Aya Miyama

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Aya Miyama
Aya Miyama in 2011.jpg
Miyama starring in the 2011 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Aya Miyama
Date of birth (1985-01-28) 28 January 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Ōamishirasato, Chiba, Japan
Height 157 cm (5 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Okayama Yunogo Belle
Number 10
Youth career
1998–1999 Yomiuri Menina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 NTV Beleza 6 (2)
2001–2008 Okayama Yunogo Belle 110 (62)
2009 Los Angeles Sol 20 (0)
2009 Okayama Yunogo Belle (loan) 6 (1)
2010 Saint Louis Athletica 5 (0)
2010 Atlanta Beat 17 (1)
2010– Okayama Yunogo Belle 59 (24)
Total 223 (90)
National team
2003– Japan 139 (33)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 November 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 September 2014

Aya Miyama (宮間 あや Miyama Aya?, born 28 January 1985, in Ōamishirasato, Chiba) is a Japanese football midfielder who currently plays for Okayama Yunogo Belle of the L. League. She is also a member of the Japan's national team that won the 2011 Women's World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Miyama started her career as a football player in the club her father founded. She later joined NTV Beleza in 1999 after playing with Yomiuri Menina (NTV Menina), but when she was in eleventh grade, she left the team and went to the high school football club. Even among male players, she kept playing football.

Miyama joined L. League side Okayama Yunogo Belle in 2001, having received an invitation from Midori Honda, the coach.

WPS[edit]

On 24 November 2008, Miyama was selected by Los Angeles Sol of the U.S. Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) in the 2008 WPS International Draft, and joined Sol in 2009. In the 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season, she had 6 assists but no goals. When the Sol disbanded in early 2010, she was taken by Saint Louis Athletica. Miyama signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Beat on 10 June 2010.

Return to Japan[edit]

Miyama returned to Okayama Yunogo Belle in September 2010.

International career[edit]

In the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup held in Shanghai, China, Miyama performed brilliantly in Japan's match against England, scoring the team's two goals both on direct free kicks, leading Japan to a draw. In Japan's first group stage match of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, she scored the go-ahead goal in Japan's win against New Zealand on a scorching 68th minute free kick, and was named Player of the Match.

At the 2011 Women's World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, Miyama scored the winner – a curling free kick – to help Japan beat New Zealand, and netted Japan's first goal in the final against USA. Miyama also scored Japan's first penalty of the eventual penalty shoot-out in the final which ended 2–2 after extra time. Her team won 3–1 in the penalty shoot-out, making Japan the first Asian team to lift the FIFA Women's World Cup.

At the moment of victory, Miyama did not join her teammates in celebration, but instead went to the USA players to hug them and congratulate them on a good game. This has been reported both by Hope Solo and the Japanese media as evidence of Miyama's sportsmanship and respect for her opponents.

Miyama was named the AFC Women's Player of the Year in 2011,[2] 2012.[3]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she led to the silver medal as a captain.

Aya Miyama (Left) playing for Saint Louis Athletica against the Boston Breakers. Kelly Smith is pictured on the right.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 21 December 2013
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
NTV Beleza 1999 0 0 -
2000 6 2 - -
Total 6 2 -
Okayama Yunogo Belle 2003 16 13 2 1 - - 18 14
2004 14 17 - -
2005 21 8 4 4 - - 25 12
2006 17 6 4 0 - - 21 16
2007 21 9 2 0 0 0 - 23 9
2008 21 9 2 1 - - 23 10
Total 110 62 0 0 -
Los Angeles Sol 2009 20 0 - - 1 0 21 0
Total 20 0 - - 1 0 21 0
Okayama Yunogo Belle 2009 6 1 2 2 - - 8 3
Total 6 1 2 2 - - 8 3
Saint Louis Athletica 2010 5 0 - - - 5 0
Total 5 0 - - - 5 0
Atlanta Beat 2010 17 1 - - - 17 1
Total 17 1 - - - 17 1
Okayama Yunogo Belle 2010 7 4 2 0 0 0 - 9 4
2011 16 9 3 1 - - 19 10
2012 18 5 2 2 4 2 - 24 9
2013 18 6 3 1 10 9 - 31 16
Total 59 24 10 4 14 11 - 83 39
Career total 223 90 1 0

1Includes 2009 Women's Professional Soccer Playoffs.

International[edit]

As of 18 September 2014

Honors[edit]

Team
Champion (1): 2011
Champion (1): 2014
Gold Medal (1): 2010
Champions (2): 2008, 2010
Individual
All-Star Team (1): 2011
Best player (1): 2014
  • AFC Women's Player of the Year
Winner (2): 2011, 2012
3rd place (1): 2008
Best player (1): 2012
Best Eleven (5): 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013
Best Player (1): 2004
Top Scorers (1): 2004

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japanese Medalists in London 2012 Olympics". joc.or.jp. Japanese Olympic Committee. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "AFC Women Player of the Year: Aya Miyama". AFC. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "AFC Women Player of the Year: Aya Miyama". AFC. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  4. ^ なでしこジャパン(日本女子代表) 試合別出場記録 (in Japanese). Japan Football Association. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Japan thrash Jordan 12-0 in second match - the 17th Asian Games". JFA. 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 

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