Canada’s men’s national team’s friendly against Panama was canceled less than two hours before the game’s scheduled start time on Sunday amid a player protest regarding World Cup compensation.
On Friday, players skipped their country’s scheduled training session and decided against attending Saturday’s session. The players and federation met on Saturday night following the publicised release of the protest. Both parties remained at a standstill after a “transparent” conversation between the two sides. The players and Canada Soccer are still some way apart, with a report from TSN suggesting the players had asked for a 40% cut of World Cup revenues with the association offering just 10% of the FIFA package. Canada Soccer is set to receive between $10 million and $15 million from FIFA for its World Cup participation this winter. Negotiations between the players and federation began following Canada’s qualification to the World Cup on 27 March, but talks didn’t get underway again until this international window.