|Date of birth||24 May 1958|
|Place of birth||Yamagata Prefecture, Japan|
|2006–2007||Japan Women U20|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 July 2011|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 July 2011
Sasaki was the head coach of the Japan women's national football team when they won the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. FIFA named Sasaki 2011 "Coach of the Year". He also coached the national team to a second-place finish at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Sasaki announced his retirement from coaching in 2012, but was persuaded to stay on as national team coach.
- FIFA World Coach of the Year, 2011
- FIFA.com, FIFA Ballon d'Or: Norio Sasaki; retrieved 2012-10-12.
- FIFA is an acronym. FIFA stands for Fédération Internationale de Football Association, which is the commonly used French name of the International Federation of Association Football.
- Baxter, Kevin. "Japanese soccer team gets upgrade ...," Los Angeles Times. August 11, 2012; retrieved 2012-8-17.
- Westlake, Adam. "Nadeshiko Japan coach Sasaki to step down after London Olympics," Japan Daily Press. August 9, 2012; retrieved 2012-8-17.
- Meiji University, "Norio Sasaki, coach of Nadeshiko Japan and a graduate of Meiji University, receives the FIFA Women’s Football Coach of the Year prize, the first-ever such feat for an Asian national," January 11, 2012; retrieved 2012-8-17.
- なでしこジャパン（日本女子代表チーム）新監督に佐々木 則夫氏が就任 ("Norio Sasaki appointed new coach of women's national team") at Japan Football Association (in Japanese)