As Women's Soccer Grows, So Does Its Competitive Divide

The success of a handful of top women’s teams is a testament to their clubs’ commitment. But a growing competitive divide should be addressed before it’s too late.

MANCHESTER, England — It is remarkable, really, what you can fit into that time when there is time for one last chance. A corner whipped in, a header flashed toward goal, a finger outstretched to divert its flight just enough so that when the ball lands, it is on metal rather than nylon.

The last chance, it seemed, had come and gone. As it turned out, that was just the first of the last chances. The second fell to one of the world’s

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