Japan women's national football team

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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
Current7 Decrease 1 (28 September 2018)[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
 United States 9–0 Japan 
(Charlotte, United States; 29 April 1999)
World Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1991)
Best resultGold medal with cup.svg Champions (2011)
Olympic Games
Appearances4 (first in 1996)
Best resultSilver medal with cup.svg Runners-up (2012)
Asian Cup
Appearances16 (first in 1977)
Best resultGold medal with cup.svg Champions (2014, 2018)

The Japan women's national football team, or Nadeshiko Japan (なでしこジャパン), represents Japan in association football and is run by the Japan Football Association (JFA). It is the most successful women's national team from the Asian Football Federation, having won the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and finished runners-up at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Its highest ranking in the FIFA Women's World Rankings is 3rd (December 2011).[2]

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 and only Asian team to do so.[3] It also 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.[4]

History[edit]

70s and 80s[edit]

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 1980, "All-Japan Women's Football Championship" was held, and in 1981 the Japan women's national football team played its first international match in Hong Kong. The team continued playing matches in Japan or in other countries, but it was not an "All Japan" national team but a temporarily organized team selected from the regional leagues.[5]

In 1986, Ryohei Suzuki was selected as the coach of the Japan women's national football team, the first "All Japan" team. 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[edit]

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 the withdrawal of a series of teams from the L. League. Japanese women’s football was on the verge of decline.

Regeneration[edit]

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 FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

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[edit]

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

The Japan team thanking fans for their support about Humanitarian response to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami after their World Cup win[6][7]

Japan qualified for the finals by finishing third in the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup. After finishing second in their group behind England, Nadeshiko 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.[8][9] It came right after men's team won the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, marked their most successful year in Japanese football.

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

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.[10]

Nadeshiko, 2013

2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup[edit]

Despite having won a FIFA Women's World Cup in 2011, Japan entered the 2014 Asian Cup having never previously won the tournament.[citation needed] 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.[11] 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 seven-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.[12]

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

The national teams of Japan and 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. Nadeshiko 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[edit]

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 28 players were named to the squad for the friendly against  Norway on 11 November 2018.[13]

Caps and goals as of 31 August 2018 after match against  China PR.

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 26) 14 0 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
18 1GK Ayaka Yamashita (山下 杏也加) (1995-09-29) 29 September 1995 (age 23) 24 0 Japan NTV Beleza
21 1GK Chika Hirao (平尾 知佳) (1996-12-31) 31 December 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Japan Albirex Niigata

3 2DF Aya Sameshima (鮫島 彩) (1987-06-16) 16 June 1987 (age 31) 101 5 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
2 2DF Rumi Utsugi (宇津木 瑠美) (1988-12-05) 5 December 1988 (age 29) 110 6 United States Seattle Reign FC
4 2DF Saki Kumagai (熊谷 紗希) (captain) (1990-10-17) 17 October 1990 (age 28) 99 0 France Lyon
24 2DF Shiori Miyake (三宅 史織) (1995-10-13) 13 October 1995 (age 23) 17 0 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
22 2DF Risa Shimizu (清水 梨紗) (1996-06-15) 15 June 1996 (age 22) 18 0 Japan NTV Beleza
23 2DF Aimi Kunitake (國武 愛美) (1997-01-10) 10 January 1997 (age 21) 3 0 Japan Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara
5 2DF Nana Ichise (市瀬 菜々) (1997-08-04) 4 August 1997 (age 21) 14 0 Japan Vegalta Sendai
26 2DF Moeka Minami (南 萌華) (1998-12-07) 7 December 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds

9 3MF Nahomi Kawasumi (川澄 奈穂美) (1985-09-23) 23 September 1985 (age 33) 90 20 United States Seattle Reign FC
6 3MF Saori Ariyoshi (有吉 佐織) (1987-11-01) 1 November 1987 (age 31) 62 1 Japan NTV Beleza
7 3MF Emi Nakajima (中島 依美) (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 28) 64 13 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
15 3MF Moeno Sakaguchi (阪口 萌乃) (1992-06-04) 4 June 1992 (age 26) 9 1 Japan Albirex Niigata
12 3MF Hikaru Naomoto (猶本 光) (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 24) 18 0 Germany SC Freiburg
14 3MF Yui Hasegawa (長谷川 唯) (1997-01-29) 29 January 1997 (age 21) 29 4 Japan NTV Beleza
25 3MF Hina Sugita (杉田 妃和) (1997-01-31) 31 January 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
17 3MF Narumi Miura (三浦 成美) (1997-07-03) 3 July 1997 (age 21) 4 0 Japan NTV Beleza
27 3MF Fuka Nagano (長野 風花) (1999-03-09) 9 March 1999 (age 19) 0 0 South Korea Incheon Red Angels

13 4FW Yuika Sugasawa (菅澤 優衣香) (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 28) 59 17 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
8 4FW Mana Iwabuchi (岩渕 真奈) (1993-03-18) 18 March 1993 (age 25) 60 18 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
20 4FW Kumi Yokoyama (横山 久美) (1993-08-13) 13 August 1993 (age 25) 34 15 Japan AC Nagano Parceiro
11 4FW Mina Tanaka (田中 美南) (1994-04-28) 28 April 1994 (age 24) 33 14 Japan NTV Beleza
19 4FW Rika Masuya (増矢 理花) (1995-09-14) 14 September 1995 (age 23) 27 6 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
16 4FW Yuka Momiki (籾木 結花) (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 22) 20 5 Japan NTV Beleza
28 4FW Hinata Miyazawa (宮澤 ひなた) (1999-11-21) 21 November 1999 (age 18) 0 0 Japan NTV Beleza
29 4FW Jun Endo (遠藤 純) (2000-05-24) 24 May 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Japan JFA Academy Fukushima

Recent call ups[edit]

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) (1990-12-20) 20 December 1990 (age 27) 23 0 Spain Real Betis v.  Canada, 7 March 2018
GK Mamiko Matsumoto (松本 真未子) (1997-10-09) 9 October 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds Training camp, 15–19 January 2018

DF Hikari Takagi (高木 ひかり) (1993-05-21) 21 May 1993 (age 25) 19 1 Japan Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara 2018 Asian Games
DF Mayo Doko (土光 真代) (1996-05-03) 3 May 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Japan NTV Beleza 2018 Tournament of Nations
DF Ayumi Oya (大矢 歩) (1994-11-08) 8 November 1994 (age 23) 9 0 Japan Ehime FC v.  Canada, 7 March 2018
DF Riho Sakamoto (坂本 理保) (1992-07-07) 7 July 1992 (age 26) 1 0 Japan AC Nagano Parceiro Training camp, 15–19 January 2018
DF Miho Manya (万屋 美穂) (1996-11-05) 5 November 1996 (age 22) 7 0 Japan Vegalta Sendai Training camp, 15–19 January 2018
DF Hikaru Kitagawa (北川 ひかる) (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 21) 5 0 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds Training camp, 15–19 January 2018
DF Asato Miyagawa (宮川 麻都) (1998-02-24) 24 February 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Japan NTV Beleza Training camp, 15–19 January 2018

MF Yu Nakasato (中里 優) (1994-07-14) 14 July 1994 (age 24) 20 0 Japan NTV Beleza 2018 Asian Games
MF Rin Sumida (隅田 凜) (1996-01-12) 12 January 1996 (age 22) 22 0 Japan NTV Beleza 2018 Asian Games
MF Madoka Haji (櫨 まどか) (1988-07-08) 8 July 1988 (age 30) 7 0 Japan Vegalta Sendai v.  New Zealand, 10 June 2018
MF Mizuho Sakaguchi (阪口 夢穂) (1987-10-15) 15 October 1987 (age 31) 124 29 Japan NTV Beleza 2018 AFC Asian Cup

FW Konomi Taniguchi (谷口 木乃実) (1996-08-23) 23 August 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Japan Bunnys Kyoto SC Training camp, 15–19 January 2018
FW Mami Ueno (上野 真実) (1996-09-27) 27 September 1996 (age 22) 3 0 Japan Ehime FC Training camp, 15–19 January 2018
FW Riko Ueki (植木 理子) (1999-07-30) 30 July 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Japan NTV Beleza Training camp, 15–19 January 2018

Notes:

  • INJ = Withdrew due to injury

Records[edit]

As of 5 March 2018

FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

AFC Women's Asian Cup[edit]

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
Thailand 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
Thailand 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[edit]

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
Thailand 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[edit]

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.

FIFA Rankings[edit]

Honors[edit]

International[edit]

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

Continental[edit]

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[edit]

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

Overall official record[edit]

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

Youth national teams[edit]

Under-20 team[edit]

Under-17 team[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 28 September 2018. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Japan: FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Japan claim maiden title". fifa.com. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  4. ^ "2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: Complete Tournament Results". ABC News. 6 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  5. ^ Hongo, Jun, "Nadeshiko Japan eyes London Olympic gold", Japan Times, 24 January 2012, p. 3.
  6. ^ JFA to show appreciation for support from football family FIFA
  7. ^ Japan banner a global message FIFA
  8. ^ "Japan edge USA for maiden title". FIFA. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  9. ^ "Women's World Cup final: Japan beat USA on penalties". BBC Sport. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  10. ^ "Olympics football: USA beat Japan to secure gold in Wembley thriller". BBC. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Nadeshiko Japan beats Australia to win Women's Asian Cup". The Japan Times. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Japan lift 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup". Goal.com. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  13. ^ http://www.jfa.jp/eng/nadeshikojapan/news/00019245/

External links[edit]

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 (2nd title)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Hakuhō Shō
Japan Professional Sports Grand Prize
2011
Succeeded by
Shinnosuke Abe