Aya Sameshima playing for Japan against Sweden in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup semi finals
|Date of birth||16 June 1987|
|Place of birth||Kawachi, Tochigi, Japan|
|Height||1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Playing position||Left back / Left midfielder|
|INAC Kobe Leonessa|
|1995–2002||Kawachi SC Juvenile|
|2003–2005||Tokiwagi Gakuen High School|
|2015–||INAC Kobe Leonessa|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 November 2012.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:23, 4 June 2015 (UTC)
Sameshima played youth football for Kawachi SC Juvenile between 1995 and 2002 and Tokiwagi Gakuen High School from 2003 until 2005. In 2006 she joined TEPCO Mareeze, the club owned by the Tokyo Electric Power Company. During her time at Mareeze she lived in the J-Village Sports complex in Hirono near Fukushima, and like other players, she worked at the TEPCO-run Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant to earn a living whilst playing for the club.
Following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster, during which the team were in a training camp in the south of the country, the club pulled out of the L. League for the remainder of the season. Sameshima then began training with the Boston Breakers in March 2011, before signing for the club permanently, the first former Mareeze player to sign for another club. She made her debut for the Breakers against Sky Blue on 12 June as a second-half substitute for Alex Scott, becoming the first Japanese international to play for the club.
On 19 September 2011, Sameshima joined French club Montpellier, joining compatriot Rumi Utsugi at the club. She returned to Japan to play for Vegalta Sendai in 2012, before joining Houston Dash in January 2014. However, due to injuries she failed to make an appearance, and rejoined Vegalta Sendai in July 2014. She subsequently signed for INAC Kobe Leonessa for the 2015 season.
After playing for the Japanese team at the AFC U-19 Women's Championship in 2006, Sameshima made her full international debut in 2008, against Russia, and played in the Women's Asian Cup that year, scoring the first goal in an 11–0 win over Chinese Taipei. In 2010 she played in the 2010 Asian Games, winning a gold medal as Japan won the tournament. In 2011 she was part of the Japan squad for the World Cup, playing in every match for the World Cup Champion Japanese team. She was part of the Japanese team that won the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She also played in the 2015 Women's World Cup.
|INAC Kobe Leonessa||2015|
|1||31 May 2008||Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam||Chinese Taipei||0–1||0–11||2008 AFC Women's Asian Cup|
|2||20 May 2010||Chengdu, China||Myanmar||
||8–0||2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup|
|3||28 October 2014||BC Place, Vancouver||Canada||
|4||12 June 2015||BC Place, Vancouver||Cameroon||
||2–1||2015 FIFA Women's World Cup|
- FIFA Women's World Cup
- Winner, 2011
- Football at the Asian Games
- Gold Medal, 2010
- East Asian Football Championship
- Winner, 2010
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