PUERTO RICO | PUR
The Puerto Rican Football Federation joined Concacaf in 1964 and is yet to see its men’s or women’s national teams transcend into the top competitions in the region, but that could be changing soon.
A strategy is in place as Puerto Rico looks to boost player development and also discover more players who would represent Puerto Rico, something that can be challenging given its unique status as a territory of the United States, but its own entity when it comes to international soccer.
The men’s national team got off to a good start in the Concacaf Nations League. It will stay in League C of the competition after a second-place finish in 2019-20, but that was influenced by having the tough luck of drawing Concacaf founding member Guatemala in group play.
Puerto Rico put up good results in FIFA World Cup qualification, drawing Trinidad and Tobago, beating the Bahamas 7-0 and getting a road victory in Guyana en route to a third-place finish in the five-team group. It now is turning the focus to U-20 development and hoping it results in an Olympic spot in the near future.
There are development plans in place as well for the women’s national team. Las Boricuas took part in preparation matches throughout 2021, even traveling for contests against Uruguay, and are hoping it leads to success in the Concacaf W Championship.