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FIFA Women’s World Ranking September 2015

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There is little movement in the FIFA Women's World Ranking published today. World champions the USA continue top the list ahead of Germany and France with Japan's Nadeshiko in 4th, just ahead of England.

2 Germany
3 France
4 Japan
5 England
6 Korea DPR
7 Brazil
8 Sweden
9 Australia
10 Norway
11 Canada
12 Netherlands
13 Italy
14 Denmark
15 China PR
16 New Zealand
17 Korea Republic
18 Spain
19 Iceland
20 Scotland

Full listing on Fifa.

Japan Women’s adidas 2012/13 Home Kit

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The Japan Women's adidas 2012/13 home kit was launched along with the new men's home uniform earlier this week. The Nadeshiko Japan (なでしこジャパン) 12/13 kit uses the same design as the men's kit but does include a few minor modifications. These include: - The use of a vertical pink stripe down the middle front of [.


2012 Olympics: Tune into USA vs Japan women's soccer final

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As iconic an image: Could the USA top this in the finals?

Yes, all you football/ soccer lovers. This is one of the most anticipated clashes, the USA vs Japan showdown, all year. Destiny had both countries renewing their rivalry in the Olympics women's soccer final. The USA for redemption.

2012 Olympics: Japan defeat France, 2-1 in semi-final

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Sepp Blatter was around to see his fondest dream of seeing women playing in "tighter shorts". Yes, he really did say that as a way of attracting more male spectators amongst many of his other pearls of wisdom.

The match underscored the importance of having a good goalie and in Miho Fukumoto, the Nadeshiko had theirs.


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Nadeshiko Japan

FIFA Ranking: 3 (as of July 2012)

Head Coach: Norio Sasaki

Number of Olympic Appearances: This will be Japan's fourth time participating in women's soccer at an Olympics

Group: F (Canada, Sweden, South Africa)

First Match: July 25 against Canada

Japan, the current World Cup champions, are setting out to do what no other women's soccer team has done in the past: consecutively win a World Cup and an Olympic gold.

Kirin Cup: Alex Morgan's score ties US with Japan, 1-1

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The Nadeshiko were the better team in the first 45 minutes getting a number of chances with their quick interchanges. The USA relied a bit too much on Alex Morgan who was quite dangerous but there was no midfield presence to graft out scoring opportunities. In the 32nd minute Yukari Kinga put Japan ahead after Hope Solo was able to stop the first shot but off the rebound Kinga, the right back put the ball into the net.

Algarve Cup: Japan once again has the USA's number, 1-0

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The Nadeshiko proved yet again to be a stumbling block for the US women's team blanking them, 1-0.

Megumi Takase was able to get to Aya Miayama's corner kick before a slow reacting US defense to head home the winner. They now play Germany in the Algarve Cup final. The US eight time winners of the Cup finished second in their group to Japan now contest Sweden in the 3rd place match.

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The European football season gets under way this month but this does not mean that no football has taken place during July and August. The Copa America, The Women's World Cup, World Cups at U-17 and U-20 levels, as well as major domestic leagues including Brazil, Argentina, the MLS and the J-League have all seen football action this summer.

Abby Wambach

Nadeshiko aim for gold in London

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London 2012 Olympic Games Womens Football FinalJapan v USA 7.45pm GMT Wembley Stadium, LondonJapan can add the Olympic title to their World Cup crown at Wembley today to complete a historic double.
Assured of at least silver, Nadeshiko will pick up their first Olympic medals this afternoon in Wembley having lost their bronze-medal playoff to Germany in Beijing four years ago.

The Suspension Of USA’s WPS League And What It Means For Women’s Football

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Que triste! It isn't a good week for fans of the US Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league. The board announced it would be "suspending play" this year due to complex legal issues involving a former club owner. This matters because some of the world's best female players ply their trade there including Abby Wambach, Marta, Alex Morgan and Hope Solo.

US women book 2012 Olympics spot beating Costa Rica

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The US WNT overcame early match nerves and a very game Costa Rican team through goals scored by Tobin Heath, Carli Lloyd, and Alex Morgan. This win qualifies them for the London Olympics. In the other semi-finals, Canada held off Mexico, 3-1, to also book their spot. The final will be played tomorrow and pits two of the most potent goalscorers in the game.

The Rest

Sasaki revela lista para Juegos Olímpicos

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Japón ya determinó a la plantilla que en menos de un mes estará peleando por un lugar en el podio olímpico, haciendo valer su condición de actuales campeonas del mundo. Norio Sasaki, seleccionador japonés, presentó a las siguientes nadeshiko:


Miho Fukumoto | Okayama Yunogo Belle

Ayumi Kaihori | INAC Kobe


Yukari Kinga | INAC Kobe

Kyoko Yano | Urawa Reds Ladies

Azusa Iwashimizu | NTV Beleza

Aya Sameshima | TBD

Saki Kumagai | Frankfurt


Homare Sawa|INAC Kobe

Aya Miyama| Okayama Yunogo Belle

Nahomi Kawasumi |INAC Kobe

Mizuho Sakaguchi| NTV Beleza

Asuna Tanaka | INAC Kobe


Kozue Ando | Duisburg

Karina Maruyama| Speranza Takatsuki

OHNO Shinobu |INAC Kobe

Yuki Ogimi | Tribune Potsdam

Megumi Takase | INAC Kobe

Mana Iwabuchi | NTV Beleza

Jugadores reserva:

Erina Yamane | JEF United Ichihara-Chiba

Saori Ariyoshi | NTV Beleza

Megumi Kamionobe | Albirex Niigata Ladies

Ami Otaki | Olympique Lyonnais

Vía| JFA

Foto| Getty Images

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U.S. Women End Year Ranked #1 in the World

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The U.S. Women's National Team has ended 2011 as the top-ranked team in the world according to the year-end FIFA rankings.

The USA remained at #1, just ahead of Germany and third-place Japan, which has achieved its highest ranking ever.

The Nadeshiko benefited from Brazil's inconsistent performances: two draws against Canada (7th, up 2), narrow wins over Mexico (21st, up 1) and Costa Rica (41st, up 3) and a defeat by Denmark (12th, up 2) not only leave Brazil with a loss of 28 points and in 4th place, but see the Brazilians slip out of the top-3 for the first time since June of 2008.

Women’s soccer In Japan Receives Boost from Toyota

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Automotive car giant, Toyota Motor Corporation has signed on to become the official sponsor of the Japan Women's Football League. The agreement, which began this month, will be active until March 2013. As the official sponsor of the Nadeshiko League, the collective name of the Plenus National League and Plenus Challenge League, Toyota Motor Company's name will be front and center when Arsenal Ladies makes its first appearance in Japan against the Nadeshiko League champions in the Toyota Vitz Cup on November 30th.