The national game of England is cricket. Although many view cricket as a national pastime and intrinsic part of English culture, soccer is the nation's most popular sport. Additionally, cricket is a de facto national sport, which means it is not established by law.Know More
The origin of cricket is debatable. However, circumstantial evidence suggests the game was first played in southeast England. In 1300, household accounts of Edward I first referenced a cricket-like game being played in Kent. In 1598, a court case provides the game's first definite reference, which occurred 50 years prior in Guildford, Surrey.
The game became popular during the 17th century, and the first known organized match was played at the Artillery Grounds, Finsbury, London in 1970. During the 18th century, cricket was played at all levels of society, but the rules of the game lacked coherency. In 1835, the Marylebone Cricket Club gave the sport its first formal rules, many of which remain unchanged.
Test and first-class matches may last up to five days. However, limited overs matches are generally completed in one day. Today, county championships are a major focus in England, with both four-day and one-day matches being played simultaneously during the summer months.Learn more about Soccer/Football
The Laws of the Game specify 17 soccer rules and regulations that are maintained annually by the International Football Association Board. The eight-member panel includes four representatives from the Fédération Internationale de Football Associations and one representative each from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, four countries instrumental in the development of the game.Full Answer >
On average, onside kicks that happen in National Football League games only work around 20 percent of the time, as of October 2014. Onside kicks were successful 41 percent of the time in 2013. Historically, onside kicks are successful about a third of the time.Full Answer >
A soccer game has two halves, not quarters. Each half in a regulation soccer game lasts 45 minutes. Some soccer organizations vary the time per half depending on the age and skill of the players.Full Answer >
A soccer game is called a "derby" when the two teams in the game are both from the same town, city or region. A soccer game between two rival teams is also sometimes referred to as a "derby." A derby is the soccer equivalent of the sort of game that is called a "crosstown rivalry" in North American sports.Full Answer >