President, Japan Football Association：DAINI Kuniya
After making a debut in FIFA World Cup France in 1998, SAMURAI JAPAN (Japan's national team ) has been a part of for 4 consecutive tournaments. Japan’s U-23 team also has been in the tournaments 5 times since 1996. In London Games in 2012, the team could finish fourth after 44 years interval. NADESHIKO JAPAN ( Japan’s women national team ) got the world top in FIFA Women World Cup in 2011 and magnificently acquired a silver medal in the London Olympics. Japan's Men and women teams of U-20 and U-17, futsal, the beach soccer show us steady growth and continue challenging the world top.
The effort including the strengthening and prevalence of the Trinity of "strengthening of national team", "leader training", and "youth training" in which we have promoted for years showed the remarkable progress in this Japanese football, and bloomed with birth of J. League in 1993, which is because it led to a result to send efficient leaders and players out.
Asia Football has been rapidly developing, the Asian qualifiers are getting very severe games. But leveling up the whole Asia will bring to raise excellent players and to have the ability of the world level. Isn't it apparent that NADESHIKO Japan has improved the skills in many strong teams in East Asia, and became a world queen?
Japan Football Association has engaged in contribution activities such as training leaders in Asian countries, dispatch of referees and youth cultivation financing help, thus I still continue to contribute to the development of Asia Football. I hope that East Asian countries will make an effort in competition to level up and lead to further mutual understanding and promote friendly international relations through various activities hereafter.
|Association Established||： 1921|
|FIFA Member Since||： 1929|
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It is no exaggeration to say that the 10th Japan Football Association President, Saburo Kawabuchi, can be considered a revolutionary within Japanese football. He stood at the helm of the J.League when it was launched in 1993, and achieved instant success in changing the environment of football in Japan by improving its level and popularity. Kawabuchi also played a vital role in bringing the first FIFA World Cup™ to Asia in 2002, which was co-hosted with Korea Rep. Since Kawabuchi became president of JFA in July, 2002, he has applied his vitality to various activities such as reinvigorating women's football and futsal, reinforcing the coordination with local and prefectural football associations, and seeing the establishment of the JFA Academy in Fukushima on April 8, 2006. An integral part of the development of Japanese football, the Academy not only focuses on forming a foundation for future footballers, but also aims to develop true elite players who can make a strong contribution on the world level. In his 2005 New Year declaration, Kawabuchi confidently asserted that in 2050 the football family will grow to 10 million, Japan will again host the FIFA World Cup™ and Japan will reign as world champion. A man with no compromises, Captain Kawabuchi and his team should be closely watched. The worldwide renowned project continued on with the appointment in June 2012 of the 13th Japan Football Association President Kuniya Daini.
As of October 2012