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HOME > National Teams > NEWS > U-20 Japan Women's National Team seeks to display “Hard work from everyone” at the Semi-final of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018

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U-20 Japan Women's National Team seeks to display “Hard work from everyone” at the Semi-final of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018

20 August 2018

U-20 Japan Women's National Team seeks to display “Hard work from everyone” at the Semi-final of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018

On Sunday 19 August, the U-20 Japan Women's National Team conducted a training session one day ahead of the semi-final match against England at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018. The training was held behind closed doors after the first 15 minutes, as the team went over their team tactics.

Following their training session, a press-conference was held at the match venue where Coach IKEDA Futoshi and NAGANO Fuka appeared on the podium. Nagano shared her aspiration ahead of the semi-final match, “The team has been communication with each other to keep ourselves on the same page, and in our match tomorrow, we would like to showcase what we have been working on.” Coach Ikeda followed by mentioning, “The team must work hard as a team in order to contain the strong and fast England offence,” stating that the team’s strength lies on their ability to work hard and that it could be the deciding aspect of the match.

Regarding their ethics to “work hard,” the coach demanded his players to, “Respond as a team when a player makes a mistake, and to get involved in the play even when the player is distanced from the ball.” Team captain MINAMI Moeka also stressed the importance to work hard, “When a player applies pressure to the ball, the opposing side must tuck in, the back end must anticipate for a counter attack, and this team is well aware of that. That is our strong point.” With their dedication and hard work, the team will seek to lead Japan into their first ever final at the U-20 Women’s World Cup.

The U-20 Japan Women's National Team will face the U-20 England Women's National Team at the semi-final of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018, which is scheduled to kick-off at 16:00 local time on Monday 20 August.

Players’ Comments

DF #13 MIYAGAWA Asato (NIPPON TV BELEZA)
The team has been surrounded by a good atmosphere since winning the quarterfinal, and we have been able to conduct our training sessions with a good amount of nervousness. It’s a different type of nervousness compared to what we felt in our first match of the tournament, as it has a more of a positive sense to it. In our last match, I gave up too many opportunities to our opponents from my mistakes, so I will keep my focus high when we enter our next match.

FW #16 KONO Fuka (NITTAIDAI FIELDS YOKOHAMA)
We managed to enjoy the atmosphere of the World Cup in our match against Germany. I will enter the semi-final with a refreshed mindset and strive to win the match with my wonderful teammates.

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 6-0 3rd Match of Group League vs U-20 Paraguay
@Stade de la Rabine
Tue. 14 - Thu. 16 August AM/PM Training
Fri. 17 August 3-1 Quarter-final vs U-20 Germany
@Stade de la Rabine
Sat. 18 - Sun. 19 August AM/PM Training
Mon. 20 August 16:00
(23:00)
Semi-final vs U-20 England
@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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