Today we are going to take a look at the top 10 most popular sports in the world. But before we do that it is important to know the importance of sports and the criteria that should be used to make a ranking of sports.

Sports plays an important role in our lives. From the early childhood years where we take sports very seriously to the later years in life where we consider it as a hobby, a fitness ritual, and sometimes even a profession. Today in every part of the world some sport is passionately followed. People take their sporting heroes as their role models and often have emotional attachment with their favorite sports stars and sports teams. People in different regions of the world have different favorite sports. This makes ranking the sports quite a challenging and difficult job. This is exactly why it is hard to ascertain the reliability and accuracy of different sports lists out there.

Popular Sports

Here, it is important to know exactly what do we mean by most popular sports. The word “popular” could mean “most watched sports,” “most played sports,” or “most revenue-generating sports”. But in all honesty it would be unfair to rank the sports by popularity, if we take just one or two criteria. Therefore, we have decided to use 15 different criteria in order to rank the most popular sports in the world.

Criteria Used for Ranking:

  1. Global Fan Base and Audience
  2. Viewership on TV
  3. TV Rights Deals
  4. Popularity on Internet
  5. Presence on Social Media
  6. Number of Professional Leagues in the World
  7. Average Salary of Athletes in the Top Leagues
  8. Sponsorship Deals
  9. Number of Countries in Which the Sport is Popular
  10. Biggest Competition
  11. Relevancy Throughout the Year
  12. Gender Equality
  13. Access to the General Public
  14. Number of Amateur Players in The World
  15. Prominence of the sport in sports headlines on print and electronic media

We have used these extensive criteria in order to make sure that we can accurately ascertain the popularity of different sports and rank them in the correct order. Hopefully, this list compiled after thorough research would be helpful for you. Do let us know what you think about this list and the popularity of different sports in the world in the comments section below.

Here is a Table of Top 10 Popular Sports

rank Sport Estimated Fans Regional Popularity
1. Soccer / Association Football 3.5 Billion Europe, Africa, Asia, America
2. Cricket 2.5 Billion Asia, Australia, UK
3. Basketball 2.2 Billion US, Canada, China and Philippines
4. Field Hockey 2 Billion Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia
5. Tennis 1 Billion Europe, Americas, and Asia
6. Volleyball 900 Million Asia, Europe, Americas, and Australia
7. Table Tennis 850 Million Asia, Europe, Africa and Americas
8. Baseball 500 Million

US, Japan, Cuba, and Dominican Republic

9 Americal Football

Rugby

410 Million

410 Million

USA mainly

France, England, New Zealand, South Africa

10 Golf 390 Million Europe, Asia, America, Canada

below are the Detailed Statistics and Facts About Popular and Most Popular Sports Sports in The World.

10. Golf

Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World
Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World

Golf is at No 10 in Popularity in the World among other Sports. with more than 390 million fans in the US, Canada, and 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.”

Global Fan Base and Audience: Golf is one sport that is more popular in the elderly as compared to the young people. The sport has more than 390 million fans around the world. Most of these fans are concentrated in the US, Canada, and Europe.

Viewership on TV: Golf enjoys high levels of viewership among male adults belonging to upper class. The TV viewership of the sport is pretty low among females and among younger males.

TV Rights Deals: Being a sport of rich upper class, golf gets pretty good TV rights deals for the major tournaments in the US and Europe.

Popularity on Internet: The popularity of the sport is limited on the internet. There are a limited number of searches related to golf on the internet.

Presence on Social Media: As social media is mostly dominated by the younger generation, and golf is a sport mostly played and followed by people older than 35, the sport has very limited presence on social media.

Number of Professional Leagues in the World: Different individual tournaments of golf are connected into a series of tournaments via professional golf tours. The major tours include PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour, and PGA Tour Champions.

Average Salary of Athletes in the Top Leagues: Golf professionals enjoy handsome amount of salaries in the form of prize money and endorsement deals. Tiger Woods the most famous golf player of all time was the highest paid athlete among all sports for a number of years.

Sponsorship Deals: The golf tournaments are sponsored by major brands around the world. Golf athletes are also able to get pretty handsome endorsement deals from large companies. These sponsorship deals are often in millions of dollars.

Number of Countries in Which the Sport is Popular: There are 118 countries in the International Golf Federation. The sport has seen a lot of growth in countries like China, Turkey, Malaysia, and Indonesia in the recent years.

Biggest Competition: The Masters Tournament, The US Open, The Open Championship, and the PGA Championship are the biggest golf competitions.

Relevancy Throughout the Year: The sport is relevant on the news and in general discussions only during the major championships.

Gender Equality: Although golf is more popular among men, the sport is followed and played by women as well. In the recent years the popularity of golf has increased in women especially in the developed countries.

Access to the General Public: When it comes to access to the general public, golf does not score well. It is mostly known as a sport for the rich. The sport has better access for general public in the US, Japan and in some countries of Europe. But overall it is considered a sport for the rich. Middle class and lower middle class people around the world don’t have access to golf facilities.

Number of Amateur Players in The World: The number of amateur player of golf is not that big all over the world. The US, Japan, Australia and some countries of Europe have more amateur players than other parts of the world.

Prominence of the sport in sports headlines on print and electronic media: During the major tournaments golf gets high levels of prominence in the sports bulletins especially in the US and Japan.

9. American football

Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World
Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World

9th most popular sport with around 390-410 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 and 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 it 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.

Global Fan Base and Audience: Being a sport that is mostly played in the US, the fan base of American Football is concentrated in the US. It is highly popular in the United States.

Viewership on TV: American Football is one of the most watched sports in the US. Elsewhere it does not enjoy good levels of viewership.

TV Rights Deals: NFL, National Football League in the US is the most popular sports league in the world. The NFL TV rights are sold in billions of dollars per year.

Popularity on Internet: NFL is quite popular on the Internet in the US. Google records very high level of American Football related searches in the US. Elsewhere, the popularity of the sport is negligible.

Presence on Social Media: The sport enjoys impressive presence on the social media thanks to its US fan base. The teams and athletes of American Football are often among the top trends in the social media.

Number of Professional Leagues in the World: American Football does not have professional leagues in majority of the countries. The only renowned league of the sport is in the US. It is known as the NFL.

Average Salary of Athletes in the Top Leagues: The professionals in the largest league of the game, i.e. NFL, enjoy average salary of $1.9 million dollars. This is very impressive as compared to other sports.

Sponsorship Deals: The teams of NFL and the professionals of American Football are able to land pretty handsome sponsorship deals from the major brands in the US. The numbers are often in tens of millions of dollars.

Number of Countries in Which the Sport is Popular: This is one area where American Football does not do well. Although it is the most popular sport in the US, it has negligible popularity in other countries of the world.

Biggest Competition: The biggest event of American Football is the Super Bowl. It is the National Football League Championship Game that is played annually between the champions of the National and the American Football Conferences. It is the most watched sporting event in the US.

Relevancy Throughout the Year: The sport is relevant almost throughout the year in the US. Its relevancy peaks up during the NFL season.

Gender Equality: American Football is one of the most male dominated sports out there.

Access to the General Public: The sport enjoys pretty good access to the general public in the US. Elsewhere, as the sport is not that popular, it is not accessible to the general public.

Number of Amateur Players in The World: American Football has a handsome number of amateur players in the US.

Prominence of the sport in sports headlines on print and electronic media: American Football is prominent in the sports headlines on the print as well as the electronic media in the US, almost throughout the year. It is the most popular sport in the country and it is reflected in the sports bulletins. In other countries the sport rarely makes it to the news.

9. Rugby

Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World
Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World

9th most popular sport with around 390-410 million fans (France, England, New Zealand and South Africa mainly)

Rugby is widely played in France and has a strong tradition in the people of Basque, Occitan, and Catalan 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

Global Fan Base and Audience: Rugby has a strong fan base in Australia, England, France and New Zealand. There are more than 390 million fans of the sport in these countries. Other countries also have limited number of fans of Rugby.

Viewership on TV: The TV viewership of Rugby is pretty good in the Rugby playing nations. In other countries it is negligible.

TV Rights Deals: The TV rights deals for Rugby tournaments are not as big as Football, Cricket or Tennis, but they are still quite costly.

Popularity on Internet: The sport is moderately popular on the Internet and enjoys a high level of searches during the rugby world cup, especially in the participating nations.

Presence on Social Media: Rugby enjoys limited presence on social media. Major Rugby clubs and Rugby stars are moderately popular on different social media networks.

Number of Professional Leagues in the World: Most of the developed countries have professional Rugby Leagues. The popularity of these leagues is quite varying.

Average Salary of Athletes in the Top Leagues: The average salary of a rugby player is around $60,000 per annum.

Sponsorship Deals: Rugby players are able to get some good sponsorship deals from major sports brands around the world.

Number of Countries in Which the Sport is Popular: The sport is popular in only a handful of countries. In other countries the sport only enjoys limited popularity.

Biggest Competition: The biggest competition of Rugby is the Rugby World Cup that is held after every four years. 20 countries participate in the event.

Relevancy Throughout the Year: Rugby is mostly only relevant during the major tournaments or during the bilateral series among different rugby playing nations.

Gender Equality: Rugby is a male dominated sport both at the professional as well as at the amateur level.

Access to the General Public: Rugby does not enjoy good access to the general public as compared to other sports, primarily because of its nature and the large area required.

Number of Amateur Players in The World: The number of amateur player of rugby is not that big. The sport is moderately popular at the amateur level in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and France.

Prominence of the sport in sports headlines on print and electronic media: Rugby is quite prominent in the sports news in the Rugby playing countries.

8. Baseball

Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World
Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World

There are Around 500 million fans in the US, Japan, Cuba, and Dominican Republic, making Baseball 8th Most Popular Sport in 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 opponent 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.

Global Fan Base and Audience: Baseball enjoys a huge number of fans in the US, Canada, Cuba and Dominican Republic.

Viewership on TV: The sport is widely watched in the US, Cuba and Japan. The viewership is not that good in other countries of the world.

TV Rights Deals: The TV rights deals for MLB in the US and the Nippon League in the Japan reaches hundreds of millions of dollars.

Popularity on Internet: The sport is quite popular on the Internet in the countries where it is commonly played. The searches on Google in the US related to this sport are also pretty high.

Presence on Social Media: The social media presence of the sport is pretty good in the US, Cuba, Japan and the Dominican Republic. In other countries the presence is negligible.

Number of Professional Leagues in the World: There are only a handful of countries where professional leagues of baseball are in place. These include, the US, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and Australia. Some other countries do have professional leagues of Baseball but they are on a very small scale.

Average Salary of Athletes in the Top Leagues: The average salary of Baseball players in the MLB is more than $4 million. This is pretty good when compared to other major sports leagues around the world.

Sponsorship Deals: The Baseball teams and players in the US are able to get some excellent sponsorship deals, often reaching in millions of dollars.

Number of Countries in Which the Sport is Popular: The number of countries where Baseball is played is very limited. There are only a handful of countries where Baseball is played as a professional or even as an amateur sport.

Biggest Competition: Baseball World Cup and World Baseball Classic are the biggest tournaments of Baseball. All the major countries that play baseball participate in these international competitions.

Relevancy Throughout the Year: The sport is more relevant during the MLB season in the US. It is not that much relevant during the rest of the year.

Gender Equality: Baseball is one of the most male dominated sports out there.

Access to the General Public: The sport has good access for general public in the US. In other countries the access to the general public is not that good.

Number of Amateur Players in The World: The number of amateur players of Baseball in the world is limited to the US, Japan, Dominican Republic and Cuba. These countries have a fairly good number of amateur players of the sport.

Prominence of the sport in sports headlines on print and electronic media: The sport enjoys reasonably good prominence in the sports headlines on the print as well as the electronic media in the US and in Japan.

7. Table Tennis

Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World
Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World

Around 900 million fans from Asia, Europe, Africa and Americas makes Table Tennis 7th most popular sports in the world.

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Table tennis, also known as ping pong, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth using table tennis rackets. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. Except for the initial serve, players must allow a ball played towards them only one bounce on their side of the table and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side.

Global Fan Base and Audience: The fans of table tennis are scattered around the world. With millions of hobbyists, amateur players, and professional players table tennis has a strong fan base of more than 900 million fans around the world.

Viewership on TV: The viewership of table tennis on TV is limited to only Olympics and other major international events.

TV Rights Deals: The TV rights deals for table tennis championships and tournaments around the world are not that impressive. However, the numbers are reasonable considering the fact that it is primarily a sport that is taken more as a hobby than a professional sport.

Popularity on Internet: The internet popularity of Table Tennis is quite mild. The searches related to the game peak up during the Olympics and other major competitions and tournaments.

Presence on Social Media: The social media presence of the sport is very limited.

Number of Professional Leagues in the World: When it comes to professional leagues, table tennis is quite popular in almost all the countries of the world. Almost all the countries of the world have their national table tennis federations and competitions are held regularly throughout the year.

Average Salary of Athletes in the Top Leagues: The average salaries of table tennis players, even the top ones is not that high. The salary can range from few thousand dollars to a hundred thousand dollars. This is a major reason why the sport is more popular as a hobby than a professional sport.

Sponsorship Deals: The table tennis players usually get small sponsorship deals from the sponsors. The sponsorships for events are also not that large.

Number of Countries in Which the Sport is Popular: Table tennis is popular in almost all the countries of the world, but only as a hobby and as an amateur sport. There are only a few countries where the sport is popular at the professional level.

Biggest Competition: World Table Tennis Championship is the biggest event of Table Tennis in the world. It is held after every two years and top players of the game participate in the event. Other than that the table tennis event in the Olympics is also a major event of the sport.

Relevancy Throughout the Year: Being a sport that is mostly popular as a hobby and among the amateur players, it is relevant almost throughout the year. However, it is only relevant in the mainstream media during the Olympics.

Gender Equality: Table Tennis enjoys excellent ranking in gender equality. It is played by men as well as women around the world. And it is equally popular between the two genders.

Access to the General Public: Requiring a small area, table tennis has good access for general public. However, the access to table tennis is mostly limited to urban centers all over the world.

Number of Amateur Players in The World: The number of amateur table tennis players is among the highest in all sports. There are hundreds of millions of amateur table tennis players all over the world.

Prominence of the sport in sports headlines on print and electronic media: The sport is not that prominent in the sports headlines around the world, except for the Olympics season.

6. Volleyball

Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World
Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World

With around 900 million fans across Asia, Europe, Americas, and Australia Volleyball is the 6th Most Popular Sport in the World.

Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team’s court under organized rules. It has been a part of the official program of the Summer Olympic Games since 1964.

Global Fan Base and Audience: Volleyball enjoys a reasonable number of fans in almost all the countries of the world.

Viewership on TV: The viewership of the sport on TV is limited to major competitions. The Volleyball event at the Olympics is widely followed by the fans around the world.

TV Rights Deals: The TV rights deals for Volleyball events are not huge.

Popularity on Internet: The sport has a moderate level of popularity on the internet.

Presence on Social Media: The social media presence of the sport is different in different countries. The volleyball players also have varying levels of following in different countries. Compared to other sports, the social media presence of volleyball teams and volleyball players is not that high.

Number of Professional Leagues in the World: This is one area where volleyball out numbers every other sport on the list. Volleyball has the highest number of national federations among all sports. Professional and semiprofessional leagues are regularly organized by these federations.

Average Salary of Athletes in the Top Leagues: The players in top volleyball leagues can earn up to a million dollars annually. However, only the top athletes of the sport are able to reach these numbers. Usually the salary for a volleyball player in a top league is approximately 2 to 3 hundred thousand dollars.

Sponsorship Deals: Sponsorship deals are not as lucrative for the volleyball players as for players of other sports. The major volleyball clubs are able to secure reasonable sponsorship deals with major brands.

Number of Countries in Which the Sport is Popular: Volleyball is popular in almost all the countries of the world.

Biggest Competition: The FVB Volleyball Championship is the biggest competition of the sport in the world. 24 countries participate in the event and it is held after every 4 years.

Relevancy Throughout the Year: The sport does not enjoy relevance on the mainstream media throughout the year. However, being a sport that is widely played at the amateur and semiprofessional level, it is quite relevant at the grassroots levels throughout the year.

Gender Equality: When it comes to gender equality, in majority of the countries volleyball is mostly played by men. However, in many countries like the US, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and European countries, it is equally popular among women and has a good level of women participation.

Access to the General Public: Requiring only a ball and a net, it is widely accessible to the general public. You can see people playing volleyball in the hunger stricken African countries as well as on the beaches of the developed countries like Australia.

Number of Amateur Players in The World: Volleyball has perhaps the 2nd highest number of amateur players in the world, after soccer. There are hundreds of thousands of amateur players of the sport in almost all the countries of the world.

Prominence of the sport in sports headlines on print and electronic media: Volleyball does not enjoy a lot of prominence in the sports headlines. The coverage of the sport in news is only limited to major international competitions like the Volleyball World Championship and the Olympics.

5. Tennis

Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World
Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World

At No 5 in This List is Tennis. with around 1 billion fans in Europe, Americas, and 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 return.

Global Fan Base and Audience: Tennis has a pretty good fan base all over the world. Although it is more popular in the developed countries than the developing countries. The Tennis superstars like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are known widely around the world and have hundreds of millions of fans throughout the world.

Viewership on TV: The major competitions of Tennis, the four grand slams, are watched by more than 400 million people around the world.

TV Rights Deals: The TV rights deals for Wimbledon, Australian Open, French Open, and the US Open as well as for other major tennis events around the world can gross millions of dollars in revenue.

Popularity on Internet: Tennis enjoys huge popularity on the Internet. Perhaps it is the 3rd most popular sport on the internet after football and cricket.

Presence on Social Media: Tennis players enjoy pretty good presence on social media. The super stars like Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, etc. have millions of fans following them on social media networks.

Number of Professional Leagues in the World: Tennis is an individual sport. There are national tennis federations in almost all the countries of the world. Regular tournaments are held both at the international level as well as at the national level every year. Almost all countries have their own national tournaments of Tennis.

Average Salary of Athletes in the Top Leagues: Tennis super stars are some of the highest paid individuals in the world. They can gross in millions in prize money as well as in sponsorship deals.

Sponsorship Deals: Brands like Rolex, Mercedes, Nike, Adidas, Puma, Toyota and others sponsor super stars of tennis to endorse their brand. These endorsement deals are often in millions of dollars. Almost all the tennis stars that compete in grand slams and other major tennis competitions are able to get handsome sponsorship deals.

Number of Countries in Which the Sport is Popular: Tennis is mostly popular in the developed countries. The sport is gradually becoming more popular in the lesser developed countries as well.

Biggest Competition: The four grand slams, namely, Wimbledon, the US Open, the French Open and the Australian Open are the biggest competitions of Tennis. They are watched and followed by millions of fans around the world.

Relevancy Throughout the Year: The sport is more relevant during the summer season and the later summer season. However, with tournaments happening on and off throughout the year, you can pretty much say that tennis is relevant throughout the year.

Gender Equality: On the gender equality scale, tennis ranks the highest among all sports. Both the men’s and women’s competitions are held side by side in all major competitions. Women tennis stars like Serena Williams, and Maria Sharapova enjoy nearly the same level of fame and exposure as the men’s stars. The participation of women in tennis is also pretty high.

Access to the General Public: Tennis enjoys good access to general public in the developed countries, especially in the US, Canada, and in European countries. The access of general public to tennis in developing countries is not that good.

Number of Amateur Players in The World: Being an individual sport and requiring a proper lawn to play in, the number of amateur player of tennis is not that big as compared to soccer or other team sports.

Prominence of the sport in sports headlines on print and electronic media: Tennis definitely is quite prominent in the sports headlines. This is the case in the developed countries as well as in developing countries.

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4. Hockey

Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World
Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World

hockey [ field + Ice] is the 3rd Most Popular Sport on Earth with 2-2.2 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 as hockey. Both forms of hockey are popular in the world. Field Hockey is the National game of Pakistan as well as India. On the other hand, ICE HOCKEY is popular in Europe specially in Canada, USA, Latvia and Sweden. Above mentioned number of fans are for both forms of hockey.

Global Fan Base and Audience: As mentioned above hockey has more than 2 billion fans in the world. These fans include both the fans of field hockey as well as ice hockey.

Viewership on TV: The TV viewership of hockey is different in different regions. In Pakistan, India, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Malaysia, and Netherlands, field hockey enjoys moderate level of TV viewership. Same is the case with Ice Hockey, only the countries are different. Ice Hockey is also widely watched in the US and Canada.

TV Rights Deals: Hockey leagues around the world, including field hockey leagues and ice hockey leagues get fairly decent TV rights deals. The numbers are nowhere close to some of the other popular sports like football and cricket, but still they are decent enough.

Popularity on Internet: Hockey enjoys moderate level of popularity on the Internet. The number of hockey related searches varies by country and by season.

Presence on Social Media: The presence of hockey on social media is not impressive. However, still there is some presence.

Number of Professional Leagues in the World: There are numerous professional leagues of both ice hockey as well as field hockey around the world. North America and Europe in particular have the most number of professional leagues of the sport. The NHL of the US is the biggest hockey league in the world.

Average Salary of Athletes in the Top Leagues: NHL the national hockey league of the US has more than $3 million average annual salary.

Sponsorship Deals: The sponsorship deals for the NHL teams and players are usually quite impressive. And they can be in millions of dollars. In other parts of the world, the deals are not as impressive, but still they are reasonable.

Number of Countries in Which the Sport is Popular: When we combine the two forms of hockey i.e. field hockey and ice hockey, the number of countries in which the sport is popular is quite impressive. There are more than 80 countries where the sport is moderately popular.

Biggest Competition: The hockey world cup is the biggest competition of field hockey. Both ice hockey and field hockey are major sporting events in the Olympics.

Relevancy Throughout the Year: The relevancy of the sport declines in the off season. However, being a major sport in the US, it is almost always relevant. In other countries the relevancy of the sport throughout the year is not as strong as in the US.

Gender Equality: Hockey is primarily a male dominated sport. Being a tough sport, not many females prefer to compete in hockey. However, there is some level of participation from women in some countries.

Access to the General Public: Hockey does not rank well in the access to general public. Partly because of the expensive playing fields and ice hockey rinks required for the sport to be played in.

Number of Amateur Players in The World: The number of amateur players of hockey is not impressive either. Because the sport requires a lot of equipment and special surface, both field hockey and ice hockey does not have a huge number of amateur players.

Prominence of the sport in sports headlines on print and electronic media: Ice hockey continues to enjoy prominence in the sports headlines in the US. Elsewhere, the sport has varying prominence in the sports headlines. In countries like Pakistan, India, Australia, Netherlands, and Germany, field hockey has moderate level of prominence in the news.

3. Basketball

Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World
Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World

With approximately 2-3 billion fans in the US, Canada, China and Philippines, Basketball is the 3rd most popular sport in the world.

One of Most Paying Sports: Basketball is a sport played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches (46 cm) in diameter and 10 feet (3.0 m) high mounted to a backboard at each end. A team can score a field goal by shooting the ball through the basket during regular play. A field goal scores two points for the shooting team if a player is touching or is closer to the basket than the three-point line, and three points if the player is behind the three-point line. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Basketball is The 3rd Most Played and Watched Sport in the World.

Global Fan Base and Audience: The number of Basketball fans range from 2 to 3 billion. Most of the fans are concentrated in the US, Canada, China, Japan and Philippines.

Viewership on TV: Basketball enjoys great TV viewership in the US. NBA the national Basketball league of the US is the most popular league in the world and it is watched and followed by millions of fans in the US as well as outside the US.

TV Rights Deals: The TV rights deals for the bigger leagues of the sport can reach in billions of dollars. In 2016, NBA sold the TV rights deal for a staggering $24 billion for 9 years. This comes down to about $2.6 Billion per year. Pretty impressive, Right?

Popularity on Internet: When it comes to Internet searches, Basketball players are among the most searched athletes in the world. They are highly searched in the US, China and other basketball playing countries, like Canada, Japan and Philippines.

Presence on Social Media: Basketball is quite popular on the Internet. The bigger names of the game like Michael Jordan, Lebron James and Kobe Bryant are followed by millions of people around the world.

Number of Professional Leagues in the World: Many countries in the world have professional leagues for Basketball. However, NBA is by far the most popular one.

Average Salary of Athletes in the Top Leagues: Basketball stars are some of the most well played athletes in the world. The average salary in NBA is more than $3 million. The numbers are not as high in other major leagues of the world, but they are still pretty lucrative.

Sponsorship Deals: Companies in the US are eager to sign Basketball players for their endorsement. The Basketball teams sign deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars in the NFL. Even some players can land deals worth millions of dollars from major brands like Nike and Adidas.

Number of Countries in Which the Sport is Popular: Despite being very popular in the US, Basketball lags behind in popularity in other countries. It is not a major sport in majority of the countries in the world. Still it is widely played and followed in many countries.

Biggest Competition: It is an Olympic sport and Basketball competition in Olympics is one of the biggest competitions of the sport in the world. Other than that, the Basketball World Cup is another major competition in the world.

Relevancy Throughout the Year: The sport enjoys varying levels of relevance during the year. During the NFL season and seasons of other major leagues like HEBA A1 of Greece and Chinese Basketball Association’s League, the sport is quite relevant and in the news.

Gender Equality: Basketball because of its nature is quite a male dominated sport. Although female participation is there, but it is quite limited.

Access to the General Public: The sport is quite accessible to the general public. It can be played anywhere as all it requires is a ball and a basket. The proper courts are limited in many countries. But the freestyle variation of the sport which can be played anywhere is very popular among the teenagers.

Number of Amateur Players in The World: When it comes to amateur players, Basketball enjoys a good number of amateur players around the world. Understandably the numbers are high in the countries that have big basketball leagues. But the numbers in other countries are still quite impressive. Urban centers around the world, have a high number of amateur basketball players.

Prominence of the sport in sports headlines on print and electronic media: The sport enjoys high levels of coverage and prominence on media in the US, China, Argentina, and Some European countries.

2. Cricket

Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World
Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World

Cricket is 2nd Most Popular Sport in the World with 2-3 billion fans (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. The two competing teams take turns to bat, attempting to score runs. While one team is batting, the other team fields. Each turn is known as an innings.
Cricket has three different formats i.e. Test, ODIs and T20. After the introduction of T20 format, the popularity of cricket has been increasing drastically. Cricket is very popular in India, Pakistan, Australia, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

Global Fan Base and Audience: The fan base of Cricket is limited to some countries. It is not a major sport in the US, most of Europe and Africa. However, some of the biggest countries in the world play this sport. Overall, with about 2 to 3 billion fans, cricket has the 2nd highest number of fans in the world.

Viewership on TV: Cricket is the most watched sport in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies, South Africa, and Australia. It is one of the most watched sports in the UK. About 2.2 Billion people from around the world watched the Cricket World Cup 2015 on their televisions.

TV Rights Deals: ICC which is the global body for world cricket grosses hundreds of millions of dollars for the TV rights deals of its major tournaments like the ICC T20 World Cup, ICC Cricket World Cup (50 Overs), and ICC Champions Trophy. The TV rights for the bilateral series among different countries are also worth hundreds of millions of dollars in many cases.

Popularity on Internet: Cricket has seen an increased popularity on the Internet over the years. The number of cricket related searches is increasing day by day. This is partly due to the fact that more and more people are getting access to the Internet in the developing countries where cricket is famous, for example in Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. Another reason for the growing popularity of cricket is the fact that the game itself is become popular in other parts of the world.

Presence on Social Media: The presence of Cricket on social media is confined to the countries where it is played. For example, in India cricket related pages and social media profiles enjoy the highest number of following. The famous cricket stars from around the world are quite popular on social media as well. But this popularity is restricted to the cricket playing countries only.

Number of Professional Leagues in the World: This is one area where cricket lags behind some other sports in the world. With only about 15 countries having cricket as a major sport, the number of professional leagues in the world is also limited to these countries. The leagues system is relatively new to cricket but it is growing in popularity. IPL the Indian Premier League is one of the top leagues of any sport in the world and it was launched only a few years ago. Big Bash in Australia is another major league of cricket. More and more countries are slowly developing their cricket leagues and the number of professional leagues is likely to increase in near future.

Average Salary of Athletes in the Top Leagues: The average salary of players in the top leagues of cricket is in hundreds of thousands of dollars. Although these numbers are nowhere near that of soccer, they are pretty good for a sport that is still developing and evolving.

Sponsorship Deals: Cricket stars and cricket teams enjoy some pretty handsome sponsorship deals from major brands, this is particularly the case in India, Pakistan, the UK and Australia.

Number of Countries in Which the Sport is Popular: Although cricket is popular only in about 15 to 20 countries, the population of these countries alone is close to 2 billion. The sport is gaining popularity in other countries of the world as well.

Biggest Competition: The biggest competition of Cricket is the ICC Cricket World Cup that is held every 4 years. Billions of fans from around the world gear up to see this festival of sixes and fours. ICC T20 World Cup is also gaining momentum and this World Cup of the shorter format of the game is held every 2 years.

Relevancy Throughout the Year: The game is relevant almost throughout the year, as different countries keep competing against each other in the bilateral series. However, the relevance of the sport, skyrockets during the major competitions.

Gender Equality: Like all other sports, the male version of the sport is more popular than the female version. But the ICC has taken steps to bring women cricket into mainstream. And many countries have developed their women cricket teams. With international competitions the women’s cricket is expected to see rise in its popularity.

Access to the General Public: When it comes to access to general public, cricket is definitely among the top sports. Requiring a bat, a ball and wickets, you can see young boys play this exciting game in the streets of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and South Africa. The abundance of cricket grounds in countries like New Zealand, Australia and the UK has made it easy for the public in these countries to play and enjoy this magnificent sport.

Number of Amateur Players in The World: There are hundreds of thousands of amateur players of the game in the cricket playing nations.

Prominence of the sport in sports headlines on print and electronic media: The prominence of cricket in sports headlines on different media outlets varies a great deal from country to country. For example, in the cricket playing nations like India, Pakistan, Australia, and New Zealand, cricketing news are the most prominent news out there and in non-cricket playing nations like Germany and the US, it would be hard for you to find any cricket related news.

1. Soccer

Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World
Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World

At the top of the list is soccer with 3.3-3.5 billion fans all over the world.

Association football, commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries, making it the world’s most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The objective of the game is to score by using any part of the body besides the arms and hands to get the football into the opposing goal. The goalkeepers are the only players allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play and then only in their penalty area. Here is how Soccer ranks on different criteria that we have set to rank the sports.

Global Fan Base and Audience: Soccer enjoys the most number of fans in almost all regions of the world. The number of people who follow the sport regularly and watch its global as well as regional competitions is unmatched.

Viewership on TV: When it comes to TV viewership, soccer is definitely the king. In order to give you some idea of the popularity of the sport, whenever there is a regional or a global international competition, billions of football fans around the world are hooked to their TV screens. Same is the case with club competitions and major leagues around the world.

TV Rights Deals: Being the most watched sports in the world, soccer lands the most lucrative TV Rights Deals for FIFA, the global body of the sport. To give you some idea, FIFA has already secured more than $1.85 Billion for the World Cup 2018 and World Cup 2022 TV rights.

Popularity on Internet: The popularity of soccer on the Internet is quite evident. Every major search engines sees hundreds of millions of searches related to the sport, different teams, and different athletes of the sport.

Presence on Social Media: Today, different social media outlets are full of content related to soccer. With millions of fans around the world, it takes only a few minutes for a major soccer happening to become a top trend in the world of social media. Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, Soccer stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Neymar seem to be ruling them with most number of followers, likes and shares.

Number of Professional Leagues in the World: Football has by far the most number of professional leagues in the world. Every country in every continent has a national football body and under that body there is a professional league being played.

Average Salary of Athletes in the Top Leagues: Want to become rich? Become an international football star. Yes, football players enjoy the highest salaries among the athletes. The average salary of athletes in the top European leagues is in millions of dollars. The salaries are pretty lucrative in other leagues around the world as well.

Sponsorship Deals: Whether it is sponsorship for national teams, club teams, or individual players, the numbers can go up pretty high. We are talking about millions of dollars even for the individual players. Brands around the world battle it out to land their name on the shirts of major football clubs around the world. Football stars also get their fair share of sponsorships from major sporting brands like Nike, Adidas, and Puma, as well as from other brands that are not related to sports.

Number of Countries in Which the Sport is Popular: Soccer is one sport that is popular in almost all the countries of the world.

Biggest Competition: The biggest competition of Football is World Cup that is held after every four years. According to reports, more than 3.2 billion people watched the FIFA World Cup 2014. It is by far the most watch sporting event in the world.

Relevancy Throughout the Year: No matter what part of the year it is, you will always find some news related to football in the sports headlines. The major leagues around the world have their season’s from August till May. And in the remaining months there are often international competitions and international friendlies among countries.

Gender Equality: Majority of the nations around the world have their men as well as women football teams. Although it has to be said that men’s soccer is more widely followed, the women’s soccer is still growing and more and more women around the world are getting attracted to soccer. The female viewership of the sport is also on the rise.

Access to the General Public: Perhaps the most accessible sport in the world, soccer only requires a ball and two goal posts to play. So it doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, you can afford to play this exciting sport. This is the reason why soccer is popular in some of the richest countries of the world, like the US, the UK, Germany, Japan, France, Denmark, etc. as well as in some of the poorest countries in the world like Somalia, Ethopia, Congo, and Liberia.

Number of Amateur Players in The World: There is no denying of soccer being the number one sport in the world when it comes to number of professional players. But what about the amateur players? Well, soccer is the number 1 sport in the number of amateur players around the world as well. There are thousands of amateur soccer players in every major city all over the world and let’s be honest we all have played soccer at some stage in our lives.

Prominence of the sport in sports headlines on print and electronic media: How much importance does soccer get in sports headlines? Well, probably it is among the top three most prominent sports around the world. To give you an example, Football World Cup and other major football competitions like the European Cup and the UEFA Champions League are among the top sports headlines even in the countries that have poor international soccer record, for example, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, and Canada.

Other Popular Sports in The World – 11 to 25

In case you are wondering what are some other popular sports in the world. Here they are from 11 to 25 in ranking.

List of Popular Sports

11. Formula 1: Formula 1 racing is one of the most exciting sports involving high speed cars racing it out in beautifully created circuits. The formula one drivers enjoy excellent earnings and are widely followed by the fans. The sport is very popular among the TV audiences around the world, but because of the limited number of races and no access of general public to the sport, it is the 11th most popular sport in the world.

12. Boxing: Boxing was once among the top 5 most popular sports in the world, but its popularity has decreased over the years. Still, it is widely followed by the boxing enthusiasts around the world and major competitions are regularly held in the US and European countries.

13. MMA: At number 13 we have mixed martial arts. In this gruesome sport the fighters take on one another with nothing holding back and try to out fight each other. With the emergence of UFC, the sport has seen massive rise in popularity. It is already one of the most popular sports in the US and Brazil. The popularity of MMA is gradually increasing in Europe and Asia.

14. Moto GP: Moto GP is one of the most popular motorcycle racing series in the world. It has a huge TV following and is quite popular in the US, Europe and in some countries of the Middle East.

15. Athletics: Athletics is one sport that enjoys very high levels of viewership during the Olympics. However, its viewership is only restricted to Olympics and other major events. It is equally popular among men and women. Usain Bolt is currently the undisputed champion of Athletics and has won 9 gold medals in three different Olympics. He is also one of the most renowned sports personality on the planet.

16. Badminton: Badminton is very popular in China, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, and Korea. It is also very popular amongst the amateur players all over the world. In Europe and USA, it is generally taken as a hobby sports.

17. Cycling: Cycling is popular as a hobby sports all over the world. Professionally it is very popular in Europe. Tour De France, is the biggest cycle race in the world that takes place in France every year.

18. Swimming: Who has not heard of the legendary swimmer Michael Phelps, the greatest Olympian of all time. Swimming is quite popular as a hobby sports in most countries of the world. Professionally, it is more popular in the developed countries.

19. Snooker: Though snooker is very popular at the amateur level in many countries of the world, there are only few countries where snooker is played at the professional level. These include, the UK, China, Pakistan, and Australia.

20. Shooting: Shooting is a popular event in the Olympics. It has limited interest as a spectator sport. However, there are a good number of professional and amateur players of the sport all over the world, especially in China, Russia, Korea, India, US and some European countries.

21. Gymnastics: Gymnastics is mostly moderately popular in the developed countries like the US, Germany, the UK, Australia, Japan, China, and Korea. The sport has a limited viewership on TV and it only gets world attention on the occasion of Olympics.

22. Handball: Handball enjoys varying level of fame in different parts of the world. It is popular in France, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Russia, and Romania. There are semiprofessional leagues of Handball in some countries. The TV coverage of the sport is only limited to World Championships and other international competitions.

23. Wrestling: It is one of the oldest sports out there. Today different variations of wrestling are played in different regions of the world. Japan, India, Pakistan, Turkey and Russia are some of the countries where wrestling is played and spectated on a large scale. Here it is worth mentioning that we are not talking about WWE or other scripted wrestling competitions.

24. Skiing: Skiing being a sport dependent on snow is confined to the colder regions of the world. Downhill skiing enjoys handsome popularity among the professional as well as the amateur players in Europe, America, and in some parts of Asia.

25. Horse Racing: One of the most ancient sports out there, horse racing enjoys a rich history. Being very expensive and historic in nature, this sport is not quite popular among the general public. Nevertheless, it does have its share of fans out there. It is mainly followed as a gambling sport in the countries like the UK, the US, Australia and the UAE.

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  • adi

    what basketball is played in china,usa,canada ,whole europe and half south america

    • who Deny that?

      • bball-soccer

        I think that soccer and basketball should be the 2 most popular sports in the world but unfortunately soccer and cricket are.

        • shane

          u r ignorant about cricket it started repot16th century or before some times try to know

    • Steve Joseph

      Was that a question or an answer?

  • Guest

    Basketball should be ranked higher. Basketball is way more popular than American football and baseball.

    • junaid qayyum

      cricket should be the best

      • metalhead83

        Nah wrestling should be the best, which it is in my opinion of course. Lol

    • Zac

      Maybe in america but no one cares for nfl other than Americans

      • Adam Hovey

        I’m American and I prefer Soccer. I liked Basketball when I was young, but it got very fake. I think the only “American” sport I like is Baseball, but that is because I grew up going to baseball games. NFL is overrated. I think Arena Football is honestly better, though I still think Soccer is the best. An average NFL game has only 11 minutes of actual play, so I’ve always found it to be a bit ironic when some (not all and not even most, anymore, I’d say) say that soccer is boring.

        • Jermey

          Its not about play time, its about exciting plays and what actually happens. Soccer is stupid and for faggots, it is the most boring sport in the world. Its sad when 3 to nothing is considered a blowout in a sport. There are at most 5 people on the field doing something other than walking.

          • Jane

            aw is somebody mad soccer is the most popular sport in the world

          • you really are a retard

        • Sports Fan

          Dont be an idiot dude, NFL games have 1 hour of play. Your entire comment is Bullshit !

      • Sam Teele

        you acctually agreed with his point douche

  • dannyboy

    How is boxing not even ranked top ten but tennis is? Wtf..

    • Isacc Alves

      Tennis are by far most popular.

  • massive point, boxing is 11th most popular sports. if we talk about whole world. maybe one of top 3 in some countries.

  • Guest2

    Its not about population but how widespread in the world it is hence why cricket shouldn’t be in here at all, its not taken seriously outside of commonwealth countries and there’s no money in it lol. Correct list is as follows: Soccer, american football, golf, basketball, baseball, tennis, rugby, athletics, volleyball, billiards.

    • popularity means money according to you. for me its public interest, and numbers of people who watch, play and follow the game.

      • rahul

        You talk about public interest… Thats the reason cricket should be ranked number 1. Get your sources checked. Cricket is much more widespread and there is a lot of money involved. Its your opinion that you are uploading.

        • oh buddy your overrating cricket, i am also big big fan of cricket. doesn’t mean that the cricket is #1 in the world. you have to realize soccer’s popularity.

      • Ben

        I am only going to state my opinion. Not saying I am correct or incorrect. I feel you need to scale it somehow. Do median method or something. I agree with soccer but there is no way that 40% of the total world population watches football and is a fan. NO WAY! So many people in this world do not own TV and do not have access to TV. Then I would like to scale down India and Pakistan regarding Cricket. You also never state your sources. Everything tells me that Baseball is not that popular as you state here. Actually a dying sport. I am also interested where Handball comes. It is only popular in Europe but for me as a NON-sport fanatic, I think it is the most fasted and interesting sport there is out there.

    • Cricket’s popularity in India and Pakistan with combined populations that make up over 20 percent of the world’s total population has no doubt contributed largely towards making it the most popular sport following soccer. england, australia, srilanka, new Zealand, bangladesh and west indies are other countries cricket is most popular sports there.

      • bbb

        football is the most popular sport in england with out a doubt rugby a close second

    • Raw

      And how widespread is american football? As for no money in cricket, you obviously have heard nothing of the IPL!

      • Jojo

        Came her to say that. India is crazy about cricket.

    • Mokhash Parmar

      That’s not how you determine what sport is the most popular. It’s the most popular if more people play it. And cricket is so much more popular than American football and baseball. And there’s a lot of money in cricket, just because you don’t know about it doesn’t mean it exists.

      • ss

        yyyyyyyyyyyy

    • Alejandro Hernandez

      That’s your opinion for which american football is at the end because its only played by anericans in a very small bubble of life 😉

    • Sudeep Shamdas

      Fuck bloody rascal.What do you know about inspiration of Cricket.You just a frog in the well.Sucker

    • theknight

      There is no money in cricket? Are you high? Ever heard of mahendra singh dhoni? He is the indian cricket team captain. He is ranked among the forbes most paid sportsperson. He is ranked 22. Cricket has changed a lot. The only reason many european and american teams dont play it is because it requires much more skill and precision and temperament compared to football. Not just any idiot can play cricket.

      • Zach

        Haha American Football is a collection of the most SKILLED atheletes in the world… only a select few can play a game as a fast and as technial as American Football… The reason soccer or Futbol is so popular is because is EASY to play… same with baseball and “Cricket” its easy to learn and not as hard or as fast or as dangerous as American Football…. there is a reason Why American Football is the most exciting sport to watch… compared to soccer which is like watching paint dry…. the reason soccer isn’t popular here in the USA is because we have sports like Football that make watching soccer kinda silly….

        • sv

          Skilled? my foot. Its all American marketing model to give hype for a pretty ordinary game. American kids think even WWE as a most demanding game interms of skills.. 😛

        • WhoAmI

          How to look of morons, Go to US they believe what ever TV tells them

    • Julian Thatuser

      You realize that virtually no one outside of the US gives a shit about American Football. This list seems pretty accurate to m. Although, rugby should probably be higher, but oh well.

    • Are you a retard? First you blab about a sport being widespread, then you say American Football is at second, which only America watches. I guess American Football is widespread with USA invading countries left right and center. 😀

    • have you ever heard about “IPL” … No Mony at all [lol]

    • suchkoff

      But based on your logic, American Football has no place on this list either. Sure 300 million people watch either College, NFL, or CFL, but they are primarily in Canada and America. Cricket is popular worldwide, it is just insanely popular in India. Soccer is #1 without a doubt. Then Basketball, Baseball, Cricket, Tennis, Volleyball, and Rugby. If of course the criteria includes worldwide popularity. Also, whoever wrote this article failed miserably at mentioning countries where the sport is popular. Rugby is everything in New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, and is the #2/3 sport in France, England, Australia, Wales, Argentina, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, etc…

    • bnfvei

      It’s about how many fans there are fuckwit not the money. Plus if it were about how widespread it is then American football wouldn’t be on the list. Also the commonwealth includes a lot of countries, enough in fact to make the commonwealth games. You contradicted yourself retard.

    • usman

      for you information ms dhoni an indian cricket is most paid sposrtsman in the world more then ronaldo messi djokovic

    • Sports Fan

      Lmfao , you think golf is more popular then Basketball worldwide !

    • Guest

      You claim it should be based on how widespread the sport is and yet you think American Football should be second? No chance.

    • fuck u

      American football at No 2 haha stupid murican

    • John

      You could easily star a war with football and soccer XD

    • Dan

      Rubbish. There is plenty of money in cricket and the following is what matters. Outside the USA no one really cares about American football. And India alone is 3 times bigger and cricket mad

    • sup

      nonononononononooononon

    • Do you know that cricket is played by 16 nations? By the how many countries play American football except America?

    • Akash Patel

      Shut up… BCCI is richest sport body of world.
      IPL is most expensive and highest paid per match tournament of world..
      And popular thing is any football board is far behind.

    • sidd

      u get facts right . cricket stars earn 10 -20 times more than rugby stars . dhoni was in top 10 earning sprts stars by forbes. secondly baseball ?? u serious no one knws about tht game except us japan and few countries. cricket revenues are 20 times those of rugby volleyball..

    • Harwinder Singh

      No Money??!! You must be Murican.. Search IPL then come back knowing how much its worth

    • will

      if cricket doesnt count because it is only followed in a few countries than how could american football possibly make the list…?

    • Steve Bakewell

      “its not taken seriously outside of commonwealth countries”
      So what? i could say the same for any sport.. i do not take your sports seriously! doesn’t change the fact that so many countries play it.

      ” and there’s no money in it lol.”

      Oh yeah? i don’t think so.. go check out the average salary of an Aussie cricketer.. heck even the Indian cricketers earn buckloads of money.

      “Correct list is as follows: Soccer, american football,baseball”
      Because the World revolves around america eh?

    • Rohit

      Dude. If you feel cricket is not widespread, hoe cum you add american football in the 2nd.. Its not played or watched anywhere except USA..

    • dwwwww

      Funny that you mention “how widespread in the world”, and put American football as number 2…

    • Zorawar Heisenberg

      There’s no money in it ? Lol … ICC Cricket league is worth 5 billion dollars . The world cricket cup generates 2 billion dollars… lol.. Try again faghot

    • Chella Kanna

      You thought that American football is 2nd most popular game…then u r an idiot………no one out side America not knowing this game……you said there’s is no money in cricket ….you fool please refer ipl tournament……

    • Kallol Dasgupta

      Currently Indian Premier League is one of the top money money spinning sport with the last 2015 season yielding 11.5 billion approximately

  • fiction

    You should check your sources because all these numbers are way too high. Field hockey has 2 billion fans? Not even close. There are not even any really popular field hockey leagues in the world.

  • Josh

    Where the hells rugby?!

  • allen iverson

    hard to believe volleyball and table tennis are way above basketbal. Infact basketball should be just after soccer yo!!

    • your respected thoughts. as for my research, basketball is 10th most popular in terms of number people following.

      • Pjanic

        Says it’s 3rd most followed on this site. Like you said, only reason Cricket is above it is because a large chunk of it’s following comes from India, a cricket mad country. Otherwise since it’s not as widespread as Basketball, I wouldn’t call it more popular.

        • Shankar Bakth

          fuck you idiot.Football has no way here in India.U shit shut up

    • asdssdadasds

      Dude..Football is better any day any time anywhere

      • pissedoffandangryparty

        stfu arrogant american pig

        • Murica

          America >> your irrelevant country

        • Lee

          Ummm well im Canadian and Gridiron (imo the real football) is better than any other sport up there. So stfu indian or paki or chinese or english or irish or arabian or welsh or scottish or nigerian or french or japanese or korrian arrogant pig

          • Anti Racism

            American Football is stupid and dumb. I hate it and all of it’s fans if you’re gonna hate on brown people you racist bastard.

      • Chris Weeks

        man I hate to break this to you but the world is alot bigger than America

        • Jermey

          America is the best at everything cunt

          • Except Maths

          • JmThms

            Tell that to mathematicians at MIT, Harvard, etc. America has a proper bell curve when it comes to things like this. Our elite in math is as good or better than anywhere else.

          • millsy

            true. you are the best at obesity

          • JmThms

            And the best at being fit. We have it all. Good and bad. It’s called personal choice.

      • Steve Joseph

        LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL…you’re kidding right?

      • JmThms

        What form of football? Soccer, yes. American ‘football’? Weird, overly-produced event with refrigerator-sized freaks. And it physically and mentally destroys those who play it.

        • Kallol Dasgupta

          Right. Rugby in its pure form is way better than American Football.

      • Rodrigo Rodrigues

        England= Football
        Spanish= Fútbol
        Brazil= Futebol
        USA= Soccer!???

    • Pope Francis

      Didn’t Cricket originate in America? We’re playing an American sport that Americans find no fun in.

      • Tom

        No, cricket originated in Great Britain. I think you are thinking of lacrosse

      • yolo

        orginated in britain u dumbfuck

  • Luiz

    That´s clearly an USA pont of view ranking

    • how ?

      • sea

        wheres the best sport ever lacrosse this is fukin bad

        • Nathalia

          No one even know what lacrosse is outside of Canada… I just know after many months in Canada, but never even heard of it before.

          • blobfish

            uh actually, i’ve heard of it and we play it at school in australia so people actually do know what lacrosse is outside canada.

        • blobfish

          I KNOW RIGHT!!!!! i love lacrosse! it’s so much fun :P! don’t swear bro. it won’t get you anywhere…

  • Taipan

    Since Rugby Union isn’t on the list and American football is I will take this silly list with a grain of salt

    • check now

      • Gregory Newton

        Rugby Union got 119countries that play it.American football got 64 countries that play it

        • Geester

          Except the United states is the third most populous country in the world and it is by far the most popular sport in the US. This list is pretty spot on in terms of number of fans. More countries does not equal more fans friend.

          • bbb

            4th
            behind
            china
            india
            russia

          • Ddddddddd

            The U.S. is, literally, more than twice the population of Russia. Not even close. Then again, that might just be my shitty American education talking.

  • Shahnoor haider

    insha ALLAH Cricket will be first with in 10 years

    • Taha

      Huh cricket a bloody boring game which doesn’t require alot of fitness unlike football/soccer

      • Andrew

        After arrival of t 20 cricket is damm good. It requires fitness unlike golf.

      • Zorawar Heisenberg

        Thats like saying basball doesn’t require fitness

  • asdssdadasds

    Football and Cricket are surely correct to be on the top. Baseball is overhyped.

    • Steve Bakewell

      Baseball is nowhere near the top 5 most popular sports lol

  • holly

    i think netball sould be the 5 most popular sport in the world

  • Christian Dingayan Dejesus

    Add Asia on Basketball thats like +500million on my point of view. Philippines alone has like 70million+basketball fan..

  • sumer

    I love cricket

    • Andrew

      Everyone does

  • amboy

    stupid list

  • Sammy

    This is obviously wrong, Rugby should definitely be up there.

  • bill penis

    under water basket weaving

  • thank you

    • IamGrute

      What is a good top ten sports team?

  • terr

    LOL at basketball being 10, NBA is watched by everyone worldwide. 400 million fans in us and canada mainly?
    How bout looking at other sources which says there are 400 million recreational basketball players in china alone. Lets not talk about philippines which is their national sport and also europe which has a strong fanbase and competitive euroleague. hard not to imagine if basketball is not 2nd or at the worst 4th most popular sport.

  • travis

    Football should come second then third is baseball soccer is the populist sport it has way more than half of the people watching and playing. soccer sold 3.2 million tickets each week. It is my favorite sport 2014 world cup is coming the tickets already sold 3.1 million of people baught them. 🙂

  • nolan

    hockey should be first and baseball should be second

    • Alex

      Nolan, can I have some of whatever you’re smoking? Hockey first???!!! Baseball second???
      Football/Soccer is the most inevitable sport in the universe. Cricket is just strange-the only reason it is so popular is due to England’s colonazation of India.
      And will the author please hire an editor? The grammar is just awful!

  • ???????

    can you tel me more than 5 nation where cricket is in top 10 list i think so those 5 are-
    1.india
    2.pakistan
    3.sri lanka
    4.bangladesh
    5.australia
    i think now it is popular in west indies england and south africa and even netherland as top 10 sport
    Any other nation

    • Also in New Zealand, Kenya, Singapur, UAE, Zimbabwe and Ireland.

      • adi

        which is most popular cricket format

        • Now These Days Twenty over Cricket is Lot More Popular than ODI’s or Test Cricket

    • Andrew

      India, Australia, south Africa, sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Zimbabwe, new Zealand, england, Netherland, Ireland, Scotland, west indies, UAE and Kenya are 15 major nations playing cricket

    • bbb

      australian football is the most popular sport in australia

  • aditya

    i respect your thoughts but check your source basketball is 3rd.It is one of most popular sport in china(1.6 bil)

    phillipines,germany,spain,brazil,argentina etc.I also have sources and it is fastest growing sport in india,japan etc. SOURCES:-

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sport_in_China

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sport_in_USA

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sport_in_Spain

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sport_in_Argentina

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sport_in_Italy

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sport_in_Spain

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sport_in_Argentina

    wikipedia is not wrong and i request you to put basketball 3rd and rugby in the list if you can do some changes.

    • Just Wait, i will make some changes in List. at the moment i am searching on rugby, how popular is ?

      • Aditya

        see rugby is one of most popular in australia,new zealand,south africa,wales,fiji,england.If you will make these changes in list then no one will complaint against you.thanks.Please make changes as soon as possible most probably till next week so that i can prove everyone popularity of basketball and cricket.Did i mentioned that argentina dies for rugby………………..with france,italy.

        • have you noticed? list has been changed.

          • aditya

            yes and I am very happy with the list and now no one will complaint against your list………….

          • aditya

            Basketball with over 1.8-2 billion fans

          • aditya

            yes and list is awesome but basketball with over 1.8-2 billion fans.Field hockey is way more global

          • aditya

            just like you i dont want that people should get wrong knowledge and after searching about it for over 3 hours regarding the basketball and rugby popularity.I came to a conclusion that basketball is 6th most popular sport in the world with over 950-1000mill fans in europe,philiipine,usa,canada mainly.Wikipedia has overated basketball a little bit and rugby is 9th with over 310 million fans.So please make basketball no.6 so that no one gets a doubt.THANK YOU

  • aditya

    thanks for making some changes now no one is gonna complaint against your list but however some will object why american football is in list but not ice hockey but just ignore them coz now the list is much better and now there will be no complaints.

  • Skippypaccino

    How the hell did field hockey beat out actual hockey? Name me the best field hockey players in the world? Lol!

    • Arianna Paul

      Luciana Aymar, Jamie Dwyer, Carla Rebecchi, Tom Boon, and that’s only four of them. Just because you are uneducated when it comes to Field Hockey doesn’t mean its not a popopular sport, you are probably from the US where not a lot of people know what its is because they think ‘real’ hockey is ice hockey, when in fact the origins of field hockey are much old than ice hockeys, field hockey-like games were played back in Ancient Greece.

    • Arianna Paul

      Luciana Aymar, Jamie Dwyer, Carla Rebecchi, Tom Boon, and that’s only four of them. Just because you are uneducated when it comes to Field Hockey doesn’t mean its not a popopular sport, you are probably from the US where not a lot of people know what its is because they think ‘real’ hockey is ice hockey, when in fact the origins of field hockey are much old than ice hockeys, field hockey-like games were played back in Ancient Greece.

      • Skippypaccino

        Calling out someone’s intelligence and saying “ice hockey” in the same sentence is funny to say the least … It’s Hockey!!! There’s only one way to say it, only uneducated people say ice… Secondly I’m from Canada where “hockey” is glorified for everything that it is… Players have been playing for over 100 years to get a chance to drink from Lord Stanleys Cup (imo the most beautiful and coveted trophy on the planet) I don’t ever recall seeing over a 100000 people attending a field hockey game? I’m also not ignorant and saying that field hockey doesn’t have its roots and loyal fans.. I was merely trying to point out why “hockey” was left out and other sports were deemed more popular… If we look at the latest winter Olympics, no one can deny that hockey was the biggest and most coveted event at the games…. If anyone but a European would’ve wrote this article, hockey would’ve made the cut…

        To each his own

  • cod_player

    Where is call of duty?

  • rohan

    with in next 15-20 years cricket will become the as popular as football… thanks to 20-20 format.

    • Andrew

      I also agree. Cricket after arrival of 20 20 format is damm cool and awesome

  • guru

    Dude check your sources……Basketball is not completely chinese and european.Its a little bit phillipines and american sport and a few european liking the sport with china.I think 60% american like basketball,80% phillipines and just 20% chinese and european.Table tennis is way more popular in china followed by badminton and soccer.Basketball is 5th or 6th in china.Cricket is definetly no.2.In world basketball should be 6th.Believe me and please change the list as your list is very popular and people are getting wrong info

  • guest

    The one due to whom you changed the list also say that basketball should be no.6

  • i have changed on behalf of my own research.. h

  • aditya

    Dude rugby should be 6th.Its played in France, England, New Zealand and South Africa,Australia,Wales,Argentina,Italy,Fiji,Ireland etc.Its no.1 in new zealand,wales,fiji and being one of the most popular in australia,argentina,italy,england,ireland,south africa

  • aditya

    Rugby should be no.6.Its fastest growing sport in usa and 2nd fastest growing sport in china

  • Glorious_GOD_Gamers

    I wish Rugby were higher on the list.

  • it’s not just about India, it’s about India, Pakista, Srilanka, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Afghanistan, England, New Zealand, West Indies, Ireland, Scotland, Kenya and Australia… 🙂

    • kashifKHAN

      u r right

    • andrew

      Also netherland , Scotland, nepal , UAE and a few more as well

      • millsy

        Canada to. Australia even did exhibition matches in America against them

  • Snaddre

    This list seems fairly accurate to my observations. I am not surprised that any winter-sport is missing, but I though boxing was more popular. There is no way I believe the baseball one though, I mean, really? 500mill? That number seems oddly inflated.

  • Marcio

    I don’t really disagree with the order of sports but the number of fans is just plain rubbish. It’s like when you hear that a billion people watch the Oscars It’s rubbish. The world’s population is 7 billion. There is no way half of them are fans of soccer. I’m from Brazil, a soccer crazy country, and even there, maybe half of the population care about soccer. The only way you can come up with these numbers is if you count the entire population of a country where a sport is popular as fans of the sport. And that’s plain rubbish.

  • Marcio

    Oh, and take American football, which you claimed has about 390-410 million fans (US mainly). But there are maybe 150 million football fans in the US. If it’s US mainly, where are the other 250 millions fans from then? The only explanation is you counted the entire US population as football fans. And even then, where are the other 100 million coming from?

  • Football > Soccer

    Its not soccer, its Football.

    • Soccer_girl

      Canadians say soccer

    • bobby

      “Soccer” is short for “Association Football”

    • JmThms

      AsSOC(cer)iation Football. An Oxford -er treatment to Association football. That is of English origin.

    • Rodrigo Rodrigues

      Yeah!

  • ASD

    KEEP DREAMING

  • Danny

    OK, we all agree that football/soccer is the most popular sport in the world right? Right… You ladies carry on arguing about other sports.

    • Lil

      Girls like Football too,You insecure sexist dumbfuck.

  • troy

    Im an american and I do believe that soccer is the MOST popular sport in the world but I think soccer is gay because there is no point of playing it than compare of other american sports like football basketball and baseball and soccer is pointless it may be the worlds greatest sport… but. The most pointless game ever played all u do is kick a ball thats boring

    • chayra

      No offense, but I tried watching American football, and it’s the most boring game I’ve ever watched. Play stops every 3 minutes, and men in tights run holding a ball, and that’s it. Football is the real shit. Give it a try sometime.

  • LIl

    There are only 196 countries so how the fuck football is played in over 200 countries?LOL

    • bbb

      some countries are split

    • Isacc Alves

      “some countries are split”

      This^^….example.

      England, Wales, Scotland, North Ireland are different national teams..

  • Gregory Newton

    Rugby more popular than American football. Rugby Union got 119 countries that play it.
    American football got 64 countries that play it.

    • Geester

      More countries does not equal more fans.

  • Gregory Newton

    Yeah Rugby Union got 119 countries that play it. American football got 64 countries that play it.

  • umer

    actualy no body cares about cricket in england

    • Actually English Cricket Team Doing “very Well” these Days 🙂 thats why your saying this

    • Tom

      Actually we do!!

  • Ali

    Don’t. Say. Soccer.

    • Geester

      Why? It’s a game, and many people in the world call it soccer. It’s okay, you can still go on living if a game is called something different.

      • bbb

        4 countries call it soccer
        new zealand
        australia
        canada
        USA

        • Dddddddddd

          Japan
          South Africa
          Ireland

    • YOurMom

      Would you rather them say futbol like a pansy frenchman??

  • nkfriedrich

    This “article” could use some editing. Looks like there was a lot of copying and pasting, and very little actual research.

  • Elizabeth Haily

    There are two number “9”s. This is actually the top 11 most popular sports in the world.

  • Fanitic

    Dodgeball 🙁

  • Duh

    Add swimming

  • Duh

    Every kids wants to swim in pools so put it on list

    • WhoAmI

      Then what about running

  • molinek

    Football.and and the rest far far away !

  • qwertyabcdefg

    do you know the total population of all these nations? I would say not even 1/5th of India. and POPULARITY GOES BY THE NUMBER OF VIEWERS.

    • jack

      what about china popular games are foot ball and basketball

  • Jandeilson

    Football is a dump!

    • jermy

      Your a pussy

      • Jandeilson

        Football crazy game is for retards

  • F.a.g.g.o.t

    Where’s E-sports?

  • Dino Schipetta

    It’s funny how boxing is not even the top 10 popular sports, yet boxers are paid the most. Boxing is the best sport in the world, it’s just that many countries can’t produce a great champion

  • flip1sba

    Don’t you know how to spell? chaina, philippine?

  • Sanya

    Tennis and golf must be higher. The only American sport people besides Americans like is Basketball. Baseball in some Spanish countries and Japan. American Football just show US arrogance hence why the world don’t even look at it. And it’s too much brute force.

  • Sanya

    You need to modify this list and make it more of a world point of view and not American

    • Ddddddd

      Soccer, cricket, and field hockey are the top three. Perhaps we should include that sport where they ride around with goat carcasses on horseback at number four to make it less “American”.

  • Anna

    American football should be #1

    • world is not just in america 🙂

      • Mario Altamirano

        America is the name of a Continent not the name of a nation. America is compose by more than 30 + nations. The name of our country is the “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”

    • WhoAmI

      In reverse order I guess

  • yo_daddy

    COD is a joke. Battlefield is where its at!

    • cs-player

      counter-strike is way better than both of them…both games are for pussys

      • Logan

        Counter-Strike is boring.

        • takasugi

          you were playing single player with bots

          • Logan

            Nope, I was just playing a better game. Counter-Strike is for people that are bad at other FPS’s.

          • MunchiePea27Roblox

            Counter strike is harder than all of those fps…

    • Steve Bakewell

      Bitch plz.. Socom is where its all at!

  • Truther

    Actually it’s soccer. Football is a generic term to describe any ball sport played on your feet as opposed to on a horse… Soccer, Rugby, League, Gridiron, golf, tennis, hockey, basketball are all technically forms of football. Polo, Motorsport, athletics, swimming are not football.

    • The_Last_Ride

      No it’s not, it describes the sport. American football aka handegg is not fotball it’s american rugby

      • Jermy

        I’ve never heard of fotball

        • Slayed

          Burn Bitch

        • That’s because your adopted

          • Ryan Lee

            that is not very nice

      • joe
        • The_Last_Ride

          It’s not football, they barely kick the ball, it’s handegg… Rugby is called rugby, they use their feet but it’s not freaking football…

          • Phil

            Rugby’s official name is “Rugby Football” so… good try bud.

          • The_Last_Ride

            They still use their feet more than american football, which is not football

    • Bumble tboy

      no, it was created by England and we originally called it football, so chop

      • Phil

        Typical arrogance thinking your country invented a sport that has been played since before your country even existed. The game was created around 400BC England wasn’t even a hint of a glimmer in the pages of history at that point. England didn’t come into existence until around 500AD and even that is giving you the benefit of the doubt. Technically England didn’t exist until 1000AD but I was being generous. Nice try there bud.

        • JmThms

          What are you, some kind of history moron? The MODERN game of soccer (football) was codified in England. Period. Nice try there bud.

    • Phil

      Tennis golf hockey and basketball are NOT football. I have no idea where you even get this kind of information.

    • JmThms

      I’ve heard that bogus ‘non-horse’ excuse for the word ‘football’. Face it. American football is simply a misnomer. Hand egg. throw ball. Whatever. But it is mis-named whereas association football (soccer) is properly named.

  • Stuart McNair

    Who ever wrote this artical obvious knows nothing about golf, It is also very popular in Japan and China and didn’t take that into consideration , Also football is liked more then just in North America. The NFL has had games played in Europe in places Like London England and Munich Germany where they played to sold out stadiums of over 100.000 people.

    • WhoAmI

      Is it, So you go and play a game in London then all London loves the game? Oh Well I played a game on Earth, now I have 7 Billion fans then

  • metalhead83

    Why can’t wrestling be on here man? I think we need a change in this list lol no offense to anybody else. 😛

  • WhoAmI

    What Indians are not people? Shut up dick head, Not just few white countries count.

  • WhoAmI

    Dear Terr, World =/= USA, Watching out of curiosity is different then taking it seriously .

    • Dddddd

      World =/= the British Commonwealth, either. The only team sport in PI is basketball. China takes it fairly seriously, as well … not to mention continental Europe. The fact that there are 37 countries represented in the NBA speaks to the quality of international talent.

  • Frankchard Goodjoint

    I am very surprised boxing is not on this list.

  • gene

    What are your sources? You should explain the numbers a lot better. Also your definition of a fan is very very loose. Take table tennis for example. It is only popular in China. I doubt all of them follow the sport regularly. There are a lot of people who dont follow sports at all in the world. Field hockey also has very poor attendance numbers in “major field hockey leagues” and you think it has over 2 billion fans. Not even close.

  • small44

    Does it matter if soccer or football

    • Say it ain’t so

      football or soccer or futbol don’t matter to me, so long as it is the most popular sport in the world…

  • Nedeo

    what about chess….

    • ChessLover

      It was popular during 90’s and 80’s thanks to Cold War. Its a way to show off who had better tacticians. But since then, its gone down. I love Chess wish it was popular but the sad fact is its not.

      • blobfish

        uh sorry guys but chess isn’t a sport…

  • Joseph

    someone can’t count.
    this list got 11 items, not 10.

    heading should be
    “Top 11 Most Popular Sports in The World”

  • David Peterson

    Where is running…. !! Or cycling!

  • sammy

    football and rugby were both # 9… I honestly think this list is accurate.

  • Antônio silva

    I gess cycling is not a Sport…..

    • Dddddd

      To paraphrase Kenny Powers … we’re talking about real sports here, not trying to be the best at exercising.

  • .

    they’re the same exact thing. call it whatever you want and shut up.

  • RacingWolf7957 .

    The sports I like are Soccer (Also known as Football), Formula One and MotoGP.

  • cach

    Sooo, there are two “9’s” and no one noticed it?

  • Akhil

    Hockey is the national game of india as well. U might have mentioned it.

  • ugur kork

    I think basketball is the second popular sport in the world. ıt is very popular in north america, the whole europe (mainly south), china, phillipines. Also every countries except of commonwelth, plays that sport. ıt ıs more spread than cricket. On the other hand, boxing and ice hockey should be the top 10. For my researches,

    Turkey (my country)
    1. Football (soccer)
    2. Basketball
    3. Volleyball
    4. Boxing
    5. Martial Arts

    In the world
    1. Football
    2. Basketball
    3. Cricket
    4. Hockey
    5. Ice Hockey
    6.Baseball
    7. Volleyball
    8. Boxing
    9.Rugby
    10. Tennis

    • blobfish

      DOES ANYBODY EVER THINK OF AUSTRALIA???!!! WE LIKE SPORT TOO! AND WE EXIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hockey Fan

    Field hockey ??? Really ? Lol what a load of absolute bs lol. There are so many field hockey leagues, tournaments, shops for that matter. When is it coming to the olympics? You try to reach out to sports fans, at least make some sense out of this and get your facts straight. Nobody plays field hockey. Its ice hockey.

  • sagnik_shaggy

    Actually to speak the truth i’ve read all of you guys bullshit comments over here, but even though i am from India, I still come to one conclusion…………. “soccer” rules the world of sports. And to the fuckin’ retards who think cricket is best, please guys ” go home you’re drunk” lol. You just cannot compare Lionel Messi’s worldwide popularity to someone like Sachin Tendulkar who is only popular in some cricket playing nations…and thats why Soccer is way better than “fuckin’ cricket” or any other sport in the world…!!!!!!! If you Indian’s think cricket is your religion then know this SOCCER is the whole world’s religion..!!!!

    • Andrew

      Shult the fuck up. Even we americans love cricket. We played 2011 world cup. You should be hyping cricket and don’t destroy its popularity after t20

  • Dennis H

    Technically it’s Association Football. There’s many forms of Football; eg. Australian Rules Football, American Football, Rugby League is called Football in some areas, Gaelic Football. Where ever any of these sports is the popular one, it’ll be called Football, Footy, etc.

  • Phil

    Tell that to the Brits who differentiated As”socc”iaction Footbal from Rugby Football by abbreviating the first to “Soccer” then bash the US for still using the term.

  • Seba115

    Seriously baseball behind volleyball come on baseball its sow much better than volleyball

  • Shehdhd

    Fútbol

  • Sports Fan

    Srry dude, but BasketBall is popular throughout the world. It takes alot to make it to the NBA, the world’s premier BasketBall Leugue, Michael Jordan , Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Shaquille O’neal and many more . Its a place where SuperStars are BORN

  • Anonymous

    that is so true

  • vagztafdswfrs

    That’s right, Americans call it soccer. We should call it Football

  • Venkata Srinivasa Praveen

    How Can u say Its football I will not agree with It Because India Vs Pakistan Cricket World cup 2015 Match Was Watched By 1.5Billion (apporx) It Is the highest Watched Match In the History Of the Sports

    • bbb

      whole sport not one event

  • Venkata Srinivasa Praveen

    It Must Be the 1st Popular Sport becuse It has 3.5-4 Billion Fans Across INDIA,Pakistan,Srilanka,Australia,South Africa ETC Parts Of the world

  • nice

    where is call of duty duh

  • bbb

    it was iventid by a brit in india

  • bbb

    is just not as popular

  • Millsy

    true, but if it haves heaps of followers across a lot of countries in the southern hemisphere than it is still technically the second most popular sport.

  • Miguel

    Where does horse racing rank?

  • smartypants

    No, Minecraft is.

  • Paul Joseph

    The true name of SOCCER game called by americans was association football which is corrupted to soccer, and association football was one of the form of football such as rugby football, and american football which is also called gridiron.

  • cock

    8====D

  • kiwikidaus

    Who put these stats together? Totally innacurate. Spelling alone is a giant red flag that its a load of rubbish…

  • Juan Olivier

    How can american football be more popular then Rugby?

  • Fyre

    Basketball is the 2nd most popular sport.

  • cod

    yeah where the cod at

  • HumanRam

    Exacly how is this ranking defined and sought out?

  • Sports Tv24

    I think “American football” should be the first….

  • takasugi

    hockey is more popular than basketball

  • Dyrus

    I believe League of Legends falls into 3rd place.

  • Sahib Sandhu

    cricket best game in world

  • Mr. Misanthropy

    american football shouldn’t be here. its really just an american sport not a world sport.

  • veeresh

    Never cricket… Handball. Should be initiated place

    • Zorawar Heisenberg

      retard

  • veeresh

    Team handball should be promoted please help…… Just Play it and u will realise wat a great game it is,,, handball should be in top 10

  • WhoAmI

    haha, British commonwealth ? what does it have to do with our discussion cant your american dumb cannot keep up with changes in real world or you still stuck with your ignorant mind ?

  • anmol

    actualy it is table tenis

  • William

    Rugby league should be first

  • jack bits

    Rugby is the best sport not foot(fake)ball

  • WhoAmI

    British common wealth =/= India . India is sovereign country . Just because some racists think world is still run by British and white people .

  • This is not Soccer, this sport is Football.

  • Saitama

    Basketball is better than cricket

  • Justin LeGross

    1. Football (Soccer)
    2. Basketball
    3. Tennis
    4. Formula 1
    5. Football (NFL)
    6. Athletics
    7. Golf
    8. Boxing

  • Arne Grostøl

    Soccer is non existent… its a false word. It is football…. the american rugby they claim is named football is just another stupid american attempt to own everything. Its downright imbecile to call a sport where all players but one are not allowed to kick the ball… this deserves the biggest facepalm ever..

  • Lee Paxton

    Boxing is the greatest and toughest sport worldwide; these other sports are pussy sports or for pussies, and that includes nitwit UFC or MMA BULL!

  • Bobby33x

    By 2060 Basketball will be the #1 sport in the world…look at its growth trajectory.

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  • Chad

    Greetings,

    Could you also provide numbers on which criterion you weighted with how much emphasis (%) for the end result?

    Kind regards
    Chad

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