17.12.2012. Japanese Institute of Sports Sciences (JISS), Tokyo, Japan. This is already our 3rd joint course with the Japanese Football Association (JFA) for promoting and implementing the FIFA 11+ injury prevention programme. A special thank to. Prof. T.Fukubayashi, M.Tsumaki and the assistants and friends Michiko, Hitomi, Mariko, Keigo, Hiroshi and Naoki.
30/11/11 – We meet Homare Sawa, jersey nr 10 and captain of NADESHIKO, and had a shooting/interview with her for 11+ promotion.
Sawa led the Japanese national team as captain to a World Championship victory and received the Golden Boot and Golden Ball awards as the top scorer (5 goals during the 2011 World Cup) and MVP in the tournament. After a 2-2 tie in front of a sellout crowd in Frankfurt, Germany, (with 1 goal by Sawa in the 117th minute), Japan won the penalty shootout 3-1, defeating the United States to win their first ever World Cup.
His team INAC Kobe Leoness played a friendly game against FC Arsenal in the same evening (final result 1:1).
28/11/11 – More than 80 participants were present at the 2nd official 11+ educational course and workshop, organized by JFA and F-MARC.
Our friend Prof. Dr. Toru Fukubayashi, head of JFA medical opened the course, superbly organized by Mr. Susumu Hiratsuka, JFA.
27/11/11 – Interview and photo-shooting with our friend Mr. Kohzo Tashima, Vice-president and General Secretary of JFA, who also expressed the importance of football for the japanese people in this very difficult year.
26/11/11 – Today we had a filming/photoshooting with 11 players of the Japan Football Women National team for 11+ promotion.
Nadeshiko (“pink flowers”) won the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 last June in Germany, beating the USA girls in an unforgettable final match.
F-MARC is proud of this cooperation with JFA, who provided an incredible support for this project.
My friend Cony von Grebel is as usual responsible for the multimedia coverage of these japanese 11+ days.
The final match was officiated by Ms Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany).
The Medical support for the referee selection was provided by F-MARC.