Sawa in profile
|Full name||Homare Sawa|
|Date of birth||September 6, 1978|
|Place of birth||Tokyo, Japan|
|Height||1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Women's Association football|
As a professional athlete, she was played with the Women's United Soccer Association from 2001 to 2003.
In 2004 she was named Women's Player of the Year for the Asian Football Confederation.
In 2009 and 2010, Sawa was part of Women's Professional Soccer.
She participated in the last five FIFA Women's World Cups.
She retired after the 2012 Olympics. In her career, she played 186 games for the Japanese national team, and scored 81 goals. No Japanese player has played in that many games or scored that many goals for Japan.
In 2012, Sawa was named the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year. In ceremonies in Switzerland, she was awarded the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or. Japanese government officials commented that Sawa and her team-mates inspired confidence after the devastation caused by 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. 
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- Women's Professional Soccer, "WPS Holds Initial International Draft," September 24, 2008; retrieved 2012-3-12.
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- CBC Sports, "Team profile: Japan"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
- SportsReference.com (SR/Olympics), Homare Sawa; retrieved 2012-3-12.
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- Reuters, "Soccer-Japan's Sawa set to quit international game" Reuters, August 11, 2011; retrieved 2012-8-11
- FIFA.com, "Homare Sawa at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2011 Gala," January 9, 2012; retrieved 2012-3-12.
- "Japan's Women on Top of the World," Highlighting Japan, October 2011; "Japan's PM hails FIFA award-winning captain, coach," Xinhua. January 10, 2012; retrieved 2012-3-23.