Kinga playing for Japan in 2011
|Full name||Yukari Kinga|
|Date of birth||2 May 1984|
|Place of birth||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Height||1.61 m (5 ft 3 1⁄2 in)|
|Orca Kamogawa FC|
|2003–2010||Nippon TV Beleza||146||(30)|
|2011–2013||INAC Kobe Leonessa||42||(3)|
|2015–2016||INAC Kobe Leonessa||36||(3)|
|2019–||Orca Kamogawa FC|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 December 2018|
In Japan until 2013
Kinga was born in Yokohama on 2 May 1984. After graduating from high school, she joined Nippon TV Beleza in 2003. She was playing as attacking midfielder and right-winger. In 2003 season, she was selected Best Young Player awards. From 2007, she was converted to right-sideback. The club won L.League championship 5 times. In 2011, she moved to INAC Kobe Leonessa with international player Homare Sawa, Shinobu Ohno and Chiaki Minamiyama for due to financial strain at the club. At INAC Kobe Leonessa, the club won L.League championship for 3 years in a row (2011-2013). She was selected Best Eleven for 6 years in a row (2007-2012).
In January 2014, INAC's general manager revealed that Kinga had agreed to join English FA WSL club Arsenal Ladies and in February she officially signed the contract. At Arsenal Kinga helped propel the club to reach the final of the 2014 FA Women's Cup which they won in a 2–0 margin over Everton.
She re-signed with INAC Kobe in early 2015. In 2016, she began playing in the Australian W-League for Canberra United. In October 2017, Kinga joined defending champions Melbourne City. In February 2019, she returned Japan and joined Orca Kamogawa FC.
National team career
In August 2002, Kinga was selected Japan U-20 national team for 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship. On 29 March 2005, she debuted for Japan national team against Australia. She was playing as attacking midfielder and right-winger. From 2007, she was converted to right-sideback by manager Hiroshi Ohashi and she became regular player. Japan won the championship in 2011 World Cup, 2nd position in 2015 World Cup and silver medal in 2012 Summer Olympics. She played 100 games and scored 5 goals for Japan until 2016.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Total|
|Nippon TV Beleza||2003||20||6||4||4||-||24||10|
|INAC Kobe Leonessa||2011||16||1||4||0||-||20||1|
National team statistics
- Summer Olympics: Silver Medal: 2012
- FIFA Women's World Cup: Champion: 2011
- Asian Games: Gold Medal: 2010
- East Asian Football Championship: Champions: 2008, 2010
- Nippon TV Beleza
- INAC Kobe
- L.League: Best 11 (6): 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
- L.League: Best Young Player: 2003
- Nadeshiko League Cup: MVP: 2007
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