Takakura named for head coach of Japan Women’s U-18
19 September 2014
The Japan Football Association has appointed Takakura Asako as the new head coach of Japan Women’s National U-18 team, which eye for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Profile of TAKAKURA Asako
Born on 19 April, 1968 in Fukushima, Japan, as a player she played for FC Jinnan, Yomiuri Soccer Club Beleza, Silicon Volley Red Devils (USA), etc. As a Japan women’s international, she capped 79 matches and scored 30 goals (including ones at 1991/1995 World Cups, 1996 Olympics). In her coaching career, she was awarded two consecutive AFC Coach of the Year (Women’s) since 2012. She possesses Class S coaching licence.
Notable Coaching Career
2007-2008 JFA National Training Centre Coach [Women’s] Nationwide
2008 Japan Women’s U-13 Selection Head Coach
2008 Nadeshiko Challenge Project Head Coach / Coach
2009 JFA National Training Centre Coach [Women’s] Kanto
2009 JFA Elite Program [Women’s] Head Coach
2009 Japan Women’s U-14 Selection Head Coach
2009 Nadeshiko Challenge Project Coach
2009-2012 Japan Women’s National U-16/U-17 Team Coach
2013-2014 Japan Women’s National U-16/U-17 Team Head Coach
Comment from Head Coach Takakura Asako
Japan Women’s National U-20 Team is the last generation that can experience the world stage. They are supposed to make a transition from so-called youth generation to the level where they should create her own identity as a football player. I would like to encourage them to get close to Nadeshiko Japan in terms of their spirit, technique, physical ability and mental approach. I will create a competitive team where all the players always get involved, understand the pace of a match and make right decisions.
To make it happen, I’m willing to support them to become a player who always thinks about what is expected and what to do on and off the pitch, and who can best perform when things are not going well.
Schedule of Japan Women’s U-18 National Team
- Domestic training camp (28 September - 1 October, 2014)
- AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2015 (19 - 30 August, 2015)
* International trip and domestic camp are scheduled in the first half of 2015.
* Other coaching staff will be announced once determined.
- National Teams U-18 Women’s national team candidates training camp (9/28 to 10/1 @J-GREEN Sakai) – member and schedule
- National Teams Japan Under-18 beat Osaka Prefecture squad; win Japan-China-South Korea title
- National Teams Japan Under-18 squad tame Shanghai 6-1 in Japan-China-South Korea tourney
- National Teams Japan Under-18 team get off to victorious start of Japan-China-South Korea international tournament
- Competitions 2022/08/08 Machida and Yugakkan both crowned champions after the final was called off, while Seiwa Gakuen finished third - JFA 9th U-18 Japan Futsal Championship
- Competitions 2022/08/08 Brincar FC repeat as champions at the JFA Vermont Cup 32nd U-12 Japan Futsal Championship
- Competitions 2022/08/03 【Interview with ENDO Jun】Futsal has helped shape the way I play now - JFA Vermont Cup 32nd U-12 Japan Futsal Championship
- National Teams 2022/08/02 U-15 Japan Women's National Team squad - HiFA Peace Memorial 2022 Balcom BMW CUP Hiroshima Women's Soccer Festa (8/8-11＠Hiroshima)
- Competitions 2022/08/02 Competition to determine the best futsal team in the U-18 age group to be held - JFA 9th U-18 Japan Futsal Championship