U-20 Japan Women's National Team appeared in official press-conference prior to first match of FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018
06 August 2018
With their opening match against USA in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018 scheduled on the following day, the U-20 Japan Women's National Team held a training session in the morning of Sunday 5 August. The team went through some light drills to get a feel of the ball, followed by a possession drill. The training session was then closed to the media as the team went through their tactics ahead of their match.
An official press-conference was held later this day at the match venue as Coach IKEDA Futoshi and team captain MINAMI Moeka took the podium. At the press-conference, Coach Ikeda stated, “Our players are developing each day and I am glad that our team can enter the first match in such great condition.” Minami also shared her aspiration ahead of the tournament, “(Since last year’s AFC U-19 Women’s Championship) We have worked hard to strengthen our physical aspects to cope with the foreign players and we are feeling our own growth both individually and as a team.”
Following the press-conference, the team was given the opportunity to observe the match venue. Although they were not allowed to train on the pitch, the players took in the view and atmosphere to prepare themselves mentally ahead of the match. The players were seen huddling up to share their enthusiasm and expressed their willingness to win the match.
The FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018 opened on Sunday 5 August. Japan’s first match against U-20 USA Women’s National Team will kick-off at 19:30 local time on Monday 6 August.
DF ＃6 TAKAHASHI Hana (Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies)
If we can keep a clean sheet, we will not lose, so I will give everything I’ve got to contribute for the team. We will do our best to start off the tournament in the best way possible.
MF ＃8 FUKUTA Yui (INAC KOBE LEONESSA)
Ahead of our first match, I am feeling a good amount of nervousness and excitement. My strengths lie on the through balls and my ability to expand the field, so I will do my best to utilise our attacking players and outwit my opponents with my plays.
|Thu. 26 - Sat. 28 July||AM/PM||Training|
|Sun. 29 July||2-2||International Friendly Match
vs U-20 Netherlands ＠Sportpark Zuid
|Mon. 30 July||AM/PM||Training|
|Wed. 1 - Sat. 4 August||AM/PM||Training|
|FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018|
|Sun. 5 August||AM/PM||Training|
|Mon. 6 August||19:30
|1st Match of Group League vs U-20 USA
|Tue. 7 - Wed. 8 August||AM/PM||Training|
|Thu. 9 August||16:30
|2nd Match of Group League vs U-20 Spain
|Fri. 10 - Sun. 12 August||AM/PM||Training|
|Mon. 13 August||13:30
|3rd Match of Group League vs U-20 Paraguay
＠Stade de la Rabine
|Tue. 14 - Wed. 15 August||AM/PM||Training|
|Thu. 16 August||16:00||(If advanced through group league in 1st place)
Quarter-final ＠Stade Guy-Piriou
|Fri. 17 August||19:30||(If advanced through group league in 2nd place)
Quarter-final ＠Stade de la Rabine
|Sat. 18 - Sun. 19 August||AM/PM||Training|
|Mon. 20 August||16:00/19:30||Semi-finals ＠Stade de la Rabine|
|Tue. 21 - Thu. 23 August||AM/PM||Training|
|Fri. 24 August||16:00/19:30||3rd Place Match/Final ＠Stade de la Rabine|
*Local Time, Japan time indicated within the parentheses
*The schedule is subject to change due to the team condition, the weather, etc.
FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018
Tournament Dates: Sun. 5 August - Sat. 24 August 2018
Live broadcasting for all of the Japanese matches scheduled on Fuji Television NEXT
Information on live broadcast(Japanese website)
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