In some regions, such as Penonome, football is all-pervasive. But this does not hide the fact that sports such as baseball, boxing and basketball predominate in Panama
, at least for the time being. One of the national association's most coveted objectives - participation in the final round of a FIFA competition - was realised when it qualified for the FIFA World Youth Championship UAE 2003. Its other national teams have also scored some impressive results. The U-17 team just missed qualifying for the final round of the CONCACAF championship, the senior national team has recently had a good run of success and the women's national team can lay claim to being the most improved team in Central America in a very short space of time.