Football

England’s most popular sport is also the globe’s favourite game. Watched and adored by billions worldwide, football could be described as an international language, a religion for some and a true love for many.

  • ‘The beautiful game’ can be traced back as far as the Medieval period in England
  • In 1857 Sheffield Football Club was formed and stands as the world’s oldest football club
  • The game as we know it today came into existence through the formation of The Football Association in London in 1863. The FA set out to standardise the rules for the game, in particular banning the use of hands during open play
  • The English Premier League is widely regarded as the most exciting Football League in the World and is watched by approximately 600 million people in over 200 countries