Sameshima playing for Japan against Sweden in the 2011 World Cup semi finals
|Full name||Aya Sameshima|
|Date of birth||June 16, 1987|
|Place of birth||Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan|
|Height||1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|INAC Kobe Leonessa|
|2003–2005||Tokiwagi Gakuen High School|
|2015–||INAC Kobe Leonessa||73||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 31, 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 11, 2018
Sameshima was born in Utsunomiya on June 16, 1987. She 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 contract, and rejoined Vegalta Sendai in July 2014. She subsequently signed for INAC Kobe Leonessa for the 2015 season.
National team career
After playing for the Japanese team at the AFC U-19 Championship in 2006, Sameshima made her full international debut on March 10, 2008, against Russia, and played in the 2008 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 2011 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 World Cup and Japan won 2nd place. In 2018, she played at 2018 Asian Cup and won the championship. She played 103 games and scored 5 goals for Japan.
|INAC Kobe Leonessa||2015|
National team statistics
|Japan national team|
National team goals
|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||2–3||Friendly|
|4||12 June 2015||BC Place, Vancouver||Cameroon||2–1||2015 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|5||01 April 2018||Isahaya, Japan||Ghana||7–1||Friendly|
- FIFA Women's World Cup
- Winner, 2011
- Football at the Asian Games
- Gold Medal, 2010
- East Asian Football Championship
- Winner, 2010
- Nadeshiko Japan resumes play in U.S. friendlies Archived 6 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine ESPN, 15 May 2011
- Japan: Roster Archived 21 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine Our Game
- SOCCER/ Sameshima plays for fans, friends in disaster areas Asahi, 17 July 2011
- Breakers Draw With Sky Blue FC, Extend Unbeaten Streak to Two Archived 16 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine Women's Professional Soccer, 12 June 2011
- Breakers Add Japanese International Aya Sameshima To Roster[permanent dead link] Women's Professional Soccer, 13 June 2011
- Signature d'Aya Sameshima Archived 26 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine Montpellier HSC, 22 September 2011
- Houston Dash sign Japanese international Aya Sameshima Archived 28 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine Houston Dynamo
- News > April 2006 Bhangra Boys
- FIFA.com. "FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ - Aya-SAMESHIMA - Matches Played - FIFA.com". FIFA.com. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
- Aya Sameshima Soccerway
- "Aya Sameshima Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
- Japan Football Association(in Japanese)
- List of match in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Archived 11 August 2018 at the Wayback Machine, 2016, 2017 Archived 23 March 2019 at the Wayback Machine, 2018 at Japan Football Association (in Japanese)