Japan wins first IBSA Women’s Blind Football Tournament
Date: May 6, 2017
Japan ran out winners of the inaugural IBSA Women's Blind Football Tournament, held today in Vienna, Austria.
The Japanese defeated an IBSA select team featuring players from Austria, Belgium, France and Germany, thanks to a second-half strike from Kimushima. The young Japanese striker was the top scorer in the tournament, hitting the net six times in four games.
Caption: Japan's women's blind football team celebrates with its medals and trophy.
A combined England-Greece select came third, beating Russia/Canada 1-0 in a penalty shoot-out after a goalless draw.
Results and final standings
Japan 2 (Kikushima 2) England/Greece select 0
Russia/Canada select 0 IBSA select 2 (Kühnlein 2)
Japan 2 (Kikushima 2) Russia/Canada select 0
England/Greece select 0 IBSA select 3 (Kühnlein 3)
Russia/Canada select 1 (Savostianova) England/Greece select 0
IBSA select 0 Japan 1 (Kikushima)
3rd-4th place play-off – England/Greece select 0 Russia/Canada select 0 (Eng/Greece wins penalty shoot out 1-0)
Final – IBSA select 0 Japan 1 (Kimushima)
The tournament was held at the end of a highly successful training camp for women in blind football. The camp and tournament brought together 74 participants from 16 countries, including 60 women.
The camp and tournament are part of the IBSA Blind Football Development Project Europe, developed thanks to support from UEFA, and were held in partnership with the Austrian Disability Sports Federation.
The IBSA Football Committee would like to thank Handi Life Sport and Goalfix Sports for supporting the event.
Caption: Japan (right) and the IBSA select team (left) line up before the final.