Japan women run World Football

At the end of last week, the Japanese Under 20 woman's side won the World Cup beating Spain in the final in France. This means that Japan ladies have now won the World Cup at Under 17, Under 20 level and back in 2011 the Woman's senior side won the World Cup too.

They are in fact the only Woman side to win the World Cup at three different age groups. This just shows you how well the ladies game is doing in Japan. 

Along with that over the weekend the female side defeated defending champions North Korea to reach the Semi Final at the Asian Games. 

Back to the World Cup win the under 20 competition has now been running for 16 years with the previous winners coming from Germany and the United States who have shared three wins each, while North Korea has won it twice.

If you're quick with maths you would realise that's a lot more winners than the senior World Cup at the same time this is because the Under 20 World Cup is played every two years. 

Japan can now add their name to the list of nations on that proud list thanks to a commanding performance at the Stade de la Rabine in Vannes.

Japan won the final winning 3-1 with a crowd of around 5,500 in attendance. The goals came from Miyazawa, Takarada and Nagano with all these youngsters still playing their football in Japan. 

Those players will now all be looking to make the breakthrough into the first team which is already quite young. With players such as Yui Hasegawa who won the Under 17 World Cup with her country back in 2014. 

Most of the current team play in the L League which is Japan's top female league. Although Mana Iwabuchi with 53 caps for her country recently played in Germany with Bayern Munich but has since returned to her home country to join INAC Kobe Leonessa. 

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