Top 10 most Popular Sports in the World

The concept of sports can be dated back to around 2000 BC, where gymnastics was probably one of the first – and most popular – sports of that era. In those days sports were simple games of endurance and skill, and acted as training grounds as well as competitions for the entertainment of the masses. Some of these sports, such as the early Mesoamerican ballgame, were incredibly violent, even deadly, and had ritualistic meaning to their cultures.

There are a few ways of going about mapping the most popular sports in the world. On the one hand, we could define the term “popular” as “most watched” – in which case we would try to measure the fan base for each type of sport. Another option could be to measure the “most played” sports in the world – in which case we would have a much more difficult time, as we’d have to somehow determine how many people are playing each sport, on average, per country.

So in this article we will take a look at the Top 10 most Popular Sports in the World in terms of the Fan Basis in the world



So here go the countdown to the most popular sports in the world..!!

10. Golf 


Golf is at No 10 in Popularity in the World Among other Sports. with more then 390 million fans in US, Canada, Europe.
Golf is a precision club and ball sport in which competing players use many types of clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course using the fewest number of strokes. Golf is defined, in the rules of golf, as “playing a ball with a club from the teeing ground into the hole by a stroke or successive strokes in accordance with the Rules.”

9. American football

American football

American football is the 9th most popular sport with around 395 million fans (US mainly)

American football (known as football in the United States and gridiron in some other countries) is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field 120 yards long by 53.3 yards wide with goalposts at each end. The offense attempts to advance an oval ball (the football) down the field by running with or passing it. They must advance it at least ten yards in four downs to receive a new set of four downs and continue the drive; if not, they turn over the ball to the opposing team.

8. Rugby

Rugby is the 8th most popular sport with around 410 million fans (France, England, New Zealand and South Africa mainly)

Rugby is widely played In France and has a strong tradition in the Basque, Occitan, and Catalan people areas along the border regions between Spain and France. The game is very popular in South Africa, having been introduced by English-speaking settlers in the 19th century. British colonists also brought the game with them to Australia and New Zealand, where the game is widely played. It has spread thence to much of Polynesia, having particularly strong followings in Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga.

7. Baseball


Baseball is the 7th most popular sport with round 500 million fans in US, Japan, Cuba, Dominican Republic and other parts of the world
Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players who take turns batting and fielding. The offense attempts to score more runs than its opponents by hitting a ball thrown by the pitcher with a bat and moving counter-clockwise around a series of four bases: first, second, third and home plate. A run is scored when the runner advances around the bases and returns to home plate.

6. Table Tennis 

Table Tennis

Table Tennis is the 6th most popular sport with an approximate 850 millions of fans around the globe (Mainly popular in China and Europe)
Hugely popular in China, and gaining acceptance in Europe, table tennis has been around for less than a century, but was adopted quickly in mainland Asia. Part of the attraction of the sport, much like soccer, is the ease of play and inexpensive equipment – makeshift nets can be set up on a plank of wood, with simple wooden panels, allowing games to be played nearly anywhere. International play has been dominated by the Chinese, particularly the women, as no non-Chinese woman or women’s team has gotten a gold in any international competition since 1992.


So now heading towards the top 5 popular sports :

5. Volleyball


Volleyball is the 5th most popular sport with an approximate of 900 millions of fans around many continents.                                                                                                                       A simple sport played the world over, all that is needed is a ball and a net. The surface is negotiable, ranging from grass, to sand, to cement. This simplicity of play and flexibility of what kind of playing surface is needed has made this game widely popular. Introduced into the Olympic Games in 1964, with beach volleyball variant introduced in 1996. While traditional volleyball has been evenly matched over the years, with numerous countries winning medals and no one country dominating, beach volleyball has been dominated by the Americans and Brazilians, with the two countries accounting for 20 of the 30 possible medals.

4. Tennis

Tennis is the 4th most popular sport in the world with around 1 billion fans based only in & around the Europe, Americas, Asia.
Tennis is a sport that people usually play individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player uses a racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent’s court. The object of the game is to play the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a good most popular sport with an approximate of 900 millions of fans around many continents.The top-ranking sport that features solo competition, tennis dates back before the 14th century. King Louis X of France had an indoor tennis court built for himself in the early 1400’s, but it wasn’t until the middle of the 19th century that the modern rules came in to place. One of the reasons this sport is so popular is because it has never been truly dominated by a single player or country – of the Number One Ranked players over the last ten years across the Women’s and Men’s tours, there have been 14 different players representing 8 different countries.

3. Hockey


Hockey [ field + Ice] is the 3rd Most Popular Sport on Earth With around 2.2 billion fans in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia etc.
Hockey is a family of sports in which two teams play against each other by trying to maneuver a ball or a puck into the opponent’s goal using a hockey stick. In many areas, one sport (typically field hockey or ice hockey is generally referred to simply as hockey. both forms of hockey a lot popular in the world. Field Hockey is the National game of Pakistan and India Also. at the other hand ICE HOCKEY is Lot More Popular in Europe specially in Canada, USA, Latvia and Sweden . Above Mentioned Number of Fans Are For The Both Forms Of Hockey.

2. Cricket


Cricket is 2nd Most Popular Sport in the World with around 3 billion fans (mainly Across India, UK, Pakistan, Asia, Australia, etc.)
Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on a field at the center of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. Each team takes it in turn to bat, attempting to score runs, while the other team fields. Each turn is known as an innings. Cricket Has Three Different Formats i.e . Test, ODIs and T20. after Introduction of T20 Format Popularity of Cricket Has Been Increased Greatly. Cricket is hugely popular in India, Pakistan, Australia, England, South Africa, Srilanka, New Zealand, West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.


So now we have finally reached the most awaited i.e. Top Popular Sport in the World and that is non other than our very own “Soccer”

1. Soccer 


So at the top of the list is the sport of soccer with a fan base of around 3.3-3.5 billion all around the Europe, Africa, Asia, Americas, etc.                                                                     The simplicity of the sport combined with the ease of play makes this the most popular sport in the world to play, as well as to watch. Versions of a game involving the kicking of a ball towards a target have been around for centuries, but it wasn’t until the mid-19th century that a proper code of rules was developed in England. The popularity of the game has created an incredibly rabid fan base, as all towns have clubs to call their own and pledge allegiance to. There is no particularly powerful clubs, as dozens are in contention for international and top-league titles every year.

So here was the list of Top 10 Most Popular Sports in the World

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