The Unite Kingdom has been the birth place of various international sports such as rugby, golf, cricket, badminton, and many more. With that, it has never been a shock that it has also been the place where the earliest governing bodies for sports were formed and founded. This is primarily the reason why in international sports competitions nowadays, UK has always have a team representing their nation; not only that, they have multiple teams that also represent separate home nations in the UK.
Top Team Sports in the UK
- Association Football
Association football is by far the most dominant and most popular sport in the United Kingdom today; and it has been like that for over a century already. It is important to note, however, that UK has no national football team. But, rather, it is organized by four of its countries namely England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales; which are collectively known as the Home Nations. Each of these countries has their own football associations that govern the sport in their respective nations. Historically, these associations are the world’s oldest national football association.
- Rugby Football
Rugby in the UK has evolved around the traditional British football games during the 19th century. There are two rugby events in the UK; rugby league and rugby union. Rugby union is somewhat a larger sporting event for it involves countries from the northern hemisphere, the southern hemisphere, and any other countries that play rugby; it is generally played by professionals. Meanwhile, the rugby league is an amateur sporting event that is usually attended to by countries in Europe.
- Gaelic Games
Gaelic games are extremely popular in Northern Ireland and a bit popular in the Great Britain. This sport is primarily governed by the Gaelic Athletic Association. Gaelic games composed of sports such as Gaelic football, hurling, shinty or camanachd, and Gaelic handball.