Canada, ranked 38th in the world, and No. 21 Iran are both preparing for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar
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Posted 26 May 2022 - 05:44 AM
And now the game is cancelled.
Now, who is the rocket scientist at Canada Soccer that thought this would have been a good idea?
Posted 03 June 2022 - 12:35 AM
Panama will play Canada instead, as a replacement for Iran.
They probably only got Iran in the first place because there's so few (maybe no?) other non-CONCACAF countries willing to come over here; and all of Europe is tied up this window with their Nations Cup in any case.
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Posted 05 June 2022 - 05:04 PM
Well done Canada Soccer, and by extension the national men's team in this case, as you all made the news on Global TV tonight, the lead story to boot. Too bad the entire episode is a PR disaster and a debacle.....
Posted 05 June 2022 - 07:24 PM
Well, if you listed to the interview with the Canada Soccer guy, the players are not going to get anywhere close to what they are asking for.
He stated even if they gave up every other thing they run, U20, juniors, ref training etc. etc., they would not be able to afford what the players were asking.
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Posted 06 June 2022 - 02:30 AM
The letter included one big clue. In 2018, Canada Soccer signed a deal with an organization called Canadian Soccer Business, which is tied to the owners of the five-year-old Canadian Premier League. The deal guaranteed Canada Soccer a baseline level of revenue of $3 million a year, and the vast majority of everything after that — chiefly sponsorship deals and broadcast revenues — goes to CSB. The deal was spearheaded by then Canada Soccer president Victor Montagliani, who has since ascended to the presidency of CONCACAF; it was designed to benefit the CPL, partly because FIFA apparently prefers that World Cup host nations have their own domestic leagues. The CSB deal is for 10 years, and apparently has an option to extend it to 20.
So is this to suggest the [estimated $10 million) World Cup money from FIFA will mostly go straight to CSB? 'Cause if yes, then no wonder Canada Soccer says it can't afford what the players want; and as it's CSB who stands to benefit most then it's CSB who should be made - somehow - to pay up.
Thing is, there's nothing all that egregious about what the players are asking for other than perhaps the friends-and-family travel and ticket perks; though from what I gather even that's pretty much standard in most other major footballing nations if-when they make the WC.
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Posted 06 June 2022 - 04:27 AM
The Canada men's national team went on strike on Sunday, forcing a friendly with Panama to be called off.
The team's refusal to play revolves around a dispute with the country's football association, Canada Soccer.
Canada have qualified for the 2022 World Cup, only the second time they have reached the men's finals.
The players released a letter accusing Canada Soccer of "disrespecting" the team in relation to negotiations around World Cup prize money.
Among several issues outlined in the letter is a request for an equitable pay structure, along with the women's national team, that would see them earn 40% of World Cup prize money.
There are conflicting reports around the percentage of World Cup prize money the players have been offered by Canada Soccer.
TSN first reported that national team players had been offered about 10% of the total amount the country would get from Fifa, set to be at least $10 million (£8m).
On Saturday, Canada Soccer told TSN its offer was 60% to be split equally between players on the men's and women's teams.
"To be clear, the men's national team demand was for 75-100% of the World Cup prize money," Canada Soccer said in a statement.
BBC football reporter Simon Stone
The issue over the way the national team's players get treated has been bubbling away in Canada.
The players believe the majority of commercial rights for the national team have been signed over to the Canadian Premier League clubs, which means money generated by the men's team reaching the World Cup for the first time since 1986 will be diverted away from those representing Canada.
In addition to providing additional funds for both youth and women's programmes, the players feel they should be rewarded for their achievements, having played for Canada for relatively small amounts of money over the intervening years.
The dispute has cost coach John Herdman some valuable match time and there is no guarantee it will be resolved before Thursday's Nations League game with Curacao.
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Posted 16 June 2022 - 04:24 PM
let's hope with 48 teams in the 2026 World cup that Italy can make it in.
I am sure they only are expanding to 48 becuase Italy has missed the 2018 and 2022 World cups.
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