Most Popular Sports in the World

Sport or sports is basically any form of competitive physical activity that is either organized or casual. Many different kinds of sports exist in this world with several hundred participants from all around the globe. The largest competition of sporting events takes place in the Olympics. Sports are usually governed by a set of rules which ensure fair play. I am sure a lot of you are into sporting activities and this particular list is just for all you guys out there. I happen to be a huge fan of tennis and football. Unfortunately cricket dropped out of my favorite sports a while ago. Anyway, you guys can let us know if your favorite sport is included in this list or not. Enjoy the read!

1. FOOTBALL
3.5 billion people watch football/soccer every year.

This happens to be my second favorite sport in the entire world. It is played between two teams with eleven players on each end. You have to score by hitting the football through the opponent’s goal. The highest governing body is FIFA and the first game ever played was somewhere in the mid nineteenth century in Great Britain. It is played on a football field in an outdoor stadium.

2. CRICKET
3 billion people watch cricket every year.

This particular sport is played between two teams with eleven players on each side. You are given a bat, and you have to hit a ball in order to score. There’s three different types of cricket games; one-day, test match and T20. I will not get into their details but if you are a fan you must already know. The highest governing body is International Cricket Council and the modern day cricket was first played somewhere in the sixteenth century. It is played in an outdoor cricket field.

3. FIELD HOCKEY
2 billion people watch field hockey every year.

The game is also known is hockey and it played between two teams with eleven players on each side. You are given a hockey stick and you have to guide the ball to the opponent’s goal and avoid that from happening to your own team. The first game ever played was somewhere in the nineteenth century. The rules are pretty much like football or soccer if you may especially so when it comes to penalties. The highest governing body is International Hockey Federation and it’s played outdoors only on a rectangular field.

4. TENNIS
1 billion people watch tennis every year.

This happens to be my favorite game by far. It is usually played between two players but you can also play a double just like in table tennis. You are provided with a tennis racket and the objective is to make the opponent miss the ball. The game requires a lot of stamina and it is very fast-paced. The highest governing body when it comes to Tennis is International Tennis Federation. The first game played was somewhere between 1859 and 1865 in Birmingham, England. Tennis can be played indoors and outdoors.

5. VOLLEYBALL
1 billion people watch volleyball every year.

The game is played between two teams on a rectangular field with a net in the middle. A team is allowed to have six players on the field to play. The objective is to get the other team to drop the ball. It sounds relatively simple. The game has been a part of Summer Olympics since the year 1964. It can be played indoors, outdoors and on the beach. The first game ever played was in 1895 that happened in Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States. The highest governing body is FIVB.

6. TABLE TENNIS
900 million people watch Table Tennis every year.

The highest governing body when it comes to table tennis is ITTF. The game is played with one or two players at the same time on either side. Table Tennis is also known as Ping Pong. All you need to do is get the ping pong ball to the other end of the table using your miniature sized racket. But you should know that as easy as it sounds it is not even close. The game is very fast faced and you need a lot of precision and the hand and eye coordination is supposed to be top notch.

7. BASEBALL
400-500 million people watch baseball every year.

This is a sport that involves the use of a bad and a ball. Baseball is played between two teams with nine players on each side on a ninety-foot diamond like pitch. The first game was played in the mid eighteenth century and the first recorded game happened on the 19th June of 1846 in Hoboken, New Jersey. I have never actually seen this sport but apparently it is a big deal in many countries. If you change a lot of rules it is almost like cricket so my liking for this sport is at a minimal too.

8. GOLF
400-500 million people watch golf every year.

I am sorry but this in my opinion is the most boring sport ever. It involves precision and a lot of patience. The objective is to get the ball to the hole across a long area. Many different types of clubs are used to hit the ball and you have to do with minimum possible strokes. The highest governing body of golf is R&A and USGA. It was first played in Scotland during the fifteenth century. There are no teams in these sport, just a single man for himself. Golf is an outdoor sporting event.

9. AMERICAN FOOTBALL
350-450 million people watch football every year.

In the United States this sport is known as football but of course to other countries, football is an entirely different sport. It is played between two teams with eleven players on each side and the objective is to bring the ball to the other team’s end zone either by running along with it or throwing it to a teammate. The first game of American Football took place on the 6th November in 1869 and it was played between Rutgers and Princeton.

10. BASKETBALL
300-400 million people watch basketball every year.

The objective of this particular sport is to shoot a ball through a hoop at either end of the field. It is governed by a set of rules and usually two teams play this game on a market rectangular field. The highest governing body of Basketball is FIBA. The first time basketball was ever played was in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States in 1891. There are around 10 to 20 players on each side with five of them paying at any given time. It is usually played indoors.