Japan–United States women's soccer rivalry

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Japan–United States women's soccer rivalry
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Japan–United States final match at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Other namesUSA vs. Japan
Japan vs. USA
USWNT vs. Nadeshiko Japan
Teams Japan
 United States
First meetingUnited States 3–1 Japan
1986 Mundialito
Jesolo, Italy
(25 July 1986)
Latest meetingUnited States 2–2 Japan
2019 SheBelieves Cup
Chester, United States
(27 February 2019)
Statistics
Meetings total37
Most winsUnited States (28)
All-time seriesUnited States: 28
Draws: 8
Japan: 1
Largest victoryUnited States 9–0 Japan
Friendly
Charlotte, United States
(29 April 1999)
Longest win streakUnited States (13)
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The Japan–United States women's soccer rivalry is a sports rivalry between the national women's football (soccer) teams of Japan and the United States, two of the most successful women's football nations in the world, having achieved eight straight Women's World Cup appearances between the two countries. However, the United States has dominated Japan since 1986, having won 28 of the 37 matches. The U.S. maintained a 13-match winning streak from 1986 through 2000. Japan upsets the U.S. 1–0, their first ever win in regulation for Japan,[1] and subsequently the Algarve Cup final against Germany, but finished as the runners-up after a 4–3 loss.[2]

Japan and the United States have played against each other four times in the Women's World Cup. Most notably, the 2011 World Cup Final in which Japan won 3–1 on penalties, after a 2–2 draw in extra time, and the 2015 World Cup Final, winning 5–2 by the U.S., as well as the gold medal game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, winning 2–1 also by the U.S., the quarterfinals of the 1995 World Cup, and the final group stage match of the 1991 World Cup. Overall, the U.S. has won three World Cups in 1991, 1999, and 2015, while Japan has won one World Cup in 2011.

On 27 February 2019, the last meeting was a 2–2 draw at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania, United States.

List of matches[edit]

# Date Venue Competition Result
1 25 July 1986 Italy Jesolo 1986 Mundialito United States  3–1  Japan
2 12 December 1987 Taiwan Taipei City 1987 Chunghua Cup United States  1–0  Japan
3 1 June 1988 China Panyu 1988 International Women's Football Tournament United States  5–2  Japan
4 21 November 1991 China Foshan 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup Japan  0–3  United States
5 10 July 1993 Canada Hamilton Friendly United States  7–0  Japan
6 13 June 1995 Sweden Gävle 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup United States  4–0  Japan
7 16 May 1996 United States Horsham 1996 U.S. Cup United States  4–0  Japan
8 17 May 1998 Japan Tokyo Friendly Japan  1–2  United States
9 21 May 1998 Japan Kobe Friendly Japan  0–2  United States
10 24 May 1998 Japan Tokyo Friendly Japan  0–3  United States
11 29 April 1999 United States Charlotte Friendly United States  9–0  Japan
12 2 May 1999 United States Atlanta Friendly United States  7–0  Japan
13 7 June 2000 Australia Newcastle Friendly United States  4–1  Japan
14 17 December 2000 United States Phoenix Friendly United States  1–1  Japan
15 12 January 2003 United States San Diego Friendly United States  0–0  Japan
16 6 June 2004 United States Louisville Friendly United States  1–1  Japan
17 20 August 2004 Greece Thessaloniki 2004 Summer Olympics United States  2–1  Japan
18 7 May 2006 Japan Kumamoto Friendly Japan  1–3  United States
19 9 May 2006 Japan Osaka Friendly Japan  0–1  United States
20 28 July 2007 United States San Jose Friendly United States  4–1  Japan
21 9 August 2008 China Qinhuangdao 2008 Summer Olympics United States  1–0  Japan
22 18 August 2008 China Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics United States  4–2  Japan
23 2 March 2011 Portugal Vila Real de Santo António 2011 Algarve Cup United States  2–1  Japan
24 14 May 2011 United States Columbus Friendly United States  2–0  Japan
25 18 May 2011 United States Cary Friendly United States  2–0  Japan
26 17 July 2011 Germany Frankfurt 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup United States  2–2
[a]
 Japan
27 5 March 2012 Portugal Faro 2012 Algarve Cup Japan  1–0  United States
28 1 April 2012 Japan Sendai Friendly Japan  1–1  United States
29 18 June 2012 Sweden Halmstad Friendly United States  4–1  Japan
30 9 August 2012 United Kingdom London 2012 Summer Olympics United States  2–1  Japan
31 5 March 2014 Portugal Parchal 2014 Algarve Cup Japan  1–1  United States
32 5 July 2015 Canada Vancouver 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup United States  5–2  Japan
33 2 June 2016 United States Commerce City Friendly United States  3–3  Japan
34 5 June 2016 United States Cleveland Friendly United States  2–0  Japan
35 3 August 2017 United States Carson 2017 Tournament of Nations United States  3–0  Japan
36 26 July 2018 United States Kansas City, Kansas 2018 Tournament of Nations United States  4–2  Japan
37 27 February 2019 United States Chester 2019 SheBelieves Cup United States  2–2  Japan
  1. ^ Japan won 3–1 on penalties.

Major tournaments[edit]

1991 FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

Japan 0–3 United States
(Report) Akers-Stahl Goal 20'37'
Gebauer Goal 39'
Attendance: 14,000

1995 FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

United States 4–0 Japan
Lilly Goal 8'42'
Milbrett Goal 45'
Venturini Goal 80'
(Report)
Attendance: 3,756

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

Japan–United States gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
1st, gold medalist(s) United States 2–1 Japan 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Lloyd Goal 8'54' Report Ōgimi Goal 63'
Attendance: 80,203[4]

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

United States 5–2 Japan
Lloyd Goal 3'5'16'
Holiday Goal 14'
Heath Goal 54'
Report Ōgimi Goal 27'
Johnston Goal 52' (o.g.)
Attendance: 53,341

Statistics[edit]

Matches Wins Draws Goals
USA Japan USA Japan
FIFA Women's World Cup 4 3 0 1[a] 14 4
Olympic Games 4 4 0 0 9 4
All major tournaments 8 7 0 1 23 8
Friendly 19 14 0 5 58 11
Algarve Cup 3 1 1 1 3 3
Tournament of Nations 2 2 0 0 7 2
International Women's Football Tournament 1 1 0 0 5 2
U.S. Cup 1 1 0 0 4 0
Mundialito 1 1 0 0 3 1
Chunghua Cup 1 1 0 0 1 0
SheBelieves Cup 1 0 0 1 2 2
Total 37 28 1 8 106 29
  1. ^ Note: Japan defeated the United States at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final via penalty shoot-out.
Matches held in Japan 6
Matches held in neutral venue 17
Matches held in the United States 14
Total matches 37

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japan Edges U.S. Women's National Team 1–0 to Take First Place in Group B at 2012 Algarve Cup". United States Soccer Federation. 5 March 2012. Archived from the original on 8 May 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Deutschland – Japan 4:3 (2:1) Algarve-Cup". Deutscher Fußball-Bund. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  3. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Final 2011: Steinhaus (GER)". refereeingworld.blogspot.com. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  4. ^ "United States – Japan". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012.