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Nineteen-year-old Priscila scores late to lead Brazilian women's soccer team over Japan 4-3

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It's quite impressive that a country like Japan with few female soccer players and few in any (I don't know of any) HS soccer clubs to join can still stand toe to toe competitively with the best female soccer teams in the world. Very impressive.

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It's quite impressive that a country like Japan with few female soccer players and few in any (I don't know of any) HS soccer clubs to join can still stand toe to toe competitively with the best female soccer teams in the world. Very impressive.

Actually, Japan is currently ranked 8th. Above Brazil who are 9th.

Most of the Japanese team are playing overseas in Europe and the US - which is why they are always super competitive. Women/girls soccer has really boomed in Japan in the past 15 years, especially since the famous win in '11.

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Funny how FIFA rankings work. Even during the Nadeshikos' heyday, winning the WC, finishing second in the next one and winning silver at the Olympics, I don't think they were ever ranked higher than 3rd in the world.

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I know in the U.S. they have girls soccer from kindergarten up until they reach JHS or HS when they can join a soccer team. But in Japan? Where I'm living anyway, I can't think of one JHS or HS school in the whole prefecture which offers girls soccer clubs, and not any of the soccer programs like you see in the U.S. for young girls either. Maybe they play abroad, but I don't really see much of a foundation here for girl's soccer like there is in the U.S.

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