Japan national under-23 football team

The Japan national under-23 football team is a national association football youth team of Japan and is controlled by the Japan Football Association. The team won the gold medal at the 2010 Asian Games and were champions in the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship. The head coach is Koichi Togashi. Since 1992, it was decided that teams targeting athletes under the age of 23 will participate in the Olympics (additional provisions for overage limits have been added since 1996). Therefore, the name changes to Japan national under-22 football team the year before the Olympics and Japan national under-21 football team two years prior. The exception to this is the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which has been postponed for one year, so in 2021, the team will be called the Japan national under-24 football team.

Japan U23
Japanese Olympic Committee logo.svg
AssociationJapan Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationEAFF (East Asia)
Head coachKoichi Togashi
Most capsKensuke Nagai
Keigo Higashi
Reo Hatate
(31 each)
Top scorerShoya Nakajima (19)
FIFA codeJPN
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Malaysia 1–1 Japan 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; December 1990)[1]
Biggest win
 Japan 13–0 Philippines 
(Hong Kong; 12 June 1999)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 6–1 Japan 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 6 February 1994)
Summer Olympic Games
Appearances7 (first in 1996)
Best resultFourth place (2012, 2020)
Asian Games
Appearances5 (first in 2002)
Best resultGold medal asia.svg Gold medalists (2010)
AFC U-23 Championship
Appearances4 (first in 2013)
Best resultGold medal asia.svg Champions (2016)

Team imageEdit

NicknamesEdit

"サムライ・ブルー (Samurai Blue)" basically refers to the Japan national football team, but the under-23 football team are sometimes referred to as "Young" Samurai Blue. However, in reality, Samurai Blue is not often used.

RivalriesEdit

South KoreaEdit

Japan maintains a strong football rivalry with South Korea.

Media coverageEdit

Summer OlympicsEdit

Television channel Period Ref.
NHK General TV, NHK Educational TV, NHK BS1, NHK BS4K, NHK BS8K,TV Asahi, BS Asahi 4K, Fuji TV 2021 [2]

AFC U-23 Asian CupEdit

Television channel Period Ref.

Friendly and QualifiersEdit

Television channel Period Ref.
Fuji TV, Nippon TV, TBS, Nittele G+, BS Asahi, TVer 2021

Results and fixturesEdit

Legend

  Win   Draw   Lose   Voided or Postponed   Fixture

2021Edit

26 March Saison Card Cup Japan   0–1   Argentina Chōfu, Tokyo, Japan
19:00 UTC+9 Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Stadium: Ajinomoto Stadium
Attendance: 8,416
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
29 March Saison Card Cup Japan   3–0   Argentina Kitakyushu, Japan
19:45 UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Stadium: Mikuni World Stadium Kitakyushu
Attendance: 7,302
Referee: C. R. Srikrishna (India)
3 June Unofficial friendly Japan A   3–0   Japan Hokkaido, Japan
19:30 UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Stadium: Sapporo Dome
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mohamed Darwish (UAE)
5 June Friendly Japan   6–0   Ghana Fukuoka, Japan
19:25 UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Stadium: Best Denki Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Hiroki Kasahara (Japan)
12 June Friendly Japan   4–0   Jamaica Toyota, Aichi, Japan
13:35 UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Stadium: Toyota Stadium
Attendance: 4,029
Referee: Yudai Yamamoto (Japan)
12 July Kirin Challenge Cup (Under-24) Japan   3–1   Honduras Osaka, Japan
19:30 UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Stadium: Yodoko Sakura Stadium
Attendance: 4,063
Referee: Hiroki Kasahara (Japan)
17 July Kirin Challenge Cup (Under-24) Japan   1–1   Spain Hyogo, Japan
19:20 UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Stadium: Noevir Stadium Kobe
Attendance: 4,909
Referee: Yusuke Araki (Japan)
22 July 2020 Summer Olympics GS Group A Japan   1–0   South Africa Tokyo, Japan
20:00 UTC+9
Report (TOCOG)
Report (FIFA)
Report (JFA)
Stadium: Tokyo Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Jesús Valenzuela (Venezuela)
28 July 2020 Summer Olympics GS Group A France   0–4   Japan Yokohama, Japan
20:30 UTC+9 Report (TOCOG)
Report (FIFA)
Report (JFA)
Stadium: International Stadium Yokohama
Attendance: 0
Referee: Iván Barton (El Savador)
3 August 2020 Summer Olympics Semi-finals Japan   0–1 (a.e.t.)   Spain Saitama, Japan
20:00 UTC+9 Report (TOCOG)
Report (FIFA)
Report (JFA)
Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002
Attendance: 0
Referee: Kevin Ortega (Peru)
26 October 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualification Group K Japan   4–0   Cambodia Hirono, Japan
13:00 UTC+9 Matsuki   10'
Koda   44'
Hosoya   52'
Nakamura   73'
Report Stadium: J-Village Stadium
28 October 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualification Group K Hong Kong   0–4   Japan Hirono, Japan
13:00 UTC+9 Report Fujio   14'49'
Goke   63'
Hosoya   85'
Stadium: J-Village Stadium

2022Edit

June 2022 (2022-06) 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup Japan   v TBD TBD, Uzbekistan
TBD Stadium: TBD
June 2022 (2022-06) 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup TBD v   Japan TBD, Uzbekistan
TBD Stadium: TBD
June 2022 (2022-06) 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup TBD v   Japan TBD, Uzbekistan
TBD Stadium: TBD
September 2022 (2022-09) 2022 Asian Games TBD v   Japan TBD, China
TBD Stadium: TBD
September 2022 (2022-09) 2022 Asian Games TBD v   Japan TBD, China
TBD Stadium: TBD
September 2022 (2022-09) 2022 Asian Games TBD v   Japan TBD, China
TBD Stadium: TBD

Head-to-head recordEdit

As of 28 October 2021

The following table shows Japan under-23 team's all-time international record.

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD Confederation
  Australia 10 4 0 6 17 15 +2 AFC
  Bahrain 2 1 0 1 6 2 +4 AFC
  Cambodia 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 AFC
  China PR 7 3 0 4 8 5 +3 AFC
  Chinese Taipei 4 4 0 0 15 1 +14 AFC
  Hong Kong 6 5 0 1 15 4 +11 AFC
  Indonesia 3 2 0 0 10 3 +7 AFC
  India 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 AFC
  Iran 5 2 2 1 10 7 +3 AFC
  Iraq 4 1 1 2 4 6 –2 AFC
  Jordan 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 AFC
  Kuwait 5 3 2 0 15 2 +13 AFC
  Lebanon 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 AFC
  Macau 3 3 0 0 21 0 +21 AFC
  Malaysia 17 13 4 0 47 7 +40 AFC
  Myanmar 2 2 0 0 16 0 +16 AFC
    Nepal 5 5 0 0 21 0 +21 AFC
  Oman 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 AFC
  North Korea 2 2 0 0 4 3 +1 AFC
  Qatar 5 2 2 1 5 4 +1 AFC
  Saudi Arabia 5 4 0 1 9 6 +3 AFC
  South Korea 17 5 3 9 21 20 +1 AFC
  Palestine 4 4 0 0 9 1 +8 AFC
  Philippines 3 3 0 0 32 0 +32 AFC
  Pakistan 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 AFC
  Singapore 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 AFC
  Syria 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 AFC
  Thailand 10 9 0 1 26 3 +23 AFC
  Timor-Leste 2 2 0 0 7 0 +7 AFC
  Uzbekistan 1 0 0 1 0 4 –4 AFC
  United Arab Emirates 5 3 1 1 7 2 +5 AFC
  Vietnam 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 AFC
  Ghana 4 3 0 1 11 2 +9 CAF
  Morocco 3 3 0 0 7 2 +5 CAF
  Egypt 6 2 1 3 2 8 –6 CAF
  Angola 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 CAF
  Nigeria 3 0 0 3 5 9 –4 CAF
  South Africa 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 CAF
  Mali 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 CAF
  Mexico 4 1 1 2 6 9 –3 CONCACAF
  United States 3 0 2 1 4 5 –1 CONCACAF
  Canada 1 0 0 1 0 1 –1 CONCACAF
  Costa Rica 4 1 2 1 5 4 +1 CONCACAF
  Jamaica 2 2 0 0 13 0 +13 CONCACAF
  Honduras 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 CONCACAF
  Brazil 5 2 2 1 6 5 +1 CONMEBOL
  Chile 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 CONMEBOL
  Colombia 2 0 1 1 2 4 –2 CONMEBOL
  Venezuela 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 CONMEBOL
  Argentina 3 2 0 1 4 1 +3 CONMEBOL
  Paraguay 1 0 0 1 3 4 –1 CONMEBOL
  Ecuador 1 0 0 1 0 1 –1 CONMEBOL
  Denmark 2 0 1 1 1 6 –5 UEFA
  England 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 UEFA
  Italy 2 0 0 2 2 6 –4 UEFA
  France 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 UEFA
  Greece 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 UEFA
  Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4 UEFA
  Germany 2 1 0 1 7 3 +4 UEFA
  Hungary 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 UEFA
  Portugal 1 0 0 1 0 1 –1 UEFA
  Republic of Ireland 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 UEFA
  Netherlands 1 0 0 1 0 1 –1 UEFA
  Norway 1 0 0 1 2 3 –1 UEFA
  Russia 5 2 2 1 7 5 +2 UEFA
  Spain 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 UEFA
  Sweden 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 UEFA
   Switzerland 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 UEFA
  Slovakia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 UEFA
  Tunisia 3 1 0 2 4 6 –2 UEFA
  New Zealand 4 2 2 0 9 1 +8 OFC
Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD Confederation

Coaching staffEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

As of 23 October 2021
Role Name
Head coach   Koichi Togashi
Assistant coach   Akira Mutō
Role model coach   Atsuto Uchida
Goalkeeping coach   Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
Physical coach   Yoshiharu Yano

Manager historyEdit

As of 29 March 2021 after the match against   Argentina.
Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Winning % Notes
  Yoshitada Yamaguchi 1990–1992 0 0 0 0 00.0%
  Akira Nishino 1993–1996 0 0 0 0 00.0%
  Philippe Troussier 1998–2000 0 0 0 0 00.0%
  Masakuni Yamamoto 2002–2004 0 0 0 0 00.0%
  Yasuharu Sorimachi 2006–2008 0 0 0 0 00.0%
  Takashi Sekizuka 2010–2012 0 0 0 0 00.0%
  Makoto Teguramori 2014–2016 0 0 0 0 00.0%
  Hajime Moriyasu 2017–2020 0 0 0 0 00.0%
  Akinobu Yokouchi 2020 0 0 0 0 00.0%
  Hajime Moriyasu 2020–2021 0 0 0 0 00.0%
  Koichi Togashi 2021– 0 0 0 0 00.0%

source:[3]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 23 players were named to the squad for the 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualification, against   Cambodia and   Hong Kong on 26 and 28 October 2021.

Caps and goals accurate up to and including 6 August 2021 after match against Mexico.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Yuma Obata (2001-11-07) 7 November 2001 (age 20)   Vegalta Sendai
12 1GK Masato Sasaki (2002-05-01) 1 May 2002 (age 19)   Kashiwa Reysol
23 1GK Mitsuki Sugimoto (2001-08-17) 17 August 2001 (age 20)   Rissho University

2 2DF Reon Yamahara (1999-06-08) 8 June 1999 (age 22)   Shimizu S-Pulse
3 2DF Taiga Hata (2002-01-20) 20 January 2002 (age 19)   Shonan Bellmare
4 2DF Ryotaro Tsunoda (1999-06-27) 27 June 1999 (age 22)   Yokohama F. Marinos
5 2DF Seiya Baba (2001-10-24) 24 October 2001 (age 20)   Tokyo Verdy
15 2DF Hijiri Kato (2001-09-16) 16 September 2001 (age 20)   V-Varen Nagasaki
16 2DF Riku Handa (2002-01-01) 1 January 2002 (age 19)   Montedio Yamagata
20 2DF Maaya Sako (2002-12-02) 2 December 2002 (age 19)   Fujieda MYFC
22 2DF Anrie Chase (2004-08-24) 24 August 2004 (age 17)   Shoshi High School

6 3MF Renji Matsui (2000-02-27) 27 February 2000 (age 21)   Hosei University
7 3MF Yuito Suzuki (2001-10-25) 25 October 2001 (age 20)   Shimizu S-Pulse
8 3MF Daiki Matsuoka (2001-06-01) 1 June 2001 (age 20)   Shimizu S-Pulse
10 3MF Yuta Goke (1999-06-10) 10 June 1999 (age 22)   Vissel Kobe
13 3MF Satoshi Tanaka (2002-08-13) 13 August 2002 (age 19)   Shonan Bellmare
14 3MF Joel Chima Fujita (2002-02-16) 16 February 2002 (age 19)   Tokushima Vortis
17 3MF Kuryu Matsuki (2003-04-30) 30 April 2003 (age 18)   Aomori Yamada High School
19 3MF Jiro Nakamura (2003-08-22) 22 August 2003 (age 18)   Gamba Osaka U-23
21 3MF Hidemasa Koda (2003-10-02) 2 October 2003 (age 18)   Nagoya Grampus U-18

9 4FW Mao Hosoya (2001-09-07) 7 September 2001 (age 20)   Kashiwa Reysol
11 4FW Kein Sato (2001-07-11) 11 July 2001 (age 20)   Meiji University
18 4FW Shota Fujio (2001-05-02) 2 May 2001 (age 20)   Mito HollyHock

(Players are listed within position group by order of seniority, kit number, caps, goals, and then alphabetically)

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up to a under-23 squad in the past 12 months.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1GK Kosei Tani (2000-11-22) 22 November 2000 (age 21)   Shonan Bellmare
1GK Keisuke Osako (1999-07-28) 28 July 1999 (age 22)   Sanfrecce Hiroshima
1GK Zion Suzuki (2002-08-21) 21 August 2002 (age 19)   Urawa Red Diamonds
1GK Yuya Oki (1999-08-22) 22 August 1999 (age 22)   Kashima Antlers

2DF Reo Hatate (1997-11-21) 21 November 1997 (age 24)   Kawasaki Frontale
2DF Takehiro Tomiyasu (1998-11-05) 5 November 1998 (age 23)   Arsenal
2DF Daiki Hashioka (1999-05-17) 17 May 1999 (age 22)   Sint-Truidense
2DF Ayumu Seko (2000-06-07) 7 June 2000 (age 21)   Cerezo Osaka
2DF Teruki Hara (1998-07-30) 30 July 1998 (age 23)   Shimizu S-Pulse
2DF Tsuyoshi Watanabe (1997-02-05) 5 February 1997 (age 24)   FC Tokyo
2DF Taiyo Koga (1998-10-28) 28 October 1998 (age 23)   Kashiwa Reysol
2DF Yukinari Sugawara (2000-06-28) 28 June 2000 (age 21)   AZ

3MF Takefusa Kubo (2001-06-04) 4 June 2001 (age 20)   Mallorca
3MF Ritsu Dōan (1998-06-16) 16 June 1998 (age 23)   PSV Eindhoven
3MF Ao Tanaka (1998-09-10) 10 September 1998 (age 23)   Fortuna Dusseldorf
3MF Shunta Tanaka (1997-05-26) 26 May 1997 (age 24)   Consadole Sapporo
3MF Kota Watanabe (1998-10-18) 18 October 1998 (age 23)   Yokohama F. Marinos
3MF Keita Endo (1997-01-22) 22 January 1997 (age 24)   Union Berlin

4FW Ayase Ueda (1998-08-28) 28 August 1998 (age 23)   Kashima Antlers
4FW Daizen Maeda (1997-10-20) 20 October 1997 (age 24)   Yokohama F. Marinos
4FW Ryotaro Meshino (1998-06-18) 18 June 1998 (age 23)   Estoril
4FW Kyosuke Tagawa (1999-02-11) 11 February 1999 (age 22)   FC Tokyo

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad / standby
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

(Players are listed within position group by order of latest call-up, seniority, caps, goals, and then alphabetically)

Previous squadsEdit

Bold indicates winning squads
Olympic Games
AFC U-23 Asian Cup
Asian Games

RecordsEdit

As of 6 August 2021
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
Caps and goals is calculated by all national team level include U21, U22, and U23.

Competitive recordEdit

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

Olympic GamesEdit

 
A match vs Spain at the 2012 Summer Olympics at Glasgow in the United Kingdom
Summer Olympics record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
19081988 See Japan national team
  1992 Did Not Qualify
  1996 Group Stage 9th 3 2 0 1 4 4
  2000 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 6 5
  2004 Group Stage 13th 3 1 0 2 6 7
  2008 Group Stage 15th 3 0 0 3 1 4
  2012 Fourth Place 4th 6 3 1 2 6 5
  2016 Group Stage 10th 3 1 1 1 7 7
  2020 Fourth Place 4th 6 3 1 2 8 5
  2024 To be Determined
  2028
Total Fourth Place 7/7 28 12 4 12 38 38

Match historyEdit

Summer Olympics history
Year Round Opponent Score Result
1996 Group stage   Brazil 1–0 Win
Group stage   Nigeria 0–2 Loss
Group stage   Hungary 3–2 Win
2000 Group stage   South Africa 2–1 Win
Group stage   Slovakia 2–1 Win
Group stage   Brazil 0–1 Loss
Quarter-finals   United States 2–2 Draw
2004 Group stage   Paraguay 3–4 Loss
Group stage   Italy 2–3 Loss
Group stage   Ghana 1–0 Win
2008 Group stage   United States 0–1 Loss
Group stage   Nigeria 1–2 Loss
Group stage   Netherlands 0–1 Loss
2012 Group stage   Spain 1–0 Win
Group stage   Morocco 1–0 Win
Group stage   Honduras 0–0 Draw
Quarter-finals   Egypt 3–0 Win
Semi-finals   Mexico 1–3 Loss
Bronze Play-off   South Korea 0–2 Loss
2016 Group stage   Nigeria 4–5 Loss
Group stage   Colombia 2–2 Draw
Group stage   Sweden 1–0 Win
2020 Group stage   South Africa 1–0 Win
Group stage   Mexico 2–1 Win
Group stage   France 4–0 Win
Quarter-finals   New Zealand 0–0 4–2 Draw Win
Semi-finals   Spain 0–1 Loss
Bronze Play-off   Mexico 1–3 Loss

AFC U-23 Asian CupEdit

AFC U-23 Asian Cup record Qualifier record
Year Result Position GP W D L GS GA GP W D L GS GA
  2013 Quarter-finals 7 4 1 2 1 8 5 5 5 0 0 20 2
  2016 Champions 1 6 6 0 0 15 4 3 3 0 0 10 0
  2018 Quarter-finals 5 4 3 0 1 5 5 3 3 0 0 11 2
  2020 Group Stage 15 3 0 1 2 3 5 3 3 0 0 21 0
  2022 Qualified 2 2 0 0 8 0
Total 5/5 Champions 17 10 3 4 31 19 16 16 0 0 70 4

Match historyEdit

AFC U-23 Asian Cup history
Year Round Opponent Score Result
2013 Group Stage   Iran 3–3 Draw
Group Stage   Kuwait 0–0 Draw
Group Stage   Australia 4–0 Win
Quarter-finals   Iraq 0–1 Loss
2016 Group Stage   North Korea 1–0 Win
Group Stage   Thailand 4–0 Win
Group Stage   Saudi Arabia 2–1 Win
Quarter-finals   Iran 3–0 Win
Semi-finals   Iraq 2–1 Win
Final   South Korea 3–2 Win
2018 Group Stage   Palestine 1–0 Win
Group Stage   Thailand 1–0 Win
Group Stage   North Korea 3–1 Win
Quarter-finals   Uzbekistan 0–4 Loss
2020 Group Stage   Saudi Arabia 1–2 Loss
Group Stage   Syria 1–2 Loss
Group Stage   Qatar 1–1 Draw

Asian GamesEdit

Asian Games record
Hosts / Year Result Position GP W D L GS GA
  2002   Silver 2 6 5 0 1 13 4
  2006 Round 1 11 3 2 0 1 5 4
  2010   Gold 1 7 7 0 0 17 1
  2014 Quarter-finals 6 5 3 0 2 10 5
  2018   Silver 2 7 5 0 2 10 4
  2022 To be Determined
  2026
Total 5/5   Gold 28 22 0 6 55 18

Match historyEdit

Asian Games history
Year Round Opponent Score Result
2002 Round 1   Palestine 2–0 Win
Round 1   Bahrain 5–2 Win
Round 1   Uzbekistan 1–0 Win
Quarter-finals   China PR 1–0 Win
Semi-finals   Thailand 3–0 Win
Final   Iran 1–2 Loss
2006 Round 1   Pakistan 3–2 Win
Round 1   Syria 1–0 Win
Round 1   North Korea 1–2 Loss
2010 Round 1   China PR 3–0 Win
Round 1   Malaysia 2–0 Win
Round 1   Kyrgyzstan 3–0 Win
Round 2   India 5–0 Win
Quarter-finals   Thailand 1–0 Win
Semi-finals   Iran 2–1 Win
Final   UAE 1–0 Win
2014 Round 1   Kuwait 4–1 Win
Round 1   Iraq 1–3 Loss
Round 1     Nepal 4–0 Win
Round 2   Palestine 4–0 Win
Quarter-finals   South Korea 0–1 Loss
2018 Round 1     Nepal 1–0 Win
Round 1   Pakistan 4–0 Win
Round 1   Vietnam 0–1 Loss
Round 2   Malaysia 1–0 Win
Quarter-finals   Saudi Arabia 2–1 Win
Semi-finals   UAE 1–0 Win
Final   South Korea 1–2 Loss

See alsoEdit

National teams
Men's
Women's

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hyung-Jin Yoon (6 May 2006). "Japan - International Results U-23 (Olympic) Team [Malaysia (1) – Japan (1)]". RDFC. Archived from the original on 29 March 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  2. ^ "TV放送". www.jfa.jp (in Japanese). Japan Football Association (JFA). July 2021. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  3. ^ https://www.jfa.jp/national_team/tokyo_olympic_2020/img/all_02s.pdf

External linksEdit