Canadian Soccer is proposing a new contract for both men's and women's players

Canadian Soccer is proposing a new contract for both men’s and women’s players

Canada Soccer has made a new offer to its players to resolve their ongoing contract impasse.

Earl Cochrane, the general secretary of Soccer Canada, said Tuesday that both the Canadian men and women were offered “comprehensive compensation,” declining to share details.

Canada Soccer’s previous offer was made in late June. At the time, it said it was “seeking to equalize issues related to player pool, travel policy, and compensation to set up a high-performance environment” between the two teams.

The players responded in late August, with Canadian Soccer making its offer this week in response.

The Canadian Men’s Players Association (Canada Men’s National Soccer Team Players Association) has formed as compensation negotiations continue, following the lead of the women’s team, represented by the Canadian Soccer Players Association (CSPA). .

This association covers players who have been invited to any of the men’s national team camps since January 2021.

The clock is ticking, the World Cup starts on November 20.

Cochrane says the hope is that the hurdles will be resolved by the start of the tournament. But both sides said that there are issues that can be resolved after Qatar.

However, there are two important concerns, which must be sorted out before starting the tournament. One involves helping the friends and families of the players who are going to Qatar and the other involves the distribution of prize money.

Cochran says there has been “significant progress” on both of these fronts.

Qatar marks only Canada’s second trip to the men’s soccer showpiece, following the 1986 tournament in Mexico where Canada exited after defeats to France, Hungary and the Soviet Union.

And with FIFA paying millions to rival teams, much is at stake for the current season of players.

Dissatisfaction with the status of negotiations led the men to boycott a planned friendly against Panama in Vancouver in June, citing the “unnecessary length” of negotiations over a new deal. . The players said they wanted a bigger share of the World Cup prize money than a comprehensive friends and family package for the tournament.

They were reportedly asking for an after-tax payment of 40 percent of the eight-figure World Cup expected.

At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, FIFA provided a total of US$791 million to the 32 participating teams, a 40 percent increase over the 2014 tournament.

Of this, 400 million US dollars were given as prizes, ranging from 38 million US dollars to 38 million US dollars to the winner, 28 million US dollars to the second place and 24 million US dollars to the third place team to 8 Millions of US dollars are involved, each of which was destroyed. In the group stage.

Each qualifying team also received US$1.5 million to cover preparation costs, meaning all teams were guaranteed a minimum of US$9.5 million for their participation.

The Canadians, currently ranked 43rd in the world, are preparing for European friendlies against No. 48 Qatar in Vienna on Friday and No. 13 Uruguay in Bratislava next Tuesday.

They have one more play-off game, against No. 24 Japan in Dubai on Nov. 17, before taking on second-seeded Belgium in the World Cup Round of 23.

After Belgium, Canada plays No. 15 Croatia on Nov. 27 and No. 23 Morocco on Dec. 1 in Group F.

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