Homare Sawa (澤 穂希, Sawa Homare, born 6 September 1978) is a former Japanese professional football player. She was captain of the Japan women's national football team that won gold at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and led the team to the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2012, she was named the 2011 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year. in the Nadeshiko League Division 1. She previously played for the Atlanta Beat of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), NTV Beleza, the Washington Freedom of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS), and INAC Kobe Leonessa.