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Fifteen Canada women players join Common Goal

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Fifteen Canada women players join Common Goal

Members of the Canadian women's football team sign on to the Common Goal campaign, pledging a portion of their salaries to donate to charities, ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 in France.

Fifteen players and one member of the coaching staff from the Canada women’s national team have joined Juan Mata’s Common Goal campaign, where footballers pledge 1% of their salaries to charity.

With more than 1,200 senior caps between them, the list includes the veteran goalkeeper Erin McLeod and Canada’s record goalscorer, and captain, Christine Sinclair.

Common Goal started 20 months ago with Manchester United’s Mata pledging 1% of his salary to a collective fund. The movement now has close to 100 players, with near gender parity, and $1.3m (£1m) generated so far for high-impact football charities around the world.

McLeod said: “When I heard about Common Goal — the social impact movement in global football where members pledge 1% of their wages to football charities — I just thought, ‘Of course. Why wouldn’t I want to be a part of this?’ Now I am extremely proud that 15 of the girls on the team have signed up and at the World Cup this summer, Canada will have the first Common Goal XI.

I won’t be there because I’m injured – it crushes my heart – but I’m so proud of the players who will be there. This is what our Canadian legacy is all about.”

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 15:59