Japan women's national football team

Japan women's national football team (サッカー日本女子代表, Sakkā Nihon Joshi Daihyō), also known as Nadeshiko Japan (なでしこジャパン), is a Japanese women's association football team. The team represents Japan in international competition. It is made up of the best female players in Japan.

Nadeshiko Japan is best known as the first Asian team to win the FIFA Women's World Cup.

History

Japan Football Association (JFA) set up an official women's organization in 1979. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) asked each member country to promote and develop the sport among women.[1]

In 1981 the Japan women's national football team played its first international match in Hong Kong. The team lost to Taiwan 0-1.[1]

The women’s national team qualified for the "1991 FIFA Women's World Cup" in China.

In 2004, the JFA organized a public contest to select a name for the team;[1] and "Nadeshiko Japan" was chosen from among 2,000+ entries.[2]

In the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, Japan defeated the United States team in the last game of a knockout tournament.[3]

In the 2012 Summer Olympics, Nadeshiko Japan won the silver medal.[4]

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