Japan national under-23 football team

The Japan national under-23 football team (Japanese: U-23サッカー日本代表) 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. 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 was the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which was postponed one year, so in 2021, the team was called the Japan national under-24 football team.

Japan U23
AssociationJapan Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationEAFF (East Asia)
Head coachGo Oiwa
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)
Olympic Games
Appearances8 (first in 1996)
Best resultFourth place (2012, 2020)
Asian Games
Appearances6 (first in 2002)
Best result Gold medalists (2010)
AFC U-23 Asian Cup
Appearances6 (first in 2013)
Best result Champions (2016, 2024)

Team image

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Nicknames

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"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.

Rivalries

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South Korea

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Japan maintains a strong football rivalry with South Korea, even in youth set-ups.

Results and fixtures

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Legend

  Win   Draw   Lose   Fixture

2024

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U-23

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22 March Friendly Japan   1–3   Mali Kameoka, Japan
19:20 UTC+9
  • Hirakawa   2'
Report
Stadium: Sanga Stadium by Kyocera
Attendance: 11,515
Referee: William Finney (England)
25 March Friendly Japan   2–0   Ukraine Kitakyushu, Japan
19:15 UTC+9
Report Stadium: Mikuni World Stadium Kitakyushu
Attendance: 11,756
Referee: Lewis Smith (England)
16 April AFC U-23 Asian Cup GS Japan   1–0   China Al Rayyan, Qatar
16:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
Attendance: 390
Referee: Casey Reibelt (Australia)
19 April AFC U-23 Asian Cup GS United Arab Emirates   0–2   Japan Al Rayyan, Qatar
18:30 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
Attendance: 2,097
Referee: Sadullo Gulmurodi (Tajikistan)
22 April AFC U-23 Asian Cup GS Japan   0–1   South Korea Al Rayyan, Qatar
16:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
Attendance: 2,683
Referee: Majed Al-Shamrani (Saudi Arabia)
25 April AFC U-23 Asian Cup QF Qatar   2–4 (a.e.t.)   Japan Al Rayyan, Qatar
17:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
Attendance: 9.573
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)
29 April AFC U-23 Asian Cup SF Japan   2–0   Iraq Al Rayyan, Qatar
20:30 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
Attendance: 6,405
Referee: Shaun Evans (Australia)
3 May AFC U-23 Asian Cup Final Japan   1–0   Uzbekistan Al Rayyan, Qatar
18:30 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
Attendance: 12,276
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)
11 June Friendly United States   0–2   Japan Kansas City, United States
19:00 UTC−5 Report
Stadium: Children's Mercy Park
17 July Friendly France   v   Japan Toulon, France
21:05 UTC+2 Stadium: Stade Mayol
24 July 2024 Summer Olympic GS Japan   v   Paraguay Bordeaux, France
19:00 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Stade de Bordeaux
27 July 2024 Summer Olympic GS Japan   v   Mali Bordeaux, France
21:00 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Stade de Bordeaux
31 July 2024 Summer Olympic GS Israel   v   Japan Nantes, France
21:00 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Stade de la Beaujoire

2023

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U-22

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6 September AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualification Japan   6–0   Pakistan Arad, Bahrain
21:30 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Al Muharraq Stadium
9 September AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualification Palestine   0–1   Japan Arad, Bahrain
21:30 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Al Muharraq Stadium
12 September AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualification Japan   0–0   Bahrain Arad, Bahrain
18:30 UTC+3 Stadium: Al Muharraq Stadium
20 September Asian Games GS Japan   3–1   Qatar Hangzhou, China
19:30 UTC+8
Report
Stadium: Xiaoshan Sports Centre Stadium
Attendance: 5,904
Referee: Kim Hee-gon (South Korea)
25 September Asian Games GS Palestine   0–1   Japan Hangzhou, China
19:30 UTC+8 Report
Stadium: Xiaoshan Sports Centre Stadium
Attendance: 6,417
Referee: Nazmi Nasaruddin (Malaysia)
28 September Asian Games R16 Japan   7–0   Myanmar Hangzhou, China
19:30 UTC+8
Report Stadium: Xiaoshan Sports Centre Stadium
Attendance: 7,217
Referee: Clifford Daypuyat (Philippines)
1 October Asian Games QF Japan   2–1   North Korea Hangzhou, China
19:30 UTC+8
Report
  • Kim Kuk-bom   74'
Stadium: Xiaoshan Sports Centre Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Rustam Lutfullin (Uzbekistan)
4 October Asian Games SF Hong Kong   0–4   Japan Hangzhou, China
18:00 UTC+8 Report
Stadium: Xiaoshan Sports Centre Stadium
Attendance: 7,456
Referee: Qasim Al-Hatmi (Oman)
7 October Asian Games Final South Korea   2–1   Japan Hangzhou, China
20:00 UTC+8 Report
Stadium: Hangzhou Sports Park Stadium
Attendance: 68,018
Referee: Ammar Mahfoodh (Bahrain)
14 October Friendly[2] Mexico   1–4   Japan Arizona, United States
15:00 UTC−7
Report
Stadium: Phoenix Rising Soccer Stadium
17 October Friendly[2] United States   4–1   Japan Arizona, United States
19:30 UTC−7
Report
Stadium: Phoenix Rising Soccer Stadium
18 November Friendly[2] Japan   5–2   Argentina Shizuoka, Japan
14:00 UTC+9
Report
Stadium: IAI Stadium Nihondaira
Attendance: 11,225
Referee: Chae Sang-hyeop (South Korea)

Head-to-head record

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As of 3 May 2024, after the match against   Uzbekistan.

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

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD Confederation
  Australia 11 5 0 6 20 15 +5 AFC
  Bahrain 3 1 1 1 6 2 +4 AFC
  Cambodia 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 AFC
  China 8 4 0 4 10 5 +5 AFC
  Chinese Taipei 4 4 0 0 15 1 +14 AFC
  Hong Kong 7 6 0 1 19 4 +15 AFC
  Indonesia 3 3 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 2 1 2 6 6 0 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 3 3 0 0 23 0 +23 AFC
    Nepal 5 5 0 0 21 0 +21 AFC
  Oman 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 AFC
  North Korea 3 3 0 0 6 4 +2 AFC
  Qatar 7 5 2 1 12 7 +5 AFC
  Saudi Arabia 5 5 1 1 9 6 +3 AFC
  South Korea 20 6 3 11 25 23 +2 AFC
  Palestine 6 6 0 0 11 1 +10 AFC
  Philippines 3 3 0 0 32 0 +32 AFC
  Pakistan 3 3 0 0 13 2 +11 AFC
  Singapore 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 AFC
  Syria 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 AFC
  Tajikistan 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 AFC
  Thailand 10 9 0 1 26 3 +23 AFC
  East Timor 2 2 0 0 7 0 +7 AFC
  Uzbekistan 3 1 0 2 1 6 –5 AFC
  United Arab Emirates 6 5 1 1 10 2 +7 AFC
  Vietnam 5 4 0 1 9 1 +8 AFC
  Angola 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 CAF
  Egypt 6 2 1 3 2 8 –6 CAF
  Ghana 4 3 0 1 11 2 +9 CAF
  Mali 1 0 1 1 2 4 -2 CAF
  Morocco 3 3 0 0 7 2 +5 CAF
  Nigeria 3 0 0 3 5 9 –4 CAF
  South Africa 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 CAF
  Tunisia 3 1 0 2 4 6 –2 CAF
  Canada 1 0 0 1 0 1 –1 CONCACAF
  Costa Rica 4 1 2 1 5 4 +1 CONCACAF
  Honduras 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 CONCACAF
  Jamaica 2 2 0 0 13 0 +13 CONCACAF
  Mexico 5 2 1 2 10 10 0 CONCACAF
  United States 4 0 2 2 5 9 –4 CONCACAF
  Argentina 4 3 0 1 9 3 +6 CONMEBOL
  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
  Ecuador 1 0 0 1 0 1 –1 CONMEBOL
  Paraguay 1 0 0 1 3 4 –1 CONMEBOL
  Venezuela 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 CONMEBOL
  Belgium 1 0 0 1 2 3 –1 UEFA
  Croatia 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 UEFA
  Denmark 2 0 1 1 1 6 –5 UEFA
  England 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 UEFA
  Italy 3 0 1 2 3 7 –4 UEFA
  France 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 UEFA
  Germany 3 1 1 1 9 5 +4 UEFA
  Greece 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 UEFA
  Hungary 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 UEFA
  Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4 UEFA
  Netherlands 2 0 1 1 0 1 –1 UEFA
  Norway 1 0 0 1 2 3 –1 UEFA
  Portugal 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 UEFA
  Republic of Ireland 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 UEFA
  Russia 5 2 2 1 7 5 +2 UEFA
  Spain 4 1 1 2 2 4 –2 UEFA
  Slovakia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 UEFA
  Sweden 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 UEFA
   Switzerland 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 UEFA
  Ukraine 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 UEFA
  New Zealand 4 2 2 0 9 1 +8 OFC
Against:75 Nations Played:263 Won:157 Drawn:41 Lost:65 GF GA GD Confederation

Coaching staff

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As of 4 April 2024

The following staff managed the players selected for the 2024 AFC U-23 Asian Cup.[3]

Role Name
Head coach   Go Oiwa
Assistant coach   Kenji Haneda
Goalkeeper coach   Yukiya Hamano
Physical coach   Yoshiharu Yano
Technical staff   Shigeyuki Ochi
  Hideaki Watanabe
  Mahiro Hikida

Players

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Current U-23 squad

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The following players were called up for friendlies against United States, held on 7 and 11 June 2024 in Kansas City. On 8 June, Kashif Bangnagande withdrew from the squad due to injury, and no additional call-up was made.[4]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Leo Kokubo (2001-01-23) 23 January 2001 (age 23)   Benfica
12 1GK Taishi Brandon Nozawa (2002-12-25) 25 December 2002 (age 21)   FC Tokyo
23 1GK Zion Suzuki (2002-08-21) 21 August 2002 (age 21)   Sint-Truiden

2 2DF Riku Handa (2002-01-01) 1 January 2002 (age 22)   Gamba Osaka
3 2DF Ryuya Nishio (2001-05-16) 16 May 2001 (age 23)   Cerezo Osaka
4 2DF Hiroki Sekine (2002-08-11) 11 August 2002 (age 21)   Kashiwa Reysol
5 2DF Anrie Chase (2004-03-24) 24 March 2004 (age 20)   VfB Stuttgart II
15 2DF Kaito Suzuki (2002-08-25) 25 August 2002 (age 21)   Júbilo Iwata
16 2DF Takashi Uchino (2001-03-07) 7 March 2001 (age 23)   Fortuna Düsseldorf
21 2DF Ayumu Ohata (2001-04-27) 27 April 2001 (age 23)   Urawa Red Diamonds
22 2DF Kota Takai (2004-09-04) 4 September 2004 (age 19)   Kawasaki Frontale

6 3MF Sota Kawasaki (2001-07-30) 30 July 2001 (age 22)   Kyoto Sanga
7 3MF Rihito Yamamoto (2001-12-12) 12 December 2001 (age 22)   Sint-Truiden
8 3MF Joel Chima Fujita (2002-02-16) 16 February 2002 (age 22)   Sint-Truiden
10 3MF Kein Sato (2001-07-11) 11 July 2001 (age 22)   Werder Bremen II
11 3MF Kodai Sano (2003-09-25) 25 September 2003 (age 20)   NEC
14 3MF Shunsuke Mito (2002-09-28) 28 September 2002 (age 21)   Sparta Rotterdam
17 3MF Kuryu Matsuki (2003-04-30) 30 April 2003 (age 21)   FC Tokyo
18 3MF Koki Saito (2001-08-10) 10 August 2001 (age 22)   Sparta Rotterdam
20 3MF Yu Hirakawa (2001-01-03) 3 January 2001 (age 23)   Machida Zelvia
25 3MF Yuta Matsumura (2001-04-13) 13 April 2001 (age 23)   Kashima Antlers

9 4FW Shota Fujio (2001-05-02) 2 May 2001 (age 23)   Machida Zelvia
13 4FW Ryotaro Araki (2002-01-29) 29 January 2002 (age 22)   FC Tokyo
19 4FW Mao Hosoya (2001-09-07) 7 September 2001 (age 22)   Kashiwa Reysol

Recent U-23 call-ups

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The following players were called up to the squad in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Taiki Yamada (2002-01-08) 8 January 2002 (age 22)   Kashima Antlers 2024 AFC U-23 Asian Cup, March–April 2024
GK Kazuki Fujita (2001-02-19) 19 February 2001 (age 23)   JEF United Chiba v.   Ukraine, 25 March 2024

DF Kashif Bangnagande (2001-09-24) 24 September 2001 (age 22)   FC Tokyo v.   United States, 11 June 2024 INJ
DF Seiji Kimura (2001-08-24) 24 August 2001 (age 22)   Sagan Tosu 2024 AFC U-23 Asian Cup, March–April 2024
DF Seiya Baba (2001-10-24) 24 October 2001 (age 22)   Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo v.   Ukraine, 25 March 2024

MF Fuki Yamada (2001-07-10) 10 July 2001 (age 22)   Tokyo Verdy 2024 AFC U-23 Asian Cup, March–April 2024
MF Satoshi Tanaka (2002-08-13) 13 August 2002 (age 21)   Shonan Bellmare 2024 AFC U-23 Asian Cup, March–April 2024
MF Yota Komi (2002-08-11) 11 August 2002 (age 21)   Albirex Niigata v.   Ukraine, 25 March 2024

FW Kotaro Uchino (2004-06-19) 19 June 2004 (age 20)   University of Tsukuba 2024 AFC U-23 Asian Cup, March–April 2024
FW Itsuki Someno (2001-09-12) 12 September 2001 (age 22)   Tokyo Verdy v.   Ukraine, 25 March 2024
FW Asahi Uenaka (2001-11-01) 1 November 2001 (age 22)   Yokohama F. Marinos v.   Ukraine, 25 March 2024

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad / standby
TRP Training partner
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)

Current U-22 squad

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The following players were called up for a match against   Argentina, played on 18 November 2023.[5]
Caps and goals updated as of 18 November 2023, after the match against   Argentina.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Masato Sasaki (2002-05-01) 1 May 2002 (age 22)   Kashiwa Reysol
12 1GK Kazuki Fujita (2001-02-19) 19 February 2001 (age 23)   JEF United Chiba
23 1GK Taishi Brandon Nozawa (2002-12-25) 25 December 2002 (age 21)   FC Tokyo

2 2DF Riku Handa (2002-01-01) 1 January 2002 (age 22)   Gamba Osaka
3 2DF Ryuya Nishio (2001-05-16) 16 May 2001 (age 23)   Cerezo Osaka
4 2DF Taichi Yamasaki (2001-01-08) 8 January 2001 (age 23)   Sanfrecce Hiroshima
5 2DF Seiji Kimura (2001-08-24) 24 August 2001 (age 22)   FC Tokyo
15 2DF Kaito Suzuki (2002-08-25) 25 August 2002 (age 21)   Júbilo Iwata
17 2DF Kashif Bangnagande (2001-09-24) 24 September 2001 (age 22)   FC Tokyo
21 2DF Ayumu Ohata (2001-04-27) 27 April 2001 (age 23)   Urawa Red Diamonds
25 2DF Taiga Hata (2002-01-20) 20 January 2002 (age 22)   Shonan Bellmare

6 3MF Sota Kawasaki (2001-07-30) 30 July 2001 (age 22)   Kyoto Sanga
7 3MF Rihito Yamamoto (2001-12-12) 12 December 2001 (age 22)   Sint-Truiden
8 3MF Joel Chima Fujita (2002-02-16) 16 February 2002 (age 22)   Sint-Truiden
10 3MF Yuito Suzuki (2001-10-25) 25 October 2001 (age 22)   Brøndby
13 3MF Fuki Yamada (2001-07-10) 10 July 2001 (age 22)   Tokyo Verdy
14 3MF Shunsuke Mito (2002-09-28) 28 September 2002 (age 21)   Sparta Rotterdam
16 3MF Kuryu Matsuki (2003-04-30) 30 April 2003 (age 21)   FC Tokyo
18 3MF Kein Sato (2001-07-11) 11 July 2001 (age 22)   Werder Bremen II
19 3MF Tomoki Kondo (2001-03-21) 21 March 2001 (age 23)   Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo
20 3MF Yuta Matsumura (2001-04-13) 13 April 2001 (age 23)   Kashima Antlers
26 3MF Taichi Fukui (2004-07-15) 15 July 2004 (age 19)   Portimonense

9 4FW Yutaro Oda (2001-08-12) 12 August 2001 (age 22)   Heart of Midlothian
11 4FW Asahi Uenaka (2001-11-01) 1 November 2001 (age 22)   Yokohama F. Marinos
24 4FW Shio Fukuda (2004-04-08) 8 April 2004 (age 20)   Borussia Mönchengladbach II

Recent U-22 call-ups

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The following players were called up to the squad in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ryoya Kimura (2003-06-10) 10 June 2003 (age 21)   Nihon University v.   United States, 17 October 2023
GK Yuma Obata (2001-11-07) 7 November 2001 (age 22)   Vegalta Sendai Asian Games, September-October 2023
GK Taiki Yamada (2002-01-08) 8 January 2002 (age 22)   Kashima Antlers Asian Games, September-October 2023 WD
GK Leo Kokubo (2001-01-23) 23 January 2001 (age 23)   Benfica AFC U-23 Asian Cup QF, September 2023
GK Zion Suzuki (2002-08-21) 21 August 2002 (age 21)   Sint-Truiden AFC U-23 Asian Cup QF, September 2023

DF Takashi Uchino (2001-03-07) 7 March 2001 (age 23)   Fortuna Düsseldorf v.   Argentina, 18 November 2023 WD
DF Anrie Chase (2004-03-24) 24 March 2004 (age 20)   VfB Stuttgart II v.   United States, 17 October 2023
DF Hayato Okuda (2001-04-21) 21 April 2001 (age 23)   Cerezo Osaka Asian Games, September-October 2023
DF Ibuki Konno (2001-05-10) 10 May 2001 (age 23)   Gamba Osaka Asian Games, September-October 2023
DF Seiya Baba (2001-10-24) 24 October 2001 (age 22)   Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo Asian Games, September-October 2023
DF Manato Yoshida (2001-11-16) 16 November 2001 (age 22)   Yokohama F. Marinos Asian Games, September-October 2023
DF Hiroki Sekine (2002-08-11) 11 August 2002 (age 21)   Kashiwa Reysol Asian Games, September-October 2023
DF Kenta Nemoto (2002-12-13) 13 December 2002 (age 21)   Ryutsu Keizai University Asian Games, September-October 2023
DF Shinya Nakano (2003-08-17) 17 August 2003 (age 20)   Gamba Osaka AFC U-23 Asian Cup QF, September 2023
DF Kota Takai (2004-09-04) 4 September 2004 (age 19)   Kawasaki Frontale AFC U-23 Asian Cup QF, September 2023

MF Satoshi Tanaka (2002-08-13) 13 August 2002 (age 21)   Shonan Bellmare v.   United States, 17 October 2023
MF Yuta Arai (2003-03-24) 24 March 2003 (age 21)   Toyo University v.   United States, 17 October 2023
MF Yu Hirakawa (2001-01-03) 3 January 2001 (age 23)   Machida Zelvia v.   Mexico, 14 October 2023 INJ
MF Jun Nishikawa (2002-02-21) 21 February 2002 (age 22)   Iwaki FC Asian Games, September-October 2023
MF Daiki Matsuoka (2001-06-01) 1 June 2001 (age 23)   Avispa Fukuoka Asian Games, September-October 2023
MF Masato Shigemi (2001-09-20) 20 September 2001 (age 22)   Avispa Fukuoka Asian Games, September-October 2023
MF Teppei Yachida (2001-11-01) 1 November 2001 (age 22)   Kyoto Sanga Asian Games, September-October 2023
MF Kakeru Yamauchi (2002-01-06) 6 January 2002 (age 22)   Vissel Kobe Asian Games, September-October 2023
MF Yota Komi (2002-08-11) 11 August 2002 (age 21)   Albirex Niigata Asian Games, September-October 2023
MF Koshiro Sumi (2002-08-13) 13 August 2002 (age 21)   University of Tsukuba Asian Games, September-October 2023
MF Shota Hino (2002-10-16) 16 October 2002 (age 21)   Sagan Tosu Asian Games, September-October 2023
MF Koki Saito (2001-08-10) 10 August 2001 (age 22)   Sparta Rotterdam AFC U-23 Asian Cup QF, September 2023

FW Mao Hosoya (2001-09-07) 7 September 2001 (age 22)   Kashiwa Reysol v.   Argentina, 18 November 2023 WD
FW Kotaro Uchino (2004-06-19) 19 June 2004 (age 20)   University of Tsukuba v.   United States, 17 October 2023
FW Shota Fujio (2001-05-02) 2 May 2001 (age 23)   Machida Zelvia v.   Mexico, 14 October 2023 INJ
FW Shun Ayukawa (2001-09-15) 15 September 2001 (age 22)   Oita Trinita Asian Games, September-October 2023
FW Yudai Kimura (2001-02-28) 28 February 2001 (age 23)   Tokyo Verdy Asian Games, September-October 2023 INJ
FW Naoki Kumata (2004-08-02) 2 August 2004 (age 19)   Genk Asian Games, September-October 2023 INJ

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad / standby
TRP Training partner
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 squads

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

Overaged players in the Olympic Games

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Tournament Player 1 Player 2 Player 3
not selected
Seigo Narazaki (GK) Ryuzo Morioka (DF) Atsuhiro Miura (MF)
Hitoshi Sogahata (GK) Shinji Ono (MF) not selected
not selected
Maya Yoshida (DF) Yūhei Tokunaga (DF) not selected
Hiroki Fujiharu (DF) Tsukasa Shiotani (DF) Shinzo Koroki (FW)
Maya Yoshida (DF) Hiroki Sakai (DF) Wataru Endo (MF)

Manager history

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Name Period
  Yoshitada Yamaguchi 1990–1992
  Akira Nishino 1993–1996
  Philippe Troussier 1998–2000
  Masakuni Yamamoto 2002–2004
  Yasuharu Sorimachi 2006–2008
  Takashi Sekizuka 2010–2012
  Makoto Teguramori 2014–2016
  Hajime Moriyasu 2017–2020
  Akinobu Yokouchi 2020
  Hajime Moriyasu 2020–2021
  Koichi Togashi 2021
  Go Oiwa 2021–present[6]

Records

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As of 11 June 2024
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
Caps and goals are calculated taking into account all national team levels, including U21, U22, and U23.

Competitive record

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  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

Olympic Games

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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 Qualified
  2028 To be determined
  2032
Total Fourth place 7/7 28 12 4 12 38 37

Match history

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Summer Olympics history
Year Round Opponent Score Result
1996 Group stage   Brazil 1–0 Win
  Nigeria 0–2 Loss
  Hungary 3–2 Win
2000 Group stage   South Africa 2–1 Win
  Slovakia 2–1 Win
  Brazil 0–1 Loss
Quarter-finals   United States 2–2
4–5
Draw
Loss
2004 Group stage   Paraguay 3–4 Loss
  Italy 2–3 Loss
  Ghana 1–0 Win
2008 Group stage   United States 0–1 Loss
  Nigeria 1–2 Loss
  Netherlands 0–1 Loss
2012 Group stage   Spain 1–0 Win
  Morocco 1–0 Win
  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
  Colombia 2–2 Draw
  Sweden 1–0 Win
2020 Group stage   South Africa 1–0 Win
  Mexico 2–1 Win
  France 4–0 Win
Quarter-finals   New Zealand 0–0
(4–2 p.)
Draw Win
Semi-finals   Spain 0–1 Loss
Bronze Play-off   Mexico 1–3 Loss
2024 Group stage   Paraguay v
  Mali v
  Israel v

AFC U-23 Asian Cup

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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 7th 4 1 2 1 8 5 5 5 0 0 20 2
  2016 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 15 4 3 3 0 0 10 0
  2018 Quarter-finals 5th 4 3 0 1 5 5 3 3 0 0 11 2
  2020 Group stage 15th 3 0 1 2 3 5 3 3 0 0 21 0
  2022 Third place 3rd 6 4 1 1 11 3 2 2 0 0 8 0
  2024 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 10 3 3 2 1 0 7 0
  2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 6/7 Champions 26 19 4 6 52 25 16 16 0 0 70 4

Match history

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AFC U-23 Asian Cup history
Year Round Opponent Score Result
2013 Group stage   Iran 3–3 Draw
  Kuwait 0–0 Draw
  Australia 4–0 Win
Quarter-finals   Iraq 0–1 Loss
2016 Group stage   North Korea 1–0 Win
  Thailand 4–0 Win
  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
  Thailand 1–0 Win
  North Korea 3–1 Win
Quarter-finals   Uzbekistan 0–4 Loss
2020 Group stage   Saudi Arabia 1–2 Loss
  Syria 1–2 Loss
  Qatar 1–1 Draw
2022 Group stage   UAE 2–1 Win
  Saudi Arabia 0–0 Draw
  Tajikistan 3–0 Win
Quarter-finals   South Korea 3–0 Win
Semi-finals   Uzbekistan 0–2 Loss
3rd place match   Australia 3–0 Win
2024 Group stage   China 1–0 Win
  UAE 2–0 Win
  South Korea 0–1 Loss
Quarter-finals   Qatar 4–2 Win
Semi-finals   Iraq 2–0 Win
Final   Uzbekistan 1–0 Win

Asian Games

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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   Silver 2 6 5 0 1 18 4
  2026
  2030
  2034
Total 6/6   Gold 28 22 0 6 55 18

Match history

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Asian Games history
Year Round Opponent Score Result
2002 Round 1   Palestine 2–0 Win
  Bahrain 5–2 Win
  Uzbekistan 1–0 Win
Quarter-finals   China 1–0 Win
Semi-finals   Thailand 3–0 Win
Final   Iran 1–2 Loss
2006 Round 1   Pakistan 3–2 Win
  Syria 1–0 Win
  North Korea 1–2 Loss
2010 Round 1   China 3–0 Win
  Malaysia 2–0 Win
  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
  Iraq 1–3 Loss
    Nepal 4–0 Win
Round 2   Palestine 4–0 Win
Quarter-finals   South Korea 0–1 Loss
2018 Round 1     Nepal 1–0 Win
  Pakistan 4–0 Win
  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
2022 Round 1   Qatar 3–1 Win
  Palestine 1–0 Win
Round 2   Myanmar 7–0 Win
Quarter-finals   North Korea 2–1 Win
Semi-finals   Hong Kong 4–0 Win
Final   South Korea 1–2 Loss

See also

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National teams
Men's
Women's

References

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