It all began at a wake, nine days of prayer that ended with a conversation about football between a young woman and the sons of the deceased, Fernando and Manuel Emilio Bonilla. They wanted to set up a women’s team but could not find the players. She wanted to play but could not find a team.
“We were seven women and we left there determined to find friends and family who would help us put a team together,” said Maria Elena Valverde, the central character in our story. The date was 27 February 1949 and within just three weeks she and her comrades in arms had assembled a squad of 30 players.
They formed what was the first women’s team in the whole of the CONCACAF region, Deportivo Femenino Costa Rica. And on 19 March, the feast day of St Joseph – the patron saint of the Costa Rican capital San Jose – they held their first training session at a farm known as Las Delicias. http://myfifashop.mobi/