SOCCER IN COSTA RICA
Soccer is the most popular sport in Costa Rica. Almost all residents eat and breathe soccer, and for that reason even amateur soccer teams are very completive. Most communities, even if they are very small, have a soccer field and women and men practice it alike.
Costa Rica has a professional soccer leagues composed of 12 teams, of which Saprisa and Alajuela are the most popular. These 12 teams compete year round in two seasons: a summer season that goes from February to June, and the winter season that goes from July to December. The Costa Rican league is considered to be the third most competitive in Central and North America after the Mexican and U.S. leagues. Costa Rica's national soccer team is the third most successful team in CONCACAF after Mexico and the United States. They have qualified for three World Cups (1990, 2002, 2006), reaching the last sixteen on their debut in Italy 1990 and putting on a solid showing in 2002.
This passion for soccer gives us the opportunity to use soccer as the vehicle for cultural exchange. Besides enjoying the weather, beaches, adventure, wildlife, and natural wonders, you will have the change to play competitive soccer with the locals and to experience a different soccer style. Since our tours are customized, you also have the option of watching a professional soccer game.