Commonly known as Great Britain or the UK, the United Kingdom is one of the most populated states in the world. Athletes from this region sometimes compete as the United Kingdom or Great Britain, and othertimes they represent their home country of England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland.
The United Kingdom is home to many sports like golf, cricket, rugby, boxing but none so as football. Jacques Rogge, IOC President was once quoted saying "This great, sports-loving country is widely recognized as the birthplace of modern sport. It was here that the concepts of sportsmanship and fair play were first codified into clear rules and regulations. It was here that sport was included as an educational tool in the school curriculum".
UK is recognized by many governing bodies, including FIFA, as the birthplace of modern football with rules dating back as far as 1863. The UK also is the home of the most watched football league in the whole world, the Premier League. They also participated in the first-ever international match where they played against Scotland on November 30, 1872.
Although football seems to run in every English vein, there are also a lot of sports that flourish in the UK. Rugby union is ranked as the second most popular sport in the UK. The first-ever international rugby match was also between England and Scotland which took place on March 27, 1871.
Cricket was actually invented in England with laws that were set way back in 1788 by the Marylebone Cricket Club. England was also the birthplace of modern day tennis. Understandably, the world's oldest tennis tournament, the Wimbledon championship, was first held in England in 1877. The "Sports of Kings", thoroughbred racing, also originated in England and many motorsport teams and drivers who compete in Formula One also call the UK home.
Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to the United Kingdom, including England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. See also the list the most popular internet searches for "sports" in the UK.
Popular sports of the UK (see more)
Regional or Traditional Sports of the UK
- Stoolball — a team sport played on a circular grass field, possibly the precursor to cricket and baseball.
UK Sporting Successes
- England won the 1966 FIFA World Cup
- England won the 2010 T20 World Cup
Great athletes from the UK
- David Beckham (football)
- Tim Henman (tennis)
- Sebastian Coe (athletics)
- Roger Bannister (athletics)
the UK Sports trivia
- London was awarded the 1944 Games, but due to the ongoing WWII it was not held.
the UK at major events
- Great Britain at the Summer Olympics
- the UK at the Winter Olympics
- At the Commonwealth Games: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
- At the FIFA World Cup: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
- At the Cricket World Cup: England, Scotland, Ireland
- At the Rugby World Cup: England, Scotland and Wales
- England women's football team at the FIFA Women's World Cup
- At the Netball World Cup: England, Scotland and Wales
- UK at the Baseball World Classic
Past sporting events hosted in the UK
- Olympic Games Summer Hosts in 1908 London, 1948 London
- 1911 British Empire Games London
- 1934 British Empire Games London
- 1958 Commonwealth Games Cardiff
- 1966 FIFA World Cup England
- 1970 Commonwealth Games Edinburgh
- 1984 Paralympic Games in New York & Stoke Mandeville
- 1986 Commonwealth Games Edinburgh
- 1991 Rugby World Cup hosted in UK and France
- 1999 Rugby World Cup Wales
- Cricket World Cup, England 1975, 1979, 1983, 1999
- 2001 Men's World Boxing Championships in Belfast
- 2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester
- 2012 London Olympics
- 2012 Paralympic Games in London
- 2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland
- 2014 Invictus Games
- 2015 Rugby World Cup England
- 2017 World Athletic Championships, London
- 2019 Cricket World Cup, England
Upcoming sporting events in the UK
- 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham
- 2024 UEFA Champions League Final, Wembley Stadium, London
- 2030 T20 Cricket World Cup in England, Ireland and Scotland
Annual sporting events held in the UK
- British Open (golf) - usually held in England and Scotland, and rarely in Northern Ireland
- Wimbledon Championship (tennis)
- London Marathon
- FA Cup
- Super League (rugby league)
Sporting Facilities in the UK
- English Institute of Sport, Scottish Institute of Sport, and other UK high-performance centres.
- Lords, St John's Wood, England
- Wembley Stadium
- Olympic Stadium
- The Oval
- List of the most popular sports in the UK
- Unusual Sports from the UK
- Workplace Assessments for departments in the UK
- Sport Science Study Institutions in the UK
- sports videos about 'England'
- sports videos about 'Scotland'
- sports videos about 'Wales'
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