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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), 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 as of 2019.

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

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A plaque commemorating the Munich air disaster at Old Trafford
Manchester United Football Club is an English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and is arguably the most popular football club in the world, with over 330 million supporters worldwide; 5% of the world's population. Average attendances at the club have been higher than any other team in English football for all but six seasons since 1964-65. The club is also one of the most successful in English football; for over twenty years, since the 1986-87 season, they have won 18 major honours, which is more than any other Premier League club. Starting from the 1986-1987 season, Manchester United have won nine Premier League titles, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, five FA Cups and two League Cups.

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Statue of the 1966 World Cup winning England side

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The Abbey Stadium, home of Cambridge United
The Football Conference is a football league at the top of the National League System of non-League football in England. Conference National is the highest of the three divisions within the Football Conference, with Conference North and Conference South serving as regional feeders one step down. The Football Conference consisted of only one division up until 2004, but expanded as part of an extensive restructuring of the National League System which took effect beginning with the 2004-05 season.


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The Shankly Gates at Anfield, Liverpool
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The song "You'll Never Walk Alone", originally from the musical Carousel, adorns the top of the Shankly Gates, which were unveiled on 2 August 1982 in memory of the former manager Bill Shankly. The "You'll Never Walk Alone" portion of the Shankly Gates is also reproduced on the club's crest.

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