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Top 10 Sports in the World

Top 10 Sports in the World
Almost every person is into some sport or the other, be it playing or following the game. So what's followed the most around the globe? Which are the top 10 sports in the world? Let's have a look...
SportsAspire Staff
Do you play soccer or football? Confused?
To distinguish regular football from Rugby Football, it was called Association Football. But where did the word 'soccer' come from? ASSOCIATION > (1889) SOCCA > (1891) SOCKER > (1895) SOCCER.
There are so many different sports that interest people from all walks of life. Some are played regionally, and little known in other parts of the world. There are sports that were played in ancient times, but have been lost in time. Then, there are so many games that many of us have never even heard about. Others are comparatively more popular, and then there are some that nearly every person on this planet has either seen or played.

Now, getting down to business, which sport do you think is the most popular in the world? There are quite a few sports which have, not millions, but billions of people following them. Not surprising, one would think. This list takes into account the number of fans, the number of people that play the game, stadiums and facilities worldwide, tournaments held, merchandise sold and used, etc.
Sport fans
World's Top 10 Sports
10. BASKETBALL
Basketball players
Fan Base - 400 million
Origin - United States
Popularity - Europe, Africa, Asia, America, Australia.
Governing Body - International Basketball Federation (FIBA)
Format - 5 per side
Olympics - Yes
9. AMERICAN FOOTBALL
Players Playing Football
Fan Base - 400 million
Origin - United States
Popularity - United States, Europe, Japan.
Governing Body - International Federation of American Football (IFAF)
Format - 11 per side
Olympics - No
8.GOLF
Golf swing
Fan Base - 450 million
Origin - Scotland
Popularity - Europe, Asia, America, Canada.
Governing Body - International Golf Federation (IGF)
Format - 9 per side
Olympics - Yes
7. BASEBALL
Baseball player
Fan Base - 500 million
Origin - England
Popularity - America, Japan.
Governing Body - International Baseball Federation (IBAF)
Format - 9 per side
Olympics - No
6. TABLE TENNIS
Table Tennis
Fan Base - 850 million
Origin - England
Popularity - Europe, Africa, Asia, America.
Governing Body - International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)
Format - Singles, Doubles
Olympics - Yes
5. VOLLEYBALL
Volleyball player
Fan Base - 900 million
Origin - United States
Popularity - Europe, Asia, Australia, America.
Governing Body - Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB)
Format - Indoor 6 per side, Beach 2 per side
Olympics - Yes
4. TENNIS
Tennis player
Fan Base - 1 billion
Origin - England
Popularity - Europe, Asia, Australia, America.
Governing Body - International Tennis Federation (ITF)
Format - Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles
Olympics - Yes
3. FIELD HOCKEY
Field hockey
Fan Base - 2 billion
Origin - England
Popularity - Europe, Asia, NZ, Australia.
Governing Body - International Hockey Federation (IHF)
Format - 11 per side
Olympics - Yes
2. CRICKET
Cricket match
Fan Base - 2.5 billion
Origin - England
Popularity - Asia, Australia, NZ, UK, Africa, Caribbean.
Governing - Body International Cricket Council (ICC)
Format - 11 per side
Olympics - No
1. SOCCER
Soccer Players In Stadium
Fan Base - 3.5 billion
Origin - England
Popularity - Europe, Africa, Asia, America.
Governing Body - Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
Format - 11 per side
Olympics - Yes
These are the 10 most popular sports around the world. Not very surprising that soccer, or as a few call it, Association Football tops the list. It's played everywhere, from the largest of stadiums, on beaches, makeshift grounds, to the smallest of alleys in the cities. And with aggressive marketing over the decades, the other sports too have gained popularity in many corners of the world. So get out there and indulge in your favorite sport; stay happy and healthy.