Japan women's national football team

The Japan women's national football team, or 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]

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 and 2010 EAFF Women's Football Championships.

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 4 (12 July 2019)[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)

History

70s and 80s

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 June 7 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 decline

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.

Regeneration

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 Cup

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 Period

2011 World Cup

Seleção japonesa agradece o apoio da torcida (DSC01105)
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 Olympics

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
Nadeshiko, 2013

2014 Asian Cup

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. 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.

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. 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 Cup

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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.

Recent schedule and results

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

Dates and times are shown in Japanese local time, unless otherwise noted.

2019

Head coaches

Players

Current squad

The following 23 players were named to the squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[14]

Caps and goals as of 25 June 2019 after match against  Netherlands.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Sakiko Ikeda (池田 咲紀子) 8 September 1992 (age 26) 14 0 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
18 GK Ayaka Yamashita (山下 杏也加) 29 September 1995 (age 23) 31 0 Japan Nippon TV Beleza
21 GK Chika Hirao (平尾 知佳) 31 December 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Japan Albirex Niigata

3 DF Aya Sameshima (鮫島 彩) 16 June 1987 (age 32) 113 5 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
2 DF Rumi Utsugi (宇津木 瑠美) 5 December 1988 (age 30) 113 6 United States Reign FC
4 DF Saki Kumagai (熊谷 紗希) (captain) 17 October 1990 (age 28) 108 0 France Lyon
23 DF Shiori Miyake (三宅 史織) 13 October 1995 (age 23) 18 0 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
22 DF Risa Shimizu (清水 梨紗) 15 June 1996 (age 23) 28 0 Japan Nippon TV Beleza
5 DF Nana Ichise (市瀬 菜々) 4 August 1997 (age 21) 19 0 Japan Vegalta Sendai
16 DF Asato Miyagawa (宮川 麻都) 24 February 1998 (age 21) 5 0 Japan Nippon TV Beleza
12 DF Moeka Minami (南 萌華) 7 December 1998 (age 20) 6 0 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds

10 MF Mizuho Sakaguchi (阪口 夢穂) 15 October 1987 (age 31) 124 29 Japan Nippon TV Beleza
7 MF Emi Nakajima (中島 依美) 27 September 1990 (age 28) 74 14 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
15 MF Yuka Momiki (籾木 結花) 9 April 1996 (age 23) 26 8 Japan Nippon TV Beleza
14 MF Yui Hasegawa (長谷川 唯) 29 January 1997 (age 22) 39 7 Japan Nippon TV Beleza
6 MF Hina Sugita (杉田 妃和) 31 January 1997 (age 22) 11 0 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
17 MF Narumi Miura (三浦 成美) 3 July 1997 (age 22) 13 0 Japan Nippon TV Beleza

9 FW Yuika Sugasawa (菅澤 優衣香) 5 October 1990 (age 28) 67 19 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
8 FW Mana Iwabuchi (岩渕 真奈) 18 March 1993 (age 26) 65 21 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
20 FW Kumi Yokoyama (横山 久美) 13 August 1993 (age 25) 43 17 Japan AC Nagano Parceiro
11 FW Rikako Kobayashi (小林 里歌子) 21 July 1997 (age 21) 7 2 Japan Nippon TV Beleza
13 FW Saori Takarada (宝田 沙織) 27 December 1999 (age 19) 3 0 Japan Cerezo Osaka Sakai
19 FW Jun Endo (遠藤 純) 24 May 2000 (age 19) 8 0 Japan Nippon TV Beleza

Recent call ups

The following players have been called up to the Japan squad in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Erina Yamane (山根 恵里奈) 20 December 1990 (age 28) 26 0 Spain Real Betis 2019 SheBelieves Cup
GK Rei Takenaka (武仲 麗依) 18 May 1992 (age 27) 0 0 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa 2019 SheBelieves Cup
GK Ayaka Saitō (齊藤 彩佳) 26 August 1991 (age 27) 0 0 Japan Vegalta Sendai 2019 SheBelieves Cup

DF Arisa Matsubara (松原 有沙) 1 May 1995 (age 24) 2 0 Japan Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara v.  Spain, 2 June 2019 PRE
DF Risako Oga (大賀 理紗子) 4 January 1997 (age 22) 3 0 Japan Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara v.  Germany, 9 April 2019
DF Saori Ariyoshi (有吉 佐織) 1 November 1987 (age 31) 65 1 Japan Nippon TV Beleza 2019 SheBelieves Cup
DF Nanami Kitamura (北村 菜々美) 25 November 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Japan Cerezo Osaka Sakai Training camp, 31 January–4 February 2019
DF Aimi Kunitake (國武 愛美) 10 January 1997 (age 22) 3 0 Japan Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara v.  Norway, 11 November 2018
DF Hikari Takagi (高木 ひかり) 21 May 1993 (age 26) 19 1 Japan Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara 2018 Asian Games
DF Mayo Doko (土光 真代) 3 May 1996 (age 23) 1 0 Japan Nippon TV Beleza 2018 Tournament of Nations

MF Hikaru Naomoto (猶本 光) 3 March 1994 (age 25) 19 0 Germany SC Freiburg v.  Spain, 2 June 2019 PRE
MF Moeno Sakaguchi (阪口 萌乃) 4 June 1992 (age 27) 12 1 Japan Albirex Niigata 2019 SheBelieves Cup
MF Fuka Nagano (長野 風花) 9 March 1999 (age 20) 1 0 Japan Chifure AS Elfen Saitama Training camp, 31 January–4 February 2019
MF Nahomi Kawasumi (川澄 奈穂美) 23 September 1985 (age 33) 90 20 United States Sky Blue FC v.  Norway, 11 November 2018
MF Yu Nakasato (中里 優) 14 July 1994 (age 25) 20 0 Japan Nippon TV Beleza 2018 Asian Games
MF Rin Sumida (隅田 凜) 12 January 1996 (age 23) 22 0 Japan Nippon TV Beleza 2018 Asian Games

FW Riko Ueki (植木 理子) 30 July 1999 (age 19) 2 0 Japan Nippon TV Beleza 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup INJ
FW Kiko Seike (清家 貴子) 8 August 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds v.  Spain, 2 June 2019 PRE
FW Hinata Miyazawa (宮澤 ひなた) 21 November 1999 (age 19) 2 0 Japan Nippon TV Beleza v.  Spain, 2 June 2019 PRE
FW Mayu Ikejiri (池尻 茉由) 19 December 1996 (age 22) 3 0 South Korea Suwon WFC 2019 SheBelieves Cup
FW Mina Tanaka (田中 美南) 28 April 1994 (age 25) 35 14 Japan Nippon TV Beleza Training camp, 31 January–4 February 2019
FW Rika Masuya (増矢 理花) 14 September 1995 (age 23) 27 6 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa v.  Norway, 11 November 2018

Notes:

  • INJ = Withdrew due to injury
  • PRE = Preliminary squad

Competitive record

FIFA Women's World Cup

FIFA Women's World Cup record
Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GD
China 1991 Group stage 3 0 0 3 0 12 −12
Sweden 1995 Quarter-finals 4 1 0 3 2 8 −6
United States 1999 Group stage 3 0 1 2 1 10 −9
United States 2003 3 1 0 2 7 6 +1
China 2007 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1
Germany 2011 Champions 6 4 1 1 12 6 +6
Canada 2015 Runners-up 7 6 0 1 11 8 +3
France 2019 Round of 16 4 1 1 2 3 5 −2
Total 8/8 33 14 4 15 39 59 −20
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Summer Olympics

Summer Olympics record
Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GD
United States 1996 Round 1 3 0 0 3 2 9 −7
Australia 2000 Did not qualify
Greece 2004 Quarter-finals 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1
China 2008 Fourth place 6 2 1 3 11 10 +1
United Kingdom 2012 Runners-up 6 3 2 1 7 4 +3
Brazil 2016 Did not qualify
Japan 2020 Qualified
Total 5/7 18 6 3 9 22 26 −4
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

AFC Women's Asian Cup

AFC Women's Asian Cup record
Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GD
Hong Kong 1975 Did not enter
Taiwan 1977 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8
India 1979 Did not enter
Hong Kong 1981 Group stage 3 1 0 2 1 3 −2
Flag of Thailand (TIS 982 draft standard).svg 1983 Did not enter
Hong Kong 1986 Runners-up 4 2 0 2 14 4 +10
Hong Kong 1989 Third place 5 4 0 1 37 1 +36
Japan 1991 Runners-up 6 4 1 1 27 6 +21
Malaysia 1993 Third place 5 4 0 1 29 4 +25
Malaysia 1995 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 27 3 +24
China 1997 Third place 5 4 0 1 33 1 +32
Philippines 1999 Fourth place 6 4 0 2 36 6 +30
Chinese Taipei 2001 Runners-up 6 4 0 2 30 5 +25
Flag of Thailand (TIS 982 draft standard).svg 2003 Fourth place 6 4 0 2 34 4 +30
Australia 2006 5 3 0 2 19 6 +13
Vietnam 2008 Third place 5 3 0 2 19 7 +12
China 2010 5 4 0 1 16 2 +14
Vietnam 2014 Champions 5 4 1 0 16 3 +13
Jordan 2018 5 3 2 0 9 2 +7
Total 16/19 78 52 4 22 347 65 +282
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Asian Games

Asian Games record
Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GD
China 1990 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 17 8 +9
Japan 1994 4 2 1 1 9 3 +6
Flag of Thailand (TIS 982 draft standard).svg 1998 Third place 5 3 0 2 18 7 +11
South Korea 2002 5 3 1 1 8 3 +5
Qatar 2006 Runners-up 5 4 1 0 21 1 +20
China 2010 Champions 4 3 1 0 6 0 +6
South Korea 2014 Runners-up 6 4 1 1 28 3 +25
Indonesia 2018 Champions 5 5 0 0 14 2 +12
Total 7/7 34 22 6 6 107 25 +82
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

EAFF Women's Football Championship

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

Player records

As of 17 November 2018

Honors

International

Med 1.png Champions: 2011
Med 2.png Runners-up: 2015
Med 2.png Runners-up: 2012

Continental

Med 1.png Champions: 2014, 2018
Med 2.png Runners-up: 1986, 1991, 1995, 2001
Med 1.png Champions: 2010, 2018
Med 2.png Runners-up: 1990, 1994, 2006, 2014

Regional

Med 1.png Champions: 2008, 2010
Med 2.png Runners-up: 2013, 2017

Overall official record

Youth national teams

Under-20 team

Under-17 team

See also

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e Japan Football Association‹See Tfd›(in Japanese)
  3. ^ "Japan: FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Japan claim maiden title". fifa.com. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  5. ^ "2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: Complete Tournament Results". ABC News. 6 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  6. ^ Japan Football Association ‹See Tfd›(in Japanese)
  7. ^ JFA to show appreciation for support from football family FIFA
  8. ^ Japan banner a global message FIFA
  9. ^ "Japan edge USA for maiden title". FIFA. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  10. ^ "Women's World Cup final: Japan beat USA on penalties". BBC Sport. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  11. ^ "Olympics football: USA beat Japan to secure gold in Wembley thriller". BBC. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Nadeshiko Japan beats Australia to win Women's Asian Cup". The Japan Times. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  13. ^ "Japan lift 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup". Goal.com. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  14. ^ http://www.jfa.jp/eng/news/00021198/

External links

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

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e Japan Football Association‹See Tfd›(in Japanese)
  3. ^ "Japan: FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Japan claim maiden title". fifa.com. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  5. ^ "2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: Complete Tournament Results". ABC News. 6 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  6. ^ Japan Football Association ‹See Tfd›(in Japanese)
  7. ^ JFA to show appreciation for support from football family FIFA
  8. ^ Japan banner a global message FIFA
  9. ^ "Japan edge USA for maiden title". FIFA. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  10. ^ "Women's World Cup final: Japan beat USA on penalties". BBC Sport. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  11. ^ "Olympics football: USA beat Japan to secure gold in Wembley thriller". BBC. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Nadeshiko Japan beats Australia to win Women's Asian Cup". The Japan Times. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  13. ^ "Japan lift 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup". Goal.com. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  14. ^ http://www.jfa.jp/eng/news/00021198/
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26 July 2018 Tournament of NationsUnited States 4–2 JapanKansas City, United States
18:00 CDT Morgan Goal 18'26'56'
Rapinoe Goal 66'
Report Tanaka Goal 20'
Sakaguchi Goal 76'
Stadium: Children's Mercy Park
29 July 2018 Tournament of NationsJapan 1–2 BrazilEast Hartford, United States
16:15 EDT Masuya Goal 90+3' Report Marta Goal 75'
Beatriz Goal 90'
Stadium: Pratt & Whitney Stadium
Attendance: 13,027
2 August 2018 Tournament of NationsJapan 0–2 AustraliaBridgeview, United States
16:45 CDT Report Kennedy Goal 47'
Kerr Goal 81'
Stadium: Toyota Park
16 August 2018 Asian Games – GSJapan 2–0 ThailandPalembang, Indonesia
18:30 IWST Iwabuchi Goal 33'
Momiki Goal 85'
Report Stadium: Bumi Sriwijaya Stadium
21 August 2018 Asian Games – GSJapan 7–0 VietnamPalembang, Indonesia
15:00 IWST Sugasawa Goal 5'77'
Momiki Goal 17'
Nakajima Goal 38'
Tanaka Goal 52'88'
Masuya Goal 64'
Report Stadium: Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium
25 August 2018 Asian Games – QFJapan 2–1 North KoreaPalembang, Indonesia
16:00 IWST Sakaguchi Yellow card 36'
Iwabuchi Goal 40'
Hasegawa Goal 62'
Report N. Kim Goal 71' (pen.) Stadium: Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium
28 August 2018 Asian Games – SFJapan 2–1 South KoreaPalembang, Indonesia
16:00 IWST Sugasawa Goal 5'
Yamashita Yellow card 42'
Lim Goal 86' (o.g.)
Report M. Lee Goal 68' Stadium: Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium
31 August 2018 Asian Games – FJapan 1–0 China PRPalembang, Indonesia
19:30 IWST Sugasawa Goal 90' Report Han Yellow card 87' Stadium: Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium
11 November 2018 FriendlyJapan 4–1 NorwayTottori
14:00 Yokoyama Goal 16'
Iwabuchi Goal 27'55'
Momiki Goal 63'
Report Gausdal Goal 81' Stadium: Tottori Bank Bird Stadium
Attendance: 6,185
Referee: Hong Yu
28 February 2019 SheBelieves CupUnited States 2–2 JapanChester, United States
9:05 Rapinoe Goal 23'
Morgan Goal 76'
Report Kumagai Yellow card 38'
Nakajima Goal 67'
Momiki Goal 90+1'
Stadium: Talen Energy Stadium
Attendance: 14,555
Referee: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)
3 March 2019 SheBelieves CupJapan 3–1 BrazilNashville, United States
4:00 Momiki Goal 44'
Kobayashi Goal 81'
Hasegawa Goal 85'
Report Debinha Goal 57' Stadium: Nissan Stadium
6 March 2019 SheBelieves CupJapan 0–3 EnglandTampa, United States
7:25 Box Staniforth Goal 12'
Carney Goal 23'
Mead Goal 30'
Houghton Yellow card 85'
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
4 April 2019 FriendlyFrance 3–1 JapanAuxerre, France
21:00 CEST Gauvin Goal 3'
Le Sommer Goal 33'
Diani Goal 82'
Report Kobayashi Goal 24' Stadium: Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps
9 April 2019 FriendlyGermany 2–2 JapanPaderborn, Germany
Report
Stadium: Benteler-Arena
Attendance: 4,804
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)
2 June 2019 FriendlyJapan 1–1 SpainLe Touquet, France
20:50 Sugasawa Goal 86' Report Hermoso Goal 22' (pen.)
Torrecilla Yellow card 60'
Stadium: Stade Gérard Houllier
Attendance: 634
Referee: Mehdi Mokhtari
10 June 2019 FIFA World Cup — GSJapan 0–0 ArgentinaParis, France
18:00 CEST Shimizu Yellow card 38'
Sugita Yellow card 45+1'
Iwabuchi Yellow card 85'
Report Stadium: Parc des Princes
Attendance: 25,055
Referee: Stephanie Frappart (France)
14 June 2019 FIFA World Cup — GSJapan 2–1 ScotlandRennes, France
15:00 CEST
Report
Stadium: Roazhon Park
Attendance: 13,201
Referee: Lidya Tafesse Abebe (Ethiopia)
19 June 2019 FIFA World Cup — GSJapan 0–2 EnglandNice, France
21:00 CEST Report
Stadium: Allianz Riviera
Attendance: 14,319
Referee: Claudia Umpiérrez (Uruguay)
25 June 2019 FIFA World Cup — R16Japan 1–2 NetherlandsRennes, France
21:00 CEST
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Stadium: Roazhon Park
Referee: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)
11 December 2019 EAFF ChampionshipJapan v North KoreaBusan, South Korea
16:20 Stadium: Busan Gudeok Stadium
14 December 2019 EAFF ChampionshipJapan v China PRBusan, South Korea
15:55 Stadium: Busan Gudeok Stadium
17 December 2019 EAFF ChampionshipSouth Korea v JapanBusan, South Korea
19:30 Stadium: Busan Gudeok Stadium
FIFA Women's World Cup history
Year Round Date Opponent Result Stadium
China 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
Sweden 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
United States 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
United States 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
China 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
Germany 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)
Canada 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
France 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
Summer Olympics history
Year Round Date Opponent Result Stadium
United States 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.
Greece 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
China 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
United Kingdom 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
Competition Stage Result Opponent Position Notes
Hong Kong 1981 Asian Championship Round 1 0–1 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
0–2 Thailand Thailand
1–0 Indonesia Indonesia 3 / 4
Hong Kong 1986 Asian Championship Round 1 0–2 China China
10–0 Malaysia Malaysia 2 / 3
Semifinals 4–0 Thailand Thailand
Final 0–2 China China
Hong Kong 1989 Asian Championship Round 1 3–0 Hong Kong Hong Kong
11–0 Indonesia Indonesia
14–0 Nepal Nepal 1 / 4
Semifinals 0–1 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Third place 9–0 Hong Kong Hong Kong
China 1990 Asian Games Main Round 0–5 China China
5–0 Hong Kong Hong Kong
8–1 South Korea South Korea
1–1 North Korea North Korea
3–1 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 2 / 6
Hong Kong 1991 Asian Championship Round 1 1–0 North Korea North Korea
4–1 Hong Kong Hong Kong
12–0 Malaysia Malaysia
12–0 Singapore Singapore 1 / 5
Semifinals 0–0 (PSO: 5–4) Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Final 0–5 China China
China 1991 World Cup Round 1 0–1 Brazil Brazil
0–8 Sweden Sweden
0–3 United States United States
Malaysia 1993 Asian Championship Round 1 6–1 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
15–0 Philippines Philippines
4–0 Hong Kong Hong Kong 1 / 4
Semifinals 1–3 China China
Final 3–0 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
China 1994 Asian Games Round 1 1–1 China China
3–0 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
5–0 South Korea South Korea 2 / 4
Final 0–2 China China
Sweden 1995 World Cup Round 1 0–1 Germany Germany
2–1 Brazil Brazil
0–2 Sweden Sweden 3 / 4
Quarterfinals 0–4 United States United States
Malaysia 1995 Asian Championship Round 1 1–0 South Korea South Korea
6–0 India India
17–0 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 1 / 4
Semifinals 3–0 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Final 0–2 China China
United States 1996 Summer Olympics Round 1 2–3 Germany Germany
0–2 Brazil Brazil
0–4 Norway Norway 4 / 4
China 1997 Asian Championship Round 1 21–0 Guam Guam
1–0 India India
9–0 Hong Kong Hong Kong 1 / 4
Semifinals 0–1 North Korea North Korea
Third place 2–0 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
China 1998 Asian Games Round 1 6–0 Thailand Thailand
2–3 North Korea North Korea
8–0 Vietnam Vietnam 2 / 4
Semifinals 0–3 China China
Third place 2–1 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
United States 1999 World Cup Round 1 1–1 Canada Canada
0–5 Russia Russia
0–4 Norway Norway 4 / 4
Philippines 1999 Asian Championship Round 1 9–0 Thailand Thailand
5–1 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan
14–0 Nepal Nepal
6–0 Philippines Philippines 1 / 5
Semifinals 0–2 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Third place 2–3 North Korea North Korea
Chinese Taipei 2001 Asian Championship Round 1 14–0 Singapore Singapore
11–0 Guam Guam
0–1 North Korea North Korea
3–1 Vietnam Vietnam 2 / 5
Semifinals 2–1 South Korea South Korea
Final 0–2 North Korea North Korea
Chinese Taipei 2002 Asian Games Main round 0–1 North Korea North Korea
3–0 Vietnam Vietnam
1–0 South Korea South Korea
2–2 China China
2–0 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 3 / 6
Thailand 2003 Asian Championship Round 1 15–0 Philippines Philippines
7–0 Guam Guam
7–0 Myanmar Myanmar
5–0 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 1 / 5
Semifinals 0–3 North Korea North Korea
Third place 0–1 South Korea South Korea
United States 2003 World Cup Round 1 6–0 Argentina Argentina
0–3 Germany Germany
1–3 Canada Canada 3 / 4
Greece 2004 Summer Olympics Round 1 1–0 Sweden Sweden
0–1 Nigeria Nigeria 3 / 3
Quarterfinals 1–2 United States United States Awarded the Fair Play Award
South Korea 2005 East Asian Championship Main Round 0–1 North Korea North Korea
0–0 China China
0–0 South Korea South Korea 3 / 4 Awarded the Fair Play Award
Qatar 2006 Asian Games Round 1 13–0 Jordan Jordan
4–0 Thailand Thailand
1–0 China China 1 / 4
Semifinals 3–1 South Korea South Korea
Final 0–0 (PSO: 2–4) North Korea South Korea
Australia 2006 Asian Championship Round 1 5–0 Vietnam Vietnam
11–1 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
1–0 China China 1 / 4
Semifinals 0–2 Australia Australia
Third place 2–3 North Korea North Korea
China 2007 World Cup Round 1 2–2 England England
1–0 Argentina Argentina
0–2 Germany Germany 3 / 4
China 2008 East Asian Championship Main Round 3–2 North Korea North Korea
2–0 South Korea South Korea
3–0 China China 1 / 4
Vietnam 2008 Asian Cup Round 1 1–3 South Korea South Korea
11–0 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
3–1 Australia Australia 1 / 4
Semifinals 1–3 China China
Third place 3–0 Australia Australia
2008 Summer Olympics qualification Final round 2–0 Vietnam Vietnam
4–0 Thailand Thailand
6–1 South Korea South Korea 1 / 4
China 2008 Summer Olympics Round 1 2–2 New Zealand New Zealand
0–1 United States United States
5–1 Norway Norway 3 / 4
Quarterfinals 2–0 China China
Semifinals 2–4 United States United States
Third place 0–2 Germany Germany
Japan 2010 East Asian Championship Round 1 2–0 China New Zealand
3–0 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
2–1 South Korea South Korea 1 / 4
China 2010 Asian Cup Round 1 8–0 Myanmar Myanmar
4–0 Thailand Thailand
2–1 North Korea North Korea 1 / 4
Semifinals 0–1 Australia Australia
Third place 2–0 China China
China 2010 Asian Games Round 1 4–0 Thailand Thailand
0–0 North Korea North Korea 1 / 3
Semifinals 1–0 China China
Final 1–0 North Korea North Korea
Germany 2011 World Cup Round 1 2–1 New Zealand New Zealand
4–0 Mexico Mexico
0–2 England England 2 / 4
Quarterfinals 1–0 Germany Germany
Semifinals 3–1 Sweden Sweden
Final 2–2 (PSO: 3–1) United States United States Awarded the Fair Play Award
2012 Summer Olympics qualification Final round 3–0 Thailand Thailand
2–1 South Korea South Korea
1–0 Australia Australia
1–1 North Korea North Korea
1–0 China China
United Kingdom 2012 Summer Olympics Round 1 2–1 Canada Canada
0–0 Sweden Sweden
0–0 South Africa South Africa 2 / 4
Quarterfinals 2–0 Brazil Brazil
Semifinals 2–1 France France
Finals 1–2 United States United States
South Korea 2013 EAFF Women's East Asian Cup Final round 2–0 China China
0–0 North Korea North Korea
1–2 South Korea South Korea
Vietnam 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup Round 1 2–2 Australia Australia
4–0 Vietnam Vietnam
7–0 Jordan Jordan 1 / 4
Semifinals 2–1 China China PR
Final 1–0 Australia Australia
Canada 2015 World Cup Round 1 1–0 Switzerland Switzerland
2–1 Cameroon Cameroon
1–0 Ecuador Ecuador 1 / 4
Round of 16 2–1 Netherlands Netherlands
Quarterfinals 1–0 Australia Australia
Semifinals 2–1 England England
Final 2–5 United States United States
France 2019 World Cup Round 1 0–0 Argentina Argentina
2–1 Scotland Scotland
0–2 England England 2 / 4
Round of 16 1–2 Netherlands Netherlands
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