FIFA is considering Costa Rica’s request for a rematch of their World Cup qualifying match against the United States in which they lost 1-0 in a snowstorm.

On Monday FIFA’s governing body said in a statement that they " will now analyze the content of the letter and next steps will be determined in due course.”

The Costa Rica soccer federation filed the protest Sunday, saying the "physical integrity" of players and officials was affected because of the unlikely weather in Friday's match in Commerce City, Colo.

"Field markings were not visible" and ball movement became impossible, said the federation in their letter.

Costa Rica is also urging FIFA to punish match officials, including referee Joel Aguilar of El Salvador, for allowing the match to proceed.

For the protest to have a chance of succeeding, it must meet specific requirements stated in the 2014 World Cup Regulations.

One clause says that when a field becomes unplayable, the protesting team's captain "shall immediately lodge a protest with the referee in the presence of the captain of the opposing team."

Costa Rica also had to file written protests with the match coordinator within two hours of the final whistle, and to FIFA's administration by registered letter within 24 hours, "otherwise they shall be disregarded," the regulations state. FIFA had yet to determine whether Costa Rica had followed those procedures.

U.S. captain Clint Dempsey scored in the 16th minute to lift his team to second place in the six-team CONCACAF region qualifying group after two matches. Costa Rica is last.

The top three teams qualify directly for the tournament in Brazil, and the fourth-place team faces New Zealand in a playoff.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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