Canadian Women's Team Secures Compensation Amid Financial Constraints
The Canadian women's national team has achieved a temporary agreement with Canada Soccer to secure compensation for the year 2023, as mentioned by the players on Friday, amidst financial constraints faced by the governing body.
Recently, Canada's men's team reported that they have not received payment for their participation in the 2022 World Cup. They also expressed concerns that the governing body is leveraging the pressure surrounding the women's tournament to pressure them into an unsatisfactory deal.
In a statement shared on the Canadian Soccer Players' Association (CSPA) social media, the women's national team players revealed that they were compelled to make difficult choices. They had to choose between receiving fair compensation for their success in the World Cups and having the necessary funding for essential training camps. Additionally, they emphasized their commitment to equal pay and equal treatment when compared to the Men's National Team.
The interim agreement reached includes the allocation of prize money from the ongoing Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. However, the players expressed their disappointment in not achieving a more comprehensive deal.
Despite this, the players remain resolute in their pursuit of a fair and long-term solution. They aim to ensure equal treatment for the current National Teams and investments in the future of Canadian soccer. Nevertheless, for now, their primary focus is on soccer, and they will continue to compete in the Women's World Cup.
Currently placed second in Group B of the Women's World Cup, Canada has had a goalless draw with Nigeria and a 2-1 victory over Ireland. Their upcoming crucial match against co-hosts Australia will determine their progress to the knockout stage.