Canada Soccer propose equal pay deal

According to Canada Soccer, their pay proposals will guarantee equality and make the women’s team the second best paid in the entire globe.

The governing body said their plan was awaiting approval from players unions after their women’s squad threatened to go on strike last month.

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The strategy calls for combining prize money from the men’s and women’s World Cups and distributing it evenly to the two teams.

The statement from Canada Soccer was released just before a meeting before the Heritage Committee of parliament, where female athletes will give testimony.

“If accepted by the Player Associations, the collective bargaining agreements will pay both National Teams the same amount for playing a 90-minute match and both National Teams will share equally in competition prize money,” the organisation said.

“Additionally, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will become the second-highest paid women’s national team among FIFA’s 211 Member Associations,” they added.

The organization last week disclosed a temporary funding arrangement for the women’s squad to support their preparations for the Women’s World Cup, which will take place in New Zealand and Australia in July.

Canada is one of the contenders to challenge the United States, the reigning World Cup champions, and they also earned gold at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

According to Canada Soccer, all nine of the requests made by the women’s team players last month regarding travel, lodging, and financial transparency have been met.

Following Nick Bontis’ resignation as president of Canada Soccer following the argument with the women’s players, former Olympian Charmaine Crooks was appointed acting president.

Earl Cochrane, general secretary of Canada Soccer, expressed his hope that the players would agree to the suggestions.

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