The world is well into the heat of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is currently being held in Russia, and with that the creatives over at Vox have analyzed the reasons why Americans just aren’t good at the sport. Though the national team made it into the round of 16 (where they were knocked out by Belgium) during the 2014 World Cup, they failed to even qualify for this year’s tournament — the first time they failed to do so in over 30 years.
In the seven-and-a-half minute video posted above, Vox’s Phil Edwards presents his theory on why Americans are just so terrible at the Beautiful Game with the main reason being the 1920s football wars between the ASL (American Soccer League) and USFA (United States Football Association). By the time the depression hit, American soccer was not able to rebound as well as European and South American soccer culture was able to, which led to the nation’s current handicap. Watch the full clip above.