I see female footballers who have played over 300 international games and several who have more than 200 caps. A sample of the top scorers in women's football:
- Abby Wambach, 228
- Mia Hamm, 275
- Christine Sinclair, 211
- Kristine Lilly, 352
- Birgit Prinz, 214
The corresponding record holder for men's football is Ahmed Hassan with a comparatively paltry 184. Is there a reason for this difference?
I wondered if it was because the men's football calendar is packed with league fixtures leaving very little room for international matches. But, I believe England and several other countries have professional leagues for women footballers too. So, is there some other reason for the discrepancy?