Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team on track to become second-highest paid women’s national team among FIFA’s 211 Member Associations
Canada Soccer today released key elements of the proposed landmark collective bargaining agreements (CBA) first proposed to Canada Soccer’s National Teams on 3 June of last year. The proposed agreements in front of National Team Players demonstrates Canada Soccer’s commitment to its core principle that if you are a Canada Soccer National Team Player — regardless of your gender — you will be paid the same for the work you do competing and representing our country.
The national sporting body also released details of its progress and commitments already made privately and throughout the ongoing labour negotiations that make strides toward equal pay and equity in the high performance environments of its national programs.
Here is the reality: 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. Additionally, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will become the second-highest paid women’s national team among FIFA’s 211 Member Associations.
Update on CBA Negotiations/Equal Pay
A new overarching collective bargaining agreement with both National Teams is still being negotiated and requires all three sides (Women’s National Team, Men’s National Team and Canada Soccer) to come together to get the deals over the line. Canada Soccer has been adamant that, to ensure pay equity between the National Teams, a deal needs to include the pooling together of both the women’s and the men’s FIFA World Cup prize money and then sharing the total amount equally by all National Team Players.
“It is time to get a deal done,” said Earl Cochrane, General Secretary, Canada Soccer. “We’ve been negotiating in good faith and want to get to a resolution with our National Teams. In order to get there, we need both of our National Teams to agree. Our women deserve to be paid equally and they deserve the financial certainty going into the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.”
That proposed CBA includes, but is not limited to the following elements:
Given the extended bargaining between Canada Soccer and the Women’s National Team Players Association, payment by Canada Soccer for work done by the Women’s National Team in 2022 was late. Therefore, Canada Soccer and the Women’s National Team announced an interim funding agreement with the Women’s National Team Players last week.
Interim Funding Agreement with the Women’s National Team
The terms of the Interim Funding Agreement agreed to last week by the Women’s National Team in their run up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup mirrors a similar deal with the Men’s National Team that includes per game incentives and results-based compensation.
This deal means that the Women’s National Team Players will still be paid for successes in 2022 on the same financial terms as the Men’s National Team.
This agreement is also consistent with Canada Soccer’s historic practices:
Equity in the High Performance Environments
In addition to the Interim Funding Agreement, the Women’s National Team made nine demands to Canada Soccer the evening of 9 February 2023 in preparations for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup. Canada Soccer has agreed to in writing, and/or is currently addressing, all nine of the demands made by the Women’s National Team, including:
Even though our national teams have different competitive structures and circumstances, Canada Soccer has re-committed privately and is publicly reiterating today that it will continue to deliver the resources and opportunities needed to compete and succeed at international competitions. This includes, but is not limited to: preparatory matches against top-tier opponents; adequate staffing; minimum number of players; adherence to an agreed-to travel policy; equitable training venues and accommodations.
This does not mean equal dollars – simply because the cost of doing very different things may require different total budgets. The competitive calendar and FIFA World Cup qualification pathway for the Men’s National Team compared to the Women’s National Team has very different costs associated with it. (For example: Canada’s Men’s and Women’s National Teams must compete in predetermined FIFA international windows and the men are required to play in Concacaf Nations League where they’re required to be in two or three different countries in the region with significant travel constraints and by comparison, the recently completed SheBelieves Cup, organized by the US Soccer Federation, was played entirely within the southern United States against Canada’s strongest competition.)
Canada Soccer also recognizes that delivering on the above commitments will require an influx of additional revenue and we are already building plans toward that, which includes:
Amending the CSB agreement
Canadian Soccer Business is voluntarily and proactively in discussion with Canada Soccer to amend its Representation Agreement, with the goal of providing incremental funding to the Association to support its important mission of growing the game at all levels.
The Path Forward
Canada has always been a leader on the world stage. The Women’s National Team’s Gold Medal success at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games showed the world what Canada can do when it commits to success. Now is the time for Canada to once again show the world what it can accomplish – this time with respect to gender equality and labour relations. “Canada Soccer looks forward to concluding agreements with our National Team Players that will demonstrate equity, respect and progress to the world. The deal in front of our players today is unprecedented in Canadian sport and will make us a leader among FIFA Member Associations. We have appreciated the conversations with the two Players’ Associations and we believe serious progress has been made. With fresh leadership, now is the time to conclude those discussions and finalize a deal. Together, we can get this done.” added Earl Cochrane.
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