Association football is the most prevalent and popular sport around England, where the first modern rules for codes were created in 1863, which had a significant impression on the growth of modern Laws of the Game. With more than 40,000 association football clubs, larger clubs usually participate in codes in England while compared to other countries. In addition, the world's first club is Sheffield FC, and the world's first professional association is the football club Notts County.
Furthermore, Football Association is generally identified as the oldest national governing body and the joint-first national team, as well as the oldest national league (English Football League), the oldest national knockout competition (the FA Cup).
As the top domestic league in England, the Premier League is one of the richest and most popular sports leagues in the world today, with six of the world's ten richest football clubs as of 2019. The national football team of England had won the World Cup for once in 1966, as one of the eight teams only. The UEFA Champions League (European Cup) has been won by a total of five English club teams.
The English Football League, founded as a The Football League by Aston Villa director William McGregor in 1888 and renamed as the English Football League in 2016, was the world's first professional football league. With its establishment, many other leagues have also been established in England. There has been a growing effort over the year to link all these leagues together with pyramidal structures that allow promotion and reproduction at different levels.
The central motivation for this push is to retain the potentiality that any club in England may dream of rising to the very top one day, regardless of what position they actually have. The study indicates that England has more football clubs than any other country in the world, without taking the relative population into account.
For clubs at all levels of the football pyramid, there are many cup competitions. The FA Cup and EFL Cup are the two prestigious and important cup competitions, with the winners of those competitions recorded to compete for the UEFA Europa League.
Different transformations allow a maximum of five English clubs to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and five UEFA Europa Leagues since the 2015-16 season. From the 2018-19 season, the top four clubs in Europe’s four most rated leagues automatically participate in the group stage. These leagues currently include England, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The minimum quota is to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for four English clubs and the UEFA Europa League for three.
In international football, the England national football team actually represents England properly. It is one of the world's two oldest national football teams, with Scotland the other only. England was among the eight national teams as the only one to win the World Cup in 1966. Besides, they are recognized as one of the most popular and prestigious teams on the global stage, rarely falling outside the FIFA and Elo's top ten rankings. In the British Home Championship, with 54 wins including 20 shared wins, they were the most successful of the Home Nations before the competition was suspended in 1984.