Why is "Great Britain" in the Olympics, but "England" in the World Cup?

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  • Skyfox
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    There's a very simple answer which basically boils down to one thing, money and who it is who pays to keep each sporting team running.

    For a more in depth answer you have to look at each sport individually. Try and keep up.

    What you have to understand is that Great Britain is not essentially a 'country' but a collective union of Scotland and England with the Principality of Wales. The nation 'Great Britain' does not exist anymore. It's real term is 'The United Kingdoms of Great Britain and Northern Ireland'. People still use 'Great Britain' due to it's involvement with the Union, nostalgic feel and ease of pronunciation.

    Britain isn't America.

    It's not a collection of founded states joined together by an act of Federal Government, it's a Union of Nations. Imagine if Texas or California were still independant nations. It'd be like the United States of America and Texas and California. "Why is 'USA' in the Olympics but 'California' in the World Cup?" It's the same basic principal.

    As to how and why world sporting bodies allow this is also fairly simple to understand.

    The Olympics, the World Cup, Motor Racing and various other sports are all headed and organised by their own federations, the Olympics have the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Motor Racing has the Federation Internationale de I'Automobile (FIA) and the World Cup is the main tournament funded by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

    Each organisation is a collective of many countries. Olympic sports in England comes under Team GB, or Great Britain and Northern Ireland (due to the long disputes between Britain and Ireland they are not allowed to represent themselves as the United Kingdom). Team GB covers ALL olympic sports of countries in the British Isles. For football however, each nation in Britain has their OWN Football Association, so each nation within Britain can compete seperately at FIFA's football tournaments.

    Team GB is funded through projects based in Britain, the England National Team is funded through projects based in England. England represent the English Football Association at Football. Team GB represents olympic sports in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland at World Olympic Championships.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Great Britain, in the Olympics includes people from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England.

    England in the football is just English players,

    Scotland had their own (rubbish) football team

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    we put the Scotz and Welsh to qualify for something so we go as great Britain

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the Olympics is supposed to be for Amateurs -

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yeah we noticed years ago.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because Scotland sucks at football.

    Source(s): Being scottish
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    We have our own FA's and want to keep them seperate.

  • 1 decade ago

    Think it's because they are amateurs, but not sure.

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