But players to file for arbitration next week on compensation issue
TORONTO, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - Members of the Canada's Women's National Team
have lifted their boycott as a result of progress made by the Canadian
Soccer Association (CSA) toward resolving issues with their coach,
Carolina Morace, and keeping her at the helm of the team well beyond
this year's World Cup.
Canada's women, who have been training in Rome, will return to the pitch
tomorrow (Saturday) in Cyprus for a 'friendly' match versus South
Korea, part of their preparations for the Cyprus Cup tournament which
begins March 2 with Canada facing Scotland.
"We are excited about returning to the field as these are important
games in preparing for the World Cup in June. As always, it is an
honour and a privilege to represent our country and our Coach, who has
done so much for our team and for women's soccer in Canada," said
midfielder Rhian Wilkinson, speaking on behalf of the Canadian women's
Earlier this month, members of the women's team had insisted the CSA use
its best efforts to resolve any outstanding issues with Coach Morace so
that she would remain with the team. Morace had planned to resign late
this summer due to several outstanding issues, which, in turn, sparked
the boycott by players in support of her.
The compensation issue - designed to ensure equality in how Canadian
Men's and Women's National Team players are paid - remains unresolved.
Lawyers representing the Women's National Team will file for
arbitration next week with the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of
Canada unless the CSA shares information the Women's Team has been
requesting since early January to move the issue forward.
"We have repeatedly advised the CSA that we cannot resolve the
compensation issue until it shares with the Women's team the funding
formula in place for the Men's team. Despite repeated requests, and our
agreement to keep information shared with us confidential, we have not
been provided information explaining the arrangements in place with the
Men's team. Unless we're provided with this information we'll be filing
for arbitration next week," said lawyer James Bunting of Davies Ward
Phillips and Vineberg LLP, which is handling the case on a pro-bono basis.
This year, Women's Team members dedicate themselves full-time to the
national program in preparation for the FIFA Women's World Cup, June
26-July 17 in Germany. They currently receive approximately $1,500 per
month in regular funding from Sport Canada, or $18,000 a year.
In contrast to the Canadian women's team, the U.S. national women's team
signed a six-year compensation agreement (2006-2012) that sets out a
payment system equivalent to the way the American men's national team
Canada's Women's National Team had an 11-game winning streak end Jan.
23, 2011, and is ranked 9th in the world. Canada's men's team is ranked 80th.
SOURCE Canadian Women's National Soccer Team
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