|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America)|
|Head coach||Rónald González Brenes|
|Most caps||Walter Centeno (137)|
|Top scorer||Rolando Fonseca (47)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Nacional|
|Current||50 4 (22 October 2020)|
|Highest||13 (February-March 2015)|
|Lowest||93 (July 1996)|
|Current||53 5 (19 November 2020)|
|Highest||13 (11 March 1960)|
|Lowest||81 (March 1983)|
| Costa Rica 7-0 El Salvador |
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 14 September 1921)
| Costa Rica 12-0 Puerto Rico |
(Barranquilla, Colombia; 10 December 1946)
| Mexico 7-0 Costa Rica |
(Mexico City, Mexico; 17 August 1975)
|Appearances||5 (first in 1990)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (2014)|
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup|
|Appearances||20 (first in 1963)|
|Best result||Champions (1963, 1969, 1989)|
|Appearances||5 (first in 1997)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (2001, 2004)|
|Appearances||14 (first in 1991)|
|Best result||Champions (1991, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014)|
The Costa Rica national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Costa Rica) represents Costa Rica in men's international football. The national team is administered by the Costa Rican Football Federation (FEDEFUTBOL), the governing body for football in Costa Rica. It has been a member of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) since 1927, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) since 1961, and a member of the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) since 1990.
Costa Rica is the most successful national football team in history from the region of Central America. Winning three CONCACAF Championships (1963, 1969, 1989) and leading the Copa Centroamericana tournament with four championships up until 2017, when it was absorbed into the CONCACAF Nations League. Costa Rica is the only national team in Central America to have played in five FIFA World Cup editions. Costa Rica's national football team has the all-time highest average Football Elo Ranking in Central America with 1597.1, and the all-time highest Football Elo Ranking in Central America, with 1806 in 2014.
Since the late 1980s, the team has continuously been visible as a solidly competitive side, with a prominent performance in the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, making it to the knockout stage in their debut after finishing second in their group during the first phase, below Brazil. They also managed to qualify for the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.
In 2014, Costa Rica achieved their best performance in history by finishing first in their group that consisted of three former World Cup champions: Uruguay, Italy, and England. During the round 16 they defeated Greece 5-3 via a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw. Moreover, during their match against the Greek team, Keylor Navas saved more than 15 shots. They reached the quarter-finals for the first time but were defeated by the Netherlands, also in a penalty shootout (3-4) after a scoreless draw on 5 July. Their 2018 World Cup campaign ended in a fourth place group stage exit, with their only point coming from a 2-2 draw against Switzerland.
The national team made its debut in the Independence Centenary Games held in Guatemala City in September 1921, winning their first game 7-0 against El Salvador. In the final, Costa Rica defeated 6-0 Guatemala to claim the trophy.
Costa Rica's team in the late 1940s acquired the nickname "The Gold Shorties". Throughout the '50s and '60s, they were the second strongest team in the CONCACAF zone behind Mexico, finishing runners-up in World Cup qualifying in the 1958, 1962 and 1966 qualifiers. Stars of the side during this period included Ruben Jimenez, Errol Daniels, Leonel Hernandez and Edgar Marin. However, Costa Rica was not able to utilize this advantage, hence failed to reach any World Cup at that decade.
Costa Rica failed to qualify for any of the World Cups in the 1970s and 1980s, and did not reach the final round of the CONCACAF qualifying until the 1986 qualifiers.
They participated in two consecutive Summer Olympic Games, in Moscow 1980 and in Los Angeles 1984. In 1980, Costa Rica competed against Yugoslavia, Finland and Iraq in Group D, losing 3-2, 3-0 and 3-0 respectively. In Los Angeles, the Ticos lost 3-0 against the United States, and 4-1 against Egypt, but beat a strong Italy team, which included Walter Zenga, Pietro Vierchowod, Franco Baresi and Aldo Serena, 1-0 with a goal by the midfielder Enrique Rivers.
Costa Rica won the 1989 CONCACAF Championship to qualify for the finals of a World Cup for the first time. In the first round of the qualifiers, they beat Panama 3-1 on aggregate after a 2-0 away victory in the second leg, with goals by Juan Arnoldo Cayasso and Hernán Medford. They were drawn against Mexico in the second round, but advanced automatically when their opponents were disqualified for youth player age tampering.
Costa Rica started the final qualifying group stage with a home victory and an away defeat against both Guatemala and the United States. They drew 1-1 with Trinidad and Tobago and then beat the same opponents 1-0 at home with a goal by Cayasso. They achieved an important away win, 4-2 against El Salvador at the Estadio Cuscatlán, with goals from Carlos Mario Hidalgo, Cayasso and a double from Leonidas Flores, before beating El Salvador 1-0 in San José with a goal from Pastor Fernández. They finished first in the group table, ahead of the United States on goal difference.
|Trinidad and Tobago||8||3||3||2||7||5||+2||9|
Placed in Group C at the World Cup finals, Costa Rica began by beating Scotland 1-0 thanks to another goal by Cayasso. Although they lost to Brazil by the same score, they came from behind to beat Sweden 2-1 in their final group match to reach the knockout stages. There, they lost 4-1 to Czechoslovakia, for whom Tomá? Skuhravý scored a hat-trick.
|1||Brazil||3||3||0||0||4||1||+3||6||Advance to knockout stage|
Costa Rica failed to qualify for World Cups in 1994 and 1998, but they were invited to the Copa América for the first time in 1997. In the tournament, held in Bolivia, they finished bottom of first round Group C behind Brazil, Mexico and Colombia, with just one point. Costa Rica's friendlies in this period included a 5-4 defeat against Uruguay in the Estadio Centenario.
The Ticos won the qualification for the 2002 World Cup held in South Korea and Japan. During the qualifiers, Costa Rica were coached by the Brazilian, Gílson Nunes, and then by the naturalised Brazilian, Alexandre Guimarães. The first qualifying group stage began with an unexpected 2-1 defeat to Barbados. After this humiliation, Costa Rica beat the United States 2-1 at the Ricardo Saprissa Stadium, with goals from Rolando Fonseca and Hernán Medford. They then beat Guatemala 2-1 in the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, with two goals from Paulo Wanchope and Barbados 3-0 at the Ricardo Saprissa, with goals from Juan Soto, Fonseca and Medford. A draw against the United States and a 2-1 defeat to Guatemala forced Costa Rica into a play-off against Guatemala in Miami. Costa Rica won 5-2 with two goals from Fonseca and one each from Wanchope, Reynaldo Parks and Jafeth Soto.
Costa Rica displayed fine attacking form during the final qualifying round, beginning with a 2-2 draw against Honduras at the Ricardo Saprissa, with goals from Fonseca and Rodrigo Cordero, and a 3-0 defeat of Trinidad and Tobago at the Morera Soto. Their only loss in this round came when the United States beat them 1-0. Costa Rica bounced back with a 2-1 win against Mexico in Mexico City, a match known as the Aztecazo, with goals from Fonseca and Medford. Further wins over Jamaica, Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago took Costa Rica to the brink of qualification, which they sealed with an emotional 2-0 win against the United States in the Saprissa, with a double from Fonseca.
|1||Costa Rica||10||7||2||1||17||7||+10||23||Qualified to the 2002 FIFA World Cup|
|6||Trinidad and Tobago||10||1||2||7||5||18||−13||5|
In the finals, Costa Rica were drawn into Group C with Brazil, China, and Turkey. Their campaign started in Gwangju, where the Ticos beat China 2-0. In their second game against Turkey in Incheon, Winston Parks scored an 86th-minute goal to earn a 1-1 draw. Against Brazil, Costa Rica fought back from 3-0 down to 3-2 early in the second half, only to concede two further goals and lose 5-2. With Turkey beating China 3-0, Costa Rica finished behind Turkey on goal difference and were eliminated.
|1||Brazil||3||3||0||0||11||3||+8||9||Advance to knockout stage|
Costa Rica again managed to qualify for the World Cup finals in 2006, albeit with difficulties that saw their American coach Steve Sampson depart after they required away goals to beat Cuba in the preliminary phase. The Colombian Jorge Luis Pinto took over for the next round, which began with a disastrous 5-2 defeat at home against Honduras and a 2-1 loss in Guatemala. Costa Rica recovered with two wins over Canada and a resounding 5-0 triumph over Guatemala, when Wanchope scored a hat-trick and Carlos Hernández and Fonseca added further goals. Costa Rica advanced to the hexagonal round by winning the group.
In the final round they started with a 2-1 defeat against Mexico at the Saprissa, before beating Panama by the same score, with goals from Wayne Wilson and Roy Myrie. Pinto was dismissed after a goalless draw with Trinidad and Tobago, and Guimarães returned as coach. His first match ended in a 3-0 defeat to the United States, but wins followed against Guatemala, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago. Costa Rica decisively beat the United States in the Saprissa, 3-0, with a goal from Wanchope and two from Hernández, to guarantee their third World Cup qualification.
|Trinidad and Tobago||10||4||1||5||10||15||−5||13||1-2||2-1||0-0||—||3-2||2-0|
On 9 June 2006, Costa Rica made their debut in Munich in the opening match of the World Cup against the hosts, Germany. Wanchope scored to equalise an early goal from Philipp Lahm, and later added another, but Costa Rica lost 4-2. However, they failed to match this encouraging performance in their remaining two games, losing 3-0 against Ecuador and 2-1 against Poland in a dead rubber.
|1||Germany (H)||3||3||0||0||8||2||+6||9||Advance to knockout stage|
Costa Rica began the qualifying competition for the 2010 World Cup against Grenada, winning 5-2 on aggregate (2-2, 3-0). They won all six games played in the next phase, against El Salvador (1-0, 3-1), Haiti (3-1, 2-0) and Suriname (7-0, 4-1).
With two games left in the Hexagonal round, Costa Rica trailed Honduras by one point in trying to win the third automatic qualification place behind the United States and Mexico. When Honduras lost 3-2 at home to the United States, Costa Rica overtook them with a 4-0 win against Trinidad and Tobago. Needing to win the final match in Washington, D.C. against the United States to ensure qualification, the Ticos led 2-0 at half-time, but Jonathan Bornstein scored an injury-time equaliser to draw the match 2-2. Meanwhile, Honduras's 1-0 victory over El Salvador moved them into third place in the group table on goal difference.
Costa Rica finished fourth, pushing them into a play-off with the fifth-placed team from the CONMEBOL region, Uruguay. The Ticos lost the first leg in San José 1-0, after a goal by Diego Lugano, and finished with ten men after Randall Azofeifa was sent off. In the second leg, played at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Sebastián Abreu put Uruguay ahead twenty minutes from time, and although Walter Centeno equalised, the 1-1 draw sent Uruguay to the World Cup finals, 2-1 on aggregate.
After failing to qualify, the team began a new era, with the young talent of players such as Azofeifa, Keylor Navas, Cristian Bolaños, Michael Barrantes and Joel Campbell. Rónald González was the interim coach before Ricardo La Volpe was appointed in September 2010. He lasted only ten months before being replaced replaced by the Colombian, Jorge Luis Pinto, in his second spell in charge. During this period, Costa Rica played many friendlies against the top-ranked teams in the world, including the world champion Spain, most of them in the new national stadium, the Estacio Nacional, which was opened in 2011.
The Ticos' 2014 World Cup campaign began with a 2-2 draw against El Salvador in the third round of the qualifiers. They followed this with a 4-0 win over Guyana with a hat-trick by Álvaro Saborío. Two defeats to Mexico put the Ticos one defeat away from elimination, but they resurrected their campaign with a 1-0 win against El Salvador, with the only goal scored by José Miguel Cubero. They clinched a final round berth with a 7-0 win over Guyana, with goals scored by Randall Brenes, Saborío, Cristian Bolaños, Celso Borges and Cristian Gamboa.
The fourth round began with a 2-2 draw against Panama. In March, Costa Rica lost 1-0 against the United States in Denver, and launched an unsuccessful appeal against the match because of inclement weather. Costa Rica again fell 1-0 to the United States in the Gold Cup that June. Costa Rica then won 2-0 against Jamaica, beat Honduras 1-0 against, drew 0-0 at the Azteca against Mexico and won at home 2-0 against Panama. In September, they won 3-1 against the United States in San José.
On 10 September 2013, Costa Rica drew 1-1 with Jamaica, thanks to a goal from Brenes, to qualify with two games to spare. After a 1-0 loss at Honduras and 2-1 win over Mexico in October, Costa Rica finished second in the table, behind the United States.
|United States||10||7||1||2||15||8||+7||22||Qualification to 2014 FIFA World Cup||—||1-0||1-0||2-0||2-0||2-0|
|Mexico||10||2||5||3||7||9||−2||11||Advance to inter-confederation play-offs||0-0||0-0||1-2||—||2-1||0-0|
Costa Rica were drawn in finals Group D against three previous tournament winners - Italy, England and Uruguay - and were given odds of 2500-1 to win the tournament. However, they beat Uruguay and Italy and drew 0-0 with England to finish top of the group and qualify for the knockout stage.
|1||Costa Rica||3||2||1||0||4||1||+3||7||Advance to knockout stage|
In the second round, they beat Greece 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw, seeing them through to the quarter-finals for the first time. There, they held the Netherlands to a 0-0 draw after extra time, before losing 4-3 on penalties. Costa Rica rose 12 places to 16th in the FIFA World Rankings. Former player Rónald González cited their long-term progress since 2007 as the reason for their achievement.
The Ticos' qualification for the 2018 World Cup started with a bye to the fourth qualifying round, where they won five games and drew one, winning their group. In the final round, they finished second behind Mexico to qualify automatically, winning four matches, drawing four and losing two.
|1||Mexico||10||6||3||1||16||7||+9||21||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup|
|4||Honduras||10||3||4||3||13||19||−6||13||Advance to inter-confederation play-offs|
|6||Trinidad and Tobago||10||2||0||8||7||19||−12||6|
Costa Rica were drawn in Group E alongside Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia. Many key players from 2014 tournament remained in the squad, but they made a disappointing exit at the group stage. Costa Rica lost their first two games, against Serbia and Brazil, without scoring, but drew 2-2 with Switzerland in their last match after equalising in injury time.
|1||Brazil||3||2||1||0||5||1||+4||7||Advance to knockout stage|
Estadio Nacional is a home stadium of Costa Rica national team it was opened in 2011.
They play most of the World Cup qualifying matches against North and Central American teams like Mexico, Panama, USA, Honduras, Canada, Cuba, Jamaica and many more, They play their friendly matches against teams across the globe and train in the stadium.
Following the demolition of the old stadium they've played every matches at the old stadium after they've moved to the new stadium in 2011 and they play their every matches and train in the new stadium.
Costa Rica wears traditionally a red jersey with blue shorts and white socks. Their away kit historically was a Juventus-style black and white striped jersey with white shorts and white or black socks, due to these colors being the ones of CS La Libertad, one of the oldest clubs in Costa Rica. However, after 1997, the striped kit was replaced by a white kit. Starting in 2015, Boston based sportswear company New Balance will be the kit provider of the national team, taking over for Italian company Lotto.
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1958||Did not qualify||6||4||1||1||16||7|
|1990||Round of 16||13th||4||2||0||2||4||6||Squad||10||6||2||2||13||7|
|1994||Did not qualify||8||4||0||4||16||11|
|2010||Did not qualify||20||12||3||5||41||22|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|FIFA World Cup history|
|First Match|| Costa Rica 1-0 Scotland |
(11 June 1990; Genoa, Italy)
|Biggest Win|| Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica |
(14 June 2014; Fortaleza, Brazil)
|Biggest Defeat|| Costa Rica 2-5 Brazil |
(13 June 2002; Suwon, South Korea)
|Best Result||Quarter-finals in 2014|
|Worst Result||Group stage in 2002, 2006, 2018|
|CONCACAF Championship / CONCACAF Gold Cup record|
|1967||Did not enter|
|1973||Did not qualify|
|1996||Did not qualify|
|CONCACAF Nations League record|
|2022-23||A||To be determined|
|CONCACAF Nations League history|
|First Match|| Haiti 1-1 Costa Rica |
(10 October 2019; Nassau, Bahamas)
|Biggest Win|| Curaçao 1-2 Costa Rica |
(14 November 2019; Willemstad, Curaçao)
|Copa América record|
|Copa Centroamericana record|
|CCCF Championship record|
|Olympic Games record|
|1900||Did not enter|
|1968||Did not qualify|
|1988||Did not qualify|
|Since 1992||See Costa Rica national under-23 football team|
|Pan American Games record|
|1955||Did not participate|
|1963||Did not participate|
|1983||Did not participate|
|Since 1999||See Costa Rica national under-23 football team|
|Total||1 Silver medal||5/12||25||10||3||12||46||54|
|Panamerican Championship record|
|1952||Did not participate|
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Keylor Navas||15 December 1986||92||0||Paris Saint-Germain|
|18||GK||Esteban Alvarado||28 April 1989||19||0||Herediano|
|23||GK||Leonel Moreira||2 April 1990||14||0||Alajuelense|
|3||DF||Giancarlo González||8 February 1988||82||2||LA Galaxy|
|4||DF||Juan Pablo Vargas||6 June 1995||10||3||Millonarios|
|6||DF||Óscar Duarte||3 June 1989||55||2||Levante|
|13||DF||Yurguin Román||19 January 1997||0||0||Alajuelense|
|14||DF||Ricardo Blanco||12 May 1989||7||0||Saprissa|
|15||DF||Francisco Calvo||8 July 1992||51||6||Chicago Fire|
|16||DF||Cristian Gamboa||24 October 1989||79||3||VfL Bochum|
|19||DF||Kendall Waston||1 January 1988||43||7||Unattached|
|2||MF||Luis Díaz||6 December 1998||4||0||Columbus Crew|
|5||MF||Celso Borges||27 May 1988||131||23||Deportivo La Coruña|
|7||MF||Johan Venegas||27 November 1988||58||11||Saprissa|
|10||MF||Randall Leal||14 January 1997||17||0||Nashville|
|17||MF||Bernald Alfaro||26 January 1997||2||0||Alajuelense|
|20||MF||David Guzmán||18 February 1990||56||0||Saprissa|
|8||FW||Deyver Vega||19 September 1992||13||0||Sandefjord|
|11||FW||Felicio Brown||28 August 1991||2||0||Wis?a Kraków|
|12||FW||Joel Campbell||26 June 1992||94||18||León|
|21||FW||Jonathan Moya||6 January 1992||8||0||Alajuelense|
|22||FW||Ariel Lassiter||27 September 1994||7||0||Houston Dynamo|
The following players have been called up within the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Minor Álvarez||14 November 1989||2||0||Limón||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|GK||Darryl Parker||7 March 1993||0||0||Cartaginés||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|GK||Luis Alpízar||23 May 1995||0||0||San Carlos||v. United States, 1 February 2020|
|GK||Aarón Cruz||25 May 1991||0||0||Saprissa||v. United States, 1 February 2020|
|DF||Ian Smith||6 March 1998||7||0||Alajuelense||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|DF||Keyner Brown||30 December 1991||5||0||Herediano||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|DF||Yostin Salinas||14 September 1998||3||0||Sporting San José||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|DF||Mauricio Núñez||28 October 1993||2||0||Herediano||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|DF||Ariel Soto||14 May 1992||1||0||Herediano||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|DF||Kevin Espinoza||11 February 1997||0||0||Guadalupe||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|DF||José Vargas||7 November 1989||0||0||Grecia||v. Panama, 10 October 2020 PRE|
|DF||Rónald Matarrita||9 July 1994||37||3||New York City||v. United States, 1 February 2020|
|DF||Keysher Fuller||12 July 1994||8||1||Herediano||v. United States, 1 February 2020|
|DF||Joseph Mora||15 January 1993||4||0||D.C. United||v. United States, 1 February 2020|
|DF||Pablo Arboine||3 April 1998||1||0||San Carlos||v. United States, 1 February 2020|
|MF||Bryan Ruiz||18 August 1985||125||26||Alajuelense||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|MF||Yeltsin Tejeda||17 March 1992||55||0||Herediano||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|MF||Osvaldo Rodríguez||17 December 1990||18||0||Santos de Guápiles||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|MF||John Jairo Ruiz||10 January 1994||10||1||Herediano||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|MF||Marvin Angulo||30 September 1986||10||0||Saprissa||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|MF||Brayan López||3 June 1990||2||0||Santos de Guápiles||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|MF||Cristopher Núñez||8 December 1997||2||0||Cartaginés||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|MF||Jeikel Venegas||6 April 1988||2||0||Cartaginés||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|MF||Jefferson Brenes||13 April 1997||1||0||Herediano||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|MF||Jimmy Marín||8 October 1987||3||0||Saprissa||v. Panama, 10 October 2020 PRE|
|FW||Jostin Daly||23 April 1998||2||0||Sporting San José||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|FW||Yuaycell Wright||22 June 1992||2||0||Limón||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|FW||Starling Matarrita||7 November 1989||1||0||Santos de Guápiles||v. Panama, 13 October 2020|
|FW||Marco Ureña||5 March 1990||67||15||Gwangju||v. United States, 1 February 2020|
|FW||Manfred Ugalde||25 May 2002||1||0||Lommel||v. United States, 1 February 2020|
INJ Withdraw due to injury.
|Manager||Rónald González Brenes|
|Assistant Coach 1||Douglas Sequeira|
|Assistant Coach 2||Mauricio Solis|
|Goalkeeper's Coach||Luis Gabelo Conejo|
|Youth Co-ordinator||Luis Roberto Sibaja|
|Medical Director||Dr. Alejandro Ramirez|
|Republic of Ireland||1||0||1||0||1||1||0||1|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||6||6||0||0||36||4||+32||12|
|Trinidad and Tobago||15||7||6||2||24||15||+9||20|