For the International Jr. Youth Tournament held in France, all japanese players who had a great performance in the 16th National middle school tournament from the top Middle school teams who made it up to semifinals or quarter-finals were chosen to join All Japan Jr. Youth training camp. Only 17 out of those 24 players would be chosen to take part in the Europe campaign. Later, with Tsubasa Ozora, Taro Misaki, Genzo Wakabayashi and Jun Misugi joining, the All Japan Jr. Youth team was formed with 21 players, after the training camp and the (West) Germany friendly matches campaign.
Home colors: blue shirt with JFA logo, white collar with a red ring, 3 white stripes on the sleeves, and white and red curves from the sleeves to the sides of the shirt, white shorts with blue stripes and blue socks.
Away colors: white shirt with JFA logo, blue collar with a red ring, 3 blue stripes on the sleeves, and blue and red curves from the sleeves to the sides of the shirt, blue shorts with white stripes and white socks.
The uniforms in this series are based on the uniforms worn by Japan between 1999 and 2000 (in the 1999 Copa América and the 2000 Asian Cup, for example).
According to assistant coach Jun Misugi, the Japanese core team only properly works if Tsubasa Ozora takes care of the middle field and be Japan's gamemaker, since other players such as Hikaru Matsuyama should be on the defense area (sweeper) and the Tachibana twins and Mitsuru Sano have problems being midfielders since they are used to be forwards. According to Misugi, Matsuyama has a keep ability, persistence, strength and willpower that suits a defender.
↑Who at the time was living in France with Ichiro Misaki and despite attending a French middle school, he did not want to join any soccer club as he felt his skills and potential was not enough for an International Jr. Youth Tournament. So he decided to accept Katagiri's invitation just after challenging France Jr. Youth captain Elle Sid Pierre and his team and was able to score a goal with the assitance of a then unknown Louis Napoleon.
↑Before being registered as a player, Misugi only joined the team as an assistant coach and later on accepted the role of a "super substitute" in times of need.
↑ 8.08.1Matsuyama was both registered as midfielder and defender until coach Mikami and Jun Misugi came up with a final squad which would be including Tsubasa Ozora as pivot player and the team's gamemaker.