|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|| 8 |
|Highest||3 (December 2011)|
|Lowest||14 (July 2003)|
(Hong Kong; 7 June 1981)
(Guangzhou, China; 5 December 1997)
(Charlotte, United States; 29 April 1999)
|Appearances||8 (first in 1991 )|
|Appearances||4 (first in 1996 )|
|Appearances||16 (first in 1977 )|
The Japan women's national football team, or Nadeshiko Japan (なでしこジャパン), represents Japan in 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 (December 2011).
Yamato nadeshiko is a Japanese term meaning the "personification of an idealized Japanese woman", or "the epitome of pure, feminine beauty". It is a floral metaphor, combining the words Yamato, an ancient name for Japan, and nadeshiko, a delicate frilled pink carnation called Dianthus superbus, whose kanji translate into English as "caressable child".
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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.
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.
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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 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. Nadeshiko 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 is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
|1 April 2018MS&AD Cup|| Japan ||7–1||Isahaya|
|13:30|| Tanaka |
|Report|| Ayieyam ||Stadium: Transcosmos Stadium Nagasaki|
|7 April 2018 Asian Cup – GS|| Japan ||4–0||Amman, Jordan|
|16:45 EEST|| Yokoyama |
|Report||Stadium: King Abdullah II Stadium|
|10 April 2018Asian Cup – GS|| Japan ||0–0||Amman, Jordan|
|16:45 EEST||Report||Stadium: Amman International Stadium|
|13 April 2018Asian Cup – GS|| Japan ||1–1||Amman, Jordan|
|16:45 EEST|| Sakaguchi ||Report|| Kerr ||Stadium: Amman International Stadium|
|17 April 2018 Asian Cup – SF|| Japan ||3–1||Amman, Jordan|
|20:00 EEST|| Iwabuchi |
|Report|| Wang |
|Stadium: King Abdullah II Stadium|
|20 April 2018 Asian Cup – F|| Japan ||1–0||Amman, Jordan|
|20:00 EEST|| Kumagai |
|Report|| Kellond-Knight ||Stadium: Amman International Stadium|
|10 June 2018 Friendly|| New Zealand ||1–3||Wellington, New Zealand|
|15:10 NZST|| Moore ||Report|| Tanaka |
|Stadium: Westpac Stadium|
|26 July 2018 Tournament of Nations|| United States ||4–2||Kansas City, United States|
|18:00 CDT|| Morgan |
|Report|| Tanaka |
|Stadium: Children's Mercy Park|
|29 July 2018Tournament of Nations|| Japan ||1–2||East Hartford, United States|
|16:15 EDT|| Masuya ||Report|| Marta |
|Stadium: Pratt & Whitney Stadium |
|2 August 2018Tournament of Nations|| Japan ||0–2||Bridgeview, United States|
|16:45 CDT||Report|| Kennedy |
|Stadium: Toyota Park|
|16 August 2018 Asian Games – GS|| Japan ||2–0||Palembang, Indonesia|
|18:30 IWST|| Iwabuchi |
|Report||Stadium: Bumi Sriwijaya Stadium|
|21 August 2018Asian Games – GS|| Japan ||7–0||Palembang, Indonesia|
|15:00 IWST|| Sugasawa |
|Report||Stadium: Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium|
|25 August 2018Asian Games – QF|| Japan ||2–1||Palembang, Indonesia|
|16:00 IWST|| Sakaguchi |
|Report|| N. Kim ||Stadium: Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium|
|28 August 2018Asian Games – SF|| Japan ||2–1||Palembang, Indonesia|
|16:00 IWST|| Sugasawa |
|Report|| M. Lee ||Stadium: Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium|
|31 August 2018Asian Games – F|| Japan ||1–0||Palembang, Indonesia|
|19:30 IWST|| Sugasawa ||Report|| Han ||Stadium: Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium|
|28 February 2019 SheBelieves Cup|| United States ||2–2||Chester, United States|
|9:05|| Rapinoe |
|Report|| Kumagai |
|Stadium: Talen Energy Stadium |
Referee: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)
|3 March 2019 SheBelieves Cup|| Japan ||3–1||Nashville, United States|
|4:00|| Momiki |
|Report|| Debinha ||Stadium: Nissan Stadium|
|6 March 2019 SheBelieves Cup|| Japan ||0–3||Tampa, United States|
|7:25||Box|| Staniforth |
|Stadium: Raymond James Stadium|
|27 May 2019 Kirin Challenge Cup|| Japan ||v||Matsuyama|
|Stadium: Ehime Matsuyama Athletic Stadium|
|10 June 2019 FIFA World Cup — GS|| Japan ||v||Paris, France|
|18:00 CEST||Stadium: Parc des Princes|
The following 23 players were named to the squad for the 2019 SheBelieves Cup.
Caps and goals as of 6 March 2019 after match against
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|21||GK||Erina Yamane (山根 恵里奈)||20 December 1990||26||0|
|1||GK||Rei Takenaka (武仲 麗依)||18 May 1992||0||0|
|18||GK||Ayaka Saitō (齊藤 彩佳)||26 August 1991||0||0|
|3||DF||Aya Sameshima (鮫島 彩)||16 June 1987||106||5|
|6||DF||Saori Ariyoshi (有吉 佐織)||1 November 1987||65||1|
|4||DF||Saki Kumagai (熊谷 紗希) (captain)||17 October 1990||101||0|
|22||DF||Risa Shimizu (清水 梨紗)||15 June 1996||21||0|
|12||DF||Risako Oga (大賀 理紗子)||4 January 1997||3||0|
|5||DF||Nana Ichise (市瀬 菜々)||4 August 1997||15||0|
|24||DF||Asato Miyagawa (宮川 麻都)||24 February 1998||2||0|
|23||DF||Moeka Minami (南 萌華)||7 December 1998||2||0|
|2||MF||Rumi Utsugi (宇津木 瑠美)||5 December 1988||112||6|
|7||MF||Emi Nakajima (中島 依美)||27 September 1990||67||14|
|8||MF||Moeno Sakaguchi (阪口 萌乃)||4 June 1992||12||1|
|16||MF||Arisa Matsubara (松原 有沙)||1 May 1995||2||0|
|14||MF||Yui Hasegawa (長谷川 唯)||29 January 1997||33||5|
|9||MF||Hina Sugita (杉田 妃和)||31 January 1997||4||0|
|17||MF||Narumi Miura (三浦 成美)||3 July 1997||6||0|
|20||FW||Kumi Yokoyama (横山 久美)||13 August 1993||38||16|
|15||FW||Yuka Momiki (籾木 結花)||9 April 1996||24||8|
|13||FW||Mayu Ikejiri (池尻 茉由)||19 December 1996||3||0|
|11||FW||Rikako Kobayashi (小林 里歌子)||21 July 1997||3||1|
|19||FW||Jun Endo (遠藤 純)||24 May 2000||3||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||Sakiko Ikeda (池田 咲紀子)||8 September 1992||14||0||2019 SheBelieves Cup PRE|
|GK||Ayaka Yamashita (山下 杏也加)||29 September 1995||25||0||2019 SheBelieves Cup PRE|
|GK||Chika Hirao (平尾 知佳)||31 December 1996||1||0||v. |
|DF||Shiori Miyake (三宅 史織)||13 October 1995||17||0||2019 SheBelieves Cup PRE|
|DF||Nanami Kitamura (北村 菜々美)||25 November 1999||0||0||Training camp, 31 January–4 February 2019|
|DF||Aimi Kunitake (國武 愛美)||10 January 1997||3||0||v. |
|DF||Hikari Takagi (高木 ひかり)||21 May 1993||19||1||2018 Asian Games|
|DF||Mayo Doko (土光 真代)||3 May 1996||1||0||2018 Tournament of Nations|
|MF||Mizuho Sakaguchi (阪口 夢穂)||15 October 1987||124||29||2019 SheBelieves Cup PRE|
|MF||Fuka Nagano (長野 風花)||9 March 1999||1||0||Training camp, 31 January–4 February 2019|
|MF||Hinata Miyazawa (宮澤 ひなた)||21 November 1999||1||0||Training camp, 31 January–4 February 2019|
|MF||Nahomi Kawasumi (川澄 奈穂美)||23 September 1985||90||20||v. |
|MF||Hikaru Naomoto (猶本 光)||3 March 1994||18||0||v. |
|MF||Yu Nakasato (中里 優)||14 July 1994||20||0||2018 Asian Games|
|MF||Rin Sumida (隅田 凜)||12 January 1996||22||0||2018 Asian Games|
|MF||Madoka Haji (櫨 まどか)||8 July 1988||7||0||v. |
|FW||Yuika Sugasawa (菅澤 優衣香)||5 October 1990||60||17||Training camp, 31 January–4 February 2019|
|FW||Mina Tanaka (田中 美南)||28 April 1994||33||14||Training camp, 31 January–4 February 2019|
|FW||Riko Ueki (植木 理子)||30 July 1999||0||0||Training camp, 31 January–4 February 2019|
|FW||Mana Iwabuchi (岩渕 真奈)||18 March 1993||61||20||v. |
|FW||Rika Masuya (増矢 理花)||14 September 1995||27||6||v. |
|AFC Women's Asian Cup record|
|Hosts / Year||Result||GP||W||D*||L||GS||GA||GD|
|Did not enter|
|Did not enter|
|Did not enter|
|Asian Games record|
|Hosts / Year||Result||GP||W||D*||L||GS||GA||GD|
|EAFF Women's Football Championship record|
|Hosts / Year||Result||Pld||W||D*||L||GF||GA||GD|
|1–0||3 / 4|
|10–0||2 / 3|
|14–0||1 / 4|
|3–1||2 / 6|
|12–0||1 / 5|
|Semifinals||0–0 (PSO: 5–4)|
|4–0||1 / 4|
|5–0||2 / 4|
|0–2||3 / 4|
|17–0||1 / 4|
|0–4||4 / 4|
|9–0||1 / 4|
|8–0||2 / 4|
|0–4||4 / 4|
|6–0||1 / 5|
|3–1||2 / 5|
|2–0||3 / 6|
|5–0||1 / 5|
|1–3||3 / 4|
|0–1||3 / 3|
|Quarterfinals||1–2||Awarded the Fair Play Award|
|0–0||3 / 4||Awarded the Fair Play Award|
|1–0||1 / 4|
|Final||0–0 (PSO: 2–4)|
|1–0||1 / 4|
|0–2||3 / 4|
|3–0||1 / 4|
|3–1||1 / 4|
|2008 Summer Olympics qualification||Final round||2–0|
|6–1||1 / 4|
|5–1||3 / 4|
|2–1||1 / 4|
|2–1||1 / 4|
|0–0||1 / 3|
|0–2||2 / 4|
|Final||2–2 (PSO: 3–1)||Awarded the Fair Play Award|
|2012 Summer Olympics qualification||Final round||3–0|
|0–0||2 / 4|
|7–0||1 / 4|
|1–0||1 / 4|
|Round of 16||2–1|
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| World Champions |
2011 (first title)
2015 United States
| Asian Champions |
2014 (first title)
2018 (2nd title)