United Kingdom! Homeland to one of the best professional football (soccer) leagues in the world – the Premier League. That said, it’s not only football that’s popular in the UK. STATSCORE takes a deeper look at 5 sports that the Brits just love!
FOOTBALL (SOCCER AS THEY CALL IT ELSEWHERE)
Football is the most popular game played in the U.K. and follows a traditional league system which consists of more than one hundred teams. The most popular league is known as the Premier League and consists of the 20 best teams from all over the U.K. Football in the U.K. is governed by the Football Association which is one of the oldest governing bodies in the entire world. The most famous cup competition in the UK is the FA Cup.
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Football may be the most popular sport in the UK, but it’s Cricket that’s the national sport and became popular in the U.K. in the 17th century. Today there are 18 professional county clubs in the U.K. with all of them being named after historic counties. The game is also played at international level, with the most famous contest being played for “The Ashes” between England & Australia.
Rugby is one of the most popular professional and recreational team sports in the U.K. and is divided into Rugby Union and Rugby League. The two sports are different in rules such as the number of players and in ways to advance the ball. But both are played at international level and bring in big crowds.
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Badminton is the most popular racket sport in U.K. history and continues to grow in popularity. The Badminton Association of England was established in 1893 and is now known as Badminton England. It is the governing of badminton in the U.K. and is also a founding member of the International Badminton Federation.
Tennis is growing not only as a participant sport, but also as a spectator sport. Wimbledon is the most popular Tennis Tournament in the U.K. and has been played in England since 1877. Wimbledon is one of the four grand slam events on the ATP Tour that also includes the Australian Open, the U.S. Open and the French Open.
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