Soccer Feb 27, 2016

JFA chief Daini considers nominating Sawa for FIFA council

Japan Football Association president Kuniya Daini said Friday that he is mulling the possibility of nominating recently retired former Women's World Player of the Year Homare Sawa for FIFA's new council. At least one female representative will be selected from each confederation in the new ...

Soccer Feb 25, 2016

JFA, English Football Association form partnership

The Japan Football Association announced Thursday it signed a partnership deal with the English Football Association in London to cooperate in different areas including coaching development, and women's and physically disabled soccer. The deal, signed by JFA president Kuniya Daini and his English F.A. counterpart ...

JFA chief Daini denies Japan paid for 2002 World Cup vote

Soccer / World Cup Jun 21, 2015

JFA chief Daini denies Japan paid for 2002 World Cup vote

Japan Football Association chief Kuniya Daini has denied a report that claims Japan paid the South American federation (CONMEBOL) $1.5 million after it secured the rights to co-host the 2002 World Cup with South Korea. "I don't think (that happened)," Daini told reporters at Tokyo's ...

Soccer / More Sports Mar 7, 2015

JFA boss, Halilhodzic held talks in Paris

Japan Football Association president Kuniya Daini revealed he spoke with Vahid Halilhodzic, who has reached a basic agreement to become Japan's next national team coach, during a layover in Paris before returning home from his South American trip on Saturday. Daini said he spoke with ...

JFA fires embattled manager Aguirre

Soccer / J. League Feb 3, 2015

JFA fires embattled manager Aguirre

by Andrew McKirdy

Javier Aguirre was fired as Japan's national team manager on Tuesday after a match-fixing case naming him as a defendant was accepted by a Spanish court. The Japan Football Association dismissed Aguirre, who had only been in the job since August, after judging that the ...