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),[4] 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.[5]

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 coachFutoshi Ikeda[1]
CaptainSaki Kumagai
Most capsHomare Sawa (205)
Top scorerHomare Sawa (83)
FIFA codeJPN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 11 Increase 2 (5 August 2022)[2]
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)[3]
 United States 9–0 Japan 
(Charlotte, United States; 29 April 1999)[3]
World Cup
Appearances9 (first in 1991)
Best resultChampions (2011)
Olympic Games
Appearances5 (first in 1996)
Best resultRunners-up (2012)
Asian Cup
Appearances17 (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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8][9] 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[10] and Seiki Ichihara managed as first Japan national team manager.[3] The first match against Chinese Taipei on 7 June at this tournament is the first match for Japan national team history.[3] In 1984, national team was formed for the first time in three years for a China expedition, and Takao Orii managed national team.[3]

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[11][12]

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.[13][14] 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.[15]

 
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.[16] 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.[17]

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.

AustraliaEdit

The Japan and Australia national soccer teams are AFC's rivals.

United StatesEdit

The Japan and United States are sporting rivals.

FIFA World RankingEdit

As of 24 June 2022, after the match against   Serbia.

  Best Ranking    Best Mover    Worst Ranking    Worst Mover  

Japan's FIFA World Ranking History
Rank Year Games
Played
Won Lost Drawn Best Worst
Rank Move Rank Move
11   2 (5 August 2022)[2] 2022 8 4 1 3 13   13  
13 2021 11 6 3 2 10  1 13
(10 December)
 3

Overall competitive recordEdit

  • All results list Japan goal tally first.
  • Goal scorers are sorted alphabetically.
  • Colors gold, silver, and bronze indicate first-, second-, and third-place finishes.

Overall recordEdit

Competition Stage Result Opponent Position Scorers
  1981 Asian Championship Round 1 0–1   Chinese Taipei 3 / 4
0–2   Thailand
1–0   Indonesia Handa
  1986 Asian Championship Round 1 0–2   China 2 / 3
10–0   Malaysia Takakura (2), Nagamine (4), Kioka (2), Tezuka, Matsuda
Semifinals 4–0   Thailand Kioka, Nagamine, Noda, Matsuda
Final 0–2   China
  1989 Asian Championship Round 1 3–0   Hong Kong 1 / 4
11–0   Indonesia
14–0   Nepal
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 Awarded the Fair Play Award
  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
  2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup Round 1 4–0   Vietnam
0–0   South Korea
1–1   Australia 2 / 4
Semi-finals 3–1   China
Final 1–0   Australia Awarded the Fair Play Award
  2018 Asian Games Round 1 2–0   Thailand
7–0   Vietnam 1 / 3
Quarter-finals 2–1   North Korea
Semi-finals 2–1   South Korea
Final 1–0   China
  2019 World Cup Round 1 0–0   Argentina
2–1   Scotland
0–2   England 2 / 4
Round of 16 1–2   Netherlands
  2020 Summer Olympics Round 1 1–1   Canada
0–1   Great Britain
1–0   Chile 3 / 4
Quarterfinals 1–3   Sweden
  2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup Round 1 5–0   Myanmar
3–0   Vietnam
1–1   South Korea 1 / 4
Quarterfinals 7–0   Thailand
Semifinals 2–2 (PSO: 3–4)   China
  2022 EAFF E-1 Football Championship (women) Final round 2–1   South Korea
4–1   Chinese Taipei
0–0   China 1 / 4


source:[18]

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   Postponed/Cancelled   Fixture

2021Edit

25 November Friendly Japan   0–2   Iceland Almere, Netherlands
TBD CET (UTC+1) Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Yanmar Stadion
29 November Friendly Netherlands   0–0   Japan The Hague, Netherlands
19:40 CET (UTC+1) Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Cars Jeans Stadion

2022Edit

21 January AFC Asian Cup GS Japan   5–0   Myanmar Pune, India
13:30 IST (UTC+05:30)
Report (FIFA)
Report (SW)
Stadium: Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex
Referee: Veronika Bernatskaia (Kyrgyzstan)
30 January AFC Asian Cup QF Japan   7–0   Thailand Navi Mumbai, India
Report (SW) Stadium: DY Patil Stadium
Referee: Casey Reibelt (Australia)
24 June Friendly Serbia   0–5   Japan Stara Pazova, Serbia
19:45 UTC+2 Report (JFA)
Stadium: Sport Center FAS
27 June Friendly Finland   1–5   Japan Turku, Finland
18:15 UTC+3
Report (JFA)
Stadium: Veritas Stadium
19 July EAFF E-1 Football Championship Japan   2–1   South Korea Kashima, Japan
15:30 UTC+9
Report (EAFF)
Report (EAFF)
Stadium: Kashima Soccer Stadium
Attendance: 100
Referee: Edita Mirabidova (Uzbekistan)
23 July EAFF E-1 Football Championship Japan   4–1   Chinese Taipei Kashima, Japan
15:30 UTC+9
Report (EAFF)
Report (EAFF)
Stadium: Kashima Soccer Stadium
Attendance: 1,051
Referee: Veronika Bernatskaia (Kyrgyzstan)
26 July EAFF E-1 Football Championship China   0–0   Japan Kashima, Japan
19:20 UTC+9 Report (EAFF)
Report (EAFF)
Stadium: Kashima Soccer Stadium
Attendance: 901
Referee: Pansa Chaisanit (Thailand)
6 October Friendly Japan   v   Nigeria Kobe, Japan
--:-- UTC+9 Report (JFA) Stadium: Noevir Stadium Kobe
9 October MS&AD Cup Japan   v   New Zealand Nagano, Japan
--:-- UTC+9 Report (JFA) Stadium: Nagano U Stadium

2023Edit

July/August 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup GS Japan   v TBD Australia/New Zealand
--:--  Report (FIFA)
July/August 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup GS Japan   v TBD Australia/New Zealand
--:--  Report (FIFA)
July/August 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup GS Japan   v TBD Australia/New Zealand
--:--  Report (FIFA)
September/October 2023 2022 Asian Games – GS Japan   v TBD Hangzhou, China
--:-- UTC+8
September/October 2023 2022 Asian Games – GS Japan   v TBD Hangzhou, China
--:-- UTC+8
September/October 2023 2022 Asian Games – GS Japan   v TBD Hangzhou, China
--:-- UTC+8

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 27 June 2022, after the match against   Finland.

Coaching staffEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

As of 8 January 2022[21]
Role Name
Coach   Futoshi Ikeda
Assistant coach   Tomomi Miyamoto
Support coach   Michihisa Kano
Goalkeeping coach   Toshihiro Nishiiri
Physical coach   Keisuke Otsuka

Manager historyEdit

Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Winning % Notes Ref.
  Seiki Ichihara (市原 聖曠) 1981 0 0 0 0 0%
  Takao Orii (折井 孝男) 1984 0 0 0 0 0%
  Ryohei Suzuki (鈴木 良平) 1986–1989 0 0 0 0 0%
  Satoshi Miyauchi (宮内 聡) 1997–1999 0 0 0 0 0%
  Shinobu Ikeda (池田 司信) 2000–2001 0 0 0 0 0%
  Eiji Ueda (上田 栄治) 2002–2004 0 0 0 0 0%
  Hiroshi Ohashi (大橋 浩司) 2004–2008 0 0 0 0 0%
  Norio Sasaki (佐々木 則夫) 2008–2016 0 0 0 0 0%
  Asako Takakura (高倉 麻子) 2016–2021 0 0 0 0 0% [18]
  Futoshi Ikeda (池田 太) 2021– 9 5 3 1 55.56% [1]
As of 27 June 2022, after the match against   Finland.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 26 players were named to the squad for the 2022 EAFF E-1 Football Championship.[22]

Caps and goals are correct as of 27 July 2021 after match against   Chile.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ayaka Yamashita (山下 杏也加) (1995-09-29) 29 September 1995 (age 26) 42 0   INAC Kobe Leonessa
18 1GK Momoko Tanaka (田中 桃子) (2000-03-17) 17 March 2000 (age 22) 0 0   Tokyo Verdy Beleza
21 1GK Chika Hirao (平尾 知佳) (1996-12-31) 31 December 1996 (age 25) 2 0   Albirex Niigata

2 2DF Risa Shimizu (清水 梨紗) (1996-06-15) 15 June 1996 (age 26) 41 1   Tokyo Verdy Beleza
3 2DF Saori Takarada (宝田 沙織) (1999-12-27) 27 December 1999 (age 22) 8 1   Linköping
4 2DF Hana Takahashi (高橋 はな) (2000-02-19) 19 February 2000 (age 22) 3 0   Urawa Reds
5 2DF Shiori Miyake (三宅 史織) (1995-10-13) 13 October 1995 (age 26) 25 0   INAC Kobe Leonessa
6 2DF Asato Miyagawa (宮川 麻都) (1998-02-24) 24 February 1998 (age 24) 15 0   Tokyo Verdy Beleza
11 2DF Hikaru Kitagawa (北川 ひかる) (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 25) 5 0   Albirex Niigata
12 2DF Ruka Norimatsu (乗松 瑠華) (1996-01-30) 30 January 1996 (age 26) 2 0   Omiya Ardija Ventus
24 2DF Kanae Hayashi (林 香奈絵) (1994-02-27) 27 February 1994 (age 28) 0 0   JEF United Chiba
25 2DF Kiko Seike (清家 貴子) (1996-08-08) 8 August 1996 (age 26) 2 0   Urawa Reds
26 2DF Miyu Takahira (高平 美憂) (1999-11-04) 4 November 1999 (age 22) 0 0   MyNavi Sendai

7 3MF Hinata Miyazawa (宮澤 ひなた) (1999-11-28) 28 November 1999 (age 22) 2 0   MyNavi Sendai
8 3MF Hikaru Naomoto (猶本 光) (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 28) 20 0   Urawa Reds
10 3MF Fuka Nagano (長野 風花) (1999-03-09) 9 March 1999 (age 23) 1 0   North Carolina Courage
14 3MF Ami Sugita (杉田 亜未) (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 30) 6 2   Nojima Stella
16 3MF Honoka Hayashi (林 穂之香) (1998-05-19) 19 May 1998 (age 24) 8 0   AIK
17 3MF Yui Narumiya (成宮 唯) (1995-02-22) 22 February 1995 (age 27) 0 0   INAC Kobe Leonessa
20 3MF Narumi Miura (三浦 成美) (1997-07-03) 3 July 1997 (age 25) 27 0   Tokyo Verdy Beleza
23 3MF Yoshino Nakashima (中嶋 淑乃) (1999-07-27) 27 July 1999 (age 23) 0 0   Sanfrecce Hiroshima Regina

9 4FW Yuika Sugasawa (菅澤 優衣香) (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 31) 77 24   Urawa Reds
13 4FW Ayaka Inoue (井上 綾香) (1995-01-15) 15 January 1995 (age 27) 0 0   Omiya Ardija Ventus
15 4FW Remina Chiba (千葉 玲海菜) (1999-04-30) 30 April 1999 (age 23) 0 0   JEF United Chiba
19 4FW Riko Ueki (植木 理子) (1999-07-30) 30 July 1999 (age 23) 3 0   Tokyo Verdy Beleza
22 4FW Mami Ueno (上野 真実) (1996-09-27) 27 September 1996 (age 25) 8 0   Sanfrecce Hiroshima Regina

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

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been named to the squad in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Sakiko Ikeda (池田 咲紀子) (1992-09-08) 8 September 1992 (age 29) 19 0   Urawa Reds v.   Serbia, 24 June 2022 PRE
GK Mamiko Matsumoto (松本 真未子) (1997-10-09) 9 October 1997 (age 24) 0 0   MyNavi Sendai Training camp, 4–10 April 2022 PRE
GK Hannah Stambaugh (スタンボー 華) (1998-12-24) 24 December 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Omiya Ardija Ventus v.   Netherlands, 29 November 2021

DF Saki Kumagai (熊谷 紗希) (captain) (1990-10-17) 17 October 1990 (age 31) 118 2   Bayern Munich v.   Finland, 27 June 2022
DF Moeka Minami (南 萌華) (1998-12-07) 7 December 1998 (age 23) 17 1   Roma v.   Finland, 27 June 2022
DF Mayu Sasaki (佐々木 繭) (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 (age 29) 8 0   Urawa Reds Training camp, 4–10 April 2022
DF Arisa Matsubara (松原 有沙) (1995-05-01) 1 May 1995 (age 27) 4 1   Nojima Stella Training camp, 4–10 April 2022
DF Risako Oga (大賀 理紗子) (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 (age 25) 3 0   Nojima Stella Training camp, 18–24 October 2021

MF Yui Hasegawa (長谷川 唯) (1997-01-29) 29 January 1997 (age 25) 49 9   West Ham United v.   Finland, 27 June 2022
MF Hina Sugita (杉田 妃和) (1997-01-31) 31 January 1997 (age 25) 26 2   Portland Thorns v.   Finland, 27 June 2022
MF Jun Endo (遠藤 純) (2000-05-24) 24 May 2000 (age 22) 20 1   Angel City FC v.   Finland, 27 June 2022
MF Rin Sumida (隅田 凜) (1996-01-12) 12 January 1996 (age 26) 22 0   MyNavi Sendai Training camp, 4–10 April 2022
MF Moeno Sakaguchi (阪口 萌乃) (1992-06-04) 4 June 1992 (age 30) 12 1   INAC Kobe Leonessa Training camp, 4–10 April 2022
MF Yuzuho Shiokoshi (塩越 柚歩) (1997-11-01) 1 November 1997 (age 24) 5 2   Urawa Reds Training camp, 4–10 April 2022
MF Hikaru Yumura (祐村 ひかる) (1997-10-18) 18 October 1997 (age 24) 0 0   AS Saitama Training camp, 4–10 April 2022
MF Reina Wakisaka (脇阪 麗奈) (1999-05-02) 2 May 1999 (age 23) 0 0   Nojima Stella Training camp, 4–10 April 2022
MF Rikako Kobayashi (小林 里歌子) (1997-07-21) 21 July 1997 (age 25) 12 4   Tokyo Verdy Beleza v.   Netherlands, 29 November 2021
MF Emi Nakajima (中島 依美) (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 31) 89 14   INAC Kobe Leonessa Training camp, 18–24 October 2021

FW Mina Tanaka (田中 美南) (1994-04-28) 28 April 1994 (age 28) 50 20   INAC Kobe Leonessa v.   Finland, 27 June 2022
FW Akari Shiraki (白木 星) (1996-11-04) 4 November 1996 (age 25) 0 0   MyNavi Sendai Training camp, 4–10 April 2022
FW Megumi Takase (高瀬 愛実) (1990-11-10) 10 November 1990 (age 31) 61 9   INAC Kobe Leonessa Training camp, 4–10 April 2022 PRE
FW Mana Iwabuchi (岩渕 真奈) (1993-03-18) 18 March 1993 (age 29) 80 37   Arsenal 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup

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

Previous squadsEdit

Bold indicates winning squads

CaptainsEdit

RecordsEdit

As of 14 July 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, 2022
  Runners-up: 2013, 2017

Other tournamentsEdit

  Runners-up: 2012, 2014

Competitive recordEdit

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

FIFA Women's World CupEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

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
  1980 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 Semi-finals 5 3 2 0 18 3 +15
Total 17/20 83 55 6 22 365 68 +297
*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 Champions 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4
Total 8/8 24 15 4 5 46 18 +28
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Match historyEdit

EAFF E-1 Football Championship history
Year Round Opponent Score Result
2005 First match   North Korea 0–1 Loss
Second match   China 0–0 Draw
Third match   South Korea 0–0 Draw
2008 First match   North Korea 3–2 Win
Second match   South Korea 2–0 Win
Third match   South Korea 3–0 Win
2010 First match   China 2–0 Win
Second match   Chinese Taipei 3–0 Win
Third match   South Korea 2–1 Win
2013 First match   China 2–0 Win
Second match   North Korea 0–0 Draw
Third match   South Korea 1–2 Loss
2015 First match   North Korea 2–4 Loss
Second match   South Korea 1–2 Loss
Third match   China 2–0 Win
2017 First match   South Korea 3–2 Win
Second match   China 1–0 Win
Third match   North Korea 0–2 Loss
2019 First match   Chinese Taipei 7–0 Win
Second match   China 3–0 Win
Third match   South Korea 1–0 Win
2022 First match   South Korea 2–1 Win
Second match   Chinese Taipei 4–1 Win
Third match   China 0–0 Draw

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."[23]

  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[24]
Total 2/6 6 1 1 4 7 13

Match historyEdit

Tournament of NationsEdit

The Tournament of Nations was a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's soccer in non-World Cup and non-Olympic years hosted by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) in several American cities.[25] The inaugural tournament was held in 2017.

The 2021 edition would have been a pre-Olympics tournament due to the rescheduling of the Tokyo Olympics.[26] On May 6, 2021, however, the USSF announced that it would no longer hold Tournament of Nations because recent changes in international windows by FIFA made a round-robin tournament unfeasible.[27]

  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

Match historyEdit

See alsoEdit

National teams
Men's
Women's

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Sporting positions
Preceded by World Champions
2011 (first title)
Succeeded by
Preceded by Asian Champions
2014 (first title)
2018 (second title)
Succeeded by