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Top 10 Sports in the World

Almost every person is into some sport or the other, be it playing or following the game. So what’s followed the most around the globe? Which are the top 10 sports in the world? Let’s have a look…Almost every person is into some sport or the other, be it playing or following the game. So what’s followed the most around the globe? Which are the top 10 sports in the world? Let’s have a look…  Do you play soccer or football? Confused? To distinguish regular football from Rugby Football, it was called Association Football. But where did the word ‘soccer come from? ASSOCIATION > (1889) SOCCA > (1891) SOCKET > (1895) SOCCER.There are so many different sports that interest people from all walks of life. Some are played regionally and little known in other parts of the world. Some sports were played in ancient times but have been lost in time. Then, there are so many games that many of us have never even heard about. Others are comparatively more popular, and then there are some that nearly every person on this planet has either seen or played.

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Now, getting down to business, which sport do you think is the most popular in the world? There are quite a few sports that have not millions but billions of people following them. Not surprising, one would think. This list considers the number of fans, the number of people who play the game, stadiums, facilities worldwide, tournaments held, merchandise sold and used, etc.

World’s Top 10 Sports

basketball basketball

Fan Base 400 million origin United StatesPopularity Europe, Africa, Asia, America, Australia.Governing Body International Basketball Federation (FIBA)Format 5 per side Olympics Yes

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AMERICAN FOOTBALLAmerican Football

Fan Base 400 million origin United StatesPopularity United States, Europe, Japan.Governing Body International Federation of American Football (IFAF)Format 11 per side Olympics No

GOLFGolf

Fan Base 450 million origin ScotlandPopularity Europe, Asia, America, Canada.Governing Body International Golf Federation (IGF)Format 9 per side Olympics Yes

baseball baseball

Fan Base 500 million origin EnglandPopularity America, Japan.Governing Body International Baseball Federation (IBAF)Format 9 per side Olympics No

TABLE TENNISTable Tennis

Fan Base 850 million origin EnglandPopularity Europe, Africa, Asia, America. Governing Body International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)Format Singles, DoublesOlympics Yes

VOLLEYBALLVolleyball

Fan Base 900 million origin United StatesPopularity Europe, Asia, Australia, America.Governing Body Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB)Format Indoor 6 per side, Beach 2 per side Olympics Yes

TENNISTennis

Fan Base 1 billion origin EnglandPopularity Europe, Asia, Australia, America. Governing Body International Tennis Federation (ITF)Format Singles, Doubles, Mixed DoublesOlympics Yes

FIELD HOCKEYField Hockey

Fan Base 2 billion origin EnglandPopularity Europe, Asia, NZ, Australia.Governing Body International Hockey Federation (IHF)Format 11 per side Olympics Yes

CRICKETCricket

Fan Base 2.5 billion origin EnglandPopularity Asia, Australia, NZ, UK, Africa, Caribbean.Governing Body International Cricket Council (ICC)Format 11 per side Olympics No

soccer soccer

Fan Base 3.5 billion origin EnglandPopularity Europe, Africa, Asia, America.Governing Body Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)Format 11 per side Olympics Yes. These are the 10 most popular sports around the world. Not very surprising that soccer, or as a few call it, Association Football, tops the list. It’s played everywhere, from the largest stadiums, on beaches, makeshift grounds, to the smallest of alleys in the cities. And with aggressive marketing over the decades, other sports have gained popularity in many corners of the world. So get out there and indulge in your favorite sport; stay happy and healthy.

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