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2nd Game of FIH Series Final (2019/Hiroshima) [Japan 1-3 Chile] – Women’s National Team (Sakura

2nd Game of FIH Series Final (2019/Hiroshima) [Japan 1-3 Chile] – Women’s National Team (Sakura

16/06/2019, Japan, Hockey, Japan Hockey Association, Article # 29061476

   Men’s national team (world ranking 14th) lost Chile (world ranking 16th) by 1-3 in the 2nd game in FIH final series that is held at Hiroshima in Japan. 

Game Result

Game No.2 14:00
Japan – Chile
Game Record
1            3

Score

    • 38th min PC – #26 DF Miyu Suzuki (Yamanashi Gakuin University)

Highlight Video



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3rd Place Match of FIH Series Final (2019/Bhubaneswar) [Japan 4-2 America] – Men’s National Team

3rd Place Match of FIH Series Final (2019/Bhubaneswar) [Japan 4-2 America] – Men’s National Team

16/06/2019, Japan, Hockey, Japan Hockey Association, Article # 29056571

   Men’s national team (world ranking 18th) won America (world ranking 25th) by 4-2 in the 3rd place match to finish 3rd in FIH final series that is held at Bhubaneswar in India. 

Game Result

Game No.19 20:30
Japan – America
Game Record
4            2

Score

  • 11th min PC – #7 FW Kazuma Murata (Oyabe RED OX)
  • 25th min PS – #32 DF Yoshitaka Kirishita (Tenri University)
  • 60th min FG – #9 FW Kenta Tanaka (HGC HC)
  • 60th min FG – #9 FW Kenta Tanaka (HGC HC)

Highlight Video



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1st Game of FIH Series Final (2019/Hiroshima) [Japan 2-1 Russia] – Women’s National Team (Sakura

1st Game of FIH Series Final (2019/Hiroshima) [Japan 2-1 Russia] – Women’s National Team (Sakura

15/06/2019, Japan, Hockey, Japan Hockey Association, Article # 29056525

   Men’s national team (world ranking 14th) wont Russia (world ranking 25th) by 2-1 in the 1st game in FIH final series that is held at Hiroshima in Japan. 

Game Result

Game No.2 14:00
Japan – Russia
Game Record
2            7

Score

  • 11th min FG – #9 FW Akiko Yamashita (Coca Cola Red Sparks)
  • 26th min PS – #7 MF Hazuki Nagai (Sony HC BRAVIA Ladies)

Highlight Video



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Semifinal Game of FIH Series Final (2019/Bhubaneswar) [Japan 2-7 India] – Men’s National Team (S

Semifinal Game of FIH Series Final (2019/Bhubaneswar) [Japan 2-7 India] – Men’s National Team (S

15/06/2019, Japan, Hockey, Japan Hockey Association, Article # 29056526

   Men’s national team (world ranking 18th) lost India (world ranking 5th) by 2-7 in the semifinal game to advance to the 3rd place match with America (world ranking 25th) in FIH final series that is held at Bhubaneswar in India. 

Game Result

Game No.17 22:45
Japan – India
Game Record
2            7

Score

  • 2nd min FG – #11 MF Kenji Kitazato (ALDER Hanno)
  • 20th min FG – #31 FW Kota Watanabe (Fukui Club)

Highlight Video



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U-16 Japan Women's National Team Squad, Schedule - Europe tour (6/20-7/1 @Netherlands)  #football

U-16 Japan Women's National Team Squad, Schedule - Europe tour (6/20-7/1 @Netherlands) #football

13/06/2019, Japan, Soccer, Japan Football Association, Article # 29047668

Staff

Coach: KANO Michihisa (JFA National Coaching Staff/SAGAWA SHIGA FC)
Assistant Coach: NASU Maiko (JFA National Coaching Staff/Iga FC Kunoichi)
GK Coach: KOBAYASHI Shinobu (JFA National Coaching Staff/Kawasaki Frontale)

Squad

GK
HATTORI Momoka (JFA Academy Fukushima)
NISHIKAWA Kana (Tokiwagi Gakuen High School)
OKUMA Akane (JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies U-15)

DF
ASAKURA Kanako (Osaka Gakugei Senior High School)
HAZEKAWA Yuna (Seiwa Gakuen High School)
ISHIKAWA Rion (JFA Academy Fukushima)
HIRANAKA Kyono (Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies Youth)
IDE Hinata (Fujieda Junshin High School)
HAYASHI Manaka (JFA Academy Fukushima)
KOYAMA Shinomi (Cerezo Osaka Sakai Girls)

MF
MINOWA Chisato (Hinomoto Gakuen Senior High School)
TANNO Ririka (Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies Youth)
OIKAWA Sae (Hokkaido Bunkyo University Meisei High School)
SATO Chihiro (Osaka Gakugei Senior High School)
AMANO Suzu (INAC Kobe Leoncina)
INOSE Yuko (Mynavi Vegalta Sendai Ladies Youth)

FW
NISHIO Hanon (Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies Youth)
IKUTA Nanasa (Okayama Sakuyo High School)
FUJINO Aoba (Jumonji Senior High School)
HAMANO Maika (Cerezo Osaka Sakai Girls)
NEBU Momoko (Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara Avvenire)

Schedule

Fri. 21 June PM Training
Sat. 22 June AM/PM Training
Sun. 23 June AM/PM Training
Mon. 24 June PM Training Match vs PEC Zwolle
Tue. 25 June AM/PM Training
Wed. 26 June 15:30 International Friendly Match
vs U-17 Netherlands Women's National Team
(Sportmedisch Centrum KNVB)
Thu. 27 June AM/PM Training
Fri. 28 June AM/PM Training
Sat. 29 June AM Training Match vs U-17 DZC'68

*Local time
*The schedule is subject to change due to the team condition, the weather, etc.

Upcoming Schedule

Early August Domestic Training Camp
Thu. 5 - Mon. 9 Septembere Preparation Camp for AFC U-16 Women's Championship Thailand 2019
Mon. 9 - Sat. 28 September AFC U-16 Women's Championship Thailand 2019

*The schedule is subject to change.



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U-22 Japan National Team advances to Final after defeating Mexico in penalty shootouts at the 47th T

U-22 Japan National Team advances to Final after defeating Mexico in penalty shootouts at the 47th T

13/06/2019, Japan, Soccer, Japan Football Association, Article # 29047669

On Wednesday 12 June, the U-22 Japan National Team faced the U-22 Mexico National Team at the semi-finals of the 47th Toulon International Tournament 2019. It was Mexico who took the lead in this match, but Japan prevailed at the end after coming from behind twice and surviving the penalty shootouts.

With their seat to the final at stake, acting coach YOKOUCHI Akinobu started OBI Powell Obinna in goal with the defence line of OMINAMI Takuma, OKAZAKI Makoto, and SHIIHASHI Keiya. KO Takahiro and TANAKA Ao were named as the defensive midfielders while KAWAI Ayumu and SOMA Yuki were positioned in the flanks. It was HATATE Reo who was named as the lone striker with IWASAKI Yuto and KAMIYA Yuta playing as the attacking midfielders.

It was Mexico who took the initiative of the match in the early minutes. Although Japan managed to carry the ball upfront in few occasions, the team lacked creativity in the final third to create major threats. In the 41st minute, Hatate intercepted the ball deep in the Mexican territory, but his shot went straight to the goalkeeper. The Japanese defence showcased great persistency to keep the clean sheet intact, as the match entered halftime scoreless.

With both teams desperately needing a goal, the match turned into a see-saw game, where both teams created opportunities, however, it was Mexico who broke the deadlock. In the 50th minute, an early cross was delivered to allow the Mexican striker to convert a header to take the lead. Japan responded in the 71st minute, when Tanaka’s shot struck the cross bar, allowing Soma to convert the loose ball to equalise the match.

As the match approached the final minutes of the second half, Mexico struck the go-ahead goal in the 86th minute, when they capitalised with yet another header following a cross from the right side. With their back against the wall, Japan made their final efforts to level the match, and the golden moment arrived for the second half substitute, OGAWA Koki, when he responded to a pass delivered by Hatate to score Japan’s second equaliser in the 89th minute.

After the completion of regulation time, the match entered penalty shootouts to determine the winner. With Mexico missing one of their attempts, Japan managed to score all five of the spot kicks to advance to their first ever final at the Toulon International Tournament.

Coach Yokouchi Akinobu praised his players after the match, “even before the match, the players were showing great intention to win the match. They have really earned this win.” Japan will face Brazil at the final on Saturday 15.

Coach and Players' Comments

YOKOUCHI Akinobu, Acting Coach
Mexico is a team that applies very aggressive pressure, so I told the players to stay patient and keep moving the ball. The players played very patiently to finish the first half scoreless. We conceded the first goal when we were making a move to press forward, and ultimately that allowed us to commit ourselves in offence. By brining in Ogawa in the early minutes of the second half, he did a fine job of initiating the offence for our team. With our opponents showing signs of fatigue, we were able to take control of the ball possession and finally got to showcase our style of football towards the end.

GK #1 OBI Powell Obinna (Ryutsu Keizai University)
I am not satisfied with my personal performance today. We didn’t concede many opportunities in the first half, but I made a bad decision that cost us a goal, and the other goal came from a miscommunication between our defence. We were really saved by the two goals scored by our offence. To be honest, I am very glad that we made it to the final, but we haven’t achieved anything yet, so we hope to celebrate after we win the next match.

MF #14 SOMA Yuki (Nagoya Grampus)
As a wing back, I was continuously making runs down the line, and one of the runs allowed me to be in that position to score that goal. All I had in mind was to watch the ball and make firm contact with the ball. Rarely do you see a team coming from behind twice in a match, and I am totally satisfied with this result. We just have one more match to go. We hope to prove that Japan is capable of winning a title.

FW #9 OGAWA Koki (Jubilo Iwata)
In the scene where I scored the goal, I was able to correctly predict where the opposing defenders where going, so I just had to stay composed to slot the ball into the net. The shot I took didn’t carry much pace to it, so I was nervous for a second, but I think I was able to make the play with great composure. I entered the penalties with a strong intention to win, and I really wanted to take the shot rather than watching my teammates take care of the business, so I am very happy that I managed to convert my spot kick. I will not forget to enjoy myself during the final and we hope to win the match. We must not pay too much respect to our opponents and stay aggressive in the match.

Schedule

The 47th Toulon International Tournament 2019
Sat. 1 June 2-1 1st Match vs England
(Aubagne/Stade de Lattre)
Sun. 2 June AM Training
Mon. 3 June AM Training
Tue. 4 June 6-1 2nd Match vs Chile
(Salon/Stade D'Honneur)
Wed. 5 June AM Training
Thu. 6 June AM Training
Fri. 7 June 0-1 3rd Match vs Portugal
(Fos-Sur-Mer/Stade Parsemain)
Sat. 8 June AM Training
Sun. 9 June AM Training
Mon. 10 June AM Training
Wed. 12 June 2-2 (PK: 5-4) Semi-Final vs Mexico(Aubagne/Stade de Lattre)
Fri. 14 June AM Training
Sat. 15 June 16:00 Final vs Brazil (Salon De Provence/Stade D’Honneur)

*Local Time
*The schedule is subject to change due to the team condition, the weather, etc.

The 47th Toulon International Tournament 2019

Tournament Dates: Sat. 1 - Sat. 15 June 2019

Final:
Sat. 15 2019, 23:00 (Japan Time)
vs Brazil National Team

Tournament Information



http://www.jfa.jp/eng/news/00021604/
Nadeshiko Japan prepares ahead of Scotland match, “a must win situation” - FIFA Women's World Cu

Nadeshiko Japan prepares ahead of Scotland match, “a must win situation” - FIFA Women's World Cu

13/06/2019, Japan, Soccer, Japan Football Association, Article # 29047454

Ahead of the second group stage match of the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 against the Scotland Women’s National Team, the Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women's National Team) started their trainings at Rennes.

After making their ways from Paris, the team did not have a field to train on the first day at Rennes, making this day’s training session the first one in Rennes. The session was held under inclement weather, where heavy rain scorched the field. The match held at Roazhon Park, the match venue for the Scotland match, featured a match between Sweden and Chile on the previous day, but the match had to be temporarily suspended due to inclement weather, showing just how harsh the weather can be at Rennes.

The players were seen conducting their routine drills of passing, ball control, possession, and shots taken from combination plays, showing that the team remains unchanged of their team concept. During the two-hour session, the players focused on the pace of their passes, their approach to close down the gap when applying pressure and taking decisive shots when given the opportunity.

Under “a must win situation,” the second group stage match against the Scotland Women’s National Team will be held on Friday 14 June at 15:00 local time (22:00 Japan time).

Players' Comment

GK #18  YAMASHITA Ayaka (Nippon TV Beleza)
We had to win our previous match, and after drawing the match, we are definitely feeling impatient about the situation, especially when looking at the remaining two teams we are going to face. The team was surrounded with a negative atmosphere after the match, as if we have lost the match, but we seemed to manage to bounce back in our training session today. While we had complete control over the ball possession, we had to calculate backwards in order to score goals. For our next match, we must keep a clean sheet, so I will focus on risk management in defence. We will prepare ourselves so that we can create the action even from the defence line.

DF #3  SAMESHIMA Aya (INAC Kobe Leonessa)
It felt like we positioned ourselves away from the goal. We spoke as a team on what we must do to improve ourselves, so we hope to implement that in our next match. Scotland has the impression of applying aggressive pressure from the start of the match, and especially after losing their first match, they will most likely come out even more aggressively. We will probably be forced to spend more time in defence, and I will be in charge of marking the opposing flank player who has great speed. We all understand that we are in a must win situation, so we hope to showcase our commitment in our next match.

FW #9  SUGASAWA Yuika (Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies)
The quality of our plays at the final third must show improvements and whether or not we capitalise on the crucial plays will determine the outcome of the match. In our match against Argentina, it would have been better if we took more shots and tried taking shots from distance to draw the opposing defence out of their comfort zone. We are still disappointed from the result, but our next match against Scotland is fast approaching, so we will reset our minds in order to earn three points. It is expected that Scotland will be taking a more aggressive approach compared to Argentina, and they have the height advantage over us, so it will not be an easy match, but we hope to penetrate the flanks and create opportunities at the goal area to score goals.

Schedule

Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women’s National Team) Squad, Schedule

FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019

Tournament Dates: Fri. 7 June - Sun. 7 July 2019

Group Stage:
Tue. 11 June 2019 01:00 (Japan time)
vs Argentina Women's National Team

Fri. 14 June 2019 22:00 (Japan time)
vs Scotland Women's National Team

Thu. 20 June 2019 04:00 (Japan time)
vs England Women's National Team

Tournament Information



http://www.jfa.jp/eng/news/00021602/
Nadeshiko Japan travels to Rennes ahead of 2nd group stage match against Scotland at the FIFA Women'

Nadeshiko Japan travels to Rennes ahead of 2nd group stage match against Scotland at the FIFA Women'

12/06/2019, Japan, Soccer, Japan Football Association, Article # 29047455

One day following their 0-0 draw against Argentina in their first group stage match of the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019, the Nadeshiko Japan made ways to their next match site, Rennes, on Tuesday 11 June.

Upon their departure from Paris, the team took a photo with the hotel staffs where they spent for the past nine days. The players thanked the staffs for providing them with a wonderful environment where they can focus on playing football, and a jersey signed by the entire team was presented by the team captain KUMAGAI Saki. With the warm applause and cheers from the hotel staffs, the Nadeshiko Japan made their ways to Rennes.

From Paris to Rennes, the team took an intercity high-speed rail service called the TGV. The trip only lasted about 90 minutes, but the players seemed to be amused by this unique transportation experience.

The city of Rennes is located in western France, a city well known for the Japanese tourists as the starting point for tours to Mont Saint-Michel. Stade Rennais FC is a team based in Rennes who is competing at the France Ligue 1. They have won the Coupe de France during the 2018-2019 season for the first time in 48 years, while former Japan National Team coach Vahid HALILHODZIC used to manage the team, and another former member of the SAMURAI BLUE, INAMOTO Junichi (SC Sagamihara) once played for the side as well.

In order to reclaim the world title, the Nadeshiko Japan will face the Scotland Women’s National Team in their second group stage match of the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 on Friday 14 June at 15:00 local time (22:00 local time).

Coach and Player's Comment

TAKAKURA Asako, Coach of Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women's National Team)
It has only been a day since our match against Argentina, and of course we’re not in the best mood, but we have moved on. We entered our first match knowing that it will be a difficult match against a tough opponent, but the football gods didn’t allow us to win easily. With the draw, we have put ourselves in a tough spot, so we must now overcome this situation with our own strengths. The Nadeshiko Japan has never retreated, so we will stay steady and make our ways forward.

DF #16  MIYAGAWA Asato (Nippon TV Beleza)
We knew that the first match was going to be a tough one, but we weren’t expecting it to be this hard. However, we just have to stay positive about the one point we have earned and move onto our next match against Scotland. We will face another tough match, but we will stick together as a team and strive to earn a victory.

Schedule

Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women’s National Team) Squad, Schedule

FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019

Tournament Dates: Fri. 7 June - Sun. 7 July 2019

Group Stage:
Tue. 11 June 2019 01:00 (Japan time)
vs Argentina Women's National Team

Fri. 14 June 2019 22:00 (Japan time)
vs Scotland Women's National Team

Thu. 20 June 2019 04:00 (Japan time)
vs England Women's National Team

Tournament Information



http://www.jfa.jp/eng/news/00021599/
Teams engage in cultural exchange at the Welcome Reception of the U-16 INTERNATIONAL DREAM CUP 2019

Teams engage in cultural exchange at the Welcome Reception of the U-16 INTERNATIONAL DREAM CUP 2019

12/06/2019, Japan, Soccer, Japan Football Association, Article # 29047956

With the U-16 INTERNATIONAL DREAM CUP 2019 JAPAN presented by Asahi Shimbun kicking off on the following day, the four participating teams gathered at a welcome reception held in Sendai City on Tuesday 11 June.

At the reception, JFA General Secretary SUHARA Kiyotaka gave a speech where he mentioned, “We truly hope to see the future stars of the World Cup rise from each team. As the host, we will give our utmost efforts to support the tournament’s success.” Deputy Mayor TAKAHASHI Shinichi of Sendai City followed by stating, “Your passionate plays will teach the people of Sendai the joy of football and give us dreams and hopes. We hope that you will not only compete on the pitch, but to engage in cultural exchange off the pitch as well.”

Following the speeches, each team presented their traditional songs and dances on the stage. Players from other teams were seen joining the stage to engage in cultural exchange, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere throughout the reception.

The local hospitality group “Date-Bushotai” took the stage to conclude the reception, allowing the participants to dance along with the live performance. Each team were given the opportunity to strengthen their team bond ahead of the competition scheduled from the following day.

The U-16 INTERNATIONAL DREAM CUP 2019 JAPAN presented by Asahi Shimbun will kick-off on Wednesday 12 June at Yurtec Stadium Sendai. The first match between the U-16 Nigeria National Team and the U-16 Mexico National Team will take place at 15:00, followed by the match between the U-16 Japan National Team and the U-16 Romania National Team at 18:00.

Players’ Comments

FW #9 KATSUSHIMA Shinnosuke (U-16 Japan National Team)
Rather than just watching, I thought it would be fun to join the other team’s performances, so I went up there and joined them. I have always known about this tournament and I was looking forward to participating in it. I will do my best to enjoy myself while striving to win the matches.

GK Robert POPA (U-16 Romania National Team)
We were able hear and watch the traditional music and dances from each country, and I had a lot of fun dancing with players from other teams. The final performance showcased by the Samurais was awesome. This has become a night I will never forget!

U-16 INTERNATIONAL DREAM CUP 2019 JAPAN presented by Asahi Shimbun

Tournament Dates: Wed. 12 - Sun. 16 June 2019
Tournament Venue: Yurtec Stadium Sendai, Miyagi

Tournament Information



http://www.jfa.jp/eng/news/00021595/
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