Rivals Watch: Financial Crisis Rock Super Falcons World Cup Opponents


Canada, who are in Group B alongside Nigeria in the 2023 Women’s World Cup, find themselves embroiled in a dispute with their football Federation regarding financial matters.

The Nigeria WNT, Super Falcons, will commence their campaign in Australia on July 21, facing Canada at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.


Canada’s national team faced the possibility of going on strike prior to the SheBelieves Cup earlier this year due to disagreements with Canada Soccer.

The Olympic champions found themselves at an impasse, leading to significant changes within the organization and an extended mediation process.

While the dispute encompassed various issues, the financial aspect remains a significant sticking point, causing the disagreement to persist several months later.

Canada’s captain and all-time-leading goal scorer, Christine Sinclair said earlier this week, “We’re not at a point where we’re not getting on a plane, but time’s coming where we want it done so as players we’re not having to deal with it while we’re trying to prepare.”

A report also stated that Canada Soccer are in a tight situation as its financial status could eventually force them into declaring bankruptcy and it would affect not just their women’s national team billed to play against the Super Falcons at the World Cup, as a matter of fact, any of their national teams might not take part in the international window this fall.

“We are in a real struggle. It’s not imminent, but we need to explore what bankruptcy entails and how it might affect our organization,” remarked Jason deVos, Canada Soccer’s interim general secretary, in a TSN interview.

“We don’t have enough revenue coming in for the programs that need to be run, and that includes everything from grassroots coach education and referee development to youth national teams and our senior men’s and women’s teams.”


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