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Football participation England 2016-2019

Football is not only the most popular sport to watch and spectate in the United Kingdom (UK) and England but also the most popular team sport to participate in, with roughly 2.1 million people in England playing at least twice per month. 44.7 percent of 11 to 15 year old and 31.4 percent of 5 to 10 year old children play football on a monthly basis.

Football nation

Being home to not only the biggest football league but the biggest and most successful sports league in the world, the Premier League, England has many football fans who support the sport with famous clubs such as Manchester United, Liverpool FC, Arsenal FC or Manchester City.

Champions League

Some of these top tier clubs compete in the UEFA Champions League with other high division teams, primarily from the other ’Big Five’ football leagues in Europe, Germany, Spain, Italy and France. In 2018/19, Liverpool came out as the victor, winning their sixth Champions League title that season.

Number of people participating in football in England from 2016 to 2019

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Release date

October 2019


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

November 2015 to May 2019

Number of respondents

177,876 respondents

Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

base varies

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

At least twice in the last 28 days. Any intensity, any duration.

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