The United Kingdom is rich in culture. Their lavish and winding history is perhaps one of the most interesting and one that is popularly studied all over the globe. In fact, it continues to prosper to this very day thanks to its strong tourism and economy. But if there’s one more thing that the Brits are well known for, that would be their love for sports.
The UK and its people love a good game. It’s no secret that some of the oldest sports clubs and associations sprang from here. But have you ever wondered what their most popular ones are? That’s what we’re here for today.
And as you may have guessed by now, football or soccer to the Americans and Canadians is its most beloved. The UK is actually the biggest and most fervent of the football nations from around the globe.
This full-contact sport is played by two opposing teams with eleven players each (10 field players and 1 goalkeeper) on a rectangular field. The goal is to bring an inflated leather ball across the opponent’s goal line and into their goalposts. The team with the most score wins the game. Football also originated in England some years ago. It even got so popular that a number of ruling monarchs had it banned for fear that it would distract citizens from practicing archery and thus endanger their chances at war.
Where rackets are concerned, the Brits love badminton the most. It has overshadowed tennis unlike some of the nations in Europe. It uses rackets to strike a shuttlecock, a cork ball fitted with stabilizing feathers, back and forth across a high net and is played either by single or double players per team.
The UK’s most popular bat sport would have to be cricket. It’s also its national sport, contrary to what most people would assume to be football. This high-scoring outdoor game using a flat bat, a small hard ball, and wickets is played between teams of 11 players has been in existence for over 5 centuries now. 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.
Rugby is another. In the UK, it is run by the Rugby Football League. But unlike the first two, Rugby is more popular in some areas than some. It is also one of the oldest in existence and was popular among elites back in the day. This team sport is played by running an oval ball, passing it laterally from hand to hand, and kicking it to score.