Yuki Nagasato: A Japanese female player joined a men’s football club

Yuki Nagasato is a female striker who joined the Japanese team to win the 2011 Women’s World Cup. She made a new mark of history when joining the Hayabusa Eleven men’s soccer club in Japan.

She signed a loan agreement from the American women’s football club Chicago Red Stars to the Hayabusa Eleven men’s soccer club (Japan). Nagasato will be the first female player in Japan and one of the very few in the history of football to play for the men’s team.

Nagasato’s new team, Hayabusa Eleven Club, is playing in the amateur Kanagawa Prefecture League. It is about 7 places lower than the J-League.

Nagasato has a illustrious resume in the world of women’s football, having played for big clubs such as Chelsea (England), Wolfsburg, Frankfurt (Germany), etc. She is on the payroll of the American club Chicago Red Stars.

At the national level, Nagasato played for the Japanese women’s soccer team for more than 130 games and contributed 58 goals between 2004-2016. Including three times to attend the World Cup in 2007, 2011 and 2015. She is also the mainstay of the Japanese team on the way to the historic golden trophy at the women’s football World Cup 2011.

Despite being 33 years old, Nagasato still maintains an impressive performance. Last year, she was an important factor that helped the Chicago Red Stars Club win the runner-up of the American Women’s Football Championship with 8 goals and 8 assists.

So it is not surprising that a press release from the management of the Chicago Red Stars Club states that Nagasato will only be loaned to this season. She will return with the Chicago Red Stars ahead of the new season of 2021.

Nagasato wasn’t the first female player to seek an opportunity with a semi-professional or professional men’s team. Earlier this year, the Dutch Football Federation announced that 19-year-old Ellen Fokkema player will be allowed to play for VV Foarut in the Dutch 9th division as part of a pilot program.