Aya Miyama receives AFC Women’s Player of the Year Award

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The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) today marked Aya Miyama’s AFC Women’s Player of the Year 2015 Award in a ceremony in Osaka, Japan. The ceremony took place during the final round of the 2015-16 AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, currently being played in Osaka.
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Two other awards were also handed over to the winners at the same ceremony: AFC Youth Player of the Year 2015 – Women, which was received by Rikako Kobayashi (Japan), and AFC Fair Play Association of the Year 2015, which was won by the Japan Football Association (JFA).

AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said: “Women’s football has enormous global growth potential. The women’s game in Asia is world class and Japan has an enviable track record, with star players such as Aya Miyama. As the 2015 AFC Annual Awards showed again, efforts by the Japan Football Association are paying off across the board, as the JFA came first in various categories. I would like to congratulate the JFA for their exemplary success and hope other Member Associations will be able to learn from it.”

Japan was the Member Association that won most AFC annual awards in 2015, with an impressive total of eight awards:

AFC Member Association of the Year
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Japan Football Association

AFC Dream Asia Award
Japan Football Association

AFC National Team of the Year
Women
Japan Women’s National Team

AFC Coach of the Year
Women
Asako Takakura (JPN)

AFC Player of the Year
Women
Aya Miyama

AFC President Recognition Awards for Grassroots Football
Inspiring
Japan

AFC Fair Play Association of the Year
Japan Football Association
AFC Youth Player of the Year
Women
Rikako Kobayashi (JPN)

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