See Costa Rica at the FIFA Women's World Cup for further information on the women's team. This is a list of Costa Rica's FIFA World Cup results.
Costa Rica debuted at the 1975 Women's World Cup in Canada, where they were eliminated by Sweden in their first match 1-4. Their best result was reaching the quarterfinals of the 1989 Women's World Cup in East Germany, where they lost to France 0-1. They never returned to the competition.
Costa Rica women's football history starts in 1963 when the Costa Rican Federation Football League (FCF) was founded. The FCF organized tournaments and championships until 1973 when they joined with other organizations to form the Central American Federation of Football (FCFA). In 1976, Costa Rica separated from the FCFA and started its own federation: Federacion Costarricense de Fútbol. In 1978, they entered the North American Club Championship which would later become known as the CONCACAF Women's Championship. In 1981, they finished second behind Mexico at the inaugural tournament held in Guadalajara, Jalisco. That same year, Costa Rica also participated for the first time in the Women's World Cup. They were defeated by Brazil in the quarterfinals 1-3.
The Costa Rican Football Federation governs the Costa Rica women's national football team. Along with Guatemala, they are one of the best women's national football teams in the Central American area. They have never made it past the group stage of the FIFA Women's World Cup.
There are several professional clubs in the country that play women's soccer. Herediano and Universidad de Costa Rica are two of the most popular teams in the country. Men's teams also compete in the Costa Rican National League (Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional).
In terms of size, Costa Rica is a small country (they are only smaller than Panama), so you would not expect to find many women's soccer teams or players in Costa Rica. But like many other countries that don't have much space, they use this fact to their advantage by forming tight knit groups of friends who all play on the same team. There are several hundred people on each club roster which means there are many more potential teammates than there are seats at games. This is why you will often see very large crowds at Costa Rican football matches. There are also several non-profit organizations that help local girls learn how to play soccer.
Costa Rica has been known as an important center for sport fishing in Latin America.
See Germany at the FIFA Women's World Cup for further information on the women's team. This is a list of Germany's and West Germany's World Cup results. Germany won their first title in 1975, and have been runners-up three times since then.
Germany's last match was against South Korea on 7 July 2015, which they lost 1-0. They now need Japan to lose one of their two remaining matches to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Japan played Switzerland on 9 July, with the game ending goalless. The winner will advance through to the last eight while the loser will play Germany for a place in the next stage. The match will be held on 16 July.
Switzerland play France on 15 July. The winner will advance to the last eight while the loser will be out.
France beat Colombia 2-1 on 9 July to advance to the last eight. They will meet Switzerland on 15 July.
Colombia played to a 1-1 draw with Greece on 6 July. They will face France on 15 July for a place in the last eight.
Greece drew 0-0 with Venezuela on 10 July to finish third at the tournament.
Costa Rica has been in five FIFA World Cup finals, in 1990, 2002, 2006, 2014, and 2018. Their greatest result to date was a quarter-final appearance in the 2014 edition.
They were one of four countries (along with Mexico, United States, and Uruguay) to qualify for all five world cups since 1950. The others are Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.
Costa Rica has never beaten any of the big three (Brazil, Argentina, and Europe's Cristiano Ronaldo's current team, Portugal). They've played 22 matches against European teams and only won once - when they defeated England 2-1 at home in 1934. That's not very often!
The USA held up their end of the bargain by winning two games vs. Costa Rica - once in 2002 and again in 2006. Both games ended in draws.
So overall, Costa Rica has been to the World Cup twice. They have never gone beyond the group stage but always make an effort to play some exciting soccer.