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Costa Rica women's national football team

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.

Costa Rica
Nickname(s)La Sele (The Selection)
La Tricolor (The Tricolor)
AssociationFederación Costarricense de Fútbol
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean)
Sub-confederationCentral American Football Union (Central America)
Head coachAmelia Valverde
CaptainShirley Cruz Traña
Home stadiumEstadio Nacional de Costa Rica
FIFA codeCRC
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 37 Decrease 1 (12 July 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)

Contents

HistoryEdit

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 recordEdit

World CupEdit

World Cup Finals
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1991 Did Not Qualify
  1995 Did Not Enter
  1999 Did Not Qualify
  2003 Did Not Qualify
  2007 Did Not Qualify
  2011 Did Not Qualify
  2015 Group stage 18th 3 0 2 1 3 4
  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
  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 CupEdit

Women's Gold Cup
Year Result Matches Wins Draws* Losses GF GA GD
  1991 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 2 11 −9
  1993 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
  1994 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
  1998 Third Place 5 3 0 2 11 7 +4
  2000 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 2 18 −16
   2002 Fourth Place 5 2 0 3 8 14 −6
  2006 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
  2010 Fourth Place 5 2 0 3 4 11 −7
  2014 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 10 9 +1
  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 GamesEdit

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
  1999   6 1 1 4 4 17
  2003 5th 2 0 0 2 2 5
  2007 Did Not Qualify
  2011 6th 3 0 1 2 5 8
  2015 5th 3 1 0 2 2 5
  2019 Qualified
Total 5/6 14 2 2 10 13 35

Recent schedule and resultsEdit

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

2018Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were pre-called up for the 2019 Pan American Games.[5]

Caps and goals as of 8 December 2016

Head coach: Amelia Valverde

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Noelia Bermúdez (1994-09-20) 20 September 1994 (age 24) 3 0   UCR
1GK Fabiana Solano (2001-10-22) 22 October 2001 (age 17)   Arenal Coronado
1GK Priscila Tapia   AD Moravia
1GK Gabriela Valverde   Saprissa

2DF Lixy Rodríguez (1990-11-04) 4 November 1990 (age 28) 63 2   Tacón
2DF Karol Sánchez (1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 (age 33) 45 2   AD Moravia
2DF Daniela Cruz (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 28) 38 6   Espanyol
2DF Fabiola Sánchez (1993-04-09) 9 April 1993 (age 26) 16 3   Codea
2DF Gabriela Guillén (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 (age 27) 11 0   Saprissa
2DF María Paula Elizondo (1998-11-30) 30 November 1998 (age 20) 4 0   Saprissa
2DF María Paula Coto (1998-03-02) 2 March 1998 (age 21) 3 0   AD Moravia
2DF Stephannie Blanco (2000-12-13) 13 December 2000 (age 18)   Arenal Coronado
2DF Valeria del Campo (2000-02-15) 15 February 2000 (age 19)   Saprissa
2DF Valery Sandoval   Codea

3MF Shirley Cruz (1985-08-28) 28 August 1985 (age 33) 73 24 Unattached
3MF Katherine Alvarado (c) (1991-04-11) 11 April 1991 (age 28) 66 20   Espanyol
3MF Gloriana Villalobos (1999-08-20) 20 August 1999 (age 19) 24 2   Saprissa
3MF Mariana Benavides (1994-12-26) 26 December 1994 (age 24) 22 4   Arenal Coronado
3MF Sharon Jiménez   Dimas Escazú
3MF María Paula Porras (2002-03-18) 18 March 2002 (age 17)   Saprissa
3MF María José Morales (1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 (age 23) 0 0   AD Moravia

4FW Melissa Herrera (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 22) 38 17   Stade de Reims
4FW Priscila Chinchilla (2001-07-11) 11 July 2001 (age 18)   Codea
4FW Catalina Estrada   Saprissa
4FW María Paula Salas (2002-07-12) 12 July 2002 (age 17)   Saprissa
4FW Sofía Varela   Saprissa

Recent call-upsEdit

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Yolian Salas (1997-04-07) 7 April 1997 (age 22) 1 0   AD Moravia 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship
GK Daniela Solera (1997-07-21) 21 July 1997 (age 21)   KuPS 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship

DF Wendy Acosta (1989-12-19) 19 December 1989 (age 29) 56 18   AD Moravia 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship
DF Gipzy Prieto (2001-03-20) 20 March 2001 (age 18)   AD Pococi 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE

MF Cristín Granados (1989-08-19) 19 August 1989 (age 29) 72 12   AD Moravia 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship
MF Raquel Rodríguez (1993-10-28) 28 October 1993 (age 25) 49 31   Sky Blue FC 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship
MF María Fernanda Barrantes (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 23) 32 21   Deportivo Saprissa 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship
MF Mariela Campos (1991-01-04) 4 January 1991 (age 28) 0 0   Deportivo Saprissa 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship
MF Fabiola Villalobos (1998-03-13) 13 March 1998 (age 21) 5 0   Deportivo Saprissa 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE
MF Kendry Prieto (2000-02-24) 24 February 2000 (age 19)   AD Pococi 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE

FW Diana Sáenz (1989-04-15) 15 April 1989 (age 30) 62 1   AD Moravia 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE
FW Karla Villalobos (1989-07-16) 16 July 1989 (age 30) 22 12   UCR 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE
FW Katheryn Arroyo (1996-12-13) 13 December 1996 (age 22) 7 0   UCEM Alajuela 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE
FW Diana Araya (1996-10-09) 9 October 1996 (age 22)   Pococi FC 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE
FW Hillary Corrales (1999-12-04) 4 December 1999 (age 19)   Deportivo Saprissa 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE

Previous squadsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  2. ^ "COSTA RICA". Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Jamaica stuns Costa Rica, controversially, to set up dramatic Group B finale". 8 October 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Jamaica advance to face USWNT, Canada eliminates Costa Rica". 11 October 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  5. ^ https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D98TrQiW4AARAhA?format=jpg

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