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...
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.

World's Top 10 Sports


BASKETBALL
Basketball

Fan Base400 million
OriginUnited States
PopularityEurope, Africa, Asia, America, Australia.
Governing BodyInternational Basketball Federation (FIBA)
Format5 per side
OlympicsYes


AMERICAN FOOTBALL
American Football

Fan Base400 million
OriginUnited States
PopularityUnited States, Europe, Japan.
Governing BodyInternational Federation of American Football (IFAF)
Format11 per side
OlympicsNo


GOLF
Golf

Fan Base450 million
OriginScotland
PopularityEurope, Asia, America, Canada.
Governing BodyInternational Golf Federation (IGF)
Format9 per side
OlympicsYes


BASEBALL
Baseball

Fan Base500 million
OriginEngland
PopularityAmerica, Japan.
Governing BodyInternational Baseball Federation (IBAF)
Format9 per side
OlympicsNo


TABLE TENNIS
Table Tennis

Fan Base850 million
OriginEngland
PopularityEurope, Africa, Asia, America.
Governing BodyInternational Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)
FormatSingles, Doubles
OlympicsYes


VOLLEYBALL
Volleyball

Fan Base900 million
OriginUnited States
PopularityEurope, Asia, Australia, America.
Governing BodyFédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB)
FormatIndoor 6 per side, Beach 2 per side
OlympicsYes


TENNIS
Tennis

Fan Base1 billion
OriginEngland
PopularityEurope, Asia, Australia, America.
Governing BodyInternational Tennis Federation (ITF)
FormatSingles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles
OlympicsYes


FIELD HOCKEY
Field Hockey

Fan Base2 billion
OriginEngland
PopularityEurope, Asia, NZ, Australia.
Governing BodyInternational Hockey Federation (IHF)
Format11 per side
OlympicsYes


CRICKET
Cricket

Fan Base2.5 billion
OriginEngland
PopularityAsia, Australia, NZ, UK, Africa, Caribbean.
Governing BodyInternational Cricket Council (ICC)
Format11 per side
OlympicsNo


SOCCER
Soccer

Fan Base3.5 billion
OriginEngland
PopularityEurope, Africa, Asia, America.
Governing BodyFédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
Format11 per side
OlympicsYes

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.
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