The Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women's National Team) finished in the top four at the AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022, which took place from Thursday 20 January to Sunday 6 February. Despite failing to win the tournament for the third time in a row, the team still managed to qualify for the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ to be held next year. Here we spoke with Coach IKEDA Futoshi about what he learned from the tournament.
○Interview was conducted online on 9 February 2022
――Firstly, what are your thoughts on qualifying for the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™?
IKEDA Although we were able to achieve our minimum mission of qualifying for the FIFA Women's World Cup™, we fell short of our goal of winning the tournament and felt that we still have a lot of growing to do.
――How did you feel about the group stage, where you finished first with two wins and one draw?
IKEDA There were some moments where we were able to demonstrate what we have been training for, .....
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