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?.
Second Goal project
In order to turn the vision of the House of Football into reality, the Costa Rican football association intends to build its own administrative offices and headquarters at an existing sports complex in San António de Belén, Alajuela. Following its presentation to the Goal Bureau, the project was approved on 21 March 2007. It will be financed jointly by Goal and the association itself.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Association headquarters at a technical centre in San António de Belén, Alajuela
Project approved on
21 March 2007
Goal USD 400,000 Association USD 66,000 Total cost USD 466,000