This gap helps explain why soccer, despite being the world’s default sport, is severely underrepresented in the pantheon of great sports movies. A Hollywood studio once translated a great English football film (I didn’t say there have been none!) into baseball (hint: Drew Barrymore deals with Red Sox-crazed boyfriend), but if I were a studio or streaming boss these days, when overseas box office and screens rule, I’d translate all our old classics — “The Natural,” “A League of Their Own,” “Field of Dreams,” “Jerry Maguire,” you name it — into soccer.

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