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What Are England’s Favorite Sports?

England is a country with a deep love of sports, dating back, as far as we are aware, to the late-Middle Ages and early Renaissance. It was during this period that cricket developed on English soil, and quickly spread throughout the country. For a long time, cricket was the game most commonly associated with England, and the United Kingdom in general. So much so, that today, it is the national sport of the country.

However, cricket no longer sits atop the throne as the most popular game on the British Isles. In this article, we are going to take a look at 5 sports that are beloved in the United Kingdom. Let us take a look.


As most people know, football dominates the world of sports. The game has 3 billion fans the world over. It is the most played game, not just professionally, but in amateur sports. It is certainly the most popular betting sport in the world as well. In the UK, online gambling and betting is hugely popular, as the success of websites like clearly shows. Live online casinos, slots and poker tables are all the rage in England, and the same is true for sports betting on games like football.

England’s history with football is a long and complex one. The sport’s history can be dated back to the Ancient world. However, the game as we know it today originates in Cambridge, where the rules were first drafted. The English have produced some of the most popular football clubs in the world, among which are Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. And of course, no national football league comes close to the popularity of the English Premier League, which is watched and beloved all over the globe.


We already talked about how cricket has been overtaken by football in popularity. However, this is not at all a detriment to the game. Cricket is still hugely popular in England and the United Kingdom in general. It remains their national game, and is watched and beloved by fans across the country.

The origins of cricket can be traced back to the 15th century, when it was originally played by children. Soon, adults took to the game, and regional teams began forming. Eventually, lords began sponsoring these teams and a national competition formed around the sport. Through the years, the English took the sport with them on their conquests. It is for this reason that the game is massively popular today, in places like India, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.


Most of the popular sports we follow today were created in the 19th century. In that aspect, Rugby is no different. The origins of rugby can be traced back to the Rugby School, where students played an interesting variant on football. From then on, the game which would become known as rugby became quite popular within the country.

Today, rugby is a huge part of English culture. It is played by schoolboys and schoolgirls across the country, and wider. It is also, likely, the inspiration for one of the United States’ favorite sports, American football. The sport also enjoys popularity in countries like New Zealand, Georgia, Madagascar, etc.

Horse Racing

Unlike all of the previously mentioned sports, horse racing’s origins can be traced back to the earliest civilizations. Since Babylon, men have raced on horseback during various sporting or entertainment events. The practice has endured, and is still going strong in the 21st century.

England is home to one of horse racing’s most prestigious events, the Royal Ascot. Held on the Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, the Royal Ascot is a thoroughbred race organized annually. It is one of England’s biggest events, lasting over a week and holding several different events, ranging from the races to the galas, to the cocktail parties.


Lastly, we are going to take a look at tennis. The sport enjoys major popularity in England, though nowhere near as games like football, rugby or cricket. Still, the game is massively popular, both in terms of playing, watching and betting.

It is, perhaps, unsurprising that the sport is so popular in England, as the country is home to the oldest tennis tournaments in the world, Wimbledon. The Championships, as it is often called, is by far tennis’ most reputable tournament, and might just be one of the top most famous tournaments in the world of sports. With this in mind, is it any surprise that the English love the game as much as they do?