|Women's football in Japan|
|Governing body||Japan Football Association|
|National team(s)||Japan women's national football team|
Women's football in Japan is one of the rising powers of women's football.
The first women's football team in Japan was formed in 1966.
In the first national female football tournament in 1980, women played 8-a-side football and on smaller soccer fields than their male counterparts.
The Nadeshiko League is the national competition for female football players in Japan which began in 1989.It is a three-tiered system.
The team, organized by the Japan Football Association, is the only Asian women's side to win FIFA Women's World Cup, winning in 2011.The Japanese national team playing style has been compared to Spain's men's national team of Tiki-taka.
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