Costa Rica
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Los Ticos (The Ticos)
La Sele (The Selection)
La Tricolor (The Tricolor)
AssociationFederación Costarricense de Fútbol (FCRF)[1]
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationUNCAF (Central America)
Head coachGustavo Alfaro
CaptainKeylor Navas/Celso Borges
Most capsCelso Borges (163)
Top scorerRolando Fonseca (47)
Home stadiumEstadio Nacional
FIFA codeCRC
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 52 Steady (21 December 2023)[2]
Highest13 (February–March 2015)
Lowest93 (July 1996)
First international
 Costa Rica 7–0 El Salvador 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 14 September 1921)
Biggest win
 Costa Rica 12–0 United States 
(Barranquilla, Colombia; 10 December 1946)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 7–0 Costa Rica 
(Mexico City, Mexico; 17 August 1975)
 Spain 7–0 Costa Rica 
(Doha, Qatar; 23 November 2022)
World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1990)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2014)
CONCACAF Championship / Gold Cup
Appearances22 (first in 1963)
Best resultChampions (1963, 1969, 1989)
Nations League Finals
Appearances1 (first in 2021)
Best resultFourth place (2021)
Copa América
Appearances5 (first in 1997)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2001, 2004)

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 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 six 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 qualified 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 shoot-out 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 shoot-out (3–4) after a scoreless draw on 5 July.[4][5] Both their 2018 and 2022 World Cup campaigns ended in a fourth place group stage exit, with their only points coming from a 2–2 draw against Switzerland in 2018 and a 1–0 win over Japan in 2022.

History

Early history

Costa Rica national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

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.[6]

Costa Rica's team in the late 1940s acquired the nickname "The Gold Shorties".[7] 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.

At the end of the 1960s their fortunes declined as Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago and Canada rose in prominence.

1980s

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.

1990 World Cup

Team that played against Scotland in the World Cup Italy 1990

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.

Italy 1990, or Italia 90, is considered a seminal moment in Costa Rican football history. In particular, the players are notable for being primarily non-professionals, in that most players had other jobs and did not make a living playing football. Due to the success of the team during the World Cup, a number of the squad members went on to success in Costa Rican football (and international, in the case of Conejo).

Main article: 1989 CONCACAF Championship

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Costa Rica 8 5 1 2 10 6 +4 11
 United States 8 4 3 1 6 3 +3 11
 Trinidad and Tobago 8 3 3 2 7 5 +2 9
 Guatemala 6 1 1 4 4 7 −3 3
 El Salvador 6 0 2 4 2 8 −6 2
Source: RSSSF

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 Tomáš Skuhravý scored a hat-trick.

Main article: 1990 FIFA World Cup Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 6 Advance to knockout stage
2  Costa Rica 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 4
3  Scotland 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 2
4  Sweden 3 0 0 3 3 6 −3 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

2002 World Cup

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 Jafet 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,[8] 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.

Main article: 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF final round

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Costa Rica 10 7 2 1 17 7 +10 23 Qualified to the 2002 FIFA World Cup
2  Mexico 10 5 2 3 16 9 +7 17
3  United States 10 5 2 3 11 8 +3 17
4  Honduras 10 4 2 4 17 17 0 14
5  Jamaica 10 2 2 6 7 14 −7 8
6  Trinidad and Tobago 10 1 2 7 5 18 −13 5
Source: FIFA

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.

Main article: 2002 FIFA World Cup Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 3 3 0 0 11 3 +8 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Turkey 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 4
3  Costa Rica 3 1 1 1 5 6 −1 4
4  China 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

2006 World Cup

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.

Main article: 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF fourth round

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts United States Mexico Costa Rica Trinidad and Tobago Guatemala Panama
1  United States 10 7 1 2 16 6 +10 22[a] 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–0
2  Mexico 10 7 1 2 22 9 +13 22[a] 2–1 2–0 2–0 5–2 5–0
3  Costa Rica 10 5 1 4 15 14 +1 16 3–0 1–2 2–0 3–2 2–1
4  Trinidad and Tobago 10 4 1 5 10 15 −5 13 1–2 2–1 0–0 3–2 2–0
5  Guatemala 10 3 2 5 16 18 −2 11 0–0 0–2 3–1 5–1 2–1
6  Panama 10 0 2 8 4 21 −17 2 0–3 1–1 1–3 0–1 0–0
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Tied on head-to-head points (3). Head-to-head goal difference: United States +1, Mexico −1.

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.

Main article: 2006 FIFA World Cup Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany (H) 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Ecuador 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
3  Poland 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
4  Costa Rica 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria
(H) Hosts

2010 World Cup

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 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 Estadio Nacional, which was opened in 2011.

2014 World Cup

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.[9] Costa Rica again fell 1–0 to the United States in the Gold Cup that June.[10] 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.

Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF fourth round

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  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
2  Costa Rica 10 5 3 2 13 7 +6 18 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–0
3  Honduras 10 4 3 3 13 12 +1 15 2–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 2–0
4  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
5  Panama 10 1 5 4 10 14 −4 8 2–3 2–2 2–0 0–0 0–0
6  Jamaica 10 0 5 5 5 13 −8 5 1–2 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–1
Source:[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] However, they beat Uruguay and Italy and drew 0–0 with England to finish top of the group and qualify for the knockout stage.

Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Costa Rica 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Uruguay 3 2 0 1 4 4 0 6
3  Italy 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3
4  England 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

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.[11]

2018 World Cup

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.

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF fifth round

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Mexico Costa Rica Panama Honduras United States Trinidad and Tobago
1  Mexico 10 6 3 1 16 7 +9 21 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 2–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 3–1
2  Costa Rica 10 4 4 2 14 8 +6 16 1–1 0–0 1–1 4–0 2–1
3  Panama 10 3 4 3 9 10 −1 13 0–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 3–0
4  Honduras 10 3 4 3 13 19 −6 13 Advance to inter-confederation play-offs 3–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 3–1
5  United States 10 3 3 4 17 13 +4 12 1–2 0–2 4–0 6–0 2–0
6  Trinidad and Tobago 10 2 0 8 7 19 −12 6 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–2 2–1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

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.

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Switzerland 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 5
3  Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
4  Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

2022 World Cup

The Ticos' qualification for the 2022 World Cup started with a bye to the final qualifying round, they finished fourth behind United States to advance to inter-confederation play-offs winning seven matches, drawing four and losing three. In the inter-confederation play-offs in Al Rayyan, Costa Rica won the match 1–0 against New Zealand and qualified for the World Cup.

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF third round

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Canada 14 8 4 2 23 7 +16 28 2022 FIFA World Cup
2  Mexico 14 8 4 2 17 8 +9 28
3  United States 14 7 4 3 21 10 +11 25
4  Costa Rica 14 7 4 3 13 8 +5 25 inter-confederation play-offs
5  Panama 14 6 3 5 17 19 −2 21
6  Jamaica 14 2 5 7 12 22 −10 11
7  El Salvador 14 2 4 8 8 18 −10 10
8  Honduras 14 0 4 10 7 26 −19 4
Source: FIFA, CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF–OFC play-off)

Costa Rica 1–0 New Zealand
  • Campbell 3'
Report

On November 23, 2022, Costa Rica lost 7–0 against Spain becoming the biggest World Cup loss since 2010.[12] This match also tied for their worst defeat in professional football with a match against Mexico, which ended with the result Mexico 7–0 Costa Rica (Mexico City, Mexico; 17 August 1975). Despite an improvement from beating Japan and initially make a little justice of scoring 2 goals from losing a goal of Germany in the first half, the latter scored 3 goals and thrashed Costa Rica’s qualification to Round of 16 hope.

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Japan 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6 Advanced to knockout stage
2  Spain 3 1 1 1 9 3 +6 4
3  Germany 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 4
4  Costa Rica 3 1 0 2 3 11 −8 3
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Home stadium

Estadio Nacional is the home stadium of the Costa Rica national team since its opening on 10 January 2011, after a short construction that took only 22 months. This venue hosts their friendly matches as well as the World Cup qualifying matches against CONCACAF rivals. Before the construction of the stadium the matches where played in Estadio Ricardo Saprissa or in Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto.

Team image

Costa Rica's 2018 FIFA World Cup kit showcased in Limón

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. In 2015, Boston based sportswear company New Balance became the provider of the national team, after taking over for Italian company Lotto. Since 2023, Adidas is the kit provider for the national team.

Kit sponsorship

Supplier Period
Costa Rica Desport 1980–1989
Italy Lotto 1990–1994
United States Reebok 1995–1999
Costa Rica Trooper 1999
Mexico Atletica 2000–2001
Spain Joma 2001–2007
Italy Lotto 2007–2014
United States New Balance 2015–2022
Germany Adidas 2023–present

Results and fixtures

Main article: Costa Rica national football team results (2020–present)

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   Fixture

2023

25 March 2022–23 Nations League Martinique  1–2  Costa Rica Fort-de-France, Martinique
19:00 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Stade Pierre Aliker
Referee: Drew Fischer (Canada)
28 March 2022–23 Nations League Costa Rica  0–1  Panama San José, Costa Rica
20:00 UTC−6 Report
Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Referee: César Ramos (Mexico)
15 June Friendly Costa Rica  0–1  Guatemala Carson, United States
20:00 UTC−7 Report Mejía 6' Stadium: Dignity Health Sports Park
Referee: Nima Saghafi (United States)
20 June Friendly Ecuador  3–1  Costa Rica Chester, United States
20:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Subaru Park
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Víctor Cáceres (Mexico)
26 June 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup Costa Rica  1–2  Panama Fort Lauderdale, United States
18:30 UTC−4
Report Stadium: DRV PNK Stadium
Attendance: 10,101
Referee: Drew Fischer (Canada)
30 June 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup El Salvador  0–0  Costa Rica Harrison, United States
20:30 UTC−4 Report Stadium: Red Bull Arena
Attendance: 22,615
Referee: César Ramos (Mexico)
4 July 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup Costa Rica  6–4  Martinique Harrison, United States
20:30 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Red Bull Arena
Attendance: 21,531
Referee: Bryan López (Guatemala)
8 July 2023 Gold Cup QF Mexico  2–0  Costa Rica Arlington, United States
20:30 UTC−5 Report Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Attendance: 60,355
Referee: Saíd Martínez (Honduras)
8 September Friendly Saudi Arabia  1–3  Costa Rica Newcastle, England
20:00 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: St James' Park
12 September Friendly Costa Rica  1–4  United Arab Emirates Zaprešić, Croatia
18:00 UTC+2 Report
Stadium: Ivan Laljak-Ivić Stadium
16 November 2023–24 Nations League QF Costa Rica  0–3  Panama San José, Costa Rica
21:00 UTC−6 Report Stadium: Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá
Attendance: 17,787
Referee: Mario Escobar (Guatemala)
20 November 2023–24 Nations League QF Panama  3–1
(6–1 agg.)
 Costa Rica Panama City, Panama
21:00 UTC−5 Report Calvo 51' Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernández
Attendance: 15,288
Referee: Saíd Martínez (Honduras)
Note: Panama won 6–1 on aggregate and qualified to the 2024 Copa América. Costa Rica advanced to the play-in.

2024

2 February Friendly Costa Rica  v  El Salvador San José, Costa Rica
20:00 UTC−7 Stadium: Estadio Nacional
23 March 2024 Copa América qualifying play-offs Costa Rica  v  Honduras Frisco, United States
--:-- UTC−5 Stadium: Toyota Stadium
6 June 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Costa Rica   Saint Kitts and Nevis
--:-- UTC−6
9 June 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Grenada   Costa Rica
--:-- UTC−4

2025

7 June 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Bahamas   Costa Rica
--:-- UTC−4
10 June 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Costa Rica   Trinidad and Tobago
--:-- UTC−4

Coaching staff

Current Coach Gustavo Alfaro
Position Name
Manager Argentina Gustavo Alfaro
Assistant Coach 1 Argentina Carlos Gonzalez
Assistant Coach 2 Argentina Claudio Cristofanelli
Goalkeeper's Coach Argentina Diego Martin Carranza
Fitness Coach 1 Argentina Sergio Omar
Fitness Coach 2 Argentina Pedro Ignacio
Video Analyst Argentina Alejandro Juan
Doctor Costa Rica Alejandro Ramírez
Physiotherapist Costa Rica Martha Sisfontes
Physiotherapist Costa Rica Brayner Sánchez
Nutritionist Costa Rica Alhelí Mateos
Massage Therapist Costa Rica Óscar Segura
Props Costa Rica Randall Obando
Props Costa Rica Alberto Mena
Team Administrator Costa Rica Alvaro Herrera
Sporting Director Argentina Claudio Vivas

Coaching history

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

Players

This section needs to be updated. The reason given is: New squad announcement [1]. Please help update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (November 2023)

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2023–24 CONCACAF Nations League A matches against Panama (twice) on 16 and 20 November 2023.[13]

Caps and goals as of 20 June 2023, after the match against Ecuador.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kevin Chamorro (2000-04-08) 8 April 2000 (age 23) 4 0 Costa Rica Saprissa
18 1GK Alexandre Lezcano (2001-08-26) 26 August 2001 (age 22) 0 0 Costa Rica Santos de Guápiles
23 1GK Patrick Sequeira (1999-03-01) 1 March 1999 (age 24) 2 0 Spain Ibiza

3 2DF Giancarlo González (1988-02-08) 8 February 1988 (age 35) 90 2 Costa Rica Sporting San José
8 2DF Bryan Oviedo (1990-02-18) 18 February 1990 (age 33) 81 2 United States Real Salt Lake
15 2DF Francisco Calvo (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 31) 81 9 Mexico Juárez
4 2DF Juan Pablo Vargas (1995-06-06) 6 June 1995 (age 28) 15 3 Colombia Millonarios
16 2DF Jefry Valverde (1995-06-10) 10 June 1995 (age 28) 3 0 Costa Rica Saprissa
2DF Pablo Arboine (1998-04-03)3 April 1998 (aged 25) 1 0 Costa Rica Saprissa
2 2DF Haxzel Quirós (1998-06-03) 3 June 1998 (age 25) 0 0 Costa Rica Herediano
5 2DF Julio Cascante (1993-10-03) 3 October 1993 (age 30) 4 1 United States Austin FC
6 2DF Alexis Gamboa (1999-03-20) 20 March 1999 (age 24) 2 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense

12 3MF Joel Campbell (1992-06-26) 26 June 1992 (age 31) 131 27 Costa Rica Alajuelense
17 3MF Yeltsin Tejeda (1992-03-17) 17 March 1992 (age 31) 78 1 Costa Rica Herediano
14 3MF Brandon Aguilera (2003-06-28) 28 June 2003 (age 20) 8 0 England Nottingham Forest
11 3MF Jewison Bennette (2004-06-15) 15 June 2004 (age 19) 11 2 England Sunderland
3MF Youstin Salas (1996-06-17) 17 June 1996 (age 27) 6 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
13 3MF Alejandro Bran (2001-03-05) 5 March 2001 (age 22) 5 0 United States Minnesota United FC
20 3MF Sebastián Acuña (2002-06-25) 25 June 2002 (age 21) 0 0 Costa Rica San Carlos
22 3MF Carlos Mora (2001-03-18) 18 March 2001 (age 22) 8 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense
10 3MF Elías Aguilar (1991-11-07) 7 November 1991 (age 32) 21 2 Costa Rica Herediano

7 4FW Anthony Contreras (2000-01-29) 29 January 2000 (age 24) 16 3 Latvia Riga
19 4FW Kenneth Vargas (2002-04-17) 17 April 2002 (age 21) 3 0 Scotland Heart of Midlothian
4FW Jimmy Marín (1997-10-08) 8 October 1997 (age 26) 13 1 Russia Orenburg
9 4FW Manfred Ugalde (2002-05-25) 25 May 2002 (age 21) 6 1 Netherlands Twente
21 4FW Álvaro Zamora (2002-03-09) 9 March 2002 (age 21) 6 0 Greece Aris Thessaloniki

Recent call-ups

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 Jussef Delgado (1994-01-27)27 January 1994 (aged 29) 0 0 Costa Rica Pérez Zeledón 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup
GK Keylor Navas (captain) (1986-12-15) 15 December 1986 (age 37) 110 0 France Paris Saint-Germain v.  United Arab Emirates, 12 September 2023

DF Ronald Matarrita (1994-07-09) 9 July 1994 (age 29) 54 3 Greece Aris v.  United Arab Emirates, 12 September 2023
DF Ian Lawrence (2002-05-28) 28 May 2002 (age 21) 4 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense v.  United Arab Emirates, 12 September 2023
DF Carlos Barahona (2002-08-22) 22 August 2002 (age 21) 0 0 Costa Rica Cartaginés v.  United Arab Emirates, 12 September 2023
DF Elián Quesada (2005-02-19) 19 February 2005 (age 18) 0 0 England Arsenal Under-21s and Academy v.  Saudi Arabia, 8 September 2023
DF Kendall Waston (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 36) 70 10 Costa Rica Saprissa 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Keysher Fuller (1994-07-12) 12 July 1994 (age 29) 37 3 Costa Rica Herediano 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Carlos Martínez (1999-03-30) 30 March 1999 (age 24) 11 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Suhander Zúñiga (1997-01-15) 15 January 1997 (age 27) 6 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Óscar Duarte (1989-06-03) 3 June 1989 (age 34) 75 4 Saudi Arabia Al-Wehda v.  Ecuador, 20 June 2023
DF Daniel Chacón (2001-04-11) 11 April 2001 (age 22) 9 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense v.  Panama, 28 March 2023
DF Ian Lawrence (2002-05-28) 28 May 2002 (age 21) 3 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense v.  Panama, 28 March 2023
DF Gerald Taylor (2001-05-28) 28 May 2001 (age 22) 1 0 Costa Rica Saprissa v.  Martinique, 25 March 2023

MF Cristopher Núñez (1997-12-08) 8 December 1997 (age 26) 5 0 Greece Lamia v.  United Arab Emirates, 12 September 2023
MF Jefry Valverde (1995-06-10) 10 June 1995 (age 28) 11 0 Costa Rica Saprissa v.  United Arab Emirates, 12 September 2023
MF David Guzmán (1990-02-18) 18 February 1990 (age 33) 64 0 Costa Rica Saprissa v.  Saudi Arabia, 8 September 2023
MF Celso Borges (1988-05-27) 27 May 1988 (age 35) 163 27 Costa Rica Alajuelense 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Aarón Suárez (2002-06-27) 27 June 2002 (age 21) 7 1 Costa Rica Alajuelense 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Roan Wilson (2002-05-01) 1 May 2002 (age 21) 7 0 Portugal Gil Vicente 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Wilmer Azofeifa (1994-06-04) 4 June 1994 (age 29) 5 0 Costa Rica San Carlos 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Warren Madrigal (2004-07-24) 24 July 2004 (age 19) 2 0 Costa Rica Saprissa 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Ricardo Peña (2004-07-15)15 July 2004 (aged 18) 0 0 Slovakia Spartak Trnava 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Alonso Martínez (1998-10-15) 15 October 1998 (age 25) 14 0 United States New York City v.  Panama, 28 March 2023
MF Fabrizio Ramírez (1997-04-01) 1 April 1997 (age 26) 2 0 Costa Rica Guadalupe v.  Panama, 28 March 2023

FW Randall Leal (1997-01-14) 14 January 1997 (age 27) 29 1 United States Nashville SC v.  United Arab Emirates, 12 September 2023
FW Diego Campos (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 (age 28) 2 1 Sweden Degerfors IF 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Josimar Alcócer (2004-07-07) 7 July 2004 (age 19) 3 0 Costa Rica Alajuelense 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW José Pablo Córdoba (1998-12-10) 10 December 1998 (age 25) 0 0 Costa Rica Guanacasteca v.  Panama, 28 March 2023

INJ Withdrew due to injury.
RET Retired from international football.
ILL Withdrew due to illness.
PRE Preliminary squad.
WD Withdrew for personal reasons.

Records

As of 20 November 2023[14]
Players in bold are still active with Costa Rica.

Most appearances

Celso Borges is Costa Rica's most capped player with 163 appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Celso Borges 163 27 2008–present
2 Bryan Ruiz 147 29 2005–2022
3 Walter Centeno 137 24 1995–2009
4 Joel Campbell 134 27 2011–present
5 Luis Marín 128 5 1993–2009
6 Rolando Fonseca 113 47 1992–2011
7 Álvaro Saborío 111 36 2002–2019
8 Mauricio Solís 110 6 1993–2006
Keylor Navas 110 0 2008–present
10 Michael Umaña 103 1 2004–2017

Top goalscorers

Rolando Fonseca is Costa Rica's top scorer with 47 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Rolando Fonseca 47 113 0.42 1992–2011
2 Paulo Wanchope 45 73 0.62 1996–2008
3 Álvaro Saborío 36 111 0.32 2002–2019
4 Bryan Ruiz 29 147 0.2 2005–2022
5 Juan Ulloa 27 27 1 1955–1970
Celso Borges 27 163 0.17 2008–present
Joel Campbell 27 134 0.2 2011–present
8 Rónald Gómez 24 91 0.26 1993–2008
Walter Centeno 24 137 0.18 1995–2009
10 Jorge Monge 23 27 0.85 1955–1961

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

Main article: Costa Rica at the FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Declined invitation
Italy 1934 Did not enter
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify 6 4 1 1 16 7
Chile 1962 9 5 1 3 22 14
England 1966 8 5 2 1 17 3
Mexico 1970 4 2 1 1 7 3
West Germany 1974 2 0 1 1 4 5
Argentina 1978 6 1 4 1 8 6
Spain 1982 8 1 4 3 6 10
Mexico 1986 8 2 5 1 10 8
Italy 1990 Round of 16 13th 4 2 0 2 4 6 Squad 10 6 2 2 13 7
United States 1994 Did not qualify 8 4 0 4 16 11
France 1998 16 7 3 6 22 17
South Korea Japan 2002 Group stage 19th 3 1 1 1 5 6 Squad 17 11 3 3 31 10
Germany 2006 31st 3 0 0 3 3 9 Squad 18 8 4 6 30 25
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 20 12 3 5 41 22
Brazil 2014 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 3 0 5 2 Squad 16 8 4 4 27 12
Russia 2018 Group stage 29th 3 0 1 2 2 5 Squad 16 9 5 2 25 11
Qatar 2022 27th 3 1 0 2 3 11 Squad 15 8 4 3 14 8
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Morocco Portugal Spain 2030
Saudi Arabia 2034
Total Quarter-finals 6/22 21 6 5 10 22 39 187 93 47 47 309 184
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

CONCACAF Gold Cup

Main article: Costa Rica at the CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
El Salvador 1963 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 14 2 Squad Qualified automatically
Guatemala 1965 Third place 3rd 5 2 2 1 11 4 Squad Automatically entered
Honduras 1967 Did not enter Did not enter
Costa Rica 1969 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 13 2 Squad Qualified as hosts
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Third place 3rd 5 2 1 2 6 5 Squad Qualified as defending champions
Haiti 1973 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 4 5
Mexico 1977 6 1 4 1 8 6
Honduras 1981 8 1 4 3 6 10
1985 Third place 3rd 8 2 5 1 10 8 Squad 5 1 0 4 5 9
1989 Champions 1st 8 5 1 2 10 6 Squad Qualified automatically
United States 1991 Fourth place 4th 5 1 0 4 5 9 Squad Qualified as defending champions
Mexico United States 1993 Third place 3rd 5 1 3 1 6 5 Squad 5 4 0 1 11 2
United States 1996 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 5 6
United States 1998 Group stage 5th 2 1 0 1 8 4 Squad 5 3 2 0 12 3
United States 2000 Quarter-finals 6th 3 0 2 1 5 6 Squad 5 3 0 2 13 3
United States 2002 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 8 5 Squad 5 2 2 1 8 5
Mexico United States 2003 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 10 8 Squad 5 4 1 0 5 1
United States 2005 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 6 4 Squad 4 3 1 0 8 2
United States 2007 7th 4 1 1 2 3 4 Squad 4 2 1 1 6 3
United States 2009 Semi-finals 4th 5 2 2 1 10 6 Squad 4 3 1 0 9 1
United States 2011 Quarter-finals 5th 4 1 2 1 8 6 Squad 4 1 2 1 5 4
United States 2013 5th 4 2 0 2 4 2 Squad 5 4 1 0 6 1
Canada United States 2015 7th 4 0 3 1 3 4 Squad 3 2 1 0 7 3
United States 2017 Semi-finals 4th 5 3 1 1 6 3 Squad 5 1 3 1 4 2
Costa Rica Jamaica United States 2019 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 8 4 Squad Qualified automatically
United States 2021 5th 4 3 0 1 6 4 Squad 4 1 3 0 4 3
Canada United States 2023 7th 4 1 1 2 7 8 Squad 4 2 0 2 4 4
Total 3 Titles 22/27 104 45 29 30 167 109 82 38 28 16 125 64

CONCACAF Nations League

CONCACAF Nations League record
League phase Finals
Season LG GP Pos Pld W D* L GF GA P/R RK Year Pos Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
2019−20 A D 1st 4 1 3 0 4 3 Same position 4th United States 2021 4th 2 0 2 0 2 2 Squad
2022–23 A B 2nd 4 2 0 4 4 4 Same position 6th United States 2023 Did not qualify
Total 8 3 3 2 8 7 Total 2 0 2 0 2 2

Copa América

Main article: Costa Rica at the Copa América

Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
Ecuador 1993* Not invited
Uruguay 1995
Bolivia 1997 Group stage 10th 3 0 1 2 2 10 Squad
Paraguay 1999 Not invited
Colombia 2001 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 7 3 Squad
Peru 2004 7th 4 1 0 3 3 8 Squad
Venezuela 2007 Not invited
Argentina 2011 Group stage 9th 3 1 0 2 2 4 Squad
Chile 2015 Not invited
United States 2016 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 3 6 Squad
Brazil 2019 Not invited
Brazil 2021
United States 2024 To be determined
Total Quarter-finals 5/12 17 5 3 9 17 31
*Ecuador 1993 was the first time nations from outside CONMEBOL were invited.

Copa Centroamericana

Copa Centroamericana record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Costa Rica 1991 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 10 1
Honduras 1993 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 3 2
El Salvador 1995 Fourth place 4th 4 1 1 2 5 6
Guatemala 1997 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 12 3
Costa Rica 1999 Champions 1st 5 3 0 2 13 3
Honduras 2001 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 2 1 8 5
Panama 2003 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 5 1
Guatemala 2005 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 8 2
El Salvador 2007 Champions 1st 4 2 1 1 5 2
Honduras 2009 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 1 0 9 1
Panama 2011 Runners-up 2nd 4 1 2 1 6 5
Costa Rica 2013 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 6 1
United States 2014 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 7 3
Panama 2017 Fourth place 4th 5 1 3 1 4 2
Total 8 Titles 13/13 59 34 16 9 103 37

CCCF Championship

CCCF Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Costa Rica 1941 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 23 5
El Salvador 1943 Third place 3rd 6 3 0 3 20 15
Costa Rica 1946 Champions 1st 5 4 0 1 24 6
Guatemala 1948 Champions 1st 8 5 1 2 25 11
Panama 1951 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 13 5
Costa Rica 1953 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 19 2
Honduras 1955 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 19 4
Netherlands Antilles 1957 Withdrew
Cuba 1960 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 14 4
Costa Rica 1961 Champions 1st 7 7 0 0 32 4
Total 7 Titles 9/10 51 40 4 7 191 56

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
France 1900 Did not enter
United States 1904
United Kingdom 1908
Sweden 1912
Belgium 1920
France 1924
Netherlands 1928
Nazi Germany 1936
United Kingdom 1948
Finland 1952
Australia 1956
Italy 1960
Japan 1964
Mexico 1968 Did not qualify
West Germany 1972
Canada 1976
Soviet Union 1980 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 2 9 Squad
United States 1984 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 2 7 Squad
South Korea 1988 Did not qualify
Since 1992 See Costa Rica national under-23 football team
Total Group stage 2/19 6 1 0 5 4 16

Pan American Games

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Argentina 1951 Silver medal 2nd 4 2 1 1 9 12
Mexico 1955 Did not participate
United States 1959 Round-robin 5th 6 2 1 3 10 16
Brazil 1963 Did not participate
Canada 1967
Colombia 1971
Mexico 1975 Fourth place 4th 6 2 1 3 7 13
Puerto Rico 1979 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 8 7
Venezuela 1983 Did not participate
United States 1987
Cuba 1991
Argentina 1995 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 0 2 12 6
Since 1999 See Costa Rica national under-23 football team
Total 1 Silver medal 5/12 25 10 3 12 46 54

Panamerican Championship

Panamerican Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Chile 1952 Did not participate
Mexico 1956 Third place 3rd 5 2 1 2 11 15
Costa Rica 1960 Fourth place 4th 6 1 2 3 4 10
Total Third place 2/3 11 3 3 5 15 25

Head-to-head record

The following table shows Costa Rica's all-time international record, correct as of 20 November 2023.

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ include  Czechoslovakia
  2. ^ include  Soviet Union

Honours

Major competitions

Costa Rica national football team players celebrating their classification at the FIFA World Cup 2014 for the round of 16 in first place of Group D at Mineirão stadium in Belo Horizonte after their draw with England.

Other competitions

Facts

FIFA World Ranking

See also: FIFA World Rankings

Last update was on 27 May 2021 Source:[15]

  Best Ranking    Worst Ranking    Best Mover    Worst Mover  

Costa Rica's FIFA World Ranking History
Rank Year Best Worst
Rank Move Rank Move
50 2021
51 2020 46 Steady 51 Decrease 4
46 2019 37 Increase 1 47 Decrease 5
36 2018 23