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Costa Rica Women's National Football Team

Costa Rica
Nickname(s)
AssociationFederación Costarricense de Fútbol
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean)
Central American Football Union (Central America)
Head coachAmelia Valverde
CaptainShirley Cruz Traña
Home stadiumEstadio Nacional de Costa Rica
FIFA codeCRC
FIFA ranking
Current 38 Decrease 1 (27 September 2019)[1]
Highest29 (December 2016)
Lowest106 (March 2010)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2015)
Best resultGroup stage (2015)
CONCACAF Championship
Appearances6 (first in 1991)
Best resultRunners-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.

History

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.

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.

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.

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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

Tournament record

World Cup

World Cup Finals
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
China 1991 Did Not Qualify
Sweden 1995 Did Not Enter
United States 1999 Did Not Qualify
United States 2003 Did Not Qualify
China 2007 Did Not Qualify
Germany 2011 Did Not Qualify
Canada 2015 Group stage 18th 3 0 2 1 3 4
France 2019 Did Not Qualify
Total 1/8 - 3 0 2 1 3 4
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
FIFA Women's World Cup history
Year Round Date Opponent Result Stadium
Canada 2015 Group stage 9 June  Spain D 1-1 Olympic Stadium, Montreal
13 June  South Korea D 2-2
17 June  Brazil L 0-1 Moncton Stadium, Moncton

CONCACAF Championship and Gold Cup

Women's Gold Cup
Year Result Matches Wins Draws* Losses GF GA GD
Haiti 1991 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 2 11 -9
United States 1993 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Canada 1994 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Canada 1998 Third Place 5 3 0 2 11 7 +4
United States 2000 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 2 18 -16
United StatesCanada 2002 Fourth Place 5 2 0 3 8 14 -6
United States 2006 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Mexico 2010 Fourth Place 5 2 0 3 4 11 -7
United States 2014 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 10 9 +1
United States 2018 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 9 4 +5
Total 7/10 29 13 1 15 46 74 -28
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Pan American Games

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
Canada 1999 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 1 1 4 4 17
Dominican Republic 2003 5th 2 0 0 2 2 5
Brazil 2007 Did Not Qualify
Mexico 2011 6th 3 0 1 2 5 8
Canada 2015 5th 3 1 0 2 2 5
Peru 2019 Qualified
Total 5/6 14 2 2 10 13 35

Recent schedule and results

The following is a list of recent match results, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss

2019

Players

Up-to-date caps, goals, and statistics are not publicly available; therefore, caps and goals listed may be incorrect.

Current squad

The following 20 players were named to the roster for the friendly against  United States on 10 November 2019.[5]

Head coach: Amelia Valverde

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
13 1GK Dinnia Díaz (1988-01-14) 14 January 1988 (age 31) 24 0 Costa Rica CCDR Liberia
1 1GK Noelia Bermúdez (1994-09-20) 20 September 1994 (age 25) 18 0 Costa Rica Saprissa
18 1GK Priscilla Tapia (1991-05-02) 2 May 1991 (age 28) 5 0 Costa Rica AD Moravia

12 2DF Lixy Rodríguez (1990-11-04) 4 November 1990 (age 29) 71 2 Costa Rica CODEA-LDA
6 2DF Carol Sánchez (1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 (age 33) 53 5 Costa Rica AD Moravia
8 2DF Daniela Cruz (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 28) 45 7 Spain Espanyol
2 2DF Gabriela Guillén (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 (age 27) 19 0 Costa Rica Saprissa
15 2DF Stephannie Blanco (2000-12-13) 13 December 2000 (age 18) 7 1 Costa Rica AD Coronado
3 2DF María Paula Elizondo (1998-11-30) 30 November 1998 (age 20) 7 0 Costa Rica Saprissa
2DF María Paula Coto (1998-03-02) 2 March 1998 (age 21) 3 0 Costa Rica AD Moravia

10 3MF Shirley Cruz (captain) (1985-08-28) 28 August 1985 (age 34) 82 24 Costa Rica CODEA-LDA
16 3MF Katherine Alvarado (1991-04-11) 11 April 1991 (age 28) 72 20 Spain Espanyol
11 3MF Raquel Rodríguez (1993-10-28) 28 October 1993 (age 26) 57 35 United States Sky Blue FC
7 3MF Melissa Herrera (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 23) 42 18 France Stade de Reims
9 3MF Gloriana Villalobos (1999-08-20) 20 August 1999 (age 20) 31 2 Unattached
4 3MF Mariana Benavides (1994-12-26) 26 December 1994 (age 24) 29 4 Costa Rica AD Coronado
14 3MF Priscilla Chinchilla (2001-07-11) 11 July 2001 (age 18) 14 8 Costa Rica CODEA-LDA
19 3MF Valery Sandoval (2001-07-23) 23 July 2001 (age 18) 0 0 Costa Rica CODEA-LDA

17 4FW María Paula Salas (2002-07-12) 12 July 2002 (age 17) 17 5 Costa Rica Saprissa
20 4FW Viviana Chinchilla (1994-12-21) 21 December 1994 (age 24) 1 0 Costa Rica CODEA-LDA

Recent call-ups

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Fabiana Solano (2001-10-22) 22 October 2001 (age 18) Costa Rica ADFF Coronado 2019 Pan American Games PRE
GK Gabriela Valverde Costa Rica Saprissa 2019 Pan American Games PRE

DF Valeria del Campo (2000-02-15) 15 February 2000 (age 19) 1 0 Costa Rica Saprissa v.  Argentina, 1 September 2019
DF Fabiola Sánchez (1993-04-09) 9 April 1993 (age 26) 20 3 Costa Rica CODEA-LDA v.  Argentina, 1 September 2019

MF Yirlany Hernández 0 0 Costa Rica AD Pococí v.  Argentina, 1 September 2019
MF María José Morales (1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 (age 23) 1 0 Costa Rica AD Moravia v.  Argentina, 1 September 2019
MF Sharon Jiménez Costa Rica Dimas Escazú 2019 Pan American Games PRE

FW María Paula Porras (2002-03-18) 18 March 2002 (age 17) 6 1 Costa Rica Saprissa v.  El Salvador, 8 October 2019
FW Sofía Varela (1998-03-28) 28 March 1998 (age 21) 9 1 Costa Rica Saprissa v.  El Salvador, 8 October 2019
FW Catalina Estrada Costa Rica Saprissa 2019 Pan American Games PRE

Notes:

  • PRE: Preliminary roster

Previous squads

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 27 September 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "COSTA RICA". Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Jamaica stuns Costa Rica, controversially, to set up dramatic Group B finale". 8 October 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Jamaica advance to face USWNT, Canada eliminates Costa Rica". 11 October 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ https://twitter.com/fedefutbolcrc/status/1189969458170933248

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