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March 11, 2023 — A bad look before a signature event

A few days ago, the French Football Federation announced that it would be parting ways with longtime women’s national team coach Corinne Diacre.

Diacre, who has been in charge since 2017, has run afoul of a number of players in her charge, including captain Wendie Renard. Renard, and a few of her teammates, left the national team pool and told the media of their dissatisfaction with their manager.

Last week, several members of the Canadian women’s national team, your current Olympic champions, testified in front of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage. They expressed their lack of confidence that Canada Soccer would come through on their demands for equal pay with the men’s team.

Meanwhile, the seventh-ranked team in the world, Spain, is dealing with the aftermath of a player revolt last fall which has resulted in head coach Jorge Villa dropping 15 veteran players from the selection process.

In many places across the world, women’s soccer players appear to be in a full-on revolt against their respective national federations, and sometimes, their coaches.

This dissatisfaction is not unjustified. These women are wearing of being underpaid and sometimes overcoached in comparison to some of their more successful counterparts in worldwide women’s football.

I sincerely hope FIFA takes notice of this. We’re not so far away from the crown-jewel event in the women’s game, the World Cup. And with three of the top seven teams in the world rankings in turmoil, it’s not a great look.