The sports retailer analysed teams associated with leagues across eight sports from up and down the country and crafted a list based on a number of critical factors.
The researchers looked at everything from the team’s brand sentiment on social media to its number of online searches.
The ranking was also constructed by looking at online mentions, social following and fan engagement.
“Sports Teams are the bread and butter of the sporting world,” the sportswear brand said.
It added: “They matter immensely to fans and to individuals themselves, but which ones are the most loved across the UK?”
Most loved sports in the UK
Sports Direct has rounded up the UK’s most popular sports and it’s definitely an interesting mix.
Unsurprisingly, Football tops the list with an average of 1,070,863 loves on social media, the retailer has confirmed.
Coming in second and third is Rugby League and Union respectively and rounding up the ranking is Athletics.
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
- Ice Hockey
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Most popular sports teams in the UK
You can see the full breakdown of the sports team rankings via the Sports Direct website which includes fan favourites like Cricket and Rowing too.
- Arsenal – Football
- Liverpool– Football
- Chelsea – Football
- Man City – Football
- West Ham – Football
- Cardiff Devils – Ice Hockey
- Gloucester – Rugby Union
- Shaftesbury Barnett Harriers – Athletics
- Guildford Flames – Ice Hockey
- Harlequins – Rugby Union
- Northampton Saints – Rugby Union
- Saracens – Rugby Union
- Team Bath Netball – Netball
- Leicester Tigers – Rugby Union
- Woodford Green and Essex Ladies – Athletics