Most Popular Sports in United Kingdom


Football (Soccer)1) Football (Soccer): Being one of the most popular games played in the U.K. football follows the traditional league system and consists of hundreds of teams. However, there is what is known as a premier league that consists of only 20 of the most elite teams which are chosen from all over the U.K. Some of them include the Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. Football is backed by a governing body known as the Football Association and is one of the oldest governing bodies to promote football all over the world. Two of the most famous football championships in the U.K. are the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup. In each of these tournaments, 92 professional football clubs participate each year under 4 main divisions.


Football (Soccer) popularity

Cricket2) Cricket: Cricket has become the national game of the U.K. and as is common knowledge, Cricket has its root in UK, and has eventually spread to hundreds of countries in the world. During the 18th Century when cricket became very popular, researchers and players met to finalize the legal cricket rules at Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) which was located on Lord's Cricket ground. There are now thousands of cricket teams in the U.K. and at the time of writing, approximately 18 country clubs; 17 in England and 1 in Wales. Each year they compete in what is known as the first class country championship, which is the oldest cricket championship in the world.


Cricket popularity

Rugby3) Rugby: Rugby is also a popular sport in the U.K. Earlier, rugby used to be played only by those in the elite class. However, it has now increased in popularity and is played by many all around the country. Like football, rugby is promoted by the U.K. government and is run by the Rugby Football League, popularly known as RFL. Some of the places where Rugby is very popular and major games are held are Yorkshire, North West England and Cumbria leading to final super league.


Rugby popularity

Badminton4) Badminton: When we are talking about racket games, badminton is ranked as the most popular racket game in U.K. Badminton has a long heritage in UK. In the year 1893, the Badminton Association of England was established; it grew gradually and now it is known as Badminton England. It is the governing body of Badminton all over U.K and has an international presence. Badminton England is the founding member of the International Badminton Federation, also responsible for providing support to 41 countries of England in both form league structure and club structure.


Badminton popularity

Tennis5) Tennis: Wimbledon, perhaps the most popular Tennis tournament, originated in the U.K. during the 19th Century in a small club in the south of London around 1877. In the first ever tournament, the prize amount for the winners was around 26,150 Pounds (about $40,000 in US dollars). Wimbledon is one of the four grand slams which consist of Wimbledon, the French Open, the Australian Open and the US Open. It attracts not only tourists, but also sports lovers and sports critics from all around the world. While it is an individual sport, Lawn Tennis is the 2nd most popular racket game in the U.K.


Tennis popularity

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-Aronmiller585

erm this does not seem very scientific - American football and basketball are minority sports in the uk. Since your survey doesn't really match a country I know about, I wonder if I should trust what you say about countries I don't know about. Probably a better way to do your survey would be to have a look at which sports main news sites focus on the most.

I would say in the UK it goes something like this: Footbal (soccer)......[big gap]....Cricket, Rugby....Tennis....then sports like athletics, cycling, darts, cue sports [mainly snooker]..another gap... Basketball, mma, American football, table tennis and other obscure sports.  


-Zhaika

You seem to have missed rugby completely. It is huge - not just in the UK - but worldwide. Way more popular than baseball and basketball. The World Cup is watched by billions.


-Sportsfan

You must have american football confused with rugby or something and as for basketball and baseball ... I don't know why they're there seeing as we don't even have professional leagues for them.


-Noob

This is not accurate. Rugby is NOT even in the list. huh?!


-Me

Baseball more popular than cycling, running or hockey?  Bollocks.


-Packtim

where're rugby league and rugby union?!


-Rockware10

britian does not plat baseball professional so I cant see how it can be in the top 10


-kazie

This website is a discraceful mix of misinformation.
For a start you cant put the UK as one, for instance in Wales the number 1 sport is Rugby Union, whereas in England the number 1 sport is soccer (football).
In Northern Ireland the GAA sports (Hurling and Gaelic football) are more popular.

Either Way Soccer (Football), Rugby Union, Rugby League and Cricket would probably be the most popular sports across the board, not the un-informed list this website presents


-Aaron

Your data omits equestrianism where Britain 3.5 million people ride each year in an industry worth £3.57 Billion and in which the Brits won 226 medals in International competition between 2000 and 2008 (latest data available)  It is estimated that 4 billion people will watch the equestrian events at the Olympics.  Suggest you review your figures


-PardeysMum

 Very good. I like ur comment. I m Indian like cricket n live for cricket.


-mahesh patil

Football (soccer to the dicks) is 1. Cricket 2.
Hockey not ice hockey joint 6. Golf 4. Runing 5. Boxing 6. Motorsports 7. Tennis 8. Cycling 9. Water sports 11. Darts 10. Martial arts 12. Winter sports 13. Rounders 14. Skateboarding 15. Wrestling 16. American football not on list. Rugby should be joint 2.


-Ibu113tzi

As far as team sports watched 1)Football (Soccer) 2) combined Rugby Union and Rugby League 3)Cricket...if you dont combine both rugby codes then cricket is number 2
after that its a long long drop to Basketball and Ice Hockey. Baseball??????? Nobody At All plays Baseball in the UK, its never even been shown on minor channels... where the hell did you get this information, your possibly getting it mixed up with rounders which is sometimes  played in junior (age 7-11) schools. 


-Mcaiston

Outdated, and where the hook is rugby you tool!!!!! AND AMERICAN FOOTBALL AT 8?? Are you drunk?


-AnyBriton

Baseball more popular than cricket in the UK? The information/date on this website is DEFINITELY NOT reliable. Terrible website. Goodbye.


-Bbbb

I completely agree, Bbbb. In fact, they even put football in this list twice. It's in position 1 as "Soccer" and position 7 as "Football". If this website were made by an American, it shows. I think he has written baseball instead of rounders or something.


-Bbbbb

hopefully cricket will become no-1 in next few years,becoz our football alwaz let us down in world cups
beckham and rooney are pig and gay whereas flintoff and peitersen are our heroes


-jonathan

I bet this website was made by an American


-Aaron

Unless you're from the UK; like myself. I'd say you're being rather stereotypical...
Also, if you read the top, it says 'most viewed websites in the UK' not most popular, just because we view the type of topic doesnt make it what we watch/favorite the most.


-13

 were the duck is rugby?


-Jm47919

Whoa!! Cricket's in 15th place!!! It should be in the 2nd place!!TERRIBLE WEBSITE


-Shyam Sundar

I am not a fan of rugby, but its not even on the list!!!!!


-Djpeekay25

This website is awful I'm sorry. Baseball is not more popular than cricket here! Not sure were you got your false information from.


-Chris Mather

Do these people even know that rugby exists??? Its easily the second most popular in the uk!!!


-Jdjyfh


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