Does this have anything to do with it? (Like where the best sports talents go, what is getting resources for which, status etc.) My bet is on maybe.
I've never understood comparing women to men in athletic sports, the best women in the world are exceptional among women and their talents, hard work, dominance, achievements etc aren't diminished at all just because they don't have the natural advantages male bodies have.
At the 1958 World Cup in Sweden where Brazil won their first championship game, there were only 16 teams competing. 4 of those were from Latin America and the rest were European teams. It's absurd to claim that men's football was always more competitive.
And most Americans, especially after the 2019 World Cup, have heard some of the top names on the women's soccer team, people like Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, which is definitely not true of the male team. In country where male sports are still dominant and where soccer isn't as popular, it was really nice seeing how excited people were about the women's team in 2019.
2. In the United States, soccer is mostly a sport for girls and small children. Capable male athletes play other sports.
...Then hit Take Quiz Again and Start Quiz if I see that I haven't.
I did have the full list here but you know, best avoid too many spoilers. I just created a quiz with the full list, so should be available soon...
God bless our women and the game.