Our team

  • Randall Araya PochetOwner

    Founder and CEO Randall grew up playing soccer in Costa Rica and the United States. After getting his B.A. in Business Administration he was introduced to the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program by a friend and began assisting them in bringing teams to Costa Rica for friendly match play.

    Randall worked for several years at soccer camps in the United States during the summers. The coaches he met began to ask about the possibility of bringing their teams to Costa Rica and Costa Rica Soccer Tours was born. He later completed an M.B.A. in San Diego. Randall now manages the direction of the company and strategic relationships.

Shanthi
  • Shanthi KooikerFounder and Marketing Director

    Shanthi, who is originally from San Diego, California, met Randall when she traveled to Costa Rica to study Spanish while attending Claremont McKenna College. Upon completing her B.A. she began focusing on marketing and web site design.

    She and Randall founded the company together after coaches Randall knew began asking for their services to manage the logistics of their soccer tours. Randall and Shanthi lived in Boulder, Colorado for five years before moving to Costa Rica in 2005. They have lived and worked in Costa Rica ever since and love it!

Lilliana Araya
  • Lilliana ArayaGeneral Manager, Costa Rica

    Lilliana received her degree in Business Administration from the University of Costa Rica and began hosting soccer teams in 2006. She started off as a tour guide, managing all the day-to-day details of each soccer team’s tour. She then led our operations team for several years during which she managed the logistics for hundreds of soccer teams who came to Costa Rica.

    Lilliana now leads the Costa Rica side of helping our clients plan and create the custom tour for their team’s once-in-a-lifetime trip to Costa Rica. From the initial conversation through the planning process she and her team take into consideration the client’s goals and competitive level to create the ideal experience for them.

  • Guiselle PochetSports Relations Manager, Costa Rica

    Guiselle has over 20 years of experience in sports tourism in Costa Rica. With a degree in English from the University of Costa Rica and combined expertise in the field of education, Guiselle’s specialty is matching our client soccer teams appropriately with the Costa Rican competition.

    Guiselle has her finger on the pulse of all soccer competition going on in Costa Rica: the soccer leagues, tournaments, and championships. She manages our relationships with all club directors and soccer coaches. As busy as she is, what she most enjoys is sitting down with our client teams once they are in Costa Rica to share a bit of her beloved Costa Rica with them.

  • Magaly AstuaOperations Manager, Costa Rica

    Magaly began working with us in client services and reservations in 2010. She put her degrees in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Costa Rica to use working directly with teams to craft their personalized soccer tours.

    Magaly now leads our operations team; she oversees all tour logistics, human resource selection and training, and quality control of our local providers. She is the reason that teams feel cared for even in the smallest details from the time that they arrive in Costa Rica until they depart.