2. Maybe...maybe not. Many see it as inferior(sadly) than male versions of the sport, or see it as fluff compared to male versions. You'd need to change many people's way of thinking to get around that, imo.
On the other hand, the Swedish women soccer team lost against a team of 15-year-old boys from Stockholm in Sweden. And those women were among the best in the world.
Those who don't believe me can translate the page below. (edit: wrong link at first, correct one in place now) https://www2.svenskfotboll.se/landslag/damer/arkiv/landslag/2015/11/forlust-mot-stockholm-p15
I have nothing to add and nothing I wanted to say by that really, just some anecdote I remembered that could be part of the explanation for the low interest. But that might be a case of the hen or the egg, higher salary might incentivize more women to push harder and raise the bar.
I should have kept my fucking mouth shut.
From now on, I'm just going to let my army of mass derepping alts do all my talking. :P
My bad, I can't help myself from dissecting and ponder a question or an argument when it shows up.
Congratulations to the victory by the way, even though I hoped for Sweden deep down. :D