Rumi began to play football from the age of two. She played for her local football club from childhood, training with the boys. At the age of 14, she joined NTV Bereza, a leading Japanese women’s league club. She made her debut for the Japanese national team at the age of 16, and has been contributing to their success ever since.

She turned professional at the age of 21, transferring to Montpellier HSC in France at the same time. She was a member of the FIFA World Cup winning team the following year.

Today, she continues to play an integral part for the Japanese national team, and is also the core player for Seattle Reign FC in USA. She is highly technically gifted, as demonstrated in her style of play, especially her left foot which can produce defense splitting, game changing passes with unerring accuracy from the back line to the front.

Youth career 1994 – 2000 Kawasaki Wings FC
1998 – 2000 Kawasaki Frontale Junior
Senior career 2001 – 2002 NTV Menina, JAPAN
2002 – 2010 NTV Beleza, JAPAN
2010 – 2016 Montpellier HSC, FRANCE
2016 - Seattle Reign FC, USA
National Team 2005 ‐ 2008 JAPAN U20
2005 ‐ JAPAN
Rumi Utsugi
Date of birth 5th December 1988
Place of birth Kanagawa, Japan
Height 168cm
Current club Seattle Reign FC, USA
Playing position Midfielder