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 names||USA vs. Japan|
Japan vs. USA
USWNT vs. Nadeshiko Japan
|First meeting||United States 3–1 Japan|
(25 July 1986)
|Latest meeting||United States 2–2 Japan|
2019 SheBelieves Cup
Chester, United States
(27 February 2019)
|Most wins||United States (28)|
|All-time series||United States: 28|
|Largest victory||United States 9–0 Japan|
Charlotte, United States
(29 April 1999)
|Longest win streak||United States (13)|
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, and subsequently the Algarve Cup final against Germany, but finished as the runners-up after a 4–3 loss.
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.
List of matches
- Japan won 3–1 on penalties.
1991 FIFA Women's World Cup
|(Report)||Akers-Stahl 20', 37'
1995 FIFA Women's World Cup
|Lilly 8', 42'
2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
|Japan||2–2 (a.e.t.)||United States|
2012 Summer Olympics
|Lloyd 8', 54'||Report||Ōgimi 63'|
2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
|Lloyd 3', 5', 16'
Johnston 52' (o.g.)
|FIFA Women's World Cup||4||3||0||1[a]||14||4|
|All major tournaments||8||7||0||1||23||8|
|Tournament of Nations||2||2||0||0||7||2|
|International Women's Football Tournament||1||1||0||0||5||2|
- 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|
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- Japan women's national football team results and fixtures on German Wikipedia
- United States women's national soccer team results and fixtures on German Wikipedia
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- "Deutschland – Japan 4:3 (2:1) Algarve-Cup". Deutscher Fußball-Bund. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
- "FIFA Women's World Cup Final 2011: Steinhaus (GER)". refereeingworld.blogspot.com. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- "United States – Japan". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012.