Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World

Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World

Here We Going To Make The List of Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World. Most popular” could mean “most watched,” “most played,” or “most revenue-generating” Sports. we will concentrate on the sports are most watched in the world. please feel free to leave a comment about the list.

Note: this is a updated list with some changes. previously basketball was 10th in the list, so after some research we realized, that the basketball is the 3rd most popular sport in the world, as you can see below with detail. and “Rugby” included in the list as 9th most popular sport, alongside with American football. Golf goes back at number 10. so lets start, have nice time here.

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1. Soccer

Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World

at the top of the list is soccer with 3.3-3.5 billion fans all around the Europe, Africa, Asia, Americas, etc.
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 object 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.

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2. Cricket

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. Each team takes it in turn to bat, attempting to score runs, while the other team fields. Each turn is known as an innings.
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3. Basketball

Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World

with round about 2-3 billion fans US, Canada, chaina and philippine mainly, Basketball is the 3rd and last sport of our List.
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 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.

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4. Hockey

Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World

Field hockey 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 simply as hockey. both forms of hockey a lot popular in the world. Hockey is the National game of Pakistan.
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5. Tennis

Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World

at No 5 in This List is Tennis . with the Around 1 billion fans around the Europe, Americas, 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.

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6. Volleyball

Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World

with Around 900 million fans Across Asia, Europe, Americas, 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.[1] It has been a part of the official program of the Summer Olympic Games since 1964.

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7. Table Tennis

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.
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 toward them only one bounce on their side of the table and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side.

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8. Baseball

Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World

there are Around 500 million fans in US, Japan, Cuba, 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 opponents 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.

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9. American football

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 by 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 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.

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9. Rugby

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 Basque, Occitan, and Catalan people 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.

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10. Golf

Top 10 Most Popular Sports in The World

Golf f is at No 10 in Popularity in the World Among other Sports. with more then 390 million fans in US, Canada, 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.”

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  • adi

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

    • http://sporteology.com/ Khabir Uddin Mughal

      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.

    • 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

    • 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.

      • Sam Teele

        you acctually agreed with his point douche

  • http://sporteology.com/ Khabir Uddin Mughal

    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.

    • http://sporteology.com/ Khabir Uddin Mughal

      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.

        • http://sporteology.com/ Khabir Uddin Mughal

          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.

    • http://sporteology.com/ Khabir Uddin Mughal

      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.

    • 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 ;)

    • 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.. :P

        • 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.

  • 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!!

    • http://sporteology.com/ Khabir Uddin Mughal

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

    • asdssdadasds

      Dude..Football is better any day any time anywhere

      • pissedoffandangryparty

        stfu arrogant american pig

      • Chris Weeks

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

      • Steve Joseph

        LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL…you’re kidding right?

  • Luiz

    That´s clearly an USA pont of view ranking

    • http://sporteology.com/ Khabir Uddin Mughal

      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.

  • Taipan

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

    • http://sporteology.com/ Khabir Uddin Mughal

      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.

  • 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

  • asdssdadasds

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

  • 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..

  • http://sporteology.com/ Khabir Uddin Mughal

    thank you

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  • 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. :)

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  • 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

    • http://sporteology.com/ Khabir Uddin Mughal

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

      • adi

        which is most popular cricket format

        • http://sporteology.com/ Khabir Uddin Mughal

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

  • 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.

    • http://sporteology.com/ Khabir Uddin Mughal

      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.

        • http://sporteology.com/ Khabir Uddin Mughal

          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.

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  • 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

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  • http://sporteology.com/ Khabir Uddin Mughal

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

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  • Glorious_GOD_Gamers

    I wish Rugby were higher on the list.

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  • http://sporteology.com/ Khabir Uddin Mughal

    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

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  • 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.

    • http://sporteology.com/ Khabir Uddin Mughal

      oh, thanks. :-)

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  • 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.

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  • 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

  • LIl

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

  • 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.

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  • umer

    actualy no body cares about cricket in england

    • http://sporteology.com/ Khabir Uddin Mughal

      Actually English Cricket Team Doing “very Well” these Days :-) thats why your saying this

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • Duh

    Add swimming

  • Duh

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

    • WhoAmI

      Then what about running

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  • molinek

    Football.and and the rest far far away !

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  • 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.

  • Jandeilson

    Football is a dump!

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  • F.a.g.g.o.t

    Where’s E-sports?

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Anna

    American football should be #1

    • http://sporteology.com/ Khabir Uddin Mughal

      world is not just in america :-)

    • WhoAmI

      In reverse order I guess

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  • yo_daddy

    COD is a joke. Battlefield is where its 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

  • 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

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

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  • 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 .

  • Frankchard Goodjoint

    I am very surprised boxing is not on this list.

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  • small44

    Does it matter if soccer or football

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