Japan women's national football team
|Shirt badge/Association crest|
|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 1 (7 December 2018)|
|Highest||3 (December 2011)|
|Lowest||14 (July 2003)|
| Chinese Taipei 1–0 Japan |
(Hong Kong; 7 June 1981)
| Japan 21–0 Guam |
(Guangzhou, China; 5 December 1997)
| Italy 9–0 Japan |
(Tokyo, Japan; 9 September 1981)
United States 9–0 Japan
(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)|
Japan women's national football team (サッカー日本女子代表, Sakkā Nihon Joshi Daihyō), also known as Nadeshiko Japan (なでしこジャパン), is a Japanese women's association football team. The team represents Japan in international competition. It is made up of the best female players in Japan.
Nadeshiko Japan is best known as the first Asian team to win the FIFA Women's World Cup.
History[change | change source]
Japan Football Association (JFA) set up an official women's organization in 1979. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) asked each member country to promote and develop the sport among women.
The women’s national team qualified for the "1991 FIFA Women's World Cup" in China.
In the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, Japan defeated the United States team in the last game of a knockout tournament.
International statistics[change | change source]
FIFA Women's World Cup Record[change | change source]
Olympic Games Record[change | change source]
Coaches[change | change source]
- Seiki Ichihara (1981)
- Takao Orii (1984)
- Ryohei Suzuki (1986-1989)
- Tamotsu Suzuki (1989-1996)
- Satoshi Miyauchi (1997-1999)
- Tamotsu Suzuki (1999)
- Shinobu Ikeda (2000-2002)
- Eiji Ueda (2002-2004)
- Hiroshi Ohashi (2004-2007)
- Norio Sasaki (2008-2016)
- Asako Takakura (2016-)
Related pages[change | change source]
- Sports in Japan
- Japan at the Olympics
- Japan national football team
- List of Japan women's international footballers
References[change | change source]
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- Japan Football Association(in Japanese)
- Hongo, Jun, "Nadeshiko Japan eyes London Olympic gold", Japan Times, 24 January 2012, p. 3.
- "Nadeshiko", a kind of dianthus flower, comes from the phrase Yamato nadeshiko (大和撫子, literally, "ideal Japanese woman").
- "Japan edge USA for maiden title," 17 July 2011; "Women's World Cup final: Japan beat USA on penalties," BBC (UK). 17 July 2011; retrieved 2012-8-8.
- Baxter, Kevin. "Japanese soccer team gets upgrade ...," Los Angeles Times. August 11, 2012; excerpt, " Japan's soccer association was chided for making the world champions fly coach to London .... But association President Kuniya Daini confirmed the women will have better seats on the trip home"; retrieved 2012-8-17.
- FIFA.com, FIFA Women's World Cup, p. 2 [PDF p. 2 of 2]; retrieved 2012-8-17.
- RedSwift.com, "'Nadeshiko Japan' Squad" Archived 2012-10-03 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 2012-8-17.
- FIFA.com, "Coach of the Year, Norio Sasaki"; Westlake, Adam. "Nadeshiko Japan coach Sasaki to step down after London Olympics," Archived 2013-03-18 at the Wayback Machine Japan Daily Press. August 9, 2012; retrieved 2012-8-17.
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Japan women's national football team at Wikimedia Commons