Each of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and
Wales has separate
national governing bodies for sports and competes separately in many international sporting competitions.
 Each country of the United Kingdom has a
national football team, and competes as a separate national team in the various disciplines in the
 At the
Olympic Games, the United Kingdom is represented by the
Great Britain and Northern Ireland team, although athletes from Northern Ireland can choose to join the
Republic of Ireland's Olympic team.
 In addition to Northern Ireland having its own national governing bodies for some sports such as
Association football and
Netball, for others, such as
rugby union and
cricket, Northern Ireland participates with the Republic of Ireland in a joint
England and Wales field a joint
The United Kingdom participates in the
Eurovision Song Contest.