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U-16 Japan Women’s National Team attend press conference of AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2017 and hold official training

10 September 2017

U-16 Japan Women’s National Team attend press conference of AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2017 and hold official training

The Asian Football Confederation held an official press conference in the morning one day prior to the commencement of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2017.

U-16 Japan Women’s National Team coach KUSUNOSE Naoki stated his aspiration of the upcoming tournament in the press conference, ‘My players are also future prospects for Nadeshiko Japan (Top team of the Japan Women’s National Team). We will prepare ourselves to perform at our very best in every match and aim for the championship.’

In the afternoon, the Japanese women’s team held an official training at the match venue, IPE Stadium, and worked on set pieces and few other plays ahead of the important opening match against the U-16 Australia Women’s National Team the day after tomorrow. They are scheduled to have training tomorrow as well.

Players' Comments

DF #15 ARAI Miyu (JFA Academy Fukushima)
We had our training while putting our main emphasis on defence. I felt that in defence it is important to talk to everyone on the pitch and decide on where to rob the ball. We only have two more days before the tournament opener. We have to communicate more proactively before finalising the team in the limited time we have remaining as well.

MF #12 NAKAE Moe (Albirex Niigata Ladies U-18)
In the official training held at the match venue, we were working mainly on defence. While forward player were restricting the playing area of the opponents, midfielders and defenders were instructed to make quick shifts in zonal marking to rob the ball. There were times when shifting of defensive blocks was too slow to rob the ball, but still I have a good image now of how to execute them well. I would be reflecting on the things that we practised today and continue to work on them tomorrow.

MF #16 WATANABE Rin (Fujieda Junshin High School)
Our main objectives in the 6v6v6 training today were quick pressing and making swift shifts of defensive blocks. We then moved to the match venue to work on set pieces. On different pitches that we practised so far, the grass in the stadium was trimmed nicely for playing football. However, we are uncertain about the playing conditions as well as having game-time jitters on the day of the match. We might not be able to play as well as we expected as well. Therefore, we need to encourage each other on the pitch in order for us to win the upcoming game against Australia in two days before aiming to book a place in the U-17 World Cup and win the AFC Championship. Lastly, in pursuit of this goal, we need to get in top form by also eating and resting well and make the best possible preparations for the upcoming matches of the tournament.

Schedule

Fri. 1 September PM Training
Sat. 2 September AM
0-5
Training
Training Match vs AZUL CLARO NUMAZU U-15 (Boys)
Sun. 3 September AM/PM Training
Mon. 4 September AM/PM Training
Wed. 6 September AM/PM Training
Thu. 7 September AM/PM Training
Fri. 8 September AM/PM Training
Sat. 9 September AM/PM Training
AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2017
Sun. 10 September AM/PM Training
Mon. 11 September 19:00 1st Match vs Australia (IPE Stadium)
Tue. 12 September AM/PM Training
Wed. 13 September AM/PM Training
Thu. 14 September 17:00 2nd Match vs Bangladesh (IPE Stadium)
Fri. 15 September AM/PM Training
Sat. 16 September AM/PM Training
Sun. 17 September 18:00 3rd Match vs Korea DPR (Chonburi Stadium) 
Mon. 18 September AM/PM Training
Tue. 19 September AM/PM Training
Wed. 20 September 16:00/19:30 Semi Finals (Chonburi Stadium)
Thu. 21 September AM/PM Training
Fri. 22 September AM/PM Training
Sat. 23 September 16:00/19:30 3rd place play-off/Final (Chonburi Stadium)

*Local Time
*The schedule is subject to change due to the team condition, the weather, etc.

AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2017

Tournament Period: 10 September 2017 (Sun.) ~ 23 September 2017(Sat.)
※Top three teams qualify for FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018
For more information on AFC Championship

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