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Monday, 14th May 2012
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Fifa unveils official Japan 2012 emblem

Football's world governing body Fifa today (May 14th) unveiled the official emblem for this year's U-20 Women's World Cup due to be held in Japan.

Making the presentation at the Japan Football Association (JFA) headquarters, football bosses in the country also announced the official tournament ambassadors ahead of the showcase event.

Two members of the Japan Women's team that won last year's Fifa Women's World Cup – Aya Miyama and Homare Sawa – will represent the country throughout the tournament.

"Irrespective of age and sex I would like all fans to support the young Japan Women's team and take the opportunity to see the best young players from around the world," said Miyama, who plays for Okayama Yunogo Belle.

This year's official emblem is dominated by the image of a paper crane, which Fifa say is representative of Japanese tradition and hope, while its pink colour depicts the youthful women contesting the football tournament.

A pink heart also features on the logo, which is there to demonstrate Japan's gratitude to Fifa and the rest of world football for their support following last year's disasters.

The tournament kicks off on August 19th and runs until September 8th.


Written by Mark Smith

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