Japan women's national football team

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Nickname(s)なでしこジャパン (Nadeshiko Japan)
AssociationJapan Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationEAFF (East Asia)
Head coachAsako Takakura
CaptainSaki Kumagai
Most capsHomare Sawa (205)
Top scorerHomare Sawa (83)
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 8 Decrease 1 (7 December 2018)[1]
Highest3 (December 2011)
Lowest14 (July 2003)
First international
 Chinese Taipei 1–0 Japan 
(Hong Kong; 7 June 1981)
Biggest win
 Japan 21–0 Guam 
(Guangzhou, China; 5 December 1997)
Biggest defeat
 Italy 9–0 Japan 
(Tokyo, Japan; 9 September 1981)[2]
 United States 9–0 Japan 
(Charlotte, United States; 29 April 1999)[2]
World Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1991)
Best resultChampions (2011)
Olympic Games
Appearances4 (first in 1996)
Best resultRunners-up (2012)
Asian Cup
Appearances16 (first in 1977)
Best resultChampions (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.[3]

In 1981 the Japan women's national football team played its first international match in Hong Kong. The team lost to Taiwan 0-1.[3]

The women’s national team qualified for the "1991 FIFA Women's World Cup" in China.

In 2004, the JFA organized a public contest to select a name for the team;[3] and "Nadeshiko Japan" was chosen from among 2,000+ entries.[4]

In the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, Japan defeated the United States team in the last game of a knockout tournament.[5]

In the 2012 Summer Olympics, Nadeshiko Japan won the silver medal.[6]

International statistics[change | change source]

FIFA Women's World Cup Record[change | change source]

Olympic Games Record[change | change source]

Coaches[change | change source]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Japan Football Association(in Japanese)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hongo, Jun, "Nadeshiko Japan eyes London Olympic gold", Japan Times, 24 January 2012, p. 3.
  4. "Nadeshiko", a kind of dianthus flower, comes from the phrase Yamato nadeshiko (大和撫子, literally, "ideal Japanese woman")
  5. "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.
  6. 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.
  7. FIFA.com, [https://web.archive.org/web/20160305000654/http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/fifafacts/wcwwc/ip-202_02e_wwc_24474.pdf Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine FIFA Women's World Cup, p. 2 [PDF p. 2 of 2]]; retrieved 2012-8-17.
  8. RedSwift.com, "'Nadeshiko Japan' Squad" Archived 2012-10-03 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 2012-8-17.
  9. 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.

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