Oct 25, 2014

Kawasumi stunned by nomination

Nadeshiko Japan striker Nahomi Kawasumi was shocked by her nomination for the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year award on Friday. Japan captain Aya Miyama was also in the shortlist of 10, with Norio Sasaki being nominated for the World Coach of the Year ...

Nadeshiko down Taiwan to reach quarters

| Sep 22, 2014

Nadeshiko down Taiwan to reach quarters

Women’s world champion Japan secured its place in the quarterfinals of the Asian Games on Monday with a 3-0 win over Taiwan in their final Group B match. Mizuho Sakaguchi fired the defending champions in front after three minutes and Chinatsu Kira headed in ...

Japan U-21s, Nadeshiko look toward future

| Sep 13, 2014

Japan U-21s, Nadeshiko look toward future

Makoto Teguramori’s men will kick off Japan’s Asian Games campaign on Sunday when they take on Kuwait in the soccer competition. Five days ahead of the opening ceremony of the 17th Games, the Japanese under-21s will look to defend the title they won four ...

Nadeshiko Japan beats Australia to win Women's Asian Cup

May 26, 2014

Nadeshiko Japan beats Australia to win Women's Asian Cup

Japan defeated defending champion Australia 1-0 in the on Sunday to win their first Women’s Asian Cup. Nadeshiko Japan manager Norio Sasaki claimed the title in his third try in the tournament, which doubled as a qualifier for next year’s World Cup in Canada. ...

Japan secures spot in Women's Asian Cup final

May 22, 2014

Japan secures spot in Women's Asian Cup final

Defender Azusa Iwashimizu delivered a header from a corner kick from captain Aya Miyama in the dying seconds of extra time as Japan beat China 2-1 to book a spot in the final at the Women’s Asian Cup on Thursday. The reigning World Cup ...

Nadeshiko Japan thumps Vietnam

May 17, 2014

Nadeshiko Japan thumps Vietnam

Women’s World Cup holder Japan blew away Vietnam 4-0 Friday at the Women’s Asian Cup, a qualifying competition for next year’s Women’s World Cup in Canada. Japan went atop Group A with four points followed by defending champion Australia in second to move a ...

Sugasawa propels Japan past New Zealand

May 8, 2014

Sugasawa propels Japan past New Zealand

Yuika Sugasawa scored a late winner as Japan edged New Zealand 2-1 in Osaka on Thursday in a friendly ahead of the Women’s Asian Cup in Vietnam. Megumi Takase collected a long through ball from Aya Miyama to drive home from close range shortly ...

May 2, 2014

Sawa, Miyama selected for Nadeshiko squad at Asian Cup

Former Women’s World Player of the Year Homare Sawa and captain Aya Miyama were named on Friday to Nadeshiko Japan’s squad for the upcoming Asian Cup in Vietnam. The reigning women’s world champions also have Hikaru Naomoto and three other uncapped players in the ...

Mar 8, 2014

Iwabuchi on target in Nadeshiko win

Mana Iwabuchi scored a first-half winner as women’s world champion and London Olympic silver medalist Japan beat Denmark 1-0 at the Algarve Cup on Friday. Coach Norio Sasaki made eight changes to the team that drew 1-1 with the United States in its opening ...

Nadeshiko Japan, U.S. draw in Algarve opener

Mar 6, 2014

Nadeshiko Japan, U.S. draw in Algarve opener

Nadeshiko Japan failed to avenge their loss to the United States in the 2012 London Olympic gold medal match, but did manage to draw the world’s top women’s team 1-1 in their Algarve Cup opener on Wednesday. In a match that saw World Cup ...

Nadeshiko Japan's Kawasumi to play for U.S. team

Jan 29, 2014

Nadeshiko Japan's Kawasumi to play for U.S. team

Nadeshiko Japan midfielder Nahomi Kawasumi is set for a move from INAC Kobe Leonessa to a team in the National Women’s Soccer League in the United States, INAC general manager Yasunori Yamashita said Wednesday. Yamashita said the 28-year-old Kawasumi is “getting ready to move ...

Nadeshiko Japan sweeps past Nigeria in friendly

Sep 22, 2013

Nadeshiko Japan sweeps past Nigeria in friendly

Women’s world champion Nadeshiko Japan eased to a 2-0 win over Nigeria on Sunday night in the first of two home friendlies against the Africans. Yuki Ogimi opened the scoring late in the first half and Nahomi Kawasumi added the second to wrap up ...