Currently there is the UEFA European Championship in football (soccer) taking place and the UK has 3 teams participating: England, Wales and North Ireland. It could have been 4 if Scotland qualified. It is the same for FIFA World Cups, the UK always sends four teams to the qualifications.

The UK seems to be the only country in the world which has 4 football teams even though it is considered as one country almost everywhere.

Why does the UK / why is the UK allowed to send more than one team to international football tournaments? Is it actually the same for other sports?

I already asked almost the same question on politics.stackexchange, and the answers see the reasons in history. However, there are many countries who have a similar history like the UK of smaller uniting states.

  • Conversely, you should look at the West Indian cricket team which represents 15 independent territories.
    – CodeNewbie
    Jun 15, 2016 at 5:02
  • Rob, I loved your question so I answered it on my blog (dearsportsfan.com/2018/09/05/…) - hope you don't mind. If so, let me know and I'll remove it or change your name. I'm going to post my answer on the linked question. Sep 5, 2018 at 11:29


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