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Britain has a rich sports history. In fact, many of the world's most popular sports began in Britain. The earliest rules of cricket were written in 1727. Scotland is the home of golf. And the first unified rules for soccer (or football, as it is known in the rest of the world) were drawn up in the Britain in 1846. The British are often credited with introducing the modern game of soccer to the rest of the world, through the travels of sailors, soldiers, merchants, engineers, teachers and other professional people. There are 42,000 soccer clubs throughout Britain.

Soccer is the largest spectator sport in the UK, with the Football Association’s Cup Final the highlight of the season. Other major sporting events include the Wimbledon tennis tournament, the Open Golf Championship, the Six Nations (England, Scotland, Wales, Republic of Ireland, France and Italy) rugby union tournament, horse events such as the Derby and the Grand National steeplechase, and cricket Test matches.

Britain has over 100 sportsmen and women who hold world championship titles.


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