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Sport plays such a large part in British life that many
idioms in the English language have come from the world of
sport. For example, "that's not cricket" means "that's not
fair" and "to play the game" means "to be fair". The most
popular sport in England is football. A lot of people support
their local clubs at matches on Saturday afternoons or watch
the matches on television.
The football league in England and Wales has four
divisions. Each division contains twenty teams. There are two
main prizes each season. The football league championship is
won by the team that is top of the first division. The final of
this competition takes place every May at the famous Wembley
stadium, in London. Some of the best-known clubs in England
are Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. But many clubs
have problems with money at the moment. Some people say
that the league is too big and that the players get paid too
much. Others say that television is making the crowds stay
Sport has for a long time been a very important part of a
child's education in Britain, not just — as you may think to
develop physical abilities, but also to provide a certain kind of
moral education. Team games encourage such social qualities
as enthusiasm, cooperation, loyalty and unselfishness.
1. Sport plays a large part in British life, isn't it?
2. What is the most popular sport in England?
3. How many divisions does league in England and Wales
4. What are the most famous football clubs in England?
5. What role does sport play in a child's education?
Sport in Great Britain(2)
The British have a reputation for being mad about sports.
In fact they like watching sports more than playing them.
The British are spectators and the most popular spectator
sports are cricket and football.
Football is the most popular game. Football, or soccer, is an
example of a professional game. The game of football was
first played in Britain, and later people began to play football
in other countries.
There are many amateur soccer players in Britain who play
the game on Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Amateur clubs
often play against professionals.
Almost every school has its football team and every boy in
Britain knows a lot about the game. He can tell you the names
of the players in the most important teams, he has pictures of
them and knows the results of many matches.
Rugby is another popular British sport which is played
in other countries. It is also called rugby football. The story
is told that in 1823 boys at Rugby school in England were
playing football in the normal way, when suddenly one boy
picked the ball up and ran with it. That was how a new
game was born. There are two forms of rugby football: the
amateur game and the professional game. The two games
have different rules.
Football is the favourite winter game in Britain and cricket
is the favourite summer sport. Amateur cricket has the same
rules as the professional game. A typical amateur cricket
match takes place on a village green, an open space in the
centre of the village. It is played between two teams — the
"home" team and the "visitors" who come from another village.
1. What reputation do the British have?
2. What is the most popular game in Britain?
3. Where was the game of football first played?
4. When do amateur soccer players play in Britain?
5. What can every boy in Britain tell you?
6. How was rugby born?
7. What is the favourite summer sport?
8. Where does a typical cricket match take place?
Sport in Great Britain(3)
British people are very fond of sports. Sport is part of
their normal life. The two most popular games are football
Football, also called soccer, is the most popular sport in the
United Kingdom. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern
Ireland have their own Football Leagues said national teams.
Games are played on Saturday afternoons from August to
April. In addition to the FL games there is a competition
called the Football Association Cup. The Cup Final is played
at Wembley Stadium (London) in May.
Cricket is considered to be the English National game. Its
rules are very complicated. It is played by two teams of eleven
men each, the player at a time tries to hit the ball with a bat.
Golf is the Scottish national game. It originated in the 15th
century and the most famous golf course in the world, known
as the Royal and Ancient Club, is at St. Andrew's.
Lawn tennis was first played in Britain in the late 19th
century. The most famous British championship is
Wimbledon, played annually during the last week of June
and the first week of July.
Those are the most popular kinds of sport in the UK. But
there are many other sports such as rugby, swimming, golf,
horse-racing and the traditional fox-hunting.
1. Are British fond of sports?
2. What is the most popular game in the UK?
3. Do all the parts of the UK have their Football Leagues
4. When and where the Football Association Cup final is
5. What is considered to be the English national game?
6. What is the name of the Scottish national game? When
did it originate?
7. What are the other sports popular in the UK?