Japan women's national football team

The Japan women's national football team (Japanese: サッカー日本女子代表, Hepburn: Sakkā Nippon Joshi Daihyō), or nicknamed Nadeshiko Japan (なでしこジャパン), represents Japan in women's association football and is run by the Japan Football Association (JFA). It is the most successful women's national team from the Asian Football Confederation. Its highest ranking in the FIFA Women's World Rankings is 3rd, achieved in December 2011.[3]

Japan
Shirt badge/Association crest
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)
FIFA codeJPN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 11 Decrease 1 (16 April 2021)[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)

Nadeshiko Japan defeated the United States in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, thus claiming their first FIFA Women's World Cup title, becoming the first Asian team to do so and only the fourth women's world champions.[4] It won silver medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, making it the only Asian team to have three combined medals from international championships.[5] It also won gold medals at the 2014 and 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cups, the 2010 and 2018 Asian Games, and the 2008, 2010, and 2019 EAFF Football Championships.

HistoryEdit

1970s and 1980sEdit

During the 1970s, the number of women football players and teams increased in Japan, and teams made up regional leagues in various parts of Japan. In 1977, the Japan team participated its first international tournament, 1977 AFC Women's Championship. But, this Japan team was not a national team, Japan Football Association dispatched club team, FC Jinnan as a Japan team. In 1980, "All-Japan Women's Football Championship" was held. In 1981, Japan Football Association formed first national team for 1981 AFC Women's Championship[6] and Seiki Ichihara managed as first Japan national team manager.[2] The first match against Chinese Taipei on 7 June at this tournament is the first match for Japan national team history.[2] In 1984, national team was formed for the first time in three years for a China expedition, and Takao Orii managed national team.[2]

In January 1986, Ryohei Suzuki became first full-time manager for national team. In December, Japan won the 2nd place at 1986 AFC Women's Championship. In 1989, the "Japan Women's Football League" (abbreviated to "L. League") was established, and the women's national team qualified for the "1991 FIFA Women's World Cup" in China.

Verge of declineEdit

Japan women's national football team attended various championship tournaments such as the 1996 Summer Olympics and the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup which had made the national team and the L.League very popular. However, in 1999, Japan failed to qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympics, and this helped to cause with economic stagnation (Lost Decade) the withdrawal of a series of teams from the L. League. Japanese women's football was on the verge of decline.

RegenerationEdit

In August 2002, the Japan Football Association appointed Eiji Ueda, who had been coach for the Macau national football team, as the new head coach. Officials expected a revitalization of women's football and planned a team reorganization, aiming for the 2004 Summer Olympics. The team at first went through a losing streak, but Ueda gradually improved the team, and it eventually gained wide support in Japan. In particular, a game against Korea DPR, which decided who would participate in the 2004 Olympics, not only made fans rush to the National Stadium but also was widely watched on TV.

Following the increase in public interest in women's football in Japan, the JFA organized a public contest to select a nickname for the team. "Nadeshiko Japan" was chosen from among about 2,700 entries and was announced on 7 July 2004. "Nadeshiko", a kind of dianthus, comes from the phrase "Yamato Nadeshiko" (大和撫子, "ideal Japanese woman").

2003 and 2007 World CupEdit

Japan was dropped with Germany, Canada and Argentina during 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. Beginning by a 6–0 thrash to newcomer Argentina, but later Japan fell on 0–3 loss to later champion Germany, and 1–3 to Canada, who later won 4th place.

Again, in 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup held in China, they again faced Germany, Argentina and England. They started with a 2–2 draw over England, before beating Argentina 1–0 after 90'. But a 0–2 loss over reigning champion Germany again eliminated Japan from the group stage. Japan's disappointing campaign through two decisive Women's World Cup would not have expected to lead to a 2011 triumph.

Golden PeriodEdit

2011 World CupEdit

 
The Japan team thanking fans for their support for the humanitarian response to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami after their World Cup win[7][8]

Japan qualified for the finals by finishing third in the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup. After finishing second in their group behind England, Japan beat two-time defending champion and host nation Germany 1–0 in the quarterfinals, before easily defeating Sweden 3–1 to reach the final.

After the final game finished 2–2 after extra time, Japan beat the United States 3–1 in a penalty shootout, becoming the first Asian team to win the FIFA Women's World Cup, and the first Asian team to win a senior FIFA title.[9][10] It came right after men's team won the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, marked their most successful year in Japanese football.

2012 Summer OlympicsEdit

Japan qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics by finishing first in the Asian qualifier in September 2011, only 6 weeks after winning the Women's World Cup. At the Olympics, after finishing second in their group behind Sweden, Nadeshiko Japan defeated Brazil 2–0 in the quarterfinals, followed by a 2–1 victory over France, whom Nadeshiko had lost to in a friendly match right before the Olympics, to reach the final.

In a rematch of the World Cup final, Japan was defeated in the Olympic final by a score of 1–2 against the United States, allowing two goals to Carli Lloyd in the 8th and 54th minutes. Yūki Ōgimi scored the lone goal for Japan.[11]

 
Nadeshiko, 2013

2014 Asian CupEdit

Despite having won a FIFA Women's World Cup in 2011, Japan entered the 2014 Asian Cup having never previously won the tournament. They were drawn with Asia's Queen Australia, host Vietnam and newcomer Jordan.[citation needed] Their first match in the group stage of the tournament resulted in a 2–2 draw against the defending champion Australia.[12] Also in the group stage, Japan upset host Vietnam by a 4–0 win before defeating Jordan with a 7–0 win to finish first with a higher goal difference.[citation needed]

In the semi-final, Japan beat eight-time champions China 2–1 after 120'. In the final, they met Australia once again and successfully earned a 1–0 win with Azusa Iwashimizu's goal. This marked the first time for Japan to become "Queen of Asia". They became the first Asian team to subsequently win both the FIFA Women's World Cup and AFC Women's Asian Cup.[citation needed] Because of their top placement in the tournament, Japan, Australia, China, South Korea and newcomer Thailand secured their spot at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup to be played in Canada the following year.[13]

2015 World CupEdit

 
The national teams of Japan and the United States at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

Japan, then fourth in the world, was drawn into Group C for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, with tournament debutants Ecuador, Switzerland, and Cameroon. Japan won all three games, securing passage into the Round of 16, where they drew yet another tournament debutant in the Netherlands. Saori Ariyoshi and Mizuho Sakaguchi scored goals for Japan, and they ultimately survived a couple of nervy moments to get into the quarterfinals. Against Australia, Japan once again used their technical possession game to frustrate The Matildas and negate their speed. Mana Iwabuchi notched the only goal of the game three minutes from time to send Japan to the semifinals.

Against England in the semifinals, Nadeshiko Japan was able to survive against the tenacious Lionesses, as the two teams traded goals from the penalty spot (Aya Miyama for Japan, Fara Williams for England). Deadlocked from the 40th minute on, Japan got a truly fortunate break as English centre back Laura Bassett, in trying to clear out a Japan cross, ended up scoring an own-goal at the death. This set up a rematch with the United States from the 2011 Women's World Cup.

Unfortunately for Japan, the Americans came out flying and scored four goals in the first 16 minutes of the match, with American midfielder Carli Lloyd scoring a hat trick in the process. Yuki Ogimi brought Japan one back in the 27th minute, and an own goal from Julie Johnston halved the American lead, but Tobin Heath put the final touch on the United States' third Women's World Cup victory.

Team imageEdit

NicknamesEdit

The Japan women's national football team has been known or nicknamed as the "Nadeshiko Japan".

Home stadiumEdit

Japan play its home matches among various stadiums, in rotation, around the country.

RivalriesEdit

South KoreaEdit

The Japan and South Korea national football teams are sporting rivals.

SponsorshipEdit

Japan has one of the highest sponsorship incomes for a national squad. In 2006 their sponsorship income amounted to over 16.5 million pounds.

Primary sponsors include Adidas, Kirin, Saison Card International, FamilyMart, JAL, MS&AD Insurance Group, Asahi Shinbun, Mizuho Financial, Daito Trust Construction and KDDI.

Official partnerEdit

Official supplierEdit

Supporting companyEdit

Apparel providerEdit

Media coverageEdit

FIFA Women's World CupEdit

Television channel Period
NHK General TV, Fuji TV, J Sports 2011
NHK General TV, Fuji TV, J Sports 2015
NHK General TV, Fuji TV, J Sports 2019

AFC Women's Asian CupEdit

Television channel Period
NHK BS1, TV Asahi 2018

Friendly and QualifiersEdit

Television channel Period
NHK BS1, Fuji TV, Nippon TV 2021

FIFA world rankingsEdit

As of 23 April 2021[14]

  Best Ranking    Best Mover    Worst Ranking    Worst Mover  

Japan's FIFA world rankings
Rank Year Games
Played
Won Lost Drawn Best Worst
Rank Move Rank Move
11 2021 2 2 0 0 10   0 11   1

Overall competitive recordEdit

Competition Stage Result Opponent Position Notes
  1981 Asian Championship Round 1 0–1   Chinese Taipei
0–2   Thailand
1–0   Indonesia 3 / 4
  1986 Asian Championship Round 1 0–2   China
10–0   Malaysia 2 / 3
Semifinals 4–0   Thailand
Final 0–2   China
  1989 Asian Championship Round 1 3–0   Hong Kong
11–0   Indonesia
14–0   Nepal 1 / 4
Semifinals 0–1   Chinese Taipei
Third place 9–0   Hong Kong
  1990 Asian Games Main Round 0–5   China
5–0   Hong Kong
8–1   South Korea
1–1   North Korea
3–1   Chinese Taipei 2 / 6
  1991 Asian Championship Round 1 1–0   North Korea
4–1   Hong Kong
12–0   Malaysia
12–0   Singapore 1 / 5
Semifinals 0–0 (PSO: 5–4)   Chinese Taipei
Final 0–5   China
  1991 World Cup Round 1 0–1   Brazil
0–8   Sweden
0–3   United States
  1993 Asian Championship Round 1 6–1   Chinese Taipei
15–0   Philippines
4–0   Hong Kong 1 / 4
Semifinals 1–3   China
Final 3–0   Chinese Taipei
  1994 Asian Games Round 1 1–1   China
3–0   Chinese Taipei
5–0   South Korea 2 / 4
Final 0–2   China
  1995 World Cup Round 1 0–1   Germany
2–1   Brazil
0–2   Sweden 3 / 4
Quarterfinals 0–4   United States
  1995 Asian Championship Round 1 1–0   South Korea
6–0   India
17–0   Uzbekistan 1 / 4
Semifinals 3–0   Chinese Taipei
Final 0–2   China
  1996 Summer Olympics Round 1 2–3   Germany
0–2   Brazil
0–4   Norway 4 / 4
  1997 Asian Championship Round 1 21–0   Guam
1–0   India
9–0   Hong Kong 1 / 4
Semifinals 0–1   North Korea
Third place 2–0   Chinese Taipei
  1998 Asian Games Round 1 6–0   Thailand
2–3   North Korea
8–0   Vietnam 2 / 4
Semifinals 0–3   China
Third place 2–1   Chinese Taipei
  1999 World Cup Round 1 1–1   Canada
0–5   Russia
0–4   Norway 4 / 4
  1999 Asian Championship Round 1 9–0   Thailand
5–1   Uzbekistan
14–0   Nepal
6–0   Philippines 1 / 5
Semifinals 0–2   Chinese Taipei
Third place 2–3   North Korea
  2001 Asian Championship Round 1 14–0   Singapore
11–0   Guam
0–1   North Korea
3–1   Vietnam 2 / 5
Semifinals 2–1   South Korea
Final 0–2   North Korea
  2002 Asian Games Main round 0–1   North Korea
3–0   Vietnam
1–0   South Korea
2–2   China
2–0   Chinese Taipei 3 / 6
  2003 Asian Championship Round 1 15–0   Philippines
7–0   Guam
7–0   Myanmar
5–0   Chinese Taipei 1 / 5
Semifinals 0–3   North Korea
Third place 0–1   South Korea
  2003 World Cup Round 1 6–0   Argentina
0–3   Germany
1–3   Canada 3 / 4
  2004 Summer Olympics Round 1 1–0   Sweden
0–1   Nigeria 3 / 3
Quarterfinals 1–2   United States Awarded the Fair Play Award
  2005 East Asian Championship Main Round 0–1   North Korea
0–0   China
0–0   South Korea 3 / 4 Awarded the Fair Play Award
  2006 Asian Games Round 1 13–0   Jordan
4–0   Thailand
1–0   China 1 / 4
Semifinals 3–1   South Korea
Final 0–0 (PSO: 2–4)   South Korea
  2006 Asian Championship Round 1 5–0   Vietnam
11–1   Chinese Taipei
1–0   China 1 / 4
Semifinals 0–2   Australia
Third place 2–3   North Korea
  2007 World Cup Round 1 2–2   England
1–0   Argentina
0–2   Germany 3 / 4
  2008 East Asian Championship Main Round 3–2   North Korea
2–0   South Korea
3–0   China 1 / 4
  2008 Asian Cup Round 1 1–3   South Korea
11–0   Chinese Taipei
3–1   Australia 1 / 4
Semifinals 1–3   China
Third place 3–0   Australia
2008 Summer Olympics qualification Final round 2–0   Vietnam
4–0   Thailand
6–1   South Korea 1 / 4
  2008 Summer Olympics Round 1 2–2   New Zealand
0–1   United States
5–1   Norway 3 / 4
Quarterfinals 2–0   China
Semifinals 2–4   United States
Third place 0–2   Germany
  2010 East Asian Championship Round 1 2–0   New Zealand
3–0   Chinese Taipei
2–1   South Korea 1 / 4
  2010 Asian Cup Round 1 8–0   Myanmar
4–0   Thailand
2–1   North Korea 1 / 4
Semifinals 0–1   Australia
Third place 2–0   China
  2010 Asian Games Round 1 4–0   Thailand
0–0   North Korea 1 / 3
Semifinals 1–0   China
Final 1–0   North Korea
  2011 World Cup Round 1 2–1   New Zealand
4–0   Mexico
0–2   England 2 / 4
Quarterfinals 1–0   Germany
Semifinals 3–1   Sweden
Final 2–2 (PSO: 3–1)   United States Awarded the Fair Play Award
2012 Summer Olympics qualification Final round 3–0   Thailand
2–1   South Korea
1–0   Australia
1–1   North Korea
1–0   China
  2012 Summer Olympics Round 1 2–1   Canada
0–0   Sweden
0–0   South Africa 2 / 4
Quarterfinals 2–0   Brazil
Semifinals 2–1   France
Finals 1–2   United States
  2013 EAFF Women's East Asian Cup Final round 2–0   China
0–0   North Korea
1–2   South Korea
  2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup Round 1 2–2   Australia
4–0   Vietnam
7–0   Jordan 1 / 4
Semifinals 2–1   China PR
Final 1–0   Australia
  2015 World Cup Round 1 1–0   Switzerland
2–1   Cameroon
1–0   Ecuador 1 / 4
Round of 16 2–1   Netherlands
Quarterfinals 1–0   Australia
Semifinals 2–1   England
Final 2–5   United States
  2019 World Cup Round 1 0–0   Argentina
2–1   Scotland
0–2   England 2 / 4
Round of 16 1–2   Netherlands

Results and fixturesEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Legend

  Win   Draw   Lose   Void or Postponed   Fixture

2021Edit

8 April Friendly Japan   7–0   Paraguay Sendai, Japan
16:30 UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Yurtec Stadium Sendai
Attendance: 818
Referee: Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan)
11 April Friendly Japan   7–0   Panama Tokyo, Japan
13:30 UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Japan National Stadium
Attendance: 4,036
Referee: Azusa Sugino (Japan)
10 June Friendly Japan   8–0   Ukraine Hiroshima, Japan
15:15 UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Edion Stadium Hiroshima
Referee: Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan)
13 June MS&AD CUP Japan   5–1   Mexico Utsunomiya, Japan
14:00 UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (FMF)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Kanseki Stadium Tochigi
Referee: Asaka Koizumi (England)
14 July MS&AD CUP Japan   v TBD Kameoka, Japan
--:-- UTC+9 Report (JFA)
[Report (JFA)]
[Report (Soccerway)]
Stadium: Sanga Stadium by Kyocera
21 July 2020 Summer Olympics GS Group E Japan   v   Canada Sapporo, Japan
19:30 UTC+9 [Report (FIFA)]
[Report (JFA)]
[Report (JFA)]
[Report (Soccerway)]
Stadium: Sapporo Dome
24 July 2020 Summer Olympics GS Group E Japan   v   Great Britain Sapporo, Japan
19:30 UTC+9 [Report (FIFA)]
[Report (JFA)]
[Report (JFA)]
[Report (Soccerway)]
Stadium: Sapporo Dome
27 July 2020 Summer Olympics GS Group E Chile   v   Japan Rifu, Japan
20:00 UTC+9 [Report (FIFA)]
[Report (JFA)]
[Report (JFA)]
[Report (Soccerway)]
Stadium: Miyagi Stadium

All-time resultsEdit

  • The following table shows Japan women's all-time international record, correct as of 1 Jan 2021.
Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA
Total 266 144 43 78 551 307

Head-to-head recordEdit

As of 11 March 2020, after the match against   United States.

Coaching staffEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

As of 7 May 2021[17]
Position Name
Head coach   Asako Takakura
Assistant coach   Yumi Obe
Goalkeeping coach   Akiyoshi Ohashi
Physical coach   Norikazu Hirose

Manager historyEdit

As of 11 March 2020 after the match against   United States.
Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Winning % Notes
  Seiki Ichihara (市原 聖曠) 1981 0 0 0 0 00.0%
  Takao Orii (折井 孝男) 1984 0 0 0 0 00.0%
  Ryohei Suzuki (鈴木 良平) 1986–1989 0 0 0 0 00.0%
  Satoshi Miyauchi (宮内 聡) 1997–1999 0 0 0 0 00.0%
  Shinobu Ikeda (池田 司信) 2000–2001 0 0 0 0 00.0%
  Eiji Ueda (上田 栄治) 2002–2004 0 0 0 0 00.0%
  Hiroshi Ohashi (大橋 浩司) 2004–2008 0 0 0 0 00.0%
  Norio Sasaki (佐々木 則夫) 2008–2016 0 0 0 0 00.0%
  Asako Takakura (高倉 麻子) 2016– 0 0 0 0 00.0%

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 23 players were named to the squad for the friendlies against   Ukraine and   Mexico on 10 and 13 June 2021, respectively.[18]

Caps and goals are correct as of 13 June 2021, after match against   Mexico.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sakiko Ikeda (池田 咲紀子) (1992-09-08) 8 September 1992 (age 28) 18 0   Urawa Reds
18 1GK Ayaka Yamashita (山下 杏也加) (1995-09-29) 29 September 1995 (age 25) 39 0   Nippon TV Beleza
21 1GK Hannah Stambaugh (スタンボー 華) (1998-12-24) 24 December 1998 (age 22) 0 0   Omiya Ardija Ventus

4 2DF Saki Kumagai (熊谷 紗希) (captain) (1990-10-17) 17 October 1990 (age 30) 114 1   Bayern Munich
3 2DF Mayo Doko (土光 真代) (1996-05-03) 3 May 1996 (age 25) 5 0   Nippon TV Beleza
2 2DF Risa Shimizu (清水 梨紗) (1996-06-15) 15 June 1996 (age 24) 37 1   Nippon TV Beleza
16 2DF Asato Miyagawa (宮川 麻都) (1998-02-24) 24 February 1998 (age 23) 13 0   Nippon TV Beleza
5 2DF Moeka Minami (南 萌華) (1998-12-07) 7 December 1998 (age 22) 14 1   Urawa Reds
22 2DF Saori Takarada (宝田 沙織) (1999-12-27) 27 December 1999 (age 21) 6 1   Washington Spirit
15 2DF Hana Takahashi (高橋 はな) (2000-02-19) 19 February 2000 (age 21) 3 0   Urawa Reds

7 3MF Emi Nakajima (中島 依美) (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 30) 85 14   INAC Kobe Leonessa
14 3MF Yui Hasegawa (長谷川 唯) (1997-01-29) 29 January 1997 (age 24) 45 9   Milan
6 3MF Hina Sugita (杉田 妃和) (1997-01-31) 31 January 1997 (age 24) 22 2   INAC Kobe Leonessa
17 3MF Narumi Miura (三浦 成美) (1997-07-03) 3 July 1997 (age 23) 23 0   Nippon TV Beleza
19 3MF Yuzuho Shiokoshi (塩越 柚歩) (1997-11-01) 1 November 1997 (age 23) 2 2   Urawa Reds
20 3MF Honoka Hayashi (林 穂之香) (1998-05-19) 19 May 1998 (age 23) 6 0   AIK
23 3MF Nanami Kitamura (北村 菜々美) (1999-11-25) 25 November 1999 (age 21) 3 0   Nippon TV Beleza
13 3MF Momoka Kinoshita (木下 桃香) (2003-03-02) 2 March 2003 (age 18) 3 1   Nippon TV Beleza

9 4FW Yuika Sugasawa (菅澤 優衣香) (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 30) 74 24   Urawa Reds
8 4FW Mana Iwabuchi (岩渕 真奈) (1993-03-18) 18 March 1993 (age 28) 76 34   Arsenal
11 4FW Mina Tanaka (田中 美南) (1994-04-28) 28 April 1994 (age 27) 46 19   Bayer Leverkusen
10 4FW Yuka Momiki (籾木 結花) (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 25) 37 14   OL Reign
12 4FW Jun Endo (遠藤 純) (2000-05-24) 24 May 2000 (age 21) 16 1   Nippon TV Beleza

Recent call-upsEdit

  • The following players have been called up to a Japan squad in the past 12 months.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Chika Hirao (平尾 知佳) (1996-12-31) 31 December 1996 (age 24) 2 0   Albirex Niigata Training camp, 11–17 May 2021
GK Mamiko Matsumoto (松本 真未子) (1997-10-09) 9 October 1997 (age 23) 0 0   Mynavi Sendai Training camp, 23–29 November 2020
GK Erina Yamane (山根 恵里奈) (1990-12-20) 20 December 1990 (age 30) 26 0   JEF United Chiba Training camp, 19–26 October 2020

DF Aya Sameshima (鮫島 彩) (1987-06-16) 16 June 1987 (age 33) 114 5   Omiya Ardija Ventus Training camp, 11–17 May 2021
DF Shiori Miyake (三宅 史織) (1995-10-13) 13 October 1995 (age 25) 25 0   INAC Kobe Leonessa Training camp, 11–17 May 2021
DF Reina Wakisaka (脇阪 麗奈) (1999-05-02) 2 May 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Nojima Stella Training camp, 11–17 May 2021
DF Arisa Matsubara (松原 有沙) (1995-05-01) 1 May 1995 (age 26) 4 1   Nojima Stella Training camp, 23–29 November 2020
DF Kiko Seike (清家 貴子) (1996-08-08) 8 August 1996 (age 24) 2 1   Urawa Reds Training camp, 23–29 November 2020
DF Nana Ichise (市瀬 菜々) (1997-08-04) 4 August 1997 (age 23) 19 0   Mynavi Sendai Training camp, 19–26 October 2020

MF Yuki Mizutani (水谷 有希) (1996-04-11) 11 April 1996 (age 25) 0 0   Urawa Reds Training camp, 11–17 May 2021
MF Hinata Miyazawa (宮澤 ひなた) (1999-11-28) 28 November 1999 (age 21) 2 0   Mynavi Sendai Training camp, 11–17 May 2021
MF Hikaru Naomoto (猶本 光) (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 27) 20 0   Urawa Reds Training camp, 17–31 March 2021
MF Miki Ito (伊藤 美紀) (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 25) 0 0   INAC Kobe Leonessa Training camp, 23–29 November 2020

FW Haruka Hamada (浜田 遥) (1993-01-26) 26 January 1993 (age 28) 2 0   Mynavi Sendai Training camp, 11–17 May 2021
FW Mami Ueno (上野 真実) (1996-09-27) 27 September 1996 (age 24) 8 0   Sanfrecce Hiroshima Regina Training camp, 11–17 May 2021
FW Rikako Kobayashi (小林 里歌子) (1997-07-21) 21 July 1997 (age 23) 12 4   Nippon TV Beleza Training camp, 11–17 May 2021
FW Megumi Takase (高瀬 愛実) (1990-11-10) 10 November 1990 (age 30) 61 9   INAC Kobe Leonessa Training camp, 17–31 March 2021
FW Maika Hamano (浜野 まいか) (2004-05-09) 9 May 2004 (age 17) 0 0   Cerezo Osaka Training camp, 17–31 March 2021

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, caps, and then alphabetically)

Previous squadsEdit

Bold indicates winning squads

CaptainsEdit

RecordsEdit

As of 9 April 2021
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

HonoursEdit

IntercontinentalEdit

  Champions: 2011
  Runners-up: 2015
  Runners-up: 2012

ContinentalEdit

  Champions: 2014, 2018
  Runners-up: 1986, 1991, 1995, 2001
  Champions: 2010, 2018
  Runners-up: 1990, 1994, 2006, 2014

RegionalEdit

  Champions: 2008, 2010, 2019
  Runners-up: 2013, 2017

Other tournamentsEdit

  Runners-up: 2012, 2014

Competitive recordEdit

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

FIFA Women's World CupEdit

FIFA Women's World Cup record
Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GD
  1991 Group stage 3 0 0 3 0 12 −12
  1995 Quarter-finals 4 1 0 3 2 8 −6
  1999 Group stage 3 0 1 2 1 10 −9
  2003 3 1 0 2 7 6 +1
  2007 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1
  2011 Champions 6 4 1 1 12 6 +6
  2015 Runners-up 7 6 0 1 11 8 +3
  2019 Round of 16 4 1 1 2 3 5 −2
   2023 To be determined
Total 8/9 33 14 4 15 39 59 −20
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
FIFA Women's World Cup history
Year Round Date Opponent Result Stadium
  1991 Group stage 17 November   Brazil L 0–1 New Plaza Stadium, Foshan
19 November   Sweden L 0–8
21 November   United States L 0–3
  1995 Group stage 5 June   Germany L 0–1 Tingvallen, Karlstad
7 June   Brazil W 2–1
9 June   Sweden L 0–2 Arosvallen, Västerås
Quarter-finals 13 June   United States L 0–4 Strömvallen, Gävle
  1999 Group stage 19 June   Canada D 1–1 Spartan Stadium, San Jose
23 June   Russia L 0–5 Civic Stadium, Portland
26 June   Norway L 0–4 Soldier Field, Chicago
  2003 Group stage 20 September   Argentina W 6–0 Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus
24 September   Germany L 0–3
27 September   Canada L 1–3 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
  2007 Group stage 11 September   England D 2–2 Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai
14 September   Argentina W 1–0
17 September   Germany L 0–2 Yellow Dragon Sports Center, Hangzhou
  2011 Group stage 27 June   New Zealand W 2–1 Ruhrstadion, Bochum
1 July   Mexico W 4–0 BayArena, Leverkusen
5 July   England L 0–2 Impuls Arena, Augsburg
Quarter-finals 9 July   Germany W 1–0 Volkswagen-Arena, Wolfsburg
Semi-finals 13 July   Sweden W 3–1 Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt
Final 17 July   United States D 2–2 (3–1 pen)
  2015 Group stage 8 June    Switzerland W 1–0 BC Place, Vancouver
12 June   Cameroon W 2–1
16 June   Ecuador W 1–0 Winnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg
Round of 16 23 June   Netherlands W 2–1 BC Place, Vancouver
Quarter-finals 27 June   Australia W 1–0 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
Semi-finals 1 July   England W 2–1
Final 5 July   United States L 2–5 BC Place, Vancouver
  2019 Group stage 10 June   Argentina D 0–0 Parc des Princes, Paris
14 June   Scotland W 2–1 Roazhon Park, Rennes
19 June   England L 0–2 Allianz Riviera, Nice
Round of 16 25 June   Netherlands L 1–2 Roazhon Park, Rennes

Olympic GamesEdit

  Summer Olympics record
Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GD
  1996 Round 1 3 0 0 3 2 9 −7
  2000 Did not qualify
  2004 Quarter-finals 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1
  2008 Fourth place 6 2 1 3 11 10 +1
  2012 Runners-up 6 3 2 1 7 4 +3
  2016 Did not qualify
  2020 Qualified as hosts - - - - - - -
Total 5/7 18 6 3 9 22 26 −4
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
Summer Olympics history
Year Round Date Opponent Result Stadium
  1996 Round 1 21 July   Germany L 2–3 Legion Field, Birmingham
23 July   Brazil L 0–2
25 July   Norway L 0–4 RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
  2004 Round 1 11 August   Sweden W 1–0 Panthessaliko Stadium, Volos
14 August   Nigeria L 0–1 Karaiskaki Stadium, Athens
Quarter-finals 20 August   United States L 1–2 Kaftanzoglio Stadium, Thessaloniki
  2008 Round 1 6 August   New Zealand D 2–2 Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium, Qinhuangdao
9 August   United States L 0–1
12 August   Norway W 5–1 Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai
Quarter-finals 15 August   China PR W 2–0 Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium, Qinhuangdao
Semi-finals 18 August   United States L 2–4 Workers Stadium, Beijing
Third place 21 August   Germany L 0–2
  2012 Round 1 25 July   Canada W 2–1 City of Coventry Stadium, Coventry
28 July   Sweden D 0–0
31 July   South Africa D 0–0 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Quarter-finals 3 August   Brazil W 2–0
Semi-finals 6 August   France W 2–1 Wembley Stadium, London
Final 9 August   United States L 1–2
  2020 Round 1 21 July   Canada Sapporo Dome, Sapporo
24 July   Great Britain
27 July   Chile Miyagi Stadium, Rifu

AFC Women's Asian CupEdit

AFC Women's Asian Cup record
Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GD
  1975 Did not enter
  1977 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8
  1979 Did not enter
  1981 Group stage 3 1 0 2 1 3 −2
  1983 Did not enter
  1986 Runners-up 4 2 0 2 14 4 +10
  1989 Third place 5 4 0 1 37 1 +36
  1991 Runners-up 6 4 1 1 27 6 +21
  1993 Third place 5 4 0 1 29 4 +25
  1995 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 27 3 +24
  1997 Third place 5 4 0 1 33 1 +32
  1999 Fourth place 6 4 0 2 36 6 +30
  2001 Runners-up 6 4 0 2 30 5 +25
  2003 Fourth place 6 4 0 2 34 4 +30
  2006 5 3 0 2 19 6 +13
  2008 Third place 5 3 0 2 19 7 +12
  2010 5 4 0 1 16 2 +14
  2014 Champions 5 4 1 0 16 3 +13
  2018 5 3 2 0 9 2 +7
  2022 TBD - - - - - - -
Total 16/19 78 52 4 22 347 65 +282
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Asian GamesEdit

Asian Games record
Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GD
  1990 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 17 8 +9
  1994 4 2 1 1 9 3 +6
  1998 Third place 5 3 0 2 18 7 +11
  2002 5 3 1 1 8 3 +5
  2006 Runners-up 5 4 1 0 21 1 +20
  2010 Champions 4 3 1 0 6 0 +6
  2014 Runners-up 6 4 1 1 28 3 +25
  2018 Champions 5 5 0 0 14 2 +12
  2022 TBD - - - - - - -
  2026 TBD - - - - - - -
Total 7/7 34 22 6 6 107 25 +82
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

EAFF E-1 Football ChampionshipEdit

EAFF E-1 Football Championship record
Hosts / Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA GD
  2005 Third place 3 0 2 1 0 1 −1
  2008 Champions 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6
  2010 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6
  2013 Runners-up 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1
  2015 Third place 3 1 0 2 5 6 −1
  2017 Runners-up 3 2 0 1 4 4 0
  2019 Champions 3 3 0 0 13 0 +13
  2022 TBD - - - - - - -
Total 6/6 18 10 3 5 27 16 +11
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Algarve CupEdit

The Algarve Cup is an invitational tournament for national teams in women's association football hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). Held annually in the Algarve region of Portugal since 1994, it is one of the most prestigious and longest-running women's international football events and has been nicknamed the "Mini FIFA Women's World Cup."[19]

  Algarve Cup record
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA GD
19942010 Did not enter
2011 3rd place 4 3 0 1 9 3 +6
2012 2nd place 4 3 0 1 8 5 +3
2013 5th place 4 2 0 2 4 4 0
2014 2nd place 4 2 1 1 4 5 −1
2015 9th place 4 2 0 2 7 5 +2
2016 Did not enter
2017 6th place 4 2 0 2 7 5 +2
2018 6th place 4 2 0 2 6 9 −3
2019 Did not enter
Total 7/27 28 16 1 11 45 36 +9

Cyprus Women's CupEdit

  Cyprus Women's Cup record
Year Result GP W D L GF GA GD
2008 3rd place 3 1 1 1 5 5 0
Total 1/13 3 1 1 1 5 5 0

SheBelieves CupEdit

The SheBelieves Cup is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's football hosted in the United States.

  SheBelieves Cup record
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA Coaches
20162018 Did not enter
2019 Third place 3 1 1 1 5 6 Asako Takakura
2020 Fourth place 3 0 0 3 2 7
2021 Withdrew due to the COVID-19 pandemic[20]
Total 2/6 6 1 1 4 7 13

Tournament of NationsEdit

The Tournament of Nations is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's football hosted in the United States in non-World Cup and non-Olympic years.

  Tournament of Nations record
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA Coach
2017 Third place 3 0 1 2 3 8 Asako Takakura
2018 Fourth place 3 0 0 3 3 8
Total 2/2 6 0 1 5 6 16

See alsoEdit

National teams
Women's
Men's

ReferencesEdit

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  15. ^ a b Australia, Chinese Taipei only record at the time of enrollment
  16. ^ Played as Czechoslovakia
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  20. ^ "Argentina Replaces Japan at 2021 SheBelieves Cup, Presented by Visa". US Soccer. 28 January 2021.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
2007 Germany  
World Champions
2011 (first title)
Succeeded by
2015 United States  
Preceded by
2010 Australia  
Asian Champions
2014 (first title)
2018 (second title)
Succeeded by
Incumbent