Japan Football Association
Jan 10, 2013 04:24 EST
Asian Cup holders Japan will take on Canada in preparation for a World Cup qualifier against Jordan in March, the Japan Football Association said on Thursday.
Oct 19, 2012 06:36 EDT
Kazuyoshi Miura, the 1993 Asian Footballer of the Year and the oldest J-League player at 45, will make his debut in the World Cup -- in the five-a-side version of futsal.
Sep 07, 2012 11:31 EDT
Japan will be a "good candidate" to host the 2019 women's football World Cup although they will stage the rugby World Cup in the same year, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Friday.
Aug 31, 2012 06:37 EDT
Asian Cup holders Japan will take on football powerhouses France and Brazil in October, the Japan Football Association said Friday, providing valuable experience ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
Aug 10, 2012 05:32 EDT
United States coach Pia Sundhage insists her team's Olympic final victory over Japan is only the start of a golden era for the Americans which will peak with success at the 2015 World Cup.
Aug 09, 2012 08:08 EDT
More than 20,000 people have signed an online petition to demand Japan's world champion women footballers be treated equally with their male counterparts when they fly home from the London Olympics.
Aug 07, 2012 04:29 EDT
Japan's women footballers have bagged themselves an upgrade on their plane ride home from the Olympics, the team coach said, after a sexism row over their flight to Europe ahead of the Games.
Jul 17, 2012 02:14 EDT
Japan's world champion women footballers have kicked up a fuss after being left in economy class while their male colleagues lived it up in business on a flight to Europe for the Olympics.
Jun 25, 2012 04:45 EDT
Japan have extended coach Alberto Zaccheroni's contract as the Asian champions build towards the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, officials said Monday.
Feb 15, 2012 13:17 EST
Japan's football chiefs have vowed to shun the country's infamous "yakuza" mobsters, as the sport worldwide tries to protect itself against the long tentacles of organised crime and illegal gambling.
Feb 09, 2012 10:03 EST
A stadium hit by a massive earthquake last March is one of candidate venues for the under-20 women's football World Cup to be hosted by Japan this summer, the country's football chief said Thursday.
Feb 09, 2012 06:51 EST
A stadium, hit by a massive earthquake last March, is one of candidate venues for the under-20 women's football World Cup to be hosted by Japan this summer, the country's football chief said Thursday.
Dec 19, 2011 04:02 EST
Japan hopes to host the Club World Cup in 2015 and 2016 after a two-year break as this year's edition proved to be a success with strong attendance figures, press reports said Monday.
Nov 29, 2011 07:24 EST
Japan's 1-0 World Cup qualifying away defeat by North Korea has stirred a debate in parliament with one lawmaker claiming the Blue Samurai could have been kidnapped if they had won in Pyongyang.
Aug 31, 2011 05:52 EDT
Japan have suffered a double injury blow with Keisuke Honda and Kengo Nakamura ruled out of World Cup qualifiers against North Korea and Uzbekistan, the Japan Football Association said Wednesday.
Aug 04, 2011 07:02 EDT
Former Japan international defender Naoki Matsuda died Thursday, two days after collapsing with a heart attack during training, leaving the country's shocked football community in mourning.
Jul 29, 2011 06:55 EDT
Asian football bosses on Friday decided against holding immediate elections to replace disgraced former chief Mohamed bin Hammam, who was banned for life by FIFA over corruption.
Jul 27, 2011 05:11 EDT
Japan's football chief has demanded a detailed explanation from football's world governing body FIFA on its decision to ban Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohamed bin Hammam for corruption.
Jul 22, 2011 09:09 EDT
Norio Sasaki, who piloted Japan to victory at the women's World Cup, apologised Friday after unsavoury alleged party conversations involving one of his players were exposed through Twitter.
Jul 22, 2011 03:01 EDT
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's World Cup-winning women's soccer team coach apologized on Friday after inappropriate comments one of his players made about him were published on the social networking site Twitter.