Costa Rica

The past
Following a deserved second-place finish in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament, Costa Rica took part in the inaugural FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup in 2008. In New Zealand, Las Ticas came last in an extremely difficult group which included eventual champions Korea DPR and bronze medallists Germany.

The present
Ever since Costa Rica were awarded hosting rights for this World Cup, coach Juan Diego Quesada has stepped up his search for young talent to build a strong and competitive team. As well as that newly-found talent, he has been helped by institutional support which has enabled not only good training facilities, but also the possibility of playing practice matches which will see the players gain invaluable experience ahead of the big date.

The future
“Our responsibility at the World Cup is to entertain, play with a clear strategy and to fight for the full 90 minutes,” Quesada said. “I have high hopes and I’m excited by the tournament. The aim is to get to the second round and compete on even terms with the big teams.”