Japan women's national football team

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Japan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)なでしこジャパン (Nadeshiko Japan)
AssociationJapan Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationEAFF (East Asia)
Head coachVacant
CaptainSaki Kumagai
Most capsHomare Sawa (205)
Top scorerHomare Sawa (83)
FIFA codeJPN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 13 Decrease 3 (20 August 2021)[1]
Highest3 (December 2011)
Lowest14 (July 2003)
First international
 Chinese Taipei 1–0 Japan 
(Hong Kong; 7 June 1981)
Biggest win
 Japan 21–0 Guam 
(Guangzhou, China; 5 December 1997)
Biggest defeat
 Italy 9–0 Japan 
(Tokyo, Japan; 9 September 1981)[2]
 United States 9–0 Japan 
(Charlotte, United States; 29 April 1999)[2]
World Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1991)
Best resultChampions (2011)
Olympic Games
Appearances4 (first in 1996)
Best resultRunners-up (2012)
Asian Cup
Appearances16 (first in 1977)
Best resultChampions (2014, 2018)

The Japan women's national football team (Japanese: サッカー日本女子代表, Hepburn: Sakkā Nippon Joshi Daihyō), or nicknamed Nadeshiko Japan (なでしこジャパン), represents Japan in women's association football and is run by the Japan Football Association (JFA). It is the most successful women's national team from the Asian Football Confederation. Its highest ranking in the FIFA Women's World Rankings is 3rd, achieved in December 2011.[3]

Nadeshiko Japan defeated the United States in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, 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] It won silver medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, making it the only Asian team to have three combined medals from international championships.[5] It also won gold medals at the 2014 and 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cups, the 2010 and 2018 Asian Games, and the 2008, 2010, and 2019 EAFF Football Championships.

History[edit]

1970s and 1980s[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 1977, the Japan team participated its first international tournament, 1977 AFC Women's Championship. But, this Japan team was not a national team, Japan Football Association dispatched club team, FC Jinnan as a Japan team. In 1980, "All-Japan Women's Football Championship" was held. In 1981, Japan Football Association formed first national team for 1981 AFC Women's Championship[6] and Seiki Ichihara managed as first Japan national team manager.[2] The first match against Chinese Taipei on 7 June at this tournament is the first match for Japan national team history.[2] In 1984, national team was formed for the first time in three years for a China expedition, and Takao Orii managed national team.[2]

In January 1986, Ryohei Suzuki became first full-time manager for national team. In December, Japan won the 2nd place at 1986 AFC Women's Championship. 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.

Verge of decline[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 with economic stagnation (Lost Decade) 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 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 World Cup[edit]

The Japan team thanking fans for their support for the humanitarian response to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami after their World Cup win[7][8]

Japan qualified for the finals by finishing third in the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup. After finishing second in their group behind England, 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.[9][10] 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 Olympics, 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.[11]

Nadeshiko, 2013

2014 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. 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.[12] 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 eight-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 for Japan to 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.[13]

2015 World Cup[edit]

The national teams of Japan and the United States at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

Japan, then fourth in the world, was drawn into Group C for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, with tournament debutants Ecuador, Switzerland, and Cameroon. Japan won all three games, securing passage into the Round of 16, where they drew yet another tournament debutant in the Netherlands. Saori Ariyoshi and Mizuho Sakaguchi scored goals for Japan, and they ultimately survived a couple of nervy moments to get into the quarterfinals. Against Australia, Japan once again used their technical possession game to frustrate The Matildas and negate their speed. Mana Iwabuchi notched the only goal of the game three minutes from time to send Japan to the semifinals.

Against England in the semifinals, Nadeshiko Japan was able to survive against the tenacious Lionesses, as the two teams traded goals from the penalty spot (Aya Miyama for Japan, Fara Williams for England). Deadlocked from the 40th minute on, Japan got a truly fortunate break as English centre back Laura Bassett, in trying to clear out a Japan cross, ended up scoring an own-goal at the death. This set up a rematch with the United States from the 2011 Women's World Cup.

Unfortunately for Japan, the Americans came out flying and scored four goals in the first 16 minutes of the match, with American midfielder Carli Lloyd scoring a hat trick in the process. Yuki Ogimi brought Japan one back in the 27th minute, and an own goal from Julie Johnston halved the American lead, but Tobin Heath put the final touch on the United States' third Women's World Cup victory.

Team image[edit]

Nicknames[edit]

The Japan women's national football team has been known or nicknamed as the "Nadeshiko Japan".

Home stadium[edit]

Japan play its home matches among various stadiums, in rotation, around the country.

Rivalries[edit]

Australia[edit]

The Japan and Australia national soccer teams are AFC's rivals.

South Korea[edit]

The Japan and South Korea national football teams are sporting rivals.

United States[edit]

The Japan and United States are sporting rivals.

Sponsorship[edit]

Japan has one of the highest sponsorship incomes for a national squad. In 2006 their sponsorship income amounted to over 16.5 million pounds.

Primary sponsors include Adidas, Kirin, Saison Card International, FamilyMart, JAL, MS&AD Insurance Group, Asahi Shinbun, Mizuho Financial, Daito Trust Construction and KDDI.

Official partner[edit]

Official supplier[edit]

Supporting company[edit]

Apparel provider[edit]

Media coverage[edit]

FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

Television channel Period Ref.
NHK General TV, Fuji TV, J Sports 2011
NHK General TV, Fuji TV, J Sports 2015
NHK General TV, Fuji TV, J Sports 2019

Summer Olympics[edit]

Television channel Period Ref.
NHK General TV, NHK E, NHK BS1, NHK BS4K, TBS 2021 [14]

AFC Women's Asian Cup[edit]

Television channel Period Ref.
NHK BS1, TV Asahi 2018

Friendly and Qualifiers[edit]

Television channel Period Ref.
NHK BS1, Fuji TV, Nippon TV, TBS 2021

FIFA world rankings[edit]

As of 14 July 2021[15]

  Best Ranking    Best Mover    Worst Ranking    Worst Mover  

Japan's FIFA world rankings
Rank Year Games
Played
Won Lost Drawn Best Worst
Rank Move Rank Move
10 2021 9 6 2 1 10 Increase1 11 Decrease1

Overall competitive 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 Hong Kong 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 Myanmar 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 Myanmar 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
France 2019 World Cup Round 1 0–0 Argentina Argentina
2–1 Scotland Scotland
0–2 England England 2 / 4
Round of 16 1–2 Netherlands Netherlands
Japan 2020 Summer Olympics Round 1 1–1 Canada Canada
0–1 United Kingdom Great Britain
1–0 Chile Chile 3 / 4
Quarterfinals 1–3 Sweden Sweden

source: [16]

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

Legend

  Win   Draw   Lose   Voided or Postponed   Fixture

2021[edit]

8 April Friendly Japan  7–0  Paraguay Sendai, Japan
16:30 UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (SW)
Stadium: Yurtec Stadium Sendai
Attendance: 818
Referee: Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan)
11 April Friendly Japan  7–0  Panama Tokyo, Japan
13:30 UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (SW)
Stadium: Japan National Stadium
Attendance: 4,036
Referee: Azusa Sugino (Japan)
10 June Friendly Japan  8–0  Ukraine Hiroshima, Japan
15:15 UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (SW)
Stadium: Edion Stadium Hiroshima
Attendance: 796
Referee: Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan)
13 June MS&AD CUP Japan  5–1  Mexico Utsunomiya, Japan
14:00 UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (FMF)
Report (SW)
Stadium: Kanseki Stadium Tochigi
Attendance: 3,890
Referee: Asaka Koizumi (England)

2022[edit]

January 2022 (2022-01) 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup Japan  v TBD India
January 2022 (2022-01) 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup Japan  v TBD India
January 2022 (2022-01) 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup Japan  v TBD India

All-time results[edit]

  • The following table shows Japan women's all-time international record, correct as of 1 Jan 2021.
Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA
Total 266 144 43 78 551 307

Head-to-head record[edit]

As of 30 July 2021 after the match against  Sweden.

Coaching staff[edit]

Current coaching staff[edit]

As of 1 September 2021
Role Name
Head coach vacant
Assistant coach Yumi Obe
Assistant coach Morinao Imaizumi
Goalkeeping coach Akiyoshi Ohashi
Physical coach Norikazu Hirose

Manager history[edit]

As of 11 March 2020 after the match against  United States.
Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Winning % Notes
Japan Seiki Ichihara (市原 聖曠) 1981 0 0 0 0 00.0%
Takao Orii (折井 孝男) 1984 0 0 0 0 00.0%
Ryohei Suzuki (鈴木 良平) 1986–1989 0 0 0 0 00.0%
Satoshi Miyauchi (宮内 聡) 1997–1999 0 0 0 0 00.0%
Shinobu Ikeda (池田 司信) 2000–2001 0 0 0 0 00.0%
Eiji Ueda (上田 栄治) 2002–2004 0 0 0 0 00.0%
Hiroshi Ohashi (大橋 浩司) 2004–2008 0 0 0 0 00.0%
Norio Sasaki (佐々木 則夫) 2008–2016 0 0 0 0 00.0%
Asako Takakura (高倉 麻子) 2016–2021 0 0 0 0 00.0%

source: [16]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 22 players were named to the squad for the 2020 Summer Olympics.[20]

Caps and goals are correct as of 27 July 2021 after match against  Chile.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sakiko Ikeda (池田 咲紀子) (1992-09-08) 8 September 1992 (age 29) 19 0 Japan Urawa Reds
18 1GK Ayaka Yamashita (山下 杏也加) (1995-09-29) 29 September 1995 (age 25) 42 0 Japan Nippon TV Beleza
22 1GK Chika Hirao (平尾 知佳) (1996-12-31) 31 December 1996 (age 24) 2 0 Japan Albirex Niigata

4 2DF Saki Kumagai (熊谷 紗希) (captain) (1990-10-17) 17 October 1990 (age 30) 118 1 Germany Bayern Munich
19 2DF Shiori Miyake (三宅 史織) (1995-10-13) 13 October 1995 (age 25) 25 0 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
2 2DF Risa Shimizu (清水 梨紗) (1996-06-15) 15 June 1996 (age 25) 41 1 Japan Nippon TV Beleza
16 2DF Asato Miyagawa (宮川 麻都) (1998-02-24) 24 February 1998 (age 23) 15 0 Japan Nippon TV Beleza
5 2DF Moeka Minami (南 萌華) (1998-12-07) 7 December 1998 (age 22) 17 1 Japan Urawa Reds
17 2DF Nanami Kitamura (北村 菜々美) (1999-11-25) 25 November 1999 (age 21) 6 0 Japan Nippon TV Beleza
3 2DF Saori Takarada (宝田 沙織) (1999-12-27) 27 December 1999 (age 21) 8 1 United States Washington Spirit

7 3MF Emi Nakajima (中島 依美) (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 30) 89 14 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
14 3MF Yui Hasegawa (長谷川 唯) (1997-01-29) 29 January 1997 (age 24) 49 9 England West Ham United
6 3MF Hina Sugita (杉田 妃和) (1997-01-31) 31 January 1997 (age 24) 26 2 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
8 3MF Narumi Miura (三浦 成美) (1997-07-03) 3 July 1997 (age 24) 27 0 Japan Nippon TV Beleza
13 3MF Yuzuho Shiokoshi (塩越 柚歩) (1997-11-01) 1 November 1997 (age 23) 5 2 Japan Urawa Reds
20 3MF Honoka Hayashi (林 穂之香) (1998-05-19) 19 May 1998 (age 23) 8 0 Sweden AIK
12 3MF Jun Endo (遠藤 純) (2000-05-24) 24 May 2000 (age 21) 20 1 Japan Nippon TV Beleza
21 3MF Momoka Kinoshita (木下 桃香) (2003-03-02) 2 March 2003 (age 18) 4 1 Japan Nippon TV Beleza

9 4FW Yuika Sugasawa (菅澤 優衣香) (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 30) 77 24 Japan Urawa Reds
10 4FW Mana Iwabuchi (岩渕 真奈) (1993-03-18) 18 March 1993 (age 28) 80 37 England Arsenal
11 4FW Mina Tanaka (田中 美南) (1994-04-28) 28 April 1994 (age 27) 50 20 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
15 4FW Yuka Momiki (籾木 結花) (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 25) 40 14 Sweden Linköping

(Players are listed within position group by order of seniority, kit number, caps, goals, and then alphabetically)

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been named to a squad in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Hannah Stambaugh (スタンボー 華) (1998-12-24) 24 December 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Japan Omiya Ardija Ventus v.  Mexico, 13 June 2021
GK Mamiko Matsumoto (松本 真未子) (1997-10-09) 9 October 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Japan Mynavi Sendai Training camp, 23–29 November 2020
GK Erina Yamane (山根 恵里奈) (1990-12-20) 20 December 1990 (age 30) 26 0 Japan JEF United Chiba Training camp, 19–26 October 2020

DF Mayo Doko (土光 真代) (1996-05-03) 3 May 1996 (age 25) 5 0 Japan Nippon TV Beleza v.  Mexico, 13 June 2021
DF Hana Takahashi (高橋 はな) (2000-02-19) 19 February 2000 (age 21) 3 0 Japan Urawa Reds v.  Mexico, 13 June 2021
DF Aya Sameshima (鮫島 彩) (1987-06-16) 16 June 1987 (age 34) 114 5 Japan Omiya Ardija Ventus Training camp, 11–17 May 2021
DF Reina Wakisaka (脇阪 麗奈) (1999-05-02) 2 May 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Japan Nojima Stella Training camp, 11–17 May 2021
DF Arisa Matsubara (松原 有沙) (1995-05-01) 1 May 1995 (age 26) 4 1 Japan Nojima Stella Training camp, 23–29 November 2020
DF Kiko Seike (清家 貴子) (1996-08-08) 8 August 1996 (age 25) 2 1 Japan Urawa Reds Training camp, 23–29 November 2020
DF Nana Ichise (市瀬 菜々) (1997-08-04) 4 August 1997 (age 24) 19 0 Japan Mynavi Sendai Training camp, 19–26 October 2020

MF Yuki Mizutani (水谷 有希) (1996-04-11) 11 April 1996 (age 25) 0 0 Japan Urawa Reds Training camp, 11–17 May 2021
MF Hinata Miyazawa (宮澤 ひなた) (1999-11-28) 28 November 1999 (age 21) 2 0 Japan Mynavi Sendai Training camp, 11–17 May 2021
MF Hikaru Naomoto (猶本 光) (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 27) 20 0 Japan Urawa Reds Training camp, 17–31 March 2021
MF Miki Ito (伊藤 美紀) (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa Training camp, 23–29 November 2020

FW Haruka Hamada (浜田 遥) (1993-01-26) 26 January 1993 (age 28) 2 0 Japan Mynavi Sendai Training camp, 11–17 May 2021
FW Mami Ueno (上野 真実) (1996-09-27) 27 September 1996 (age 24) 8 0 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima Regina Training camp, 11–17 May 2021
FW Rikako Kobayashi (小林 里歌子) (1997-07-21) 21 July 1997 (age 24) 12 4 Japan Nippon TV Beleza Training camp, 11–17 May 2021
FW Megumi Takase (高瀬 愛実) (1990-11-10) 10 November 1990 (age 30) 61 9 Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa Training camp, 17–31 March 2021
FW Maika Hamano (浜野 まいか) (2004-05-09) 9 May 2004 (age 17) 0 0 Japan Cerezo Osaka Training camp, 17–31 March 2021

(Players are listed within position group by order of latest call-up, seniority, caps, goals, and then alphabetically)

Previous squads[edit]

Bold indicates winning squads

Captains[edit]

Records[edit]

As of 14 July 2021

*Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

Honours[edit]

Intercontinental[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, 2018
Med 2.png Runners-up: 1986, 1991, 1995, 2001
Med 1.png Champions: 2010, 2018
Med 2.png Runners-up: 1990, 1994, 2006, 2014

Regional[edit]

Med 1.png Champions: 2008, 2010, 2019
Med 2.png Runners-up: 2013, 2017

Other tournaments[edit]

Med 2.png Runners-up: 2012, 2014

Competitive record[edit]

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

AFC Women's Asian Cup[edit]

AFC Women's Asian Cup record
Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GD
Hong Kong 1975 Did not enter
Taiwan 1977 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8
India 1979 Did not enter
Hong Kong 1981 Group stage 3 1 0 2 1 3 −2
Flag of Thailand (TIS 982 draft standard).svg 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
Flag of Thailand (TIS 982 draft standard).svg 2003 Fourth place 6 4 0 2 34 4 +30
Australia 2006 5 3 0 2 19 6 +13
Vietnam 2008 Third place 5 3 0 2 19 7 +12
China 2010 5 4 0 1 16 2 +14
Vietnam 2014 Champions 5 4 1 0 16 3 +13
Jordan 2018 5 3 2 0 9 2 +7
India 2022 TBD - - - - - - -
Total 16/19 78 52 4 22 347 65 +282
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Asian Games[edit]

Asian Games record
Hosts / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GD
China 1990 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 17 8 +9
Japan 1994 4 2 1 1 9 3 +6
Flag of Thailand (TIS 982 draft standard).svg 1998 Third place 5 3 0 2 18 7 +11
South Korea 2002 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
Indonesia 2018 Champions 5 5 0 0 14 2 +12
China 2022 TBD - - - - - - -
Japan 2026 TBD - - - - - - -
Total 7/7 34 22 6 6 107 25 +82
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

EAFF E-1 Football Championship[edit]

EAFF E-1 Football Championship record
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 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6
South Korea 2013 Runners-up 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1
China 2015 Third place 3 1 0 2 5 6 −1
Japan 2017 Runners-up 3 2 0 1 4 4 0
South Korea 2019 Champions 3 3 0 0 13 0 +13
China 2022 TBD - - - - - - -
Total 6/6 18 10 3 5 27 16 +11
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Algarve Cup[edit]

The Algarve Cup is an invitational tournament for national teams in women's association football hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). Held annually in the Algarve region of Portugal since 1994, it is one of the most prestigious and longest-running women's international football events and has been nicknamed the "Mini FIFA Women's World Cup."[21]

Portugal Algarve Cup record
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA GD
19942010 Did not enter
2011 3rd place 4 3 0 1 9 3 +6
2012 2nd place 4 3 0 1 8 5 +3
2013 5th place 4 2 0 2 4 4 0
2014 2nd place 4 2 1 1 4 5 −1
2015 9th place 4 2 0 2 7 5 +2
2016 Did not enter
2017 6th place 4 2 0 2 7 5 +2
2018 6th place 4 2 0 2 6 9 −3
2019 Did not enter
Total 7/27 28 16 1 11 45 36 +9

Cyprus Women's Cup[edit]

Cyprus Cyprus Women's Cup record
Year Result GP W D L GF GA GD
2008 3rd place 3 1 1 1 5 5 0
Total 1/13 3 1 1 1 5 5 0

SheBelieves Cup[edit]

The SheBelieves Cup is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's football hosted in the United States.

United States SheBelieves Cup record
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA Coaches
20162018 Did not enter
2019 Third place 3 1 1 1 5 6 Asako Takakura
2020 Fourth place 3 0 0 3 2 7
2021 Withdrew due to the COVID-19 pandemic[22]
Total 2/6 6 1 1 4 7 13

Tournament of Nations[edit]

The Tournament of Nations is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's football hosted in the United States in non-World Cup and non-Olympic years.

United States Tournament of Nations record
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA Coach
2017 Third place 3 0 1 2 3 8 Asako Takakura
2018 Fourth place 3 0 0 3 3 8
Total 2/2 6 0 1 5 6 16

See also[edit]

National teams
Men's
Women's

References[edit]

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  18. ^ a b Australia, Chinese Taipei only record at the time of enrollment
  19. ^ Played as Czechoslovakia
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  22. ^ "Argentina Replaces Japan at 2021 SheBelieves Cup, Presented by Visa". US Soccer. 28 January 2021.

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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)
2018 (second title)
Succeeded by
Incumbent