Football in the UK - Statistics & Facts

Published by Statista Research Department, Nov 8, 2017
Football, also known as association football or soccer, is governed separately in each of the countries of the United Kingdom. In England, football is considered the national sport and is governed by the Football Association (FA), which generates a turnover of approximately 310 million British pounds per year, mostly through broadcasting rights, sponsorship and licensing. The expenditure of the FA amounts to approximately 300 million British pounds per year, of which the majority consists of investments into the game.

The sport has held a rather steady position in terms of popularity, reflected in the number of people participating in football in England, as well as the share of adults participating in football in Scotland in the past years. In the same time period football was also the most funded single sport in terms of public funding for sports and physical recreation in Northern Ireland and as of 2015 it was the most popular sport of Welsh school pupils in any setting.

On the professional level, football in the United Kingdom is structured in several leagues of which the Premier League is the leading football league in terms of media rights value in Europe. The average attendance at games of the Premier League throughout the past years was at around 36,000 after which the average game attendance of the Football League Championship ranked the second highest of football leagues within the United Kingdom with around 17,500 attendees.

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