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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
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.

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 - 6 1 1 4 4 17
Dominican Republic 2003 - 2 0 0 2 2 5
Brazil 2007 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mexico 2011 - 3 0 1 2 5 8
Canada 2015 - 3 0 1 2 2 5
Peru 2019 Qualified
Total 4/5 14 1 3 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.

2018

Players

Current squad

The following 20 players were named to the squad for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship qualification.[5]

Caps and goals as of 8 December 2016

Head coach: Amelia Valverde

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Noelia Bermúdez (1994-09-20) 20 September 1994 (age 24) 3 0 Costa Rica UCR
18 1GK Daniela Solera (1997-07-21) 21 July 1997 (age 21) Colombia Atlético Huila

2 2DF Gabriela Guillén (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 (age 26) 18 0 Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa
4 2DF Mariana Benavides (1994-12-26) 26 December 1994 (age 23) 22 4 Costa Rica AD Moravia
6 2DF Carol Sánchez (1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 (age 32) 45 2 Costa Rica AD Moravia
8 2DF Daniela Cruz (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 27) 38 6 Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa
12 2DF Lixy Rodríguez (1990-11-04) 4 November 1990 (age 28) 63 2 Spain Tacón
19 2DF Fabiola Sánchez (1993-04-09) 9 April 1993 (age 25) 16 3 Israel F.C. Ramat HaSharon
20 2DF Wendy Acosta (1989-12-19) 19 December 1989 (age 28) 6 0 Costa Rica AD Moravia

7 3MF Melissa Herrera (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 22) 38 17 France Reims FF
9 3MF Gloriana Villalobos (1999-08-20) 20 August 1999 (age 19) 24 2 United States Florida State Seminoles
10 3MF Shirley Cruz (1985-08-28) 28 August 1985 (age 33) 73 24 China Jiangsu Suning
11 3MF Raquel Rodríguez (1993-10-28) 28 October 1993 (age 25) 49 31 United States Sky Blue FC
13 3MF Fabiola Villalobos (1998-03-13) 13 March 1998 (age 20) 5 0 Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa
14 3MF María Fernanda Barrantes (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 22) 32 21 Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa
15 3MF Cristin Granados (1989-08-19) 19 August 1989 (age 29) 72 12 Spain Tacón
16 3MF Katherine Alvarado (c) (1991-04-11) 11 April 1991 (age 27) 66 20 Spain Espanyol
5 3MF Mariela Campos 0 0 Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa

3 4FW María Paula Porras (1989-07-16) 16 July 1989 (age 29) Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa
17 4FW María Paula Salas (2002-07-12) 12 July 2002 (age 16) Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa

Recent call-ups

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Dinnia Díaz (1988-01-14) 14 January 1988 (age 30) 39 0 Costa Rica AD Moravia
GK Yolian Salas (1997-04-07) 7 April 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Costa Rica AD Moravia
GK Yirlania Arroyo (1986-05-28) 28 May 1986 (age 32) 40 0 v. 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
DF Wendy Acosta (1989-12-19) 19 December 1989 (age 28) 56 18 Costa Rica AD Moravia
DF Valeria del Campo 36 17 Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa
DF María Paula Elizondo (1998-11-30) 30 November 1998 (age 20) 4 0 Costa Rica Dimas Alajuela
DF Carolina Ángulo 1 0 Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa v.  United States; July 22, 2016
DF Diana Sáenz (1989-04-15) 15 April 1989 (age 29) 62 1 Costa Rica AD Moravia v.  United States; July 22, 2016
DF Noelle Sanz (1995-01-21) 21 January 1995 (age 23) 1 0 United States Univ. of Alabama v. 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying
DF Emilie Valenciano (1997-02-15) 15 February 1997 (age 21) 4 0 Costa Rica L.D. Alajuelense v. 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Fernanda Chavarría 1 0 Costa Rica Arenal Coronado
MF María José Morales 0 0 Costa Rica AD Moravia
MF Mayra Almazán (1994-09-07) 7 September 1994 (age 24) 1 0 United States PDA Slammers v. 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying
FW Indira González (1998-01-09) 9 January 1998 (age 20) 2 0 Costa Rica Dimas Escazú
FW Carolina Venegas (1991-09-28) 28 September 1991 (age 27) 49 17 Portugal Sporting CP
FW Katheryn Arroyo (1996-12-13) 13 December 1996 (age 21) 7 0 Costa Rica UCEM Alajuela v.  El Salvador; October 2, 2015
FW Adriana Venegas (1991-06-12) 12 June 1991 (age 27) 10 5 Costa Rica C.S. Herediano v. 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
FW Karla Villalobos (1989-07-16) 16 July 1989 (age 29) 22 12 Costa Rica UCR v. 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games
FW Hillary Corrales (1999-12-04) 4 December 1999 (age 19) Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa v. 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games

Previous squads

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "COSTA RICA". Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Jamaica stuns Costa Rica, controversially, to set up dramatic Group B finale". October 8, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Jamaica advance to face USWNT, Canada eliminates Costa Rica". October 11, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DlURRoRVsAAcaFp.jpg:large

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