U.S. tops winless Japan to capture SheBelieves Cup title

Soccer Mar 12, 2020

U.S. tops winless Japan to capture SheBelieves Cup title

Japan dropped its third straight game as the United States women's national team won its third SheBelieves Cup title on Wednesday with a 3-1 victory at a sold-out Toyota Stadium. With losses in the first two games against Spain and England and the Olympic Games ...

Nadeshiko League legend Shinobu Ono hangs up cleats

Soccer Feb 5, 2020

Nadeshiko League legend Shinobu Ono hangs up cleats

Former Japan striker Shinobu Ono, the all-time top goal scorer in the women's Nadeshiko League, has retired from soccer after 21 seasons, her former club Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara said Wednesday. The 36-year-old helped Japan win the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2011 and finish ...

Nadeshiko Japan beats South Korea to win EAFF E-1 women's championship

Soccer Dec 18, 2019

Nadeshiko Japan beats South Korea to win EAFF E-1 women's championship

Japan beat South Korea 1-0 on Tuesday, securing its third EAFF E-1 Women's Football Championship title. Yuka Momiki converted a penalty in the 88th minute at Busan Gudeok Stadium as Japan finished the four-team East Asian Football Federation tournament with a perfect 3-0 record. South Korea ...

2011 World Cup winners will open torch relay

Olympics Dec 17, 2019

2011 World Cup winners will open torch relay

The members of the Nadeshiko Japan soccer team that won the Women's World Cup in 2011 will open the domestic leg of the Olympic torch relay, the 2020 Tokyo Games organizing committee announced Tuesday. Organizers unveiled a detailed route for the relay covering all 47 ...

Mana Iwabuchi's hat trick propels Japan past China

Soccer Dec 14, 2019

Mana Iwabuchi's hat trick propels Japan past China

Mana Iwabuchi led the way with a hat trick as Nadeshiko Japan beat China 3-0 in the EAFF E-1 Women's Football Championship final round on Saturday. Coming off a 9-0 demolition of Taiwan, world No. 10 Japan had prepared for a sterner test against the ...

Japan steamrolls Taiwan in 9-0 rout

Soccer Dec 11, 2019

Japan steamrolls Taiwan in 9-0 rout

Mana Iwabuchi, Mina Tanaka and Mayu Ikejiri netted a pair of goals each as Nadeshiko Japan started the EAFF E-1 Women's Football Championship final round with a 9-0 rout of Taiwan on Wednesday. World No. 10 Japan dominated every facet of the game at Busan ...

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 ...