Asian Qualifiers (Under 19)

In order to qualify for the World Youth Tournament (for players under 19 years of age), Japan had to compete in the Asian Tournament. This qualifying tournament consisted of:

  • A group stage, with the winners of each group advancing to the final tournament.
  • A final tournament, with two groups of 5 teams, two of each advancing to the semifinals, and the winners of the semifinals playing the final and qualifying for the World Youth Tournament.

For the first stage, Japan won the competition in Group D. All the matches of this group took place in Japan, so our heroes had the advantage of playing at home:

Group D Standings

1Japan (U19)330011569
2Thailand (U19)3201275226
3Taiwan (U19)3012214-121
4Guam (U19)3012117-161

For the second stage, that took place in Indonesia, Japan finished first in Group B, with Saudi Arabia finishing second. In the other group (A), South Korea finished first and Irak in second place. In the knockout phase Japan  won against Irak in the semifinals and against South Korea in the final. Here you have the results of the final Asian Tournament:

Group A (2nd Stage)

Group B Standings (2nd Stage)

1Japan (U19)44002451912
2Saudi Arabia (U19)43015419
3China (U19)42028716
4UAE (U19)401309-91
5Uzbekistan (U19)4013113-121

Best Player of the Tournament: Tsubasa Ozora (Japan).

Top Scorer: Kojiro Hyuga (Japan).

Best goalkeeper: Ken Wakashimazu (Japan).

Best defender: Mark Owairan (Saudi Arabia).

Best midfielder: Tsubasa Ozora (Japan).

Best forward: Kojiro Hyuga (Japan).

Top Goalkeepers

RankPlayerTeamPositionGoals per Game
1Picture of WakashimazuWakashimazuJapan (U19)GK0.002
2Picture of MorisakiMorisakiJapan (U19)GK0.502
3Picture of Genzo WakabayashiWakabayashiJapan (U19)GK1.004