Top 10 Most Popular Sports in the World

| March 21, 2013

Sports have assumed a very important and vital position in human life. Sports do not only ensure a healthy body and a sound mind, but it also provides an individual with opportunities to materialize its dreams of getting success at global level. As the world is witnessing greater technological development and advancement, the popularity of different sports is also increasing significantly. Therefore, the importance of sports in an individual’s life, no matter which profession he or she belongs to, is unquestionable and beyond any doubt. The popularity of sports may be analyzed on the basis of the liking of people. Some people physically participate in various games to ensure their fitness and better health, while the others prefer to watch sports on television and do not mind sparing their time for this rather they seek entertainment and pleasure in it. Here we will take into account the popularity of sports on the basis of their viewership around the globe. Following is the list of top 10 most popular sports in the world.

10. Volleyball


The game of volleyball is very popular not only among men but also women. In subcontinent, it is very famous particularly in rural areas. However, countries of this region do not take much lead on international level. It does not have much hard and fast rules and quite easy to play. The two teams, competing in this game are comprised of five to six players on each side. FIVB, the central commanding organization is devoted to promote this game in every nook and corner of the world. However, it is most popular in United States of America. It may be played indoor as well as outdoor. The beautiful places, like beaches, are often used to enhance the interest and level of enjoyment.

9. Rugby Football

Rugby Football

Rugby Football, named after the school where it was played in a great deal, is a game full of thrill and action. Its players are not only required to have healthy and strong physique but also speed and great control over their nerves. Rugby Union and Rugby League, the separate events of this game, have greatly increased the popularity of rugby football. These events provide very interesting competitions among various teams of different nations and are a great source of excitement for viewers. Among the most prominent teams include New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Argentina. International Rugby Board looks after the affairs of this game which also organizes the world cup. A great number of people all over the world show their interest in this game.

8. Golf


The game of golf is governed by GR&A and USGA, and is regarded as the most expensive sports in the world. Because it does not only requires very costly tools and equipment but finely grassed ground, depicting the natural beauty, is also essential which itself is an expensive commodity. In this game, the player is supposed to throw the ball in the whole with his golf stick. The least number of stocks he implies in doing so, the maximum score he is awarded with. Its shorter format, mini golf, is also highly popular in many cities around the globe. Golf involves a very expert hand of player, with additional skills of precision, judgment, calculation and technique. This game is generally associated with the wealthiest class of the society. Tiger Woods, one of the best golfers history has ever witnessed, is also regarded among the richest sports people around the globe. By every passing day, the popularity of golf is increasing considerably and people are taking more interest in this game. Although it requires too much money yet it is one of the most popular games in the world.

7. Hockey


Hockey is a game of great excitement and is very popular particularly among commonwealth nations. It is the national game of both Pakistan and India, and is most popular game in this region after cricket. European countries also take great interest in hockey. It is played over AstroTurf, which is indeed an expensive commodity. In Olympics, champions trophy and world cups, millions of people watch this game with great interest. In the list of popular games, it is 7th most popular sports in the world.

6. Basketball


It is highly popular game particularly in America. NBA is determined and devoted to promote this game. Its players are mostly very tall and highly energetic. even at the local and state levels, Americans take great interest in this game. Basketball is world’s six most popular sports.

5. Table Tennis

Table Tennis

Table tennis is highly popular among millions of people of China, Japan, Korea and so on. It requires a table, with net, and rackets. Its players are supposed to posses very sharp reflexes as it is one of the fastest games of the world. Chinese usually take lead in this game in all events such as champion leagues, Olympics and so on.

4. Baseball


The game of baseball resembles most with cricket. It is highly popular among the people of Canada, America, Cuba and so on. It is the national game of America and its people show great interest and excitement in this game. Even the local events are given much coverage on the electronic media which is the proof of the popularity of this game.

3. Cricket


Cricket is the national game of England and was introduced by British in their colonies in various parts of world. Today, cricket is the most popular game in sub-continent. It is often regarded as the game of gentlemen. The shorter format of cricket i.e. T20 has greatly increased the popularity of cricket, and even those nations which do not play cricket now take great interest in this game. West Indies is current T20 champion of cricket.

2. Tennis


Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world. It is played on grass, clay, and hard courts. There are four grand slams which are held in a year at different times. These include Wimbledon Open (grass court), Australian Open (hard court), US Open (hard court), and French Open (clay court). Each grand slam offer a great source of enjoyment and excitement all around the globe. Roger Federer and Rafel Nadal are among the most popular players of tennis.

1. Football


Football is the most popular game in the world which is not only most widely watched but also played all over the world. It is internationally acknowledged most popular game on the earth. It only requires a football and two teams, with eleven players on each side. Therefore, it offers equal chances to all classes of society to enjoy this game. Particularly in the days of FIFA world cup, the whole world is caught in the fever of this game and boys are seen playing it even in their streets. Among the most famous players of football are Rinaldo, Rooney and so on.

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