)
|11 March 2020 SheBelieves Cup|| United States ||3–1||Frisco, United States|
|19:00 CT||Report||Stadium: Toyota Stadium |
Referee: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)
|11 April 2020 MS&AD Cup 2020|| Japan ||Cancelled||Sendai|
|15:00||Cancellation||Stadium: Yurtec Stadium|
|6 June 2020 Friendly|| Japan ||Cancelled||Utsunomiya|
|Stadium: Tochigi Prefecture General Sports Zone New Stadium|
|FIFA Women's World Cup record|
|Hosts / Year||Result||GP||W||D*||L||GS||GA||GD|
|Round of 16||4||1||1||2||3||5||−2|
|FIFA Women's World Cup history|
|Group stage||17 November||L 0–1||New Plaza Stadium, Foshan|
|19 November||L 0–8|
|21 November||L 0–3|
|Group stage||5 June||L 0–1||Tingvallen, Karlstad|
|7 June||W 2–1|
|9 June||L 0–2||Arosvallen, Västerås|
|Quarter-finals||13 June||L 0–4||Strömvallen, Gävle|
|Group stage||19 June||D 1–1||Spartan Stadium, San Jose|
|23 June||L 0–5||Civic Stadium, Portland|
|26 June||L 0–4||Soldier Field, Chicago|
|Group stage||20 September||W 6–0||Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus|
|24 September||L 0–3|
|27 September||L 1–3||Gillette Stadium, Foxborough|
|Group stage||11 September||D 2–2||Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai|
|14 September||W 1–0|
|17 September||L 0–2||Yellow Dragon Sports Center, Hangzhou|
|Group stage||27 June||W 2–1||Ruhrstadion, Bochum|
|1 July||W 4–0||BayArena, Leverkusen|
|5 July||L 0–2||Impuls Arena, Augsburg|
|Quarter-finals||9 July||W 1–0||Volkswagen-Arena, Wolfsburg|
|Semi-finals||13 July||W 3–1||Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt|
|Final||17 July||D 2–2 (3–1 pen)|
|Group stage||8 June||W 1–0||BC Place, Vancouver|
|12 June||W 2–1|
|16 June||W 1–0||Winnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg|
|Round of 16||23 June||W 2–1||BC Place, Vancouver|
|Quarter-finals||27 June||W 1–0||Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton|
|Semi-finals||1 July||W 2–1|
|Final||5 July||L 2–5||BC Place, Vancouver|
|Group stage||10 June||D 0–0||Parc des Princes, Paris|
|14 June||W 2–1||Roazhon Park, Rennes|
|19 June||L 0–2||Allianz Riviera, Nice|
|Round of 16||25 June||L 1–2||Roazhon Park, Rennes|
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