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Canada’s labor unrest looms large at the World Cup

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The 2023 FIFA World Cup is set to kick off in two weeks with the reigning Olympic champions locked in a labor battle with the Canadian Soccer Association.

The Canadian players are looking to change the way that they are treated by the Canadian Soccer Association. While equal pay and budget cuts are part of what the players are looking to change, there are several other important issues involved including shortened training camps, smaller rosters, less support staff, and subpar travel arrangements in comparison to the Canadian Men’s National Soccer team.

So now, despite more than a year of negotiations, the seventh-ranked Canadians will compete at the World Cup without a long-term collective bargaining agreement. They did, however, agree on compensation for matches played in 2022.

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