Soccer: Nadeshiko Japan Qualify For 2019 Women's World Cup

Soccer: Nadeshiko Japan qualify for 2019 Women's World Cup

Japan booked a ticket to the 2019 Women's World Cup with a 1-1 draw against Australia in the Asian Cup on Friday.

The result in their final Group B match at Amman International Stadium ensures Japan advance to the semifinals of the tournament, which serves as the official Asian qualifier for next year's Women's World Cup in France.

The top five teams at the Women's Asian Cup in Jordan -- the four semifinalists plus the winner of a fifth-place playoff -- earn qualification for the World Cup.

Reigning Asian Cup champions Nadeshiko Japan are aiming to defend the title they won for the first time four years ago in Vietnam.