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?.