The Top 5 Sports in the UK
The UK is located in North Western Europe and is home to a very diverse range of sports. The lush geography has led to the development of football and rugby as national past times, while other sports are slowly gaining a footing. Here are the top 5 Sports in the UK:
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. The most popular of these teams are Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. Football in the U.K. is governed by the Football Association which is one of the oldest governing bodies in the entire world. The two most famous Football Championships in the U.K. are the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup. There are 92 professional football clubs that participate in each of these tournaments each year.
Cricket is the national sport of the U.K. 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. Each summer these county clubs participate in the First Class County Championship, which consists of two leagues of nice teams in in which matches are played over four days.
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. The Rugby Football League acts as the governing body of Rugby League in the U.K. Based at Red Hall in Leeds, it administers the England Rugby League Team, the Challenge Cup, Super League and the Championships which form the professional and semiprofessional structure of the game in the U.K. The Rugby Football Union continues to be the governing body for Rugby Union in the U.K. This organization promotes and runs the sport, organizes international matches for the England national team and educates and trains players and officials.
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. The International Badminton Federation is responsible for providing support to 41 countries in league structure and club structure.
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 which also includes the Australian Open, the U.S. Open and the French Open. The U.K. has many public facilities throughout which offer tennis at little to no cost for the general public.
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