In association football, the Home Nations originally referred to the then four national teams of the United Kingdom: England, Ireland, Scotland and . Today, the term refers to the teams of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – the teams that contested the British Home Championship until 1984 – although references to the Home Nations sometimes include the Republic of Ireland team.
A debate took place among the football associations that govern the sport in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, over whether they would allow their members to participate in the 2012 Summer Olympics as a single . The (the only association in favour of participation), and the news media used the term Home Nations to describe the parties to the debate. In the event, a team consisting only of English and Welsh players took part (with the still opposed, but not placing sanctions on those Welsh players who chose to play).
A new arrangement was found solely for the ; should the England side qualify via their placement at the 2019 World Cup, that slot will go to a Team GB assembled by the Home Nations' associations.