Jordan showed just how far it has come in women’s football by being edged out 2-0 by World Cup finalists Japan in a friendly on Friday.
With the Kingdom hosting the 2018 AFC Asian Women’s Cup in April, the ladies showed they will be a tough team to play on home soil with an impressive performance against the 2015 World Cup runners-up to the USA at the King Abdullah Stadium in Al Qweismeh.
The game was settled by two first half goals for the team ranked eighth in the world, but coach Mike Dickey said that his team will have learned a lot from the game to take into their preparations.
Eight teams will take part in the Asian Cup including Japan, Australia, China, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Jordan.
The top five will qualify for the 2019 World Cup in France.