|Nickname(s)||La Sele (The Selection)|
La Tricolor (The Tricolor)
|Association||Federación Costarricense de Fútbol|
|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean)|
|Sub-confederation||Central American Football Union (Central America)|
|Head coach||Amelia Valverde|
|Captain||Shirley Cruz Traña|
|Home stadium||Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica|
|Current|| 37 |
|Highest||29 (December 2016)|
|Lowest||106 (March 2010)|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2015 )|
|Best result||Group Stage (2015)|
|Appearances||6 (first in 1991 )|
|Best result||Runners-up (2014)|
The Costa Rica women's national football team is controlled by the Costa Rican Football Federation. They are one of the top women's national football teams in the Central American region along with Guatemala.
The Costa Rican Football Federation, commonly known as FEDEFUTBOL or FEDEFUT, is the official association football governing body in Costa Rica and is in charge of the Costa Rican national team.
The Guatemala women's national football team is controlled by the Federación Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala. They are one of the top women's national football teams in the Central American region along with Costa Rica, having won the 1999 UNCAF championship.
The Costa Rican team just started to play an international match in 1990, when Central America was on struggle about developing women's football. The success of men's team helped the FCF to believe on the women's team. Their first tournament, was the 1991 CONCACAF Women's Championship when Costa Rica finished third and was out from the group stage.
The Costa Rica national football team is administered by the Costa Rican Football Federation (FEDEFUTBOL), the governing body for football in Costa Rica. They have been a member of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) since 1927, a member of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) since 1961, and a member of the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) since 1990.
The 1991 CONCACAF Women's Championship was the first staging of the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, the international women's association football tournament for North America, Central America and Caribbean nations organized by CONCACAF. The tournament took place in Port-au-Prince, Haiti between 18 and 27 April 1991 and consisted of 8 national teams. The matches were 80 minutes long.
Despite of this, Costa Rica started gaining success in 1998 CONCACAF Women's Championship and 1999 Pan American Games when Costa Rica won bronze both. But later, Costa Rica did not gain much successful achievement, as the national team was still on struggle under the shadow of men's team.
The 1998 CONCACAF Women's Championship was the first staging of the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, the international women's association football tournament for North America, Central America and Caribbean nations organized by CONCACAF. The final stage of the tournament took place at Etobicoke and Scarborough in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Canada took the sole automatic qualifying place for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup by finishing first. The runner-up, Mexico, qualified after defeating Argentina in a two-leg playoff in December 1998.
The 1999 Pan American Games, officially the XIII Pan American Games or the 13th Pan American Games, was a major international multi-sport event that was held from July 23-August 8, 1999, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Approximately 5,000 athletes from 42 nations participated at the games. The competition was marred by a total of 7 positive drug tests.
At the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship, Costa Rica surprisingly won silver, after losing 0-6 to the USA in the final. Their second place finish secured them a spot in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. This marked the first time Costa Rica would play in a FIFA Women's World Cup.
The 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship, the ninth edition of the CONCACAF Women's Championship/Gold Cup/Women's World Cup qualifying tournament, was a women's football tournament that took place in the United States between 15 and 26 October 2014. It served as CONCACAF's qualifier to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The top three teams qualified directly. The fourth placed team advanced to a play-off against the third placed team of the 2014 Copa América Femenina.
The United States Women's National Soccer Team (USWNT) represents the United States in international women's soccer. The team is the most successful in international women's soccer, winning three Women's World Cup titles, four Olympic women's gold medals, eight CONCACAF Gold Cups, and ten Algarve Cups. It medaled in every single World Cup and Olympic tournament in women's soccer history from 1991 to 2015, before being knocked out in the quarterfinal of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team is governed by United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF.
The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup was the seventh FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international women's football world championship tournament. The tournament was hosted by Canada for the first time and by a North American country for the third time. Matches were played in six cities across Canada in five time zones. The tournament began on 6 June 2015, and finished with the final on 5 July 2015 with a United States victory over Japan.
Costa Rica was drawn into a group with Brazil, South Korea and Spain for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Costa Rica secured two shocking draws over Spain (1-1) and South Korea (2-2), but the lost 1-0 to Brazil and were eliminated in the group stage.
The Brazil women's national football team played their first game on 22 July 1986 against the United States, losing 2–1.
The South Korea women's national football team represents South Korea in international women's football competitions. The team is referred to as the Korea Republic by FIFA. Its first game was a match against Japan in 1990, which it lost 13–1. Since then, it has qualified for two FIFA World Cups, in 2003 and 2015.
The Spain women's national football team represents Spain in international women's football since 1980, and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Spain.
At the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship, Costa Rica was hoping to once again qualify for the FIFA Women's World Cup. They won their first group match 8-0 over Cuba. However they lost their second match 1-0 to Jamaica in which they controversially had a goal disallowed in the second half.Costa Rica would lose their final group match to Canada 3-1, elimating their chances of qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.
The 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship was the 10th edition of the CONCACAF Women's Championship, the quadrennial international football championship organised by CONCACAF for the women's national teams of the North, Central American and Caribbean region. Eight teams played in the tournament, which took place from 4–17 October in the United States.
The FIFA Women's World Cup is an international football competition contested by the senior women's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's international governing body. The competition has been held every four years since 1991, when the inaugural tournament, then called the FIFA Women's World Championship, was held in China.
The Cuba women's national football team is the national women's football team of Cuba and is overseen by the Asociación de Fútbol de Cuba. In 2018, Cuba qualified for its first ever CONCACAF Women's Championship after finishing third in Caribbean Zone Qualifying.
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The following is a list of recent match results, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
|June 9, 2018 Friendly|| Chile ||4-0||Rancagua, Chile|
| López |
|Stadium: Estadio El Teniente|
|June 12, 2018 Friendly|| Chile ||2-2||Rancagua, Chile|
| Lara |
| G. Villalobos |
|Stadium: Estadio El Teniente|
|July 19, 2018 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games - Group Stage|| Colombia ||0-1||Barranquilla|
|15:00|| G. Villalobos ||Stadium: Estadio Moderno Julio Torres |
Referee: Francia González (Mexico)
|July 21, 2018 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games - Group Stage|| Costa Rica ||2-1||Barranquilla|
|16:00|| Shaw ||Referee: Crystal Sobers (Trinidad and Tobago)|
|July 23, 2018 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games - Group Stage|| Costa Rica ||2-1||Barranquilla|
|16:00|| Viso ||Stadium: Estadio Moderno Julio Torres |
Referee: Suleimy Linarez (Cuba)
|July 27, 2018 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games - Semi-Final|| Costa Rica ||2-0||Barranquilla|
|19:00||Stadium: Estadio Moderno Julio Torres |
Referee: María González (Mexico)
|July 30, 2018 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games - Gold Medal Match|| Costa Rica ||1-3||Barranquilla|
|19:00|| Alvarado ||Stadium: Estadio Moderno Julio Torres |
Referee: Odette Hamilton (Jamaica)
|August 27, 2018 2018 CONCACAF qualification|| Costa Rica ||11-0||IMG Academy Field 11, Bradenton|
|10:00|| Herrera |
|August 29, 2018 2018 CONCACAF qualification|| Costa Rica ||4-1||IMG Academy Field 6, Bradenton|
|August 31, 2018 2018 CONCACAF qualification|| Costa Rica ||3-1||IMG Academy Field 11, Bradenton|
|5 October 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship|| Costa Rica ||8-0|| Cuba ||H-E-B Park, Edinburg|
|17:00|| Herrera |
|8 October 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship|| Jamaica ||1-0|| Costa Rica ||H-E-B Park, Edinburg|
|17:00|| Shaw |
The following 20 players were named to the squad for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship qualification.
Head coach: Amelia Valverde
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Noelia Bermúdez||20 September 1994||3||0|
|18||GK||Daniela Solera||21 July 1997|
|2||DF||Mario Salazar||1 March 1992||18||0|
|4||DF||Mariana Benavides||26 December 1994||22||4|
|6||DF||Carol Sánchez||16 April 1986||45||2|
|8||DF||Daniela Cruz||8 March 1991||38||6|
|12||DF||Lixy Rodríguez||4 November 1990||63||2|
|19||DF||Fabiola Sánchez||9 April 1993||16||3|
|20||DF||Wendy Acosta||19 December 1989||6||0|
|7||MF||Melissa Herrera||10 October 1996||38||17|
|9||MF||Gloriana Villalobos||20 August 1999||24||2|
|10||MF||Shirley Cruz||28 August 1985||73||24|
|11||MF||Raquel Rodríguez||28 October 1993||49||31|
|13||MF||Fabiola Villalobos||13 March 1998||5||0|
|14||MF||María Fernanda Barrantes||25 January 1996||32||21|
|15||MF||Cristin Granados||19 August 1989||72||12|
|16||MF||Katherine Alvarado (c)||11 April 1991||66||20|
|3||FW||María Paula Porras||16 July 1989|
|17||FW||María Paula Salas||12 July 2002|
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Dinnia Díaz||14 January 1988||39||0|
|GK||Yolian Salas||7 April 1997||1||0|
|GK||Yirlania Arroyo||28 May 1986||40||0||v. 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|DF||Wendy Acosta||19 December 1989||56||18|
|DF||Valeria del Campo||36||17|
|DF||María Paula Elizondo||30 November 1998||4||0|
|DF||Carolina Ángulo||1||0||v. |
|DF||Diana Sáenz||15 April 1989||62||1||v. |
|DF||Noelle Sanz||21 January 1995||1||0||v. 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying|
|DF||Emilie Valenciano||15 February 1997||4||0||v. 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|MF||María José Morales||0||0|
|MF||Mayra Almazán||7 September 1994||1||0||v. 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying|
|FW||Indira González||9 January 1998||2||0|
|FW||Carolina Venegas||28 September 1991||49||17|
|FW||Katheryn Arroyo||13 December 1996||7||0||v. |
|FW||Adriana Venegas||12 June 1991||10||5||v. 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|FW||Karla Villalobos||16 July 1989||22||12||v. 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games|
|FW||Hillary Corrales||4 December 1999||v. 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games|
The Honduras national football team nicknamed Los Catrachos, La Bicolor or La H, is governed by the Federación Nacional Autónoma de Fútbol de Honduras (FENAFUTH). To date, the team has qualified three times for the FIFA World Cup, in 1982, 2010 and 2014.
The Jamaica national football team is controlled by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), the governing body for football in Jamaica. A member of CFU and CONCACAF, Jamaica has won the Caribbean Cup six times, with their latest win being the 2014 Caribbean Cup when they beat Trinidad and Tobago in the final. Jamaica finished as the runner-up in the 2015 and 2017 editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which was their best performance in the competition; losing to Mexico and USA.
El Salvador national football team is governed by the Salvadoran Football Federation (FESFUT).
The Suriname national football team represent Suriname in international football. It is controlled by the Surinamese Football Association.
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The Trinidad & Tobago women's national football team is commonly known in their country as the "Soca Princesses", but they prefer to be called the Women Soca Warriors. They are one of the top women's national football teams in the Caribbean region along with Jamaica and Haiti. Trinidad & Tobago women's national football team is currently coached by Richard Hood, who replaced Randy Waldrum in 2016.
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Óscar Esaú Duarte Gaitán is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for Spanish club RCD Espanyol and the Costa Rica national team as a central defender.
The Panama women's national football team is overseen by the Federación Panameña de Fútbol. After a 12 year absence, the team will return to the CONCACAF Women's Championship in 2018 after finishing second in UNCAF zone qualifying.
The Antigua and Barbuda women's national football team, nicknamed The Benna Girls, is the national women's football team of Antigua and Barbuda and is overseen by the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, a member of the CONCACAF and the Caribbean Football Union.
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The 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship was a scheduled age-restricted international association football tournament organised by CONCACAF. The competition was used to determine the four CONCACAF representatives at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. The competition was hosted by Honduras.
The 2004 CONCACAF Futsal Championship was the 3rd edition of the CONCACAF Futsal Championship, the quadrennial international futsal championship organised by CONCACAF for the men's national teams of the North, Central American and Caribbean region. The tournament was held in Heredia, Costa Rica between 23 July–1 August 2004. A total of eight teams played in the tournament.