Costa Rica women's national football team

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Costa Rica
Shirt badge/Association crest
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
FIFA code CRC
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 30 Decrease 1 (24 March 2017)
Highest 29 (December 2016)
Lowest 106 (March 2010)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2015)
Best result Group Stage (2015)
CONCACAF Championship
Appearances 6 (first in 1991)
Best result Runners-up (2014)

The Costa Rica women's national football team is the national women's team of Costa Rica and 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[edit]

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.

However, in 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship, Costa Rica surprisingly won silver, after losing 0-6 to the USA in the final. This losses, still, marking for the first time Costa Rica would play in a FIFA Women's World Cup held in Canada 2015. Therefore, it wrote history for Costa Rica women's team, making them more popular, after the men's team's successful Brazil 2014 campaign. Costa Rica women's, later, was drawn with Brazil, South Korea and Spain, in which Costa Rica was considered as the weakest team. Costa Rica almost rewrote history, after two shocking draws over Spain (1-1) and South Korea (2-2), but the 0-1 lost to Brazil had eliminated Costa Rica from the tournament as South Korea beat Spain 2-1.

Tournament record[edit]

World Cup[edit]

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
Total 1/7 - 3 0 2 1 3 4
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup[edit]

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
Total 6/9 26 12 1 13 37 70 -33
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Players[edit]

Squad for the Torneio Internacional feminino in Manaos (Brazil).

Caps and goals as of 8 December 2016

Head coach: Amelia Valverde

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Dinnia Díaz (1988-01-14) 14 January 1988 (age 29) 39 0 Costa Rica AD Moravia
1GK Yolian Salas (1997-04-07) 7 April 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Costa Rica AD Moravia

2DF Wendy Acosta (1989-12-19) 19 December 1989 (age 27) 56 18 Costa Rica AD Moravia
2DF Mariana Benavides (1994-12-26) 26 December 1994 (age 22) 22 4 Costa Rica C.S. Herediano
2DF Valeria del Campo 36 17 Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa
2DF María Paula Coto (1998-03-02) 2 March 1998 (age 19) 6 0 Costa Rica L.D. Alajuelense
2DF María Paula Elizondo (1998-11-30) 30 November 1998 (age 18) 4 0 Costa Rica Dimas Alajuela
2DF Gabriela Guillén (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 (age 25) 18 0 Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa
2DF Fabiola Villalobos (1998-03-13) 13 March 1998 (age 19) 5 0 United States Soccer Institute at Montverde Academy

3MF Katherine Alvarado (1991-04-11) 11 April 1991 (age 26) 66 20 Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa
3MF Mariela Campos 0 0 Costa Rica AD Moravia
3MF Fernanda Chavarría 1 0 Costa Rica Arenal Coronado
3MF Cristin Granados (1989-08-19) 19 August 1989 (age 27) 72 12 Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa
3MF María José Morales 0 0 Costa Rica AD Moravia
3MF Gloriana Villalobos (1999-08-20) 20 August 1999 (age 17) 24 2 Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa

4FW María Barrantes (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 21) 32 21 Costa Rica AD Moravia
4FW Indira González (1998-01-09) 9 January 1998 (age 19) 2 0 Costa Rica Dimas Escazú
4FW Melissa Herrera (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 20) 38 17 Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa
4FW Carolina Venegas (1991-09-28) 28 September 1991 (age 25) 49 17 Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa
4FW Karla Villalobos (1989-07-16) 16 July 1989 (age 27) 22 12 Costa Rica C.S. Herediano

Recent call-ups[edit]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Yirlania Arroyo (1986-05-28) 28 May 1986 (age 30) 40 0 United States Sky Blue FC v. 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
GK Noelia Bermúdez (1994-09-20) 20 September 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Spain Levante UD v.  United States; July 22, 2016
DF Carolina Ángulo 1 0 Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa v.  United States; July 22, 2016
DF Daniela Cruz (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 26) 38 6 Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa v.  China PR; April 11, 2016
DF Lixy Rodríguez (1990-11-04) 4 November 1990 (age 26) 63 2 Spain Santa Teresa CD v.  United States; July 22, 2016
DF Diana Sáenz (1989-04-15) 15 April 1989 (age 28) 62 1 United States Univ. of South Florida v.  United States; July 22, 2016
DF Carol Sánchez (1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 (age 31) 45 2 Costa Rica UD Moravia v.  Canada; February 19, 2016
DF Fabiola Sánchez (1993-04-09) 9 April 1993 (age 24) 16 3 United States Martin Methodist Redhawks v.  United States; July 22, 2016
DF Noelle Sanz (1995-01-21) 21 January 1995 (age 22) 1 0 United States Univ. of Alabama v. 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifyng
DF Emilie Valenciano (1997-02-15) 15 February 1997 (age 20) 4 0 Costa Rica L.D. Alajuelense v. 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Mayra Almazán (1994-09-07) 7 September 1994 (age 22) 1 0 United States PDA Slammers v. 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifyng
MF Shirley Cruz Traña (c) (1985-08-28) 28 August 1985 (age 31) 73 24 France Paris Saint-Germain v.  United States; July 22, 2016
FW Katheryn Arroyo (1996-12-13) 13 December 1996 (age 20) 7 0 Costa Rica UCEM Alajuela v.  El Salvador; October 2, 2015
FW Raquel Rodríguez (1993-10-28) 28 October 1993 (age 23) 49 31 United States Sky Blue FC v.  United States; July 22, 2016
FW Adriana Venegas (1991-06-12) 12 June 1991 (age 25) 10 5 Costa Rica C.S. Herediano v. 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

Previous squads[edit]

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