Top 10 Most Popular Sports In The World

If you are curios what are the most popular fan based sports in the world, read the list.

1.Association Football (Soccer) – 4 Billion Fans

Association football, or soccer, is the most popular sport in the world. It is estimated that more than half of the world’s population consider themselves to be association football (soccer) fans. The sport enjoys an estimated 4.0 billion person following, and a global sphere of influence. Ancient soccer has been traced to China, as early as the 2nd Century.

The Romans, Greeks, and Japanese have also been thought as possible first players of the sport. Contemporary soccer began in England, where it amassed considerable interest and spread to other parts of the world. The sport is more popular in Europe and Americas than in any other continent. The sport is characterized by two teams of eleven player and two goals. The objective of the sport is to drive a ball into the goal defended by the opponent team.

2.Cricket – 2.5 Billion Fans

Cricket has a 2.5 billion person estimated global following, and its primary sphere of influence is in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries. The cradle of the sport was the 16th Century England and it was made a national sport in the 18th Century in the country. The sport is characterized by two teams of eleven players each, where each team attempts to score the most runs. The sport is overwhelmingly popular in former British colonies such as India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Australia.

3.Field Hockey – 2 Billion Fans

Field hockey has an estimated global following of 2 billion fans and sees its primary sphere of influence in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The contemporary field hockey sport was first played in England in the 1800s. The game is mostly similar to soccer except that the players use sticks to drive the ball instead of feet. The sport is widely played in India, Australia, and Pakistan, whose teams are formidable on the in the sport.

4.Basketball

Basketball has over 1 billion followers. Its a major sport in USA with NBA generating over $4.75 billion a year in revenue. Established Professional leagues in Spain, Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Argentina, China and more leagues getting setup every year makes it the fastest growing sport in the world.

There will always be an argument which sport is the second most popular behind Football ? Well as far as last 10 years data about revenues from professional league, tv contracts and general sport popularity is concerned Basketball has kind of gain massive popularity outside of its home America. Basketball is fast becoming a big sport in Canada, China, Spain, Philippines, Australia, Turkey, France, Germany and some other minor european countries like poland etc.

We can safely say that no sport in the world can match Football’s popularity (in some cases obsession) but Basketball do have a scope to establish itself as undisputed second biggest sport in the world behind football. Here are some interesting facts which goes to show how popular Basketball really is.

5. Tennis

Probably the world’s most universal sport being in the top 7 sports in every single country measured and a major sport of interest in Asia, Europe, Australasia, Latin and North America.  Wimbledon finals in top 10 most watched annual events and Roger Federer 4th highest paid sportsman. More than 40 countries represented in top 100 players

6.Athletics

Athletic is by far the most global sport of them all which include several disciplines of course with Running, long jump and other track/field events. Athletics is also the high point of Olympic games as Athletics based sports are the most watched during any Olympic event.

Some of the iconic athletes have been gold medalists in track and field sport and swimming. Current undisputed running/sprint sport champion Usain Bolt was the most talked about athlete during 2012 Olympic games in London and 2008 Olympics.

Equally popular with both genders: Just like tennis there is large degree of equality in Athletics with almost all disciplines are represented by both men and women.

Marion Jones is one of many great women athletes who made their names in Athletics. Jones who rose to absolute stardom after her 3 gold medals and 2 bronze in 2000 Sydney olympics was later stripped of the titles after admitting the use of steroids.

7. Baseball

Huge sport in 2 economic powerhouses of US and Japan, being the biggest sport in the latter.  Also a major sport in Canada, Mexico and Korea, although less interest elsewhere. MLB and Nippon league are the 2 most attended sports leagues in the world.  Many of world’s stars are also from latin american origin.

8.Volleyball – 900 Million Fans

The primary influence of volleyball is seen in Western Europe and North America, and the sport has an estimated global following of 900 million fans. The sport was invented in the US by William G. Morgan in 1895. He was part of the Young Men’s Christian Association as an instructor, and he borrowed from basketball, tennis, handball and baseball’s elements. The sport has evolved over the years to the modern day sport, characterized by two teams of 6 players each who throw a ball over a net.

9.Rugby

Rugby is a major sport in some of the most economical developed countries like All four home nations of United Kindom (England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland) in souther hemisphere countries like Australia, New Zealand and South africa also boost huge popularity in Rugby.

Professional Leagues: France has the best Rugby league in the world and most of highest paid rugby players play for French clubs. While the game is growing fast in countries like Japan, Italy, Argentina, pacific countries and even in United States. The best way to measure Rugby popularity is through recently concluded Ruby world numbers.

Second most lucrative Sports World Cup: 2015 Rugby World Cup was the biggest Rugby event in history which took place in England and Wales. It generated in access of £250 million in revenue which was alot more than what was expected.

10. Boxing

Mayweather was paid more than $250 million for Paquiano fight.  World champions from every contininent, particularly Japan, Mexico, US, UK and Russia.  Less structured nature of sport considered to put popularity under threat from.

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Sources:www.worldatlas.com,www.totalsportek.com,www.biggestglobalsports.com

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