How the UK has embraced American football (part 2)

Commitment to the game

No matter where they watch games, UK fans are still committed. Time differences between here and the US might mean fans have to stay up until the early hours of the morning, but it’s worth it. Despite the inconvenient timing, it’s not stopping us watching – viewing figures here in the UK are up 40% year-on-year.

Educational institutions

More American football societies and clubs are popping up at universities across the country. So we’re not just watching it; we’re playing it too! Amateur American football clubs are making more of an appearance in the UK. See if you can find one close to you here. There are even programmes like the NFL Academy, which gives aspiring athletes the chance to train their skills while studying a course at Barnet and Southgate College.

With more of the united kingdom population playing football, it’s going to only be a matter of your time before the united kingdom gets its own franchise.

Potential for UK franchise

NFL research reports there being over 13 million fans within the UK. This, alongside the rise of individuals playing the game , makes it likely a UK franchise could crop up over the approaching years. There have already been talks of the Jacksonville Jaguars owner Sahid Khan, who is also the owner of Fulham F.C. in the UK, bringing the team over permanently. Speaking of the Jacksonville Jaguars, in another push for American football in the UK, the Jaguars Playing Academy takes place at Brunel University this July!

With American football becoming more popular within the UK, the country seems to possess fully embraced the game . Whether it’s because of the NFL’s own tactical expansion plans or an increased interest in playing the sport, a UK franchise could be just around the corner.