Yeah, if someone doesn't want to play in college, NWSL doesn't have the academy or reserve league infrastructure yet to support them, assuming they're not ready to go pro. But I wouldn't use that as a sign of NWSL falling behind or anything - in those areas, Europe has already had a huge head start. And I wouldn't consider it a sign of higher-level competitiveness. While NWSL is competitive, the spending ceiling is still higher in Europe, so if you're talking "top" prospects, Europe is still more likely; plus, NWSL's top spending is limited as to who it can be spent on - rookies will almost never qualify for better pay (i.e. Mia Fishel's case) so I wouldn't be surprised if pre-college age players similarly don't.