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Top 7 Popular Sports in the World


Top 7 Popular Sports in the World

Sports refresh the brain and body. It keeps a person active and indulges in positive activities. Everyone in the world is somehow connected to any sport. Either they play the game or watch for the better time-pass. We cannot find out how many sports exactly are played in the world because every city, country and every place has a separate tradition of sports. Games are played and popular on different levels. Few games are played on an international level, while others at National and may be played at a specific location. The list of sports is quite long and we appreciate every single person involve in it physically and mentally. It is a healthy activity and makes life interesting. Let’s discuss a few popular sports in the world.


Football is the most famous sport around the globe. The estimated fans according to stats are 3.5 billion people. Football is highly loved in the regions of Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. 4% of the people in the world population has played football which includes 265 million people and 5 million referees. The football team consists of 11 players and the duration of the match is about 45 minutes’ halves with 15 minutes’ rest in between. The football received a huge amount for playing the matches according to their popularity and performance.


The second most popular sport after Football is Cricket. The average fan following is about 2.5 billion people around the world. The major cricket players are from countries like Pakistan, Australia, India, South Africa, and the UK. But it doesn’t mean the sport is less popular in other countries. According to the International Cricket Council tells that in 125 countries cricket is played.  Many countries conduct cricket leagues in their countries where players from all over the world participate. Cricket Team Consist of 11 people, however, the duration depends on the Match type.

Basket Ball

After cricket and football, here comes the third most popular sport i-e Basket Ball. According to the stats given by the Federation of International Basket Ball Association (FIBA) 450 million people play the Basket Ball in competitions or for the sake of entertainment and fun. Estimated fans include 2.2 billion and the famous in the US, Canada, China, and the Philippines. Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant are the legendary figures. These people are responsible for the popularity of Basket Ball.

Field Hockey

Field Hockey makes his position fourth with an estimated 2 billion fans. The sport is popular among both males and females and is played in around 100 countries of the world. It is highly famous in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. High physical strength needs in the game. It is one of the most favorite games among the audience in the Olympics. The team comprises 10 outfield players and its rules differ from Ice hockey.


The estimated following for Tennis is 1 Billion. It is played by around 60 million people around the world including men and women. It is a famous individual sport. Its double version is also very popular among the people. This is why it is amongst the popular sports around the world.

Volley Ball

The origin of the sport in America. The estimated number of fans of Volleyball is 900 million. Volleyball is famous in Asia, Europe, America, and Australia. The sport is played in both indoor and outdoor environments under 200 affiliated Federations registered to Volleyball.

Table Tennis

Around 850 million fans of Table Tennis are estimated. The sport makes the seventh number in the list. It is also famous in America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. It is played by around 60 million men and women around the globe. Its double version is also very popular. People are inspired by this wonderful sport.

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