MONTERREY, Mexico — (AP) — The Canadian Women’s National Team is keeping a close eye on concerns about its federation at home while focusing on a showdown with the United States in Mexico.
An investigation this week by The Sports Network detailed a controversial deal between Canada Soccer and Canada Soccer Business, which oversees the federation’s media rights and sponsorship deals as men’s and women’s teams seek better and fairer pay.
Earlier this week, Canada’s Senior National Teams released a statement on the media revelations and demanded a full investigation by the agency that governs sport in Canada.
“This must include a deeper examination of the motives of those who allegedly entered into this agreement without following basic standards of good governance, and why the agreement was allowed to remain in place if concerns were raised by members. of the board of directors,” the statement said. said. “Going forward, we demand that members of Canada’s national teams are properly consulted in key decisions by Canada Soccer that impact national teams.
The Canadians, gold medalists at last year’s Tokyo Olympics, are in Monterrey for the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which serves as a qualifier for the 2023 Women’s World Cup. face in the final on Monday.
Midfielder Quinn said the players are still processing TSN’s article.
“It’s been a tough week for us, but obviously we have an important game coming up,” Quinn said. “That will be our priority moving forward.”
Concerns over Canada Soccer’s relationship with CSB were revealed last month when the Canadian men’s team refused to play a friendly match against Panama due to strained labor negotiations.
One of the sticking points was the $10 million FIFA bonus the men’s team earned by qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. Canada’s national teams believe they are entitled to a part of the premium.
The men’s team asked for 40% of the World Cup prize money, a travel package for friends and family and ‘a fair structure with our women’s national team which shares the same player match fee, percentage of the prize in money earned at our respective FIFA World Cups. ”
Canada Soccer calls these demands untenable. The proposed distribution of World Cup prize money was “not financially viable once the women’s national team share was taken into account”.
“It is extremely important to reiterate and be very clear: justice and pay equity are at the heart of our ongoing negotiations and we are committed to finding a solution that respects these two values,” Canada Soccer said in its communicated.
The players also called for transparency over the FA’s deal with CSB, which uses proceeds from the deals struck to help fund Canada’s eight-team professional soccer league.
The Canadians have already qualified for the 2023 World Cup as W Championship semi-finalists, but the winner earns a spot at the 2024 Olympics. Canada won the gold medal at the Tokyo Games, beating the Sweden on penalties in the final after beating USA 1-0 in the semi-final.
Team captain Christine Sinclair, who released the national teams’ joint statement, reiterated that for now the team must focus on the tournament.
“Obviously we appreciate the support we received from all over the world, but nothing more happened. Not much more to say,” Sinclair said.
Canadian players are negotiating with the federation following a historic agreement for equal pay between the American football federation and its players.
“The men’s team is fully supportive and we’re both on the same page,” Sinclair said. “Now all that’s left to do is get Canada Soccer involved.”
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