The United Kingdom is known not only for its beautiful tourist and historical destinations, its famous universities, its massive economy and its rich history. The country is also known to be home to one of the world’s most avid sports fanatics. Care to know the sports that have the UK up on their toes? If you do then this list will surely be of interest. Take a look!
Undoubtedly the most popular sport in the UK is football. This team sport that requires kicking and passing a ball across a huge field has captured the country so much that it has become one of their most celebrated athletic events. The game follows a traditional league system and there are over a hundred different teams all over the country with the premier league consisting twenty of the best ones. The more popular teams are those from Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. The Football Association, the governing body of the sport is one of the oldest in the world. If the Americans have basketball, the British have football.
Although football may be considered the most popular in the United Kingdom, it is not its national sport. That title goes to cricket. It is an outdoor sport played by two teams of eleven players using a flat bat, a small hard ball, and wickets. A player scores by batting the ball and running, while the defenders can get a player out by bowling and hitting the wicket, catching a hit ball, or running the player out.
Run by the RFL (Rugby Football League), are more popular in some parts of the country than others. In the earlier times, it is a sport played mostly by the elites but it has long since become one of the most played sports in the UK. Rugby is a team sport in which players run with an oval ball, pass it laterally from hand to hand, and kick it to score more points than the opposing team.
The sport overshadows tennis and others in the racket category. Badminton has long been engraved in the country’s history with the Badminton Association of England established back in 1893. It uses rackets to strike a shuttlecock back and forth across a high net.
Football, cricket, rugby and badminton are four of the well loved sports in the UK. How about you? Which one is your favorite?