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The JFA Mid-Term Plan for 2015-2022

The JFA Action Plan 2022 (summarised version)

Upon creating the mid-term activity plan, we reviewed all the JFA activities and analysed the overall JFA business structure. As a result, we divided the JFA activities into the 11 categories below.
Categorising the activities has helped us understand the budget distribution and the balance among all the JFA initiatives, allowing us a bird’s-eye view of the overall JFA activities. The correlation between the various activities in each category is easier to grasp, and it has also made it easier for us to comprehensively review our undertakings, formulate a strategy, create a plan, and analyse our operation.
The initiatives and measures in the 11 categories are correlated. For example, the training of coaches is connected to development; development is essential for building up the national team. A strong national team will motivate the children, which in turn will raise the value of Japanese football, help popularise football in Japan, and improve the level of domestic competitions.
The two wheels driving our efforts are reinforcement and popularisation, which will be facilitated by coordination with the top league and with the regional/prefectural football associations, and the solid foundation of the JFA organisation will support all of the activities.

(1) Popularisation

In our mid-term plan, our new mission to which we will devote special efforts is the promotion of popularisation measures and facilities improvement. Based on “The JFA Grassroots Declaration,” we will help create a better environment and encourage people to enjoy football any time anywhere, regardless of age, gender, disability, or race. As part of the improvement of facilities and infrastructure, we will undertake the establishment of the JFA National Football Centre (tentative name). We will also improve football facilities nationwide making full use of grant programmes, while we efficiently demonstrate the knowledge and experience we have accumulated and reinforce our approach to stakeholders.

(2) Domestic Competitions

Domestic competitions form the backbone of popularisation and reinforcement. Recognising the important role they play, we will endeavour to offer competitions that registered players find attractive and enjoyable. We will always maintain a “players first” attitude, and organise leagues and tournaments that are outstanding at all levels and categories. We will also pay the closest attention to the selection of the host venues and the creation of an annual football calendar so that all participants can comfortably enjoy league matches. Furthermore, we will work closely with all those involved in supporting the league operation to deliver fulfilling, high value-added competitions.

(3) Referees

Referees are indispensable to football. Our goal is to constantly dispatch highly qualified referees who can bring out the best in the players and teams at matches/competitions of all categories. Maintaining awareness of the world standard at all times, training of referees and referee instructors will be promoted further to establish a world leading Japanese style referee training and development system. In addition, to assure that everyone with the experience of refereeing can continue their activities, we will share the image of building a career in football refereeing and improve the appeal of the world of refereeing.

(4) Coaches

Providing promising young players with the environment at the grassroots level in which they can develop their skills to play for Japan one day is an essential part of building up a national team that can compete against the world’s very best. The key to the growth of these young footballers is the coaches who instruct them regularly at their clubs. We will increase our efforts to train coaches who can help raise the level of football among these children in all aspects, and with a “players first” viewpoint provide an environment in which players can actively enjoy football. Simultaneously, we will always be aware of the world standard and increase opportunities of international exchange and contribution so that we can train world-class coaches who can lead the national team anywhere in the world.

(5) Development

One of the missions in our mid-term plan is the improvement of the environment for development. The JFA Technical Committee oversees players development, and based on the analysis of the current issues we face in the reinforcement of Japanese football, they will newly create a “2015 Japan National Team Reinforcement Guideline,” which they will fully enforce among all those involved in players development across the nation. With the goal to develop national team-class players in all age categories and ultimately for Samurai Blue, we will review and reform the current state of the Technical Committee and the training centre system, reinforce our coordination with the regional/prefectural football associations and the J.League and all other top leagues, and establish a consistent long-term development system that also fosters a rich character in the young players through football.

 (6) Reinforcement of the Japan National Teams

Also contained in the mid-term plan as a new mission is the reinforcement of the Japan National Teams. The achievements of Samurai Blue and all other national teams instill adoration and respect in many children, popularise football, and are directly linked to the value improvement of football in Japan. By 2019 we will establish the JFA National Football Centre (tentative name), the base for the national teams that will provide an ideal environment for the players to focus on their national team duties. Based on the “2015 Japan National Team Reinforcement Guideline” put together by the Technical Committee, we will devote our efforts to build up the level of Samurai Blue and the national teams of all ages and categories. By providing full support and maintaining close communication with the players’ clubs, we will ensure that the players can fully exhibit their best abilities and the national team can concentrate on their activities.

(7) International Matches and Competitions

Football is the most popular sport on the planet, and football’s most prestigious event, the FIFA World Cup™, is the biggest sport spectacle in the world. To put together a national team and participate in international competitions alongside other national teams from around the world is a great pleasure and honour for us. Children who dream about being a good football player are passionate about these international competitions in which they see the Japan National Team fiercely compete to capture the world champion title. Exposing aspiring young players to these high level matches contribute to the popularisation of football and the increase in the value of Japanese football. The JFA will assure that strategic match-making will be enforced to improve the level of the Japan National Teams and to support the organisation of attractive international competitions that many fans and supporters will enjoy.

(8) Marketing

Football in Japan is supported by many football-loving supporters. Sumurai Blue, Nadeshiko Japan, and all the national teams the fans support, as well as the 5 million strong football family members, make up the rich football scene in Japan which is a precious asset for Japanese football. The JFA will continue to preserve and increase the value of Japanese football so that we can develop football in our country together with the many fans that support us.

(9) Coordination with the Top League

A football association responsible for the popularisation and development of football and the nation’s top league that form the core of its country’s football share the same objective and must clarify their roles, coordinate with each other and work together. An exciting top league captures the attention of children dreaming of becoming a top player some day and helps attract more fans to football. Furthermore, developing a world-standard top domestic league will help develop the level of players who are active in the league. The JFA will strengthen our coordination with the top domestic league, working hand in hand to make the stadia more attractive, to provide a fulfilling club environment, and to help development efforts at the regional level for the growth of the league and the improvement of the value of Japanese football.

(10) Coordination with Regional/Prefectural Football Associations

We will fully support the activities of the regional/prefectural football associations and help them become an ideal organisation (see below) by reinforcing the organisational foundation and providing personnel training. In an effort to devote more attention to grassroots initiatives, we also plan to establish coordination with those closer to the grassroots level such as local community football associations as well as the various federations at the regional level that we have not yet established ties with.

(11) Foundation

The value source of Japanese football is popularisation and reinforcement, and supporting the activities of popularisation and reinforcement is the solid foundation of the JFA, its regional associations and all the affiliated organisations. The JFA is grateful for the support of the football family, and with the cooperation of the regional associations and all affiliated organisations we will reinforce the foundation as we fulfil our responsibility as the nation’s governing body of football impartially and with an open and sincere attitude.

Women’s Football

Nadeshiko Japan became world champion in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Germany, and the following year won the silver medal in the XXX Summer Olympic Games held in London (2012). The attention and expectation directed towards Japanese women’s football are steadily rising. The JFA will conduct a review and summary of the “Nadeshiko Vision” after the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Canada, but our efforts will continue to have Japanese women embrace football as a major sport. Further improvements of football facilities at the grassroots level, and development and reinforcement initiatives centering on the JFA Academy are important areas of focus. Our target is to increase the percentage of women players (including futsal), coaches, referees, and registered players to 10% by 2030.

Futsal, Beach Soccer

 We will promote futsal so that it is accepted as a sport that can be played and enjoyed any time anywhere, and by anyone. Futsal offers an easy gateway to football, and it has also been commonly used as a way to improve football skills. We hope to have futsal become the most popular indoor sport that people will enjoy on a regular basis, and we will extend all efforts to help develop the national team and the F.League.
The population of beach soccer players is increasing, and we will continue to improve the operation of matches held in Japan, to promote beach soccer through the competitions, and to establish a better playing environment.



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