(December 2020) Matches Wins Draws Losses Winning% Notes Yoshitada Yamaguchi 1990–1992 00. 0% Akira Nishino 1993–1996 Philippe Troussier 1998–2000 Masakuni Yamamoto 2002–2004 Yasuharu Sorimachi 2006–2008 Takashi Sekizuka 2010–2012 Makoto Teguramori 2014–2016 Hajime Moriyasu 2017–2020 Akinobu Yokouchi 2020 2020–2021 Koichi Togashi 100. 0% Go Oiwa 2021–2022 77. 8%  Lee Woo-young 2022- source: Players On the following lists, each player's age and club on the squad lists refers to the release date of the call-ups of each under-23 section. However, the recent call-ups section does not utilize this method. Current U-23 squad The following players were called up for a friendly match against Cambodia on 23 September 2022.
Team image Nicknames "サムライ・ブルー (Samurai Blue)" basically refers to the Japan national football team, but the under-23 football team are sometimes referred to as "Young" Samurai Blue. However, in reality, Samurai Blue is not often used. Rivalries South Korea Japan maintains a strong football rivalry with South Korea. Media coverage Summer Olympics Television channel Period Ref. NHK General TV, NHK Educational TV, NHK BS1, NHK BS4K, NHK BS8K, TV Asahi, BS Asahi 4K, Fuji TV 2021  AFC U-23 Asian Cup This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (March 2022) TBA 2022 Friendly and Qualifiers Dubai Cup U-23 CS TV Asahi Channel 2  Fuji TV, Nippon TV, TBS, Nittele G+, BS Asahi, TVer Results and fixtures Legend Win Draw Lose Fixture 2022 U-23 Fixtures & Results (U-23), JFA.
Caps and goals is calculated by all national team level include U21, U22, and U23. Competitive record Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place Olympic Games Summer Olympics record Year Round Position Pld W D L 1908–1988 See Japan national team 1992 Did Not Qualify 1996 Group Stage 9th 2000 Quarter-finals 5th 2004 13th 2008 15th 2012 Fourth Place 4th 2016 10th 2024 To be Determined 2028 2032 Total 7/7 28 12 38 Match history Summer Olympics history Opponent Score Result Group stage 1–0 0–2 Loss 3–2 2–1 0–1 2–24–5 DrawLoss 3–4 2–3 1–2 0–0 3–0 Semi-finals 1–3 Bronze Play-off 4–5 2–2 4–0 0–0 4–2 Draw Win AFC U-23 Asian Cup record Qualifier record GP GS 2013 7th Champions 1st 2018 Third Place 3rd 5/5 23 14 42 22 70 AFC U-23 Asian Cup history 3–3 Final 3–1 0–4 1–1 UAE 3rd place match Asian Games Asian Games record Hosts / Year 2002 Silver 2006 Round 1 2010 Gold 2014 2026 2030 2034 55 Asian Games history 2–0 5–2 Kyrgyzstan Round 2 5–0 4–1 See also Sport in Japan Football in Japan Women's football in Japan Japan Football Association (JFA) Kirin Cup (Invitational tournament) Kirin Challenge Cup [ja] (International friendly match) Kirin Company National teams Men's National football team Results and fixtures 2020–present International footballers National under-23 football team National under-20 football team National under-17 football team National futsal team National under-20 futsal team National beach soccer team Women's References External links (in English) Japan national under-21 football team (2022) – official website at JFA.
jp U-21 Fixtures & Results (U-21), JFA. jp Head-to-head record As of 18 June 2022, after the match against Australia. The following table shows Japan under-23 team's all-time international record. Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD Confederation Australia 11 5 0 6 20 15 +5 AFC Bahrain 2 1 +4 Cambodia +6 China 7 3 4 8 +3 Chinese Taipei +14 Hong Kong +11 Indonesia 10 +7 India +1 Iran Iraq –2 Jordan Kuwait +13 Lebanon Macau 21 +21 Malaysia 17 13 47 +40 Myanmar 16 +16 Nepal Oman North Korea Qatar Saudi Arabia 9 South Korea 18 24 Palestine +8 Philippines 32 +32 Pakistan Singapore Syria Tajikistan Thailand 26 +23 Timor-Leste Uzbekistan –6 United Arab Emirates Vietnam Angola CAF Egypt Ghana +9 Mali Morocco Nigeria –4 South Africa Tunisia Canada –1 CONCACAF Costa Rica Honduras +2 Jamaica Mexico –3 United States Argentina CONMEBOL Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Paraguay Venezuela Croatia UEFA Denmark –5 England Italy France Germany Greece Hungary Kazakhstan Netherlands Norway Portugal Republic of Ireland Russia Spain Slovakia Sweden Switzerland New Zealand OFC Coaching staff Current coaching staff As of 17 March 2022 Role Name Head coach Lee Woo-young (JFA National Coaching Staff) Assistant coach Kenji Haneda (JFA National Coaching Staff) Goalkeeper coach Yukiya Hamano (JFA National Coaching Staff) Physical coach Yoshiharu Yano (JFA National Coaching Staff) Technical staff Shigeyuki Ochi (JFA Technical House) Daisuke Sugawara (JFA Technical House) Manager history This section needs expansion.
Japan national under-23 football team - WikipediaJapan U23AssociationJapan Football AssociationConfederationAFC (Asia)Sub-confederationEAFF (East Asia)Head coachLee Woo-youngMost capsKensuke NagaiKeigo HigashiReo Hatate(31 each)Top scorerShoya Nakajima (19)FIFA codeJPN First colours Second colours First international Malaysia 1–1 Japan (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; December 1990)Biggest win Japan 13–0 Philippines (Hong Kong; 12 June 1999)Biggest defeat Denmark 6–1 Japan (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 6 February 1994)Summer Olympic GamesAppearances7 (first in 1996)Best resultFourth place (2012, 2020)Asian GamesAppearances5 (first in 2002)Best result Gold medalists (2010)AFC U-23 ChampionshipAppearances5 (first in 2013)Best result Champions (2016) The Japan national under-23 football team（Japanese: U-23サッカー日本代表）is a national association football youth team of Japan and is controlled by the Japan Football Association.
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The team won the gold medal at the 2010 Asian Games and were champions in the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship. Since 1992, it was decided that teams targeting athletes under the age of 23 will participate in the Olympics (additional provisions for overage limits have been added since 1996). Therefore, the name changes to Japan national under-22 football team the year before the Olympics and Japan national under-21 football team two years prior. The exception to this is the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which has been postponed for one year, so in 2021, the team will be called the Japan national under-24 football team.
 Current U-22 squad The following players were called up for the 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualification, where they played against Cambodia and Hong Kong, in October 2021.  Current U-21 squad The following players were called up for friendly matches against Spain and Portugal on 18 and 22 November 2022, respectively.  Recent U-23, U-22, and U-21 call-ups The following players have been called up to an under-23, under-22, or under-21 squad in the past 12 months. Each players' age and clubs are updated frequently. (Players are listed within position group by order of latest call-up, seniority, caps, goals, and then alphabetically) Previous squads Bold indicates winning squads Olympic Games 1996 Summer Olympics Squad 2000 Summer Olympics Squad 2004 Summer Olympics Squad 2008 Summer Olympics Squad 2012 Summer Olympics Squad 2016 Summer Olympics Squad 2020 Summer Olympics Squad AFC U-23 Asian Cup 2013 AFC U-22 Championship Squad 2016 AFC U-23 Championship Squad 2018 AFC U-23 Championship Squad 2020 AFC U-23 Championship Squad 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup Squad Asian Games 2002 Asian Games Squad 2006 Asian Games Squad 2010 Asian Games Squad 2014 Asian Games Squad 2018 Asian Games Squad Records As of 23 September 2022 Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
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