A day earlier, captain Christine Sinclair told Canada’s The Sports Network (TSN) that the team had gone on strike over cuts to their program and fair pay concerns.
IN statement posted on Twitter, the Players Association said that Canada Soccer considers the strike “illegal” and that the players “cannot afford the risks that personal action against us by Canada Soccer would be” as they “have not yet received compensation for any of our work for Canada Soccer in 2022.”
Canada Soccer stated in its own way statement that it “respects the players’ right to organize”, but that the players “have not been and are not in a position of legal strike under Ontario labor law”.
He added that he was “not ready to jeopardize” the upcoming SheBelieves Cup, the team’s preparation for the Women’s World Cup in five months, and the experience of “countless fans”.
Canada, the reigning Olympic women’s soccer champion, is scheduled to take on the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) on February 16 in the first leg of the SheBelieves Cup.
“To Be Clear” Sinclair tweeted. “We are forced to return to work for a short time. It’s not over yet. We will continue to fight for everything we deserve and we will win. “She Believes” is played in protest.”
Both sides said Players’ Association representatives met with Canada Soccer on Saturday.
Canada Soccer added that it is committed to negotiating a comprehensive collective bargaining agreement with both the women’s and men’s national teams, which “will be a historic deal that brings real change and pay equity.”
In a February 10 statement, the players said they have been in talks with Canada Soccer for over a year and are now being “told to prepare to perform at a world class level without the same level of support that Men’s National has received.” Team in 2022.”
The players said in a statement that training camps have been reduced for the women’s team, as well as the number of invited players and staff, as well as an already limited youth program.
“We expect and deserve nothing less than equal and fair treatment and proper funding for our program and preparation for the World Cup,” the statement said.
CNN reached out to Canada Soccer and Sport Canada for comment on Saturday but received no response as of press time.