FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup record
The Little Nadeshiko have made it to each of the past six editions of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cups and have invariably been among the principal title challengers. Indeed, Japan have reached the final three times (2010, 2014 and 2016) and returned home with the trophy from Costa Rica 2014.
The road to India
Japan, under coach Michihisa Kano, remained unbeaten en route to qualifying for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup India 2020 as Asian champions. After starting with a goalless draw by Australia, the Japanese swept past Bangladesh (9-0) and Thailand (8-0) to reach the semi-final stage, where they defeated China PR 2-0 to reach the final and thus to seal a place at India 2020. Kano's outfit then went on to edge Korea DPR 2-1 and, in doing so, claimed their fourth Asian title.
Kano boasts plenty of experience in youth and women’s football. Born in Osaka, the 43-year-old began his coaching career in 2003 with local club Osaka FC. He was then handed the job of the national U-13 women's team in 2017 before being named the head coach of the national U-16 team, whom he led to glory at the 2019 AFC U-16 Women's Championship.
1 - The number of goals Japan conceded during their qualifying campaign.