When the J.League was launched each club was mandated to have a commitment to youth development. Beginning in 1994 the J-Youth Cup was launched as a vehicle for club sides to play matches at junior level. By the turn of the century the emphasis on youth football was further enshrined when the league insisted every current and future club must establish junior or school teams in addition to under-15 and under-18 sides and their reserve sides. Players saw a clear [...]
Newly crowned AFC Women's Player of the Year Katrina Gorry speaks about her award, playing football with boys, working part time in a cafe, the 2015 Women's World Cup and life as a female footballer.