|Date of birth||14 March 1977|
|Place of birth||Kiryū, Japan|
|Date of death||4 August 2011(aged 34)|
|Place of death||Matsumoto, Japan|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|1992–1994||Maebashi Ikuei High School|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Kiryū, Gunma, Matsuda represented the Yokohama F. Marinos for the vast majority of his career, being promoted to the first team in 1995, at the age of 18. He scored his first goal for the club on 30 September of that year, at Mitsuzawa Stadium, and went on to appear in more than 500 official games for the Yokohama side, helping it to three J. League Division 1 titles.
On 2 August, he collapsed during training due to a cardiac arrest after finishing a 15-minute warmup run, and doctors diagnosed his condition as "extremely severe". Two days later, he died at the age of 34.
Despite releasing him in 2010, his former club Yokohama F.Marinos retired his squad number - 3 - after his death, as an indication of his contribution not only to F.Marinos but to Japan football's development, both at league and international levels.
The funeral was held on 9 August, 2011 and attendees included players who once played for Japan and Yokohama F. Marinos. 
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||J. League Cup||Asia||Total|
Yokohama F. Marinos
|J. League 1||33||1||1||0||-||-||34||1|
|Japan national team|
|1.||29 January 2005||Yokohama, Japan||Kazakhstan||4–0||Win||Friendly|
- "Naoki Matsuda Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
- "Matsuda still in danger a day after cardiac arrest". Fox Soccer. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
- "Former Japan international Naoki Matsuda dies". Fox News Latino. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011.