English openings are categorized by the orders given to the two fleets, as follows:
- Northern Opening (F Edi-NWG, F Lon-NTH)
- Southern Opening (F Edi-NTH, F Lon-ENG)
- Western Opening (F Edi-Cly, F Lon-ENG)
- Split Opening (F Edi-NWG, F Lon-ENG)
- North Sea Opening (One F-NTH, NWG and ENG vacant)
A few other Spring 1901 order sets are named, but these others are usually categorized as "silly" (such as the famous "Yorkshire Pudding" opening).
Two variants of the Northern Opening, the Yorkshire and the Churchill, are far and away the most common of the English openings.