COVID-19 strikes Japanese soccer

Soccer | From the Spot Mar 18, 2020

COVID-19 strikes Japanese soccer

by Dan Orlowitz

Since late February, Japanese soccer's professional and amateur competitions have shut down in an attempt to protect players, coaches and fans from the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak that has forced the cancellation of major sporting events around the world. On Tuesday, a wrench was thrown into ...

Soccer Feb 23, 2020

South Africa pulls out of Japan U-23 friendly over virus concerns

South Africa has canceled a men's under-23 friendly against Japan over concerns about the current COVID-19 outbreak, the Japan Football Association revealed Sunday. According to the JFA's technical director, Takashi Sekizuka, the South African Football Association has sent a letter of its intent to withdraw. ...

JFA takes leap with new women's pro league

Soccer | From the Spot Nov 20, 2019

JFA takes leap with new women's pro league

by Dan Orlowitz

Eight years ago, Japan won the FIFA Women's World Cup and earned its place among women's soccer's elite nations. Now, as the sport known as "WoSo" packs stadiums in London, Madrid, Monterrey and Philadelphia, the country that introduced the likes of Homare Sawa and Saki ...

JFA unveils 'Clear Sky Japan' uniform for 2020 Olympics

Soccer Nov 6, 2019

JFA unveils 'Clear Sky Japan' uniform for 2020 Olympics

The Japan Football Association unveiled a new national team uniform on Wednesday, breaking from tradition with a patterned shirt incorporating five shades of blue representing different hues of the sky. The "Clear Sky Japan" kit was developed by Adidas Japan K.K. for representative sides including ...

Kozo Tashima re-elected to FIFA Council

Soccer Apr 6, 2019

Kozo Tashima re-elected to FIFA Council

Japan Football Association President Kozo Tashima was re-elected to the FIFA Council on Saturday by the Asian Football Confederation. Tashima was one of the seven candidates up for election by the AFC Congress for five of its six seats on the FIFA council. The 61-year-old Tashima ...