Asian women's football: deserves being heroics

When defender Saki Kumagai made the 11th minute decision and completed Japan’s incredible retrograde against the American team in the 2011 World Cup final, she not only wrote a new chapter for Japanese football but also gave world women’s football.

With that victory, Japan became the first country that surpassed all Germany, Norway or the United States to win a grand prize since these events took place in 1991.

Speaking of women’s football, the world may only notice Germany, the United States, Norway and Brazil, the teams that won 23 of the 27 first, second and third places at the Olympic and World Cup for women football from 1991 to 2008. Comparatively, in the recent 6 World Cups of men’s football, 10 different teams have been in the Top 3.

Asian women's football: deserves being heroics

However, in the 2011 World Cup, the rest of the world seems to have caught up with the top teams. To see more clearly, in the 2011 World Cup, the average difference in matches is only 1.5 goals, the lowest in the World Cup history until the 2015 World Cup. When the women football’s World Cup expanded to 16 teams in 1999, the average goal difference was reduced sharply and the number of unexpected results increased.

This change certainly has a significant contribution from Japan and other Asian teams. This is a little doubt because for a long time, Asia is still considered a low-lying area on the world’s women football ma. Remember in the 2014 World Cup, 4 teams of Iran, Japan, South Korea and Australia did not win a match and were at the bottom of the group stage. A year later at the Women’s World Cup, all five teams had at least one win, in which Thailand was the only team that did not qualify for the knockout round.

Defeating China, Japan won the gold medal of ASIAD 2018

Defeating China with a 1-0 victory, the Japanese women football team won ASIAD’s gold medal this year. The only striker to help Japan win his Yuika Sugasawa.

The winner

Japanese team won the world women’s football championship in 2011 when the tournament was held in Germany and the world runner-up when the tournament was held in Canada in 2015. Meanwhile, China entered the final of the World Women’s Football Championship in 1999, when the tournament was held in the US (China also lost to the US in that finals).

Therefore, when these two giants of Asian women’s football collided in the ASIAD finals, it was also a place for them to show their strong top team status in the continent, before heading to the women’s World Cup in 2019.

The other team

The Chinese women’s team played quite well in the final. They kept the ball more, created more potential situations towards the Japanese team. However, one day when goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita of Japan excelled, she blocked most of the enemy’s bombardment, the women’s team from the land of the rising sun kept the net clean during the match.

Defeating China, Japan won the gold medal of ASIAD 2018

At the other end of the yard, Japan attacked less but was more accurate. At the last minute of the match, from the only finish goal in the whole match, Japan scored the decisive goal.

The decisive goal

In the 90th minute, receiving an extremely accurate pass from the right wing of a teammate, striker Yuika Sugasawa hit her head with the ball, bringing the ball into the far corner, making bundled with Chinese goalkeeper Zhao Lina, marked a 1-0 victory for Japan.

The Japanese women football team won the gold medal in the women’s football of The Asian Game 2018. This is also the second time Japan won ASIAD’s football content, after the first time in 2010.