Some 16 national teams are competing here in the world cup for female players under 17 years of age.
This is an official tournament of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Costa Rican officials express pleasure that the country was hosting its first world cup.
The inauguration of the tournament was Saturday complete with fireworks at the Estadio Nacional. Venezuela beat Costa Rica, 3-0, in the opener, and the soccer federation estimated that some 34,000 persons attended.
The team will compete over 22 days for the championship. Games are being played at major stadiums in Liberia, Alajuela and Tibás, as well as San José.