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U-20 Japan Women's National Team strengthens team unity through training session ahead of their match against Paraguay at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018

13 August 2018

U-20 Japan Women's National Team strengthens team unity through training session ahead of their match against Paraguay at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018

With their third group stage match against Paraguay set for the next day at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018, the U-20 Japan Women's National Team held a training session behind closed doors on Sunday 12 August. The team went through step-works, passing, ball control, and 6 vs 3 possession drills while the session was still open to the media, followed by a closed session where the team conducted trainings that simulated the match scheduled on the next day.

Following the training session, the team visited the match venue, but similar to the first match, they were not allowed to train on the field to preserve the pitch condition. Despite the rainy weather, the players walked through the pitch to get a feel of the turf. The team was then seen huddling up on the field to unite their mindsets ahead of the match.

The U-20 Japan Women’s National Team will face the U-20 Paraguay Women's National Team in their third group stage match of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018 on Monday 13 August, with a kick-off time of 13:30 local time.

Players’ Comments

DF #4 MINAMI Moeka (Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies)
In the past two days, we have been talking on how to score goals against Paraguay. I will observe how our opponents approach us defensively and deliver the ball into the open space. I will keep an offensive mindset when passing the ball, so that my pass can initiate our team’s attacks.

DF #13 MIYAGAWA Asato (NIPPON TV BELEZA)
I am pretty sure many of us will be nervous, but I have played in the previous World Cup, so I will step up and lead the team. We would like to play as a team and earn the victory as a team.

FW #19 UEKI Riko (NIPPON TV BELEZA)
By spending time together to observe the videos of the matches, we have been able to nurture a mutual understanding as a team. As a player positioned up front, I am aware that I must be well involved with the ball tomorrow. Although I am feeling a sense of responsibility, more than anything, I am looking forward for this big match that may decide our fate on our advancement to the next stage.

Schedule

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018
Sun. 5 August AM/PM Training
PM Official press-confrence
Mon. 6 August 1-0
1st Match of Group League vs U-20 USA 
@Stade Guy-Piriou
Tue. 7 - Wed. 8 August AM/PM Training
Thu. 9 August 0-1 2nd Match of Group League vs U-20 Spain
@Stade Guy-Piriou
Fri. 10 - Sun. 12 August AM/PM Training
Mon. 13 August 13:30
(20:30)
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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