Football in Costa Rica
Football is indisputably the king of sports in Costa Rica. Several appearances at final competitions of FIFA championships and numerous players (such as Paulo Cesar Wanchope at Manchester City/England, Winston Parks at Udinese/Italy or Ronald Gomez at Oti Creta/Greece), who have broken into top European leagues, bear testimony to the quality of Costa Rican football. The national association conducts one of the best youth development programmes in Central America, guaranteeing success and consistency in their football development. Ten players who had played for U-17 and U-20 national teams at previous FIFA world championships reappeared at the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan?.
The first Goal Project
The multifunctional sports complex currently under construction will serve as a glowing advertisement for the quality of Costa Rican football. The complex is regarded as the most comprehensive in all Central America. In addition to natural turf playing surfaces, accommodation and offices, futsal and beach soccer pitches are also being planned. The association can rely on administrative and financial support from the government. As well as donating the land, the authorities also pledged USD 1.1 million to the project. «Thanks to the commitment shown by Joseph S. Blatter and Jack Warner, Costa Rica will have a sports complex that will not only be used by the senior national squad but also by youth and women's teams as well as beach soccer and futsal sides. We are proud that our players will soon be able to train in this modern complex and make the most of the amenities to improve their skills,» enthused the Costa Rican FA in an official media release.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Sports complex for the Costa Rican football association
Project approved
29 October 2001
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 475,000 Government USD 975,000 and land Total cost USD 1,850,000