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Association football is the most popular sport in England, where the first modern set of rules for the code were established in 1863, which were a major influence on the development of the modern Laws of the Game. With over 40,000 association football clubs, England has more clubs involved in the code than any other country as well as the world's first club (Sheffield F.C.), the world's oldest professional association football club (Notts County F.C), the oldest national governing body (the Football Association), the first national team, the oldest national knockout competition (the FA Cup) and the oldest national league (the English Football League). Today England's top domestic league, the Premier League, is one of the most popular and richest sports leagues in the world, with six of the ten richest football clubs in the world.

The England national football team is one of only 8 teams to win the World Cup, in 1966. A total of five English club teams have won the UEFA Champions League (European Cup).

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West Bromwich Albion memorabilia from the 1954 FA Cup
West Bromwich Albion Football Club are an English professional football club based in West Bromwich, West Midlands. As of the 2007–08 season, the team plays in the Football League Championship, the second tier of English football, although they have competed in the top-flight for the majority of their existence. The club was formed in 1878 by workers from Salter's Spring Works in West Bromwich, and have played their home games at The Hawthorns since 1900.

Albion were one of the founding members of The Football League in 1888 but have won the league title only once, in 1919–20. They have had more success in the FA Cup, with five wins. The first came in 1888, the year the league was founded, and the most recent in 1968, their last major trophy. They also won the Football League Cup at the first attempt in 1966. Since the early 1980s the club has been less successful. From 1986 to 2002 they spent their longest ever period out of the top division, although there has been something of a revival in recent years, with three seasons spent in the Premiership between 2002 and 2006.

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The Football Association Challenge Trophy is an English football competition for clubs playing in levels 5-8 of the English football league system (steps 1-4 of the National League System), which currently covers the three divisions of the Football Conference along with the Southern League, Isthmian League, and Northern Premier League. Clubs in lower levels of the National League System play in the FA Vase.

It was created by the Football Association in 1969 for semi-professional teams, to complement the existing FA Amateur Cup. When the latter was abolished in 1974, the leading amateur teams joined the Trophy. The final was traditionally held at the old Wembley Stadium, but was moved to Villa Park during Wembley's redevelopment. The 2005-06 final was held at Upton Park, London.


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Manchester City's Michael Johnson taking a corner
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Manchester City's Michael Johnson takes a corner kick during a match in the Premier League. The corner kick was devised in 1867 under the Sheffield Rules, and is awarded to the attacking team when the ball leaves the field of play by crossing the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, having been last touched by a defending player.

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  • July 16: FIFA World Cup 2018: Belgium beats England 2-0 to claim third place finish
  • July 15: English football: Chelsea announces Maurizio Sarri as their head coach
  • July 14: Swiss footballer Xherdan Shaqiri joins Liverpool
  • July 12: Football: Manchester City signs Riyad Mahrez from Leicester
  • July 10: FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinals: England beats Sweden, Croatia knocks out hosts Russia
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