Jordan hosts the Japanese Women’s National Team in a friendly international that will be held in Amman on Friday, November 24, as part of the team’s preparations for the upcoming AFC Women’s Asian Cup and World Cup qualifiers, which Jordan hosts in April, 2018.

Japan’s encounter  will be imminent to evaluate the ongoing preparations and development process, as it will provide the coaching staff with a lot of information on what needs to be done in the upcoming phase of preparations ahead of Asian Cup kickoff next April.

Nadeshiko Japan are the Asian champions and World Cup runner-ups, and are considered one of the world’s best nations in women’s football throughout the past decade.

Under the guidance of Jordan FA President, HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, the support to the Asian Cup and Women’s World Cup Qualifiers preparation program has been unprecedented.

The team held a number of training camps in Bosnia, Croatia, USA, Latvia, Cyprus, as well as hosting the Algerian team in Amman, and Olympique De Marseille in Aqaba.

Jordan WNT will also travel to Turkey for a training camp after the Japan encounter, while another camp will be held in Thailand in mid December.


Szpara completes Jordan WNT coaching staff

Jordan Football Association has officially appointed Janine Szpara as the Women’s National Team goalkeepers coach, to complete the coaching staff lead by Michael Dickey.

The technical staff now consists of head coach Micheal Dickey, supported by Columbian assistant coach Jorge Cruz, national coach Maher Abu Hantash, newly appointed goalkeepers coach Janine Szpara, and fitness coach Shannon Grady.

Dickey expressed his delight and praised Szpara for the experience which she will bring to the team. He said: “We’d like to welcome Janine to our National Team! She joins us from the United States, where she has been a coach of Youth National Teams, Clubs, and Colleges.”

“She will be an asset to the entire team from a field and goalkeeping standpoint. its great to have somebody with her professional background and attention to detail. We’re looking forward to having her on board in our mission to qualify to the Women’s World Cup.” He concluded.

Janine Szpara is one of the first players of the American Women’s National Team, she was among the US WNT squad during the period from 1986-1990, honored by US Soccer Hall of fame as member of the 1986 National Team.

Szpara started coaching in 1991, where she has worked as a coach and a goalkeeping coach on Women’s National Team, College, and Club levels. She worked as a coach with the U14, U15, and U17 US Women’s National Team.

She is also a certified goalkeeping coaching instructor, and she served as staff coach at the Olympic Development Program for over 12 years.