Aya Miyama is a Japanese football midfielder who currently plays for Okayama Yunogo Belle of the L. League. She is also a member of the Japan's national team that won the 2011 Women's World Cup. Miyama started her career as a football player in the club her father founded. She later joined NTV Beleza in 1999 after playing with Yomiuri Menina. Miyama joined L. League side Okayama Yunogo Belle in 2001.On November 24, 2008, Miyama was selected by Los Angeles Sol of the U.S. Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) in the 2008 WPS International Draft, and joined Sol in 2009. In the 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season, she had 6 assists but no goals. Miyama signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Beat on June 10, 2010. Miyama returned to Okayama Yunogo Belle in September 2010.
In the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup held in Shanghai, China, Miyama performed brilliantly in Japan's match against England, scoring the team's two goals both on direct free kicks, leading Japan to a draw. n Japan's first group stage match of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, she scored the go-ahead goal in Japan's win against New Zealand and was named Player of the Match. At the 2011 Women's World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, Miyama scored the winner - a curling free kick - to help Japan beat New Zealand, and netted Japan's first goal in the final against USA. Miyama was named the AFC Women's Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she led to the silver medal as a captain.
Lee Keun-ho (Men) and Aya Miyama (Women) are AFC Asian players of the Year!
The Asian Football Confederation hosted its annual awards at a glittering ceremony tonight with South Korean Lee Keun-ho becoming AFC Player of the Year and Japanese Aya Miyama becoming AFC Women’s Player of the Year.
Lee put in a series of except...