|Full name||Chika Hirao|
|Date of birth||December 31, 1996|
|Place of birth||Matsudo, Chiba, Japan|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2009–2014||JFA Academy Fukushima|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of the 2019 season|
Biography[change | change source]
Hirao was born in Matsudo on December 31, 1996. She joined Nadeshiko League club Urawa Reds from JFA Academy Fukushima in 2014. She played many matches as regular goalkeeper and the club won the champions in first season. However her opportunity to play decreased behind Sakiko Ikeda from 2015 season. In 2018, she moved to Albirex Niigata.
In September 2012, when Hirao was 15 years old, she was selected the Japan U-17 national team for 2012 U-17 Women's World Cup and she played 3 matches as regular goalkeeper. In November 2016, she was selected the Japan U-20 national team for 2016 U-20 Women's World Cup. She played 5 matches and Japan won the 3rd place.
In April 2018, Hirao was selected the Japan national team for 2018 Women's Asian Cup. Although she did not play in any matches, Japan won the championship after two tournaments in a row. On August 2, she debuted against Australia. In 2019, she was selected Japan for 2019 World Cup. She played 2 games for Japan until 2019.
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|Japan national team|