Japan women's national football team

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Japan
なでしこジャパン
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) なでしこジャパン (Nadeshiko Japan)[1]
Association Japan Football Association
Sub-confederation EAFF (East Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Norio Sasaki
Captain Aya Miyama
Most caps Homare Sawa (204)
Top scorer Homare Sawa (83)
FIFA code JPN
FIFA ranking 4 Steady (10 July 2015)[2]
Highest FIFA ranking 3 (23 December 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking 14 (July 2003)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 India 1–0 Japan 
(Jakarta, Indonesia; 21 January 1986)
Biggest win
 Japan 21–0 Guam 
(Guangzhou, China; 5 December 1997)
Biggest defeat
 United States 9–0 Japan 
(Charlotte, United States; 29 April 1999)
World Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1991)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg Winner (2011)
Asian Cup
Appearances 15 (First in 1981)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg Winner (2014)
Japan women's national football team
Medal record
FIFA Women's World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2011 Germany Team
Silver medal – second place 2015 Canada Team
Summer Olympics
Silver medal – second place 2012 London Team
AFC Women's Asian Cup
Gold medal – first place 2014 Vietnam Team
Silver medal – second place 2001 Chinese Taipei Team
Silver medal – second place 1995 Malaysia Team
Silver medal – second place 1991 Japan Team
Silver medal – second place 1986 Hong Kong Team
Bronze medal – third place 2010 China Team
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Vietnam Team
Bronze medal – third place 1997 China Team
Bronze medal – third place 1993 Malaysia Team
Bronze medal – third place 1989 Hong Kong Team
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2010 Guangzhou Team
Silver medal – second place 1990 Beijing Team
Silver medal – second place 1994 Hiroshima Team
Silver medal – second place 2006 Doha Team
Silver medal – second place 2014 Incheon Team
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Bangkok Team
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Busan Team

The Japan women's national football team, or Nadeshiko Japan (なでしこジャパン), is a selection of the best female players in Japan and is run by the Japan Football Association (JFA). It is currently ranked 4th in the world.[3]

Japan defeated the United States in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final in a penalty shootout, thus claiming their first FIFA Women's World Cup title, becoming the first Asian team to do so and only the fourth women's world champions.[4] They won the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and most recently finished second in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, finishing second behind the United States in both events.[5]

History[edit]

70s and 80s[edit]

During the 1970s, the number of women football players and teams increased in Japan, and teams made up regional leagues in various parts of Japan. In 1980, "All-Japan Women's Football Championship" was held, and in 1981 the Japan women's national football team played its first international match in Hong Kong. The team continued playing matches in Japan or in other countries, but it was not an "All Japan" national team but a temporarily organized team selected from the regional leagues.[6]

In 1986, Ryohei Suzuki was selected as the coach of the Japan women's national football team, the first "All Japan" team. In 1989, the "Japan Women's Football League" (abbreviated to "L. League") was established, and the women’s national team qualified for the "1991 FIFA Women's World Cup" in China.

Crisis years[edit]

Japan women's national football team attended various championship tournaments such as the 1996 Summer Olympics and the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup which had made the national team and the L. League very popular. However, in 1999, Japan failed to qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympics, and this helped to cause the withdrawal of a series of teams from the L. League. Japanese women’s football was on the verge of decline.

Regeneration[edit]

In August 2002, the Japan Football Association appointed Eiji Ueda, who had been coach for the Macau national football team, as the new head coach. Officials expected a revitalization of women's football and planned a team reorganization, aiming for the 2004 Summer Olympics. The team at first went through a losing streak, but Ueda gradually improved the team, and it eventually gained wide support in Japan. In particular, a game against Korea DPR, which decided who would participate in the 2004 Olympics, not only made fans rush to the National Stadium but also was widely watched on TV.

Following the increase in public interest in women's football in Japan, the JFA organized a public contest to select a nickname for the team. "Nadeshiko Japan" was chosen from among about 2,700 entries and was announced on 7 July 2004. "Nadeshiko", a kind of dianthus, comes from the phrase "Yamato Nadeshiko" (大和撫子, "ideal Japanese woman").

2003 and 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

Japan was dropped with Germany, Canada and Argentina during 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. Beginning by a 6-0 thrash to newcomer Argentina, but later Japan fell on 0-3 loss to later champion Germany, and 1-3 to Canada, who later won 4th place.

Again, in 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup held in China, they again faced Germany, Argentina and England. They started with a 2-2 draw over England, before beating Argentina 1-0 after 90'. But a 0-2 loss over reigning champion Germany again eliminated Japan from the group stage. Japan's disappointing campaign through two decisive Women's World Cup would not have expected to lead to a 2011 triumph.

Golden Period[edit]

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

Nadeshiko, 2013

Japan qualified for the finals by finishing third in the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup. After finishing second in their group behind England, Nadeshiko Japan beat two-time defending champion and host nation Germany 1–0 in the quarterfinals, before easily defeating Sweden 3–1 to reach the final.

After the final game finished 2–2 after extra time, Japan beat the United States 3–1 in a penalty shootout, becoming the first Asian team to win the FIFA Women's World Cup, and the first Asian team to win a senior FIFA title.[7][8] It came right after men's team won the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, marked their most successful year in Japanese football.

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

Japan qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics by finishing first in the Asian qualifier in September 2011, only 6 weeks after winning the Women's World Cup. At the World Cup, after finishing second in their group behind Sweden, Nadeshiko Japan defeated Brazil 2–0 in the quarterfinals, followed by a 2–1 victory over France, whom Nadeshiko had lost to in a friendly match right before the Olympics, to reach the final.

In a rematch of the World Cup final, Japan was defeated in the Olympic final by a score of 1-2 against the United States, allowing two goals to Carli Lloyd in the 8th and 54th minutes. Yūki Ōgimi scored the lone goal for Japan.[9]

2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup[edit]

Despite having won a FIFA Women's World Cup in 2011, Japan entered the 2014 Asian Cup having never previously won the tournament.[citation needed] They were drawn with Asia's Queen Australia, host Vietnam and newcomer Jordan.[citation needed] Their first match in the group stage of the tournament resulted in a 2-2 draw against the defending champion Australia.[10] Also in the group stage, Japan upset host Vietnam by a 4-0 win before defeating Jordan with a 7-0 win to finish first with a higher goal difference.[citation needed]

In the semi-final, Japan beat seven-time champions China 2-1 after 120'. In the final, they met Australia once again and successfully earned a 1-0 win with Azusa Iwashimizu's goal. This marked the first time Japan become "Queen of Asia". They became the first Asian team to subsequently win both the FIFA Women's World Cup and AFC Women's Asian Cup.[citation needed] Because of their top placement in the tournament, Japan, Australia, China, South Korea and newcomer Thailand secured their spot at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup to be played in Canada the following year.[11]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Result* Competition Japanese scorers
25 October 2014[12] Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
 Canada
 Canada 3-0 W Friendly match Ōgimi Goal 9'
Kawamura Goal 70'
Kawasumi Goal 80'
28 October 2014 BC Place, Vancouver
 Canada
 Canada 3-2 W Friendly match Nagasato Goal 33'
Ōgimi Goal 76'
Sameshima Goal 90+2'
4 March 2015 Stadium Bela Vista, Parchal
 Portugal
 Denmark 1-2 L 2015 Algarve Cup Ando Goal 17'
6 March 2015 Stadium Bela Vista, Parchal
 Portugal
 Portugal 3-0 W 2015 Algarve Cup Kawamura Goal 36'
Yokoyama Goal 54'
Sugasawa Goal 79'
9 March 2015 Stadium Bela Vista, Parchal
 Portugal
 France 1-3 L 2015 Algarve Cup Kawasumi Goal 43'
11 March 2015 Estádio Algarve, Faro
 Portugal
 Iceland 2-0 W 2015 Algarve Cup Miyama Goal 47'59'
24 May 2015 Kagawa Marugame Stadium, Marugame
 Japan
 New Zealand 1-0 W Friendly match Sawa Goal 23'
28 May 2015 Nagano Olympic Stadium, Nagano
 Japan
 Italy 1-0 W Friendly match ŌgimiGoal 52'
8 June 2015[13] BC Place, Vancouver
 Canada
  Switzerland 1-0 W 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Miyama Goal 29' (pen.)
12 June 2015 BC Place, Vancouver
 Canada
 Cameroon 2-1 W 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Sameshima Goal 6'
Sugasawa Goal 17'
16 June 2015 Investors Group Field, Winnipeg
 Canada
 Ecuador 1-0 W 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup ŌgimiGoal 5'
23 June 2015 BC Place, Vancouver
 Canada
 Netherlands 2-1 W 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Ariyoshi Goal 10'
Sakaguchi Goal 78'
27 June 2015 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
 Canada
 Australia 1-0 W 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Iwabuchi Goal 87'
1 July 2015 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
 Canada
 England 2-1 W 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Miyama Goal 32' (pen.)
Goal 90+2' (o.g.)
5 July 2015 BC Place, Vancouver
 Canada
 United States 2–5 L 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Ogimi Goal 27'
Goal 52' (o.g.)
1 August 2015 Wuhan Sports Center Stadium, Wuhan
 China
 North Korea 2-4 L 2015 EAFF Women's East Asian Cup Masuya Goal 48'
Sugita Goal 69'
4 August 2015 Wuhan Sports Center Stadium, Wuhan
 China
 South Korea 1-2 L 2015 EAFF Women's East Asian Cup Nakajima Goal 29'
8 August 2015 Wuhan Sports Center Stadium, Wuhan
 China
 China PR 2-0 W 2015 EAFF Women's East Asian Cup Yokoyama Goal 88'
Sugita Goal 90+2'
29 February 2016- Osaka
 Japan
2016 Summer Olympic qualifying

* Japan score always listed first

Coaches[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The squad selected for the 2015 EAFF Women's East Asian Cup.[14]

Caps and goals as of 8 August 2015, after the match against China.

# Name Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
Goalkeepers
1 Erina Yamane (山根 恵里奈) (1990-12-20) 20 December 1990 (age 24) 16 0 Japan JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies
18 Rei Takenaka (武仲 麗依) (1992-05-18) 18 May 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Japan Vegalta Sendai Ladies
21 Ayaka Yamashita (山下 杏也加) (1995-09-29) 29 September 1995 (age 19) 2 0 Japan NTV Beleza
Defenders
14 Asuna Tanaka (田中 明日菜) (1988-04-23) 23 April 1988 (age 27) 36 3 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
3 Kana Kitahara (北原 佳奈) (1988-12-17) 17 December 1988 (age 26) 9 0 Japan Albirex Niigata Ladies
19 Rie Azami (薊 理絵) (1989-01-11) 11 January 1989 (age 26) 2 0 Japan AS Elfen Saitama
20 Shiho Kohata (高畑 志帆) (1989-11-12) 12 November 1989 (age 25) 2 0 Japan Urawa Reds Ladies
5 Ryoko Takara (髙良 亮子) (1990-04-09) 9 April 1990 (age 25) 3 0 Japan Vegalta Sendai Ladies
4 Tomoko Muramatsu (村松 智子) (1994-10-23) 23 October 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Japan NTV Beleza
Midfielders
10 Megumi Kamionobe (上尾野辺 めぐみ) (1986-03-15) 15 March 1986 (age 29) 32 2 Japan Albirex Niigata Ladies
7 Yumi Uetsuji (上辻 佑実) (1987-11-30) 30 November 1987 (age 27) 4 0 Japan NTV Beleza
6 Yuri Kawamura (c) (川村 優理) (1989-05-17) 17 May 1989 (age 26) 18 2 Japan Vegalta Sendai Ladies
2 Emi Nakajima (中島 依美) (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 24) 23 6 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
22 Ami Sugita (杉田 亜未) (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 23) 3 2 Japan Iga Football Club Kunoichi
23 Hanae Shibata (柴田 華絵) (1992-07-27) 27 July 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Japan Urawa Reds Ladies
16 Kumi Yokoyama (横山 久美) (1993-08-13) 13 August 1993 (age 22) 4 2 Japan AC Nagano Parceiro Ladies
13 Mai Kyokawa (京川 舞) (1993-12-28) 28 December 1993 (age 21) 5 0 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
8 Hikaru Naomoto (猶本 光 ) (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 21) 8 0 Japan Urawa Reds Ladies
12 Rika Masuya (増矢理花) (1995-09-14) 14 September 1995 (age 19) 9 3 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
Forwards
17 Saori Arimachi (有町 紗央里) (1988-07-12) 12 July 1988 (age 27) 4 0 Japan Vegalta Sendai Ladies
9 Yuika Sugasawa (菅澤 優衣香) (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 24) 35 10 Japan JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies
11 Megumi Takase (髙瀬 愛実) (1990-11-10) 10 November 1990 (age 24) 58 9 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
15 Mina Tanaka (田中 美南) (1994-04-28) 28 April 1994 (age 21) 6 1 Japan NTV Beleza

Recent call ups[edit]

The following players have been called up to the Japan squad for the previous Japan fixture(s).

Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
Goalkeepers
GK Miho Fukumoto (福元 美穂) (1983-10-02) 2 October 1983 (age 31) 78 0 Japan Okayama Yunogo Belle 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
GK Ayumi Kaihori (海堀 あゆみ) (1986-09-04) 4 September 1986 (age 28) 52 0 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
Defenders
DF Yuria Obara (小原 由梨愛) (1990-09-04) 4 September 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Japan Albirex Niigata Ladies 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup INJ
DF Yukari Kinga (近賀 ゆかり) (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 31) 96 5 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
DF Azusa Iwashimizu (岩清水 梓) (1986-10-14) 14 October 1986 (age 28) 117 11 Japan NTV Beleza 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
DF Aya Sameshima (鮫島 彩) (1987-06-16) 16 June 1987 (age 28) 66 4 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
DF Saori Ariyoshi (有吉 佐織) (1987-11-01) 1 November 1987 (age 27) 40 1 Japan NTV Beleza 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
DF Saki Kumagai (熊谷 紗希) (1990-10-17) 17 October 1990 (age 24) 71 0 France Olympic Lyon 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
Midfielders
MF Homare Sawa (澤 穂希) (1978-09-06) 6 September 1978 (age 36) 204 83 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Kozue Ando (安藤 梢) (1982-07-09) 9 July 1982 (age 33) 124 19 Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Aya Miyama (宮間 あや) (1985-01-28) 28 January 1985 (age 30) 155 38 Japan Okayama Yunogo Belle 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Nahomi Kawasumi (川澄 奈穂美) (1985-09-23) 23 September 1985 (age 29) 76 19 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Mizuho Sakaguchi (阪口 夢穂) (1987-10-15) 15 October 1987 (age 27) 95 26 Japan NTV Beleza 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Rumi Utsugi (宇津木 瑠美) (1988-12-05) 5 December 1988 (age 26) 84 5 France Montpellier HSC 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Asano Nagasato (永里 亜紗乃) (1989-01-24) 24 January 1989 (age 26) 11 1 Germany 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
Forwards
FW Shinobu Ohno (大野 忍) (1984-01-23) 23 January 1984 (age 31) 135 39 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
FW Yūki Ōgimi (大儀見 優季) (1987-07-15) 15 July 1987 (age 28) 122 54 Germany VfL Wolfsburg 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
FW Mana Iwabuchi (岩渕 真奈) (1993-03-18) 18 March 1993 (age 22) 30 4 Germany FC Bayern Munich 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

Records[edit]

As of 1 August 2015

World Cup[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

AFC Asian Cup[edit]

Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GD
Hong Kong 1975 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Taiwan 1977 Group Stage - - - - - - -
India 1979 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Hong Kong 1981 Group stage 3 1 0 2 1 3 -2
Thailand 1983 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Hong Kong 1986 Runners-up 4 2 0 2 14 4 +10
Hong Kong 1989 Third place 5 4 0 1 37 1 +36
Japan 1991 Runners-up 6 4 1 1 27 6 +21
Malaysia 1993 Third place 5 4 0 1 29 4 +25
Malaysia 1995 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 27 3 +24
China 1997 Third place 5 4 0 1 33 1 +32
Philippines 1999 Fourth place 6 4 0 2 36 6 +30
Chinese Taipei 2001 Runners-up 6 4 0 2 30 5 +25
Thailand 2003 Fourth place 6 4 0 2 34 4 +30
Australia 2006 Fourth place 5 3 0 2 19 6 +13
Vietnam 2008 Third place 5 3 0 2 19 7 +12
China 2010 Third place 5 4 0 1 16 2 +14
Vietnam 2014 Winners 5 4 1 0 16 3 +13
Total 13/18 71 49 2 20 338 55 +283
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

EAFF Women's East Asian Cup[edit]

Hosts / Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA GD
South Korea 2005 Third place 3 0 2 1 0 1 -1
China 2008 Champions 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6
Japan 2010 Champions 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6
South Korea 2013 Runners-up 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1
Total 4/4 12 7 3 2 18 6 +12
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Asian Games[edit]

Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GD
China 1990 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 17 8 +9
Japan 1994 Runners-up 4 2 1 1 9 3 +6
Thailand 1998 Third place 5 3 0 2 18 7 +11
South Korea 2002 Third place 5 3 1 1 8 3 +5
Qatar 2006 Runners-up 5 4 1 0 21 1 +20
China 2010 Champions 4 3 1 0 6 0 +6
South Korea 2014 Runners-up 6 4 1 1 28 3 +25
Total 7/7 34 22 6 6 107 25 +82
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

FIFA Rankings[edit]

Honors[edit]

International[edit]

Med 1.png Champions: 2011
Med 2.png Runners-up: 2015
Med 2.png Runners-up: 2012

Continental[edit]

Med 1.png Champions: 2014
Med 2.png Runners-Up: 1986, 1991, 1995, 2001
Med 1.png Champions: 2010

Regional[edit]

Med 1.png Champions: 2008, 2010

Overall official record[edit]

Competition Stage Result Opponent Position Notes
Hong Kong 1981 Asian Championship Round 1 0–1 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
0–2 Thailand Thailand
1–0 Indonesia Indonesia 3 / 4
Hong Kong 1986 Asian Championship Round 1 0–2 China China
10–0 Malaysia Malaysia 2 / 3
Semifinals 4–0 Thailand Thailand
Final 0–2 China China
Hong Kong 1989 Asian Championship Round 1 3–0 Hong Kong Hong Kong
11–0 Indonesia Indonesia
14–0 Nepal Nepal 1 / 4
Semifinals 0–1 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Third place 9–0 Hong Kong Hong Kong
China 1990 Asian Games Main Round 0–5 China China
5–0 Hong Kong Hong Kong
8–1 South Korea South Korea
1–1 North Korea North Korea
3–1 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 2 / 6
Hong Kong 1991 Asian Championship Round 1 1–0 North Korea North Korea
4–1 Hong Kong Hong Kong
12–0 Malaysia Malaysia
12–0 Singapore Singapore 1 / 5
Semifinals 0–0 (PSO: 5–4) Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Final 0–5 China China
China 1991 World Cup Round 1 0–1 Brazil Brazil
0–8 Sweden Sweden
0–3 United States United States
Malaysia 1993 Asian Championship Round 1 6–1 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
15–0 Philippines Philippines
4–0 Hong Kong Hong Kong 1 / 4
Semifinals 1–3 China China
Final 3–0 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
China 1994 Asian Games Round 1 1–1 China China
3–0 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
5–0 South Korea South Korea 2 / 4
Final 0–2 China China
Sweden 1995 World Cup Round 1 0–1 Germany Germany
2–1 Brazil Brazil
0–2 Sweden Sweden 3 / 4
Quarterfinals 0–4 United States United States
Malaysia 1995 Asian Championship Round 1 1–0 South Korea South Korea
6–0 India India
17–0 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 1 / 4
Semifinals 3–0 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Final 0–2 China China
United States 1996 Summer Olympics Round 1 2–3 Germany Germany
0–2 Brazil Brazil
0–4 Norway Norway 4 / 4
China 1997 Asian Championship Round 1 21–0 Guam Guam
1–0 India India
9–0 Hong Kong Uzbekistan 1 / 4
Semifinals 0–1 North Korea North Korea
Third place 2–0 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
China 1998 Asian Games Round 1 6–0 Thailand Thailand
2–3 North Korea North Korea
8–0 Vietnam Vietnam 2 / 4
Semifinals 0–3 China China
Third place 2–1 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
United States 1999 World Cup Round 1 1–1 Canada Canada
0–5 Russia Russia
0–4 Norway Norway 4 / 4
Philippines 1999 Asian Championship Round 1 9–0 Thailand Thailand
5–1 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan
14–0 Nepal Nepal
6–0 Philippines Philippines 1 / 5
Semifinals 0–2 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Third place 2–3 North Korea North Korea
Chinese Taipei 2001 Asian Championship Round 1 14–0 Singapore Singapore
11–0 Guam Guam
0–1 North Korea North Korea
3–1 Vietnam Vietnam 2 / 5
Semifinals 2–1 South Korea South Korea
Final 0–2 North Korea North Korea
Chinese Taipei 2002 Asian Games Main round 0–1 North Korea North Korea
3–0 Vietnam Vietnam
1–0 South Korea South Korea
2–2 China China
2–0 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 3 / 6
Thailand 2003 Asian Championship Round 1 15–0 Philippines Philippines
7–0 Guam Guam
7–0 Burma Myanmar
5–0 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 1 / 5
Semifinals 0–3 North Korea North Korea
Third place 0–1 South Korea South Korea
United States 2003 World Cup Round 1 6–0 Argentina Argentina
0–3 Germany Germany
1–3 Canada Canada 3 / 4
Greece 2004 Summer Olympics Round 1 1–0 Sweden Sweden
0–1 Nigeria Nigeria 3 / 3
Quarterfinals 1–2 United States United States Awarded the Fair Play Award
South Korea 2005 East Asian Championship Main Round 0–1 North Korea North Korea
0–0 China China
0–0 South Korea South Korea 3 / 4 Awarded the Fair Play Award
Qatar 2006 Asian Games Round 1 13–0 Jordan Jordan
4–0 Thailand Thailand
1–0 China China 1 / 4
Semifinals 3–1 South Korea South Korea
Final 0–0 (PSO: 2–4) North Korea South Korea
Australia 2006 Asian Championship Round 1 5–0 Vietnam Vietnam
11–1 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
1–0 China China 1 / 4
Semifinals 0–2 Australia Australia
Third place 2–3 North Korea North Korea
China 2007 World Cup Round 1 2–2 England England
1–0 Argentina Argentina
0–2 Germany Germany 3 / 4
China 2008 East Asian Championship Main Round 3–2 North Korea North Korea
2–0 South Korea South Korea
3–0 China China 1 / 4
Vietnam 2008 Asian Cup Round 1 1–3 South Korea South Korea
11–0 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
3–1 Australia Australia 1 / 4
Semifinals 1–3 China China
Third place 3–0 Australia Australia
2008 Summer Olympics qualification Final round 2–0 Vietnam Vietnam
4–0 Thailand Thailand
6–1 South Korea South Korea 1 / 4
China 2008 Summer Olympics Round 1 2–2 New Zealand New Zealand
0–1 United States United States
5–1 Norway Norway 3 / 4
Quarterfinals 2–0 China China
Semifinals 2–4 United States United States
Third place 0–2 Germany Germany
Japan 2010 East Asian Championship Round 1 2–0 China New Zealand
3–0 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
2–1 South Korea South Korea 1 / 4
China 2010 Asian Cup Round 1 8–0 Burma Myanmar
4–0 Thailand Thailand
2–1 North Korea North Korea 1 / 4
Semifinals 0–1 Australia Australia
Third place 2–0 China China
China 2010 Asian Games Round 1 4–0 Thailand Thailand
0–0 North Korea North Korea 1 / 3
Semifinals 1–0 China China
Final 1–0 North Korea North Korea
Germany 2011 World Cup Round 1 2–1 New Zealand New Zealand
4–0 Mexico Mexico
0–2 England England 2 / 4
Quarterfinals 1–0 Germany Germany
Semifinals 3–1 Sweden Sweden
Final 2–2 (PSO: 3–1) United States United States Awarded the Fair Play Award
2012 Summer Olympics qualification Final round 3–0 Thailand Thailand
2–1 South Korea South Korea
1–0 Australia Australia
1–1 North Korea North Korea
1–0 China China
United Kingdom 2012 Summer Olympics Round 1 2–1 Canada Canada
0–0 Sweden Sweden
0–0 South Africa South Africa 2 / 4
Quarterfinals 2–0 Brazil Brazil
Semifinals 2–1 France France
Finals 1–2 United States United States
South Korea 2013 EAFF Women's East Asian Cup Final round 2–0 China China
0–0 North Korea North Korea
1–2 South Korea South Korea
Vietnam 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup Round 1 2–2 Australia Australia
4–0 Vietnam Vietnam
7–0 Jordan Jordan 1 / 4
Semifinals 2–1 China China PR
Final 1–0 Australia Australia
Canada 2015 World Cup Round 1 1–0 Switzerland Switzerland
2–1 Cameroon Cameroon
1–0 Ecuador Ecuador 1 / 4
Round of 16 2–1 Netherlands Netherlands
Quarterfinals 1–0 Australia Australia
Semifinals 2–1 England England
Final 2–5 United States United States

Youth national teams[edit]

Under-20 team[edit]

Under-17 team[edit]

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External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
2007 Germany 
World Champions
2011 (first title)
Succeeded by
2015 United States 
Preceded by
2010 Australia 
Asian Champions
2014 (first title)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Hakuhō Shō
Japan Professional Sports Grand Prize
2011
Succeeded by
Shinnosuke Abe