JFA to show appreciation for support from football family
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Three months after the terrible earthquake and tsunami that affected the country, the Japan Football Association (JFA) wants to express its gratitude to the global football family during the upcoming global tournaments in which its teams will be competing.

This FIFA-supported initiative will be officially launched before Japan’s first match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 against New Zealand in Bochum on 27 June (kick-off at 15.00 CET).

The Japan players will take to the pitch for each of their matches carrying a banner which reads "To our friends around the world. Thank you for your support."

In addition, the following message will be announced in the stadiums: "On behalf of the Japanese football family - including those who suffered as a result of the tragic earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011 - the Japan Football Association would like to express its heartfelt appreciation to the world football family for the wonderful support and kind cooperation it received with reconstruction in the country. Thank you very much."

Japan have also qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011 and the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Ravenna/Italy 2011, and at each of these tournament statements of thanks have been or will also be addressed to the watching world.