Costa Rica women's national football team


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 36 (25 June 2021)[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 then 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]

Team image


Nicknames

The Costa Rica women's national football team has been known or nicknamed as "La Sele (The Selection)" or "La Tricolor (The Tricolor)".

Home stadium

Costa Rica plays their home matches on the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica.

Results and fixtures


The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

Legend

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2021

20 February Friendly Mexico  3–1  Costa Rica Mexico City, Mexico
13:00 (UTC−6)
Report (SW) Stadium: Estadio Azteca
Referee: Diana Stephanía Pérez Borja (Mexico)
23 February Friendly Mexico  0–0  Costa Rica Mexico City, Mexico
13:00 (UTC−6) Report (SW) Stadium: Centro de Alto Rendimiento
Referee: Francia María González (Mexico)
13 June Friendly Costa Rica  3–1  Guatemala San José, Costa Rica
Report (SW)
Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica
Referee: Saphire Stockman (Costa Rica)
15 June Friendly Costa Rica  4–1  Guatemala Alajuela, Costa Rica
10:00 UTC−6
Report (SW)
  • Álvarez  76'
Stadium: Complejo Deportivo Fedefutbol-Plycem

Coaching staff


Current coaching staff

PositionNameRef.
Head coach Amelia Valverde

Manager history

Players


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

Current squad

The following players were named to the roster for two friendly matches against Guatemala on 15 June 2021.[5]

Caps and goals are updated as of 23 February 2021 after the match against  Mexico.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Noelia Bermúdez (1994-09-20) 20 September 1994 (age 26) 25 0 Alajuelense CODEA
18 1GK Génesis Pérez Coronado
23 1GK Daniela Solera (1997-07-21) 21 July 1997 (age 24) Santa Teresa

2 2DF Valeria del Campo (2000-12-15) 15 December 2000 (age 20) Saprissa
3 2DF María Paula Coto (1998-03-02) 2 March 1998 (age 23) 5 0 Herediano
4 2DF Mariana Benavides (1994-12-26) 26 December 1994 (age 26) 34 4 Herediano
8 2DF Daniela Cruz (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 30) 47 7 Saprissa
12 2DF Lixy Rodríguez (1990-11-04) 4 November 1990 (age 30) 75 2 Alajuelense CODEA
13 2DF Diana Sáenz (1989-04-15) 15 April 1989 (age 32) Herediano
15 2DF Stephannie Blanco (2000-12-13) 13 December 2000 (age 20) 11 1 Sporting de Huelva
22 2DF Cristel Sandí (1998-01-23) 23 January 1998 (age 23) 2 0 Dimas Escazú
25 2DF Diosa Barrett (1986-08-31) 31 August 1986 (age 34) Saprissa

5 3MF Cristín Granados (1989-08-19) 19 August 1989 (age 31) 74 12 Herediano
6 3MF Yaniela Arias (1998-04-25) 25 April 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Dimas Escazú
7 3MF Melissa Herrera (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 24) 47 20 Reims
9 3MF Gloriana Villalobos (1999-08-20) 20 August 1999 (age 21) 55 6 Herediano
10 3MF Shirley Cruz (captain) (1985-08-28) 28 August 1985 (age 35) 91 29 OL Reign
11 3MF Raquel Rodríguez (1993-10-28) 28 October 1993 (age 27) 74 43 Portland Thorns
14 3MF Priscila Chinchilla (2001-07-11) 11 July 2001 (age 20) 18 9 Glasgow City
16 3MF Katherine Alvarado (1991-04-11) 11 April 1991 (age 30) 77 20 Saprissa

17 4FW Fernanda Figueroa (1997-06-22) 22 June 1997 (age 24) Dimas Escazú
19 4FW Carolina Venegas (1991-09-28) 28 September 1991 (age 29) 51 17 Saprissa
20 4FW Fabiola Villalobos (1998-03-13) 13 March 1998 (age 23) 14 2 Alajuelense CODEA
21 4FW Sofía Varela (1998-03-28) 28 March 1998 (age 23) 11 1 Saprissa
24 4FW Catalina Estrada (1998-10-11) 11 October 1998 (age 22) Saprissa

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up to a Costa Rica squad in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Priscilla Tapia (1991-05-02) 2 May 1991 (age 30) 7 0 Herediano v.  Guatemala, 13 June 2021



FW María Paula Salas (2002-07-12) 12 July 2002 (age 19) 23 5 Alajuelense CODEA v.  Mexico, 23 February 2021

Notes:

  • PRE: Preliminary roster

Previous squads

Records


As of 21 February 2021
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

Competitive record


FIFA Women's World Cup

FIFA Women's World Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
1991 Did not qualify
1995Did not enter
1999
2003
2007
2011
2015Group stage18th302134
2019 Did not qualify
2023 To be determined
Total1/9302134
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
FIFA Women's World Cup history
YearRoundDateOpponentResultStadium
2015 Group stage9 June SpainD 1–1Olympic Stadium, Montreal
13 June South KoreaD 2–2
17 June BrazilL 0–1Moncton Stadium, Moncton

CONCACAF Women's Championship

CONCACAF Women's Championship record
Year Result Matches Wins Draws* Losses GF GA GD
1991Group Stage3102211−9
1993Did not enter
1994
1998Third Place5302117+4
2000Group Stage3012218−16
2002Fourth Place5203814−6
2006Did not qualify
2010Fourth Place5203411−7
2014Runners-up5401109+1
2018Group Stage310294+5
Total7/1029131154674−28
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Pan American Games

Pan American Games record
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
19996114417
20035th200225
2007Did Not Qualify
20116th301258
20155th310225
2019Qualified
Total5/61422101335

FIFA World Ranking


A line chart depicting the history of the Costa Rica's year-end placements in the FIFA World Rankings.

Last update was on June 25, 2021 Source:[6]

  Best Ranking    Worst Ranking    Best Mover    Worst Mover  

Costa Rica's FIFA World Ranking History
Rank Year Best Worst
Rank Move Rank Move
362021
35202035 136 1
37201936 138 1
37201832 137 3
33201730 133 1
29201629 430
34201534 337
37201437 340
4020134040
40201240 140
41201141 344 2
41201041 647 4
4620094646
46200845 348 1
48200748 150 1
49200646 249 1
4620054546 1
45200445 145
4620034546 1

See also


References


  1. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 25 June 2021. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  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. "La Sele Femenina golea a Guatemala en un provechoso fogueo". Costa Rican Football Federation (in Spanish). 15 June 2021. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  6. "Costa Rica in the FIFA World Ranking". Retrieved 26 July 2021.