So this has been bugging me for a long time. So England is a country, right? Competitions are for countries against countries so why is it that often in athletic tournaments England becomes Great Britain and everyone on the island can play in their team whether he is from Wales or some other little country on the island? That's the case in the Olympics or athletic tournaments, right? Then why does England play separately in soccer tournaments like the World Cup? What factor decides if they will play as an island or as a country? Can they play the next World Cup as Great Britain if they simply decide to do so? And are there laws that say that whole islands or united kingdoms can play as one country? And how are these kingdoms united when they are separate countries? And if we can say that the United Kingdom is one kingdom - how does it consist of several other separate Kingdoms? Or is England the only Kingdom? And if only England is a kingdom then how can we say that the whole island is a United Kingdom when only part of it is a Kingdom? Sorry if I exploded your brain but this shit is incredibly annoying to me and I gotta know the answers lol.