Sports collocations: do, play or go?

In British English, you can “do sport”. In American English you can “play sports”.

There are three verbs that collocate with sports and other free time activities: go, do and play, but they are not interchangeable:
Go is used with activities and sports that end in -ing. The verb go here implies that we go somewhere to practice this sport: go swimming.
Do is used with recreational activities and with individual, non-team sports or sports in which a ball is not used, like martial arts, for example: do a crossword puzzle, do athletics, do karate.
Play is generally used with team sports and those sports that need a ball or similar object (puck, disc, shuttlecock…). Also, those activities in which two people or teams compete against each other: play football, play poker, play chess.

Some exceptions to the rules:
You use do with two activities that end in -ing: do boxing and do body-building, because they don’t imply moving along as the other activities ending in -ing.
Golf: if there is an idea of competition, you use the verb play. However, you can say go golfing if you do it for pleasure.

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