Top 10 Most Popular Sports in the United Kingdom

January 24, 2021 By Sourav

Top 10 Most Popular Sports in the United Kingdom

England is a country of various cultural prospects and sports is one of them. In fact, sports are a key feature in the traditions and history of any country. As many countries are known solely for their sports and games, these sports are the main source of their income and progress in their economy. These sports attract sports fans and tourists from all over the world. Various types of sports are played throughout the country. Great Britain has always fared better in the Olympics and fetched medals from almost all the sports they participated in. Let us take a look at the Top 10 Most Popular Sports in the United Kingdom.

Most Popular Sports in the United Kingdom

10. Netball


Last but not the least in our list of Top 10 Most Popular Sports in the United Kingdom, we have Netball Super League. However, it now considered one of the least popular sports worldwide. In 1999, The Netball Superleague was founded which was the elite netball competition in the UK, Scotland, and Wales. Due to a major television deal signed in 2006, Netball Superleague competitions are often shown on Sky Sports.

Netball Superleague is sponsored by Fiat Automobiles. The netball Superleague takes in players from England, Wales, Fiji, Scotland, and New Zealand.

9. Ice Hockey


The next sport to come in our list of top 10 most popular sports in the United Kingdom is Ice Hockey. The Ice Hockey UK is allied to the International Ice Hockey Federation. IHUK was in fact created to change the British Ice Hockey Association.

It arranges different tournaments throughout the UK and is responsible for the good order of the sport in the UK. Famous players from Owen Nolan, Tony Hand came up from the IHUK and later flourished with the GB Team. Besides the United Kingdom, this sport also holds its place among the most popular sports in America.

8. Rowing


The leading body in England for the sport of rowing inside the country is the Amateur Rowing Association of the UK. This Rowing Association is also liable for the development and organization of international rowing teams on behalf of Great Britain.

Famous rowers like Geoffrey Taylor, Douglas Kirtland came from the Thames Rowing Club and London Rowing club respectively and flourished later with the national team. The other two famous rowing clubs in the UK are Kingston Rowing Club and Bedford Rowing club.

7. Athletics


Another most popular sport in the list of top 10 most popular sports in the United Kingdom is Athletics. England has the most number of athletes of any other country. The large squad of UK athletes consists of athletes like world and Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington and world champion Keri-Anne Payne.

6. Swimming


Competitive swimming in Great Britain has one of the most glamorous athletes in the world, i.e. Mark Foster. He bags England's majority trophies in the Swimming section in Olympics. British Olympic Association and the British Paralympics’ Association organize different international swimming competitions in Great Britain every year.

Swimming holds the no 6th position in our list of top 10 most popular sports in the United Kingdom.

5. Badminton


Established in 1893, the Badminton Association of England has earned praises as one of the most prestigious badminton associations in the world. This Badminton Association grew gradually and now it is known as Badminton England. It is the governing body of Badminton all over the UK and it also has an international presence.

Badminton is played by millions today. Badminton ranks 4th in our list of top 10 most popular sports in the United Kingdom. Great Britain has bagged a number of medals in the past from the Olympics.

4. Tennis


Wimbledon, also known as the most popular Tennis tournament, originated in the UK. Around 1877, the first tennis club originated at a small club in the south of London. Wimbledon is one of the four grand slams which every tennis player aspires to win. Even though this sport is considered individual, it landed 4th into the most popular sport in the country.

Not only attracting sports lovers and critics from around the globe but also gathers tourists every year. Famous personalities like Andy Murray emerged from Great Britain and proved a serious contender for world title championships.

3. Rugby


The bronze medallist in our list of the top 10 most popular sports in the United Kingdom is Rugby. In early times, only the elite class people played Rugby but it improved gradually. Its popularity increased over time and now, many people started actively participating in this sport.

Like football, rugby is also promoted by the Government of the UK and is run by the Rugby League as well as the Rugby Union. Yorkshire, North West England, and Cumbria are some of the places where Rugby is very popular.

2. Cricket


Presenting the national game of England in our list of top 10 most popular sports in the United Kingdom. The origin of cricket in its modern form can be traced back to the early 1800s. In the early days of cricket, only army officers and high post-government officials used to play cricket in their leisure time.

There are more than 20 cricket clubs in the UK and there are also thousands of cricket teams in the country. The first-class country championship of the UK is the oldest cricket championship in the world with cricket clubs such as Sussex, Northampshire one of the oldest clubs. Besides the UK, cricket now also holds the top spot among the most popular sports in India.

1. Football


The winner in our list of the top 10 most popular sports in the United Kingdom is Football. It should be a surprise though, as Football is also one of the most popular sports in the world with almost 3.3 billion fans. This game follows the traditional league system and it consists of more than a hundred teams.

The well-known premier league consists of the most elite 20 teams chosen from all over the UK consisting of legendary teams like Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, and many others. The Football Association is one of the oldest governing bodies to promote football all over the world. FA Cup and the Capital One Cup are the two of the most famous football championships in the UK.

So, these were the top 10 most popular sports in the United Kingdom. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments down below.

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  1. Craig
    Craig November 2, 2019 01:30

    Cricket is not our National sport!
    Football is our National sport by a long way.
    Rugby union is second according to revenue made.
    Then Rugby league.
    Cricket comes in 4th.

    Do your research better!

    1. Lizzy
      lizzy December 20, 2019 08:02

      Totally agree, also Netball has become a lot more popular since the 2018 Commonwealth Games so I think wherever these people got these stats from need to double check.

    2. INDIAN
      INDIAN February 10, 2020 05:10

      u mate do your research cricket is UK national sport. But soccer is most popular. Just like Hockey is india & pakistan national sport is field hockey but cricket is most popular here. Just becoz u can type anything dnt write any trash without any facts. Soccer & rugby originated in 17 & 18th century respectivey. Cricket originated in 15th century and is much older in UK. So keep mum.

  2. Jem
    Jem December 23, 2019 23:55

    I agree however I thought field hockey may have been on there as there is an increase in people playing the sport. However it is nice to see a sport I play on there.

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    tom March 9, 2020 02:09

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