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Wales Football and Rugby Seasons

Please help - Google is failing me tonight: in what time of year are football and rugby played?  Spring, summer, fall?  How long does a season last?

Thank you very much for any and all help.

I apologize, but I didn't see a "sports" tag.


They're both technically winter games.

Rugby Union runs September to May.

The football (soccer) season starts in August and ends the following May.

But outside of the professional game football is played pretty much all year round.

And I am currently overdosing on the Six Nations (Rugby Union is the only sport I watch, mostly because I don't really class it as a sport) - England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland France and Italy all pitting their national sides against each other.
Thank you! :)
I won't be too much help with rugby because I don't know it too well, but I can help with football.

Are you looking for professional teams? You might want to Google up things related to the English football league system rather than just Wales. For instance, Swansea and Cardiff both field professional teams currently in the Premier League (Swansea City and Cardiff City, respectfully, although Cardiff City is very close to relegation at the moment).
I wasn't looking for anything specific, I just wanted to know a general time when either sport might be shown on television.
This might be a good time to introduce American watchers to humorist and Welsh national hero, Max Boyce...

1. Very strong Welsh accent [duh!]
2. There are references you won't get. Go with the flow!
3. Yes, that second song is in Welsh. It is deliberate nonsense!

Football just never stops. Technically there's a season, but the different cups overlap and they fill the gap with friendlies and the transfer window.

Rubgy has two codes, Union and League. Union runs from September to May and then finishes with the playoffs and finals, whereas the League season has only just started. League is played primarily up North, Union is played everywhere (and you can't play both. It happens, but it's really not the done thing). The main League competition in the UK is the European Super League, which is played between 13 English clubs and one French club; no Scottish, Welsh or Irish.

Depends what you're wanting it for, whether it's participation, watching on TV or attending a match, and where they are.
I was looking for an approximate time when it would be shown on television.
All year around for football, then, less so for the rugby codes. Seriously, it Never Stops. A couple of weeks back here a news report about the reburial of Richard III was pushed back three days because someone wanted to buy a football club and they had to use the time to report that there wasn't any news and he hadn't gone to the match.
/bitter cricket fan
Wow! Huh, I forgot about cricket - when is that played, usually, please?
Cricket is a summer game only, because it stops for rain, so mid-April to September. There are international matches played over winter, but those tend to be at times when they're not going to be televised (or at least watched live) because of the time differences.
Gotcha - thank you, :).
To clarify, those international matches are being played abroad rather than in Britain, in countries where it's either their summer or else they are tropical countries so that the weather is warm even in winter. And Sky TV does show a lot of those matches live, even though in some cases they are on in the middle of the night UK time.
I'm not a football fan, but I think the answer will depend on your time period to a certain extent. In the 1970s the FA Cup was about the last event of the season, and that was about the 7th of May. After that weekend - at least to the casual observer - there was nothing much until the season started about the beginning of September. (By "the season" I suppose I mean the regular weekly matches of the English ?including Welsh? League.)

In the summer there are tours and exhibition matches etc. It may be of interest to note that as far as I'm aware, until very recently people only watched matches of their own country. It came as a huge surprise to me recently to find that on satellite channels in the UK you can routinely watch football matches from many other countries.

If it's amateur football you're talking about, ie people playing in local leagues in local parks, then as far as I know that's still a winter game. I've just looked up the Southern League team from my home town and as far as I can make out their first League match for 2013/14 was 17th August and the last will be 26th April.

If you have a character who doesn't like football, they may well be heard to comment "Bloody football never stops nowadays". This matters because television programming here is very heavily skewed towards football, and there is an assumption that if a big match is happening, that is interesting and important and the schedules will be moved around to accommodate it. It's not at all unusual to find a programme you wanted to watch has been cancelled because England have got to X round of Y competition. And yes, if they say on the news "England have done < whatever >", you're expected to know that they mean the England football team, unless it's obvious that they mean the Rugby team or the cricket team. Never do they mean the actual country. /rant

ETA: You could try googling "TownName football club" for fixtures etc.

Edited at 2014-02-23 11:48 am (UTC)
I was going to be deliberately vague about most of it, I was basically just looking for an approximate timeframe when the characters could be watching a match on television (I wouldn't be referencing the match beyond its existence, but I needed to know if the time in which they'd be watching was a time when football or rugby was shown on TV, :).

Thanks for the advice.

Edited at 2014-02-23 01:16 pm (UTC)
Yes! AND it's the flipping World Cup this year. When it's a big match, ie England gets to the Quarter finals, then two (out of four) terrestrial channels will air it!
Rugby is on almost every week on BBC2 Wales, mostly on Friday night. And if it isn't on there it is on S4C TV channel in Welsh [with English commentary available during the match on the red button.] this isn't shown in England, Scotland or Ireland, though Scotland and Ireland May have their own programmes. This is for club rugby. There is also a rugby round up prog on Sunday called Srum Five.

Most of the home nations have a series of 'Autumn Internationals' now against Southern Hemisphere teams I.e. Australia and New Zealand. The Six Nations is the big one and starts in February. Wales have been champions for the last two years.
I live back in Wales now and believe me, rugby is big but so is football. The problem is is the the football is mostly on satellite television, so pay to see.
And like the others say, football never seems to be off, though the season does end in May [till August].
Thank you very much! :)