Top 10 Most Loved Sports in the World

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Sports play a very important role in one’s life. Not only it helps us to stay fit and healthy but it also provides an opportunity to an individual of living his dream and being successful. With the growing technology, love for sports and viewership, popularity of sports has been increasing tremendously. Therefore, importance and value of sports for every individual is simply unquestionable and without any doubt. Having more than 3.5 billion fans all over the world, football is the most widely watched, loved and popular sports on earth whereas cricket is the most played sports. With every eye glued to their television during football matches especially during FIFA world cup, football tops the majority of credible lists published. Playing a sport is totally different from watching a sport. Some people take part in the game, play and stay fit whereas some just watch it for entertainment. The article below focuses on the viewership of sports. According to the popularity of sports as most viewed, here is a list of top 10 loved sports of the world:



it is the most expensive sport in the world. It shares the same popularity as that of ice hockey. But its popularity among some countries like USA, Asia and Australia have managed to get it ranked higher. It requires expensive tools and equipments and also a finely chopped garden. Many believe that this is not a real sport it is more a luxury. Few find it very boring to watch as it is a slow game. Tiger wood is a known name in the field of golf. The game requires the player to put the ball into a hole using his or her golf stick.

9. Table tennis

Table tennis

It is the most popular sport in china. Even it is famous among Japanese and Koreans. It is one of the fastest games in the world. The player needs to be quick in his action and reflexes. Internationally tennis has a small fan following but gradually it is gaining popularity. Chinese are totally devoted to this sport. They are leading in all the events from national league to Olympics. The biggest advantage of it is that it can be played indoor as well as outdoor. The game requires a table, racket, ball and net. Only two players are involved in this game.

8. Rugby Football


it is a football named after a school. This game is full of fun, thrill and excitement. In France, Australia, South Africa, England, New Zealand, Argentina and also Fiji rugby league is very famous. It is one of the most popular sports in more than six countries. There are 200 million viewers making it eight most famous sports all over the world. The players need to be healthy, physically fit and above all they are expected to be swift and have control over their nerves. International rugby board is responsible for promoting this game worldwide.

7. Volleyball


It is a popular sport not only among men but also among women. In 100 countries volleyball is played at professional level. The game is not popular in any specific country but is enjoyed by all worldwide. Again it is popular among Americans and in rural areas of sub continent. It is an easy game which requires two team competing with each other. Each team consists of five to six members. FIVB is responsible for promoting volleyball all over the world. It has more than 200 million followers worldwide. This is a loved sport on beaches and also used to enhance the enjoyment of beach lovers.

6. Baseball


It is very much similar to cricket, very popular in countries like Korea, USA, Cuba, Japan and Taiwan. There are 600 million followers globally. For baseball USA is the financial focal point and its players are amongst the wealthiest sportsmen in the world. People of America watch this sport with great excitement and interest. It is the national sport of America and also the other name for baseball is American past time. The popularity of this sport is so much that even the local events in America are covered and telecasted on electronic media. With time this sport is increasingly becoming popular in countries Cuba, Japan, and parts of Asia. Few find it slow due to lot of point to point anticipation whereas others find it fun due to lot of strategy involved.

5. Basketball


It is the six most loved sports in the world. It is hugely popular in America and also in countries like USA and Philippines. Again it is one of the rich man’s sports. The players are generally tall and energetic. Even though it is not famous in third world countries but still there are 230-240 million fans making it fifth most popular sport in the world.  The NBA is devoted to promote this game and holds the most known event of basketball. It is a game that many Americans relate too. Michael Jordan and Lebron James are few basketball players who have fascinated audience at international level.
4. Hockey


It is the most exciting sport to watch which holds this sport tight at the position number four. From last 50 years South-east Asia is dominating the world of hockey. It is very popular among common wealth game nations, especially in India, Bangladesh, Australia, Pakistan, Argentina, South Korea, Malaysia and parts of Africa. Hockey is the national game of Pakistan and India. Worldwide there are 0.32 billion followers making it one of the most popular sport in the world. This sport require eleven people in each team, two teams play at a time just like soccer where they try to place the ball in a net.

3. Tennis


It is the third most loved sport all over the world. It might not be popular sport in many countries but certainly holds a strong position among all the sports worldwide. USA, Australia, Europe, India and parts of Asia are some of the countries where Tennis is very popular. The fan following of this sport alone forms a combined population of more than two billion people. It is said to be an expensive sport to learn as well as to play therefore, it is a rich man’s sport. The Grand Slam event is a famous exciting occasion for all Tennis viewers. It is considered to be most prestigious sports as a career for females.
2. Cricket


It is a game of gentleman. Primarily it was introduced by Britishers in their colonies all over the world. It is one of the most popular games in the sub continents. A bat and a ball is required to play this game, this too is an economical sport as compared to other sports we have. It is popular among 25 countries and in countries like India, England, Australia it is a religion than a game. Total of 1.63 billion cricket fans are there worldwide. Since decades this sport is sitting comfortably at No.2 position in the list of world’s popular sports. For years India is a financial nucleus of cricket, cricket is another religion here.

1. Football


 It is the most loved sports all over the world.  Football refers to a game where you have to score a goal by kicking a ball using your foot. The beauty of this game is that it is the most economical sports to practice require only one ball. Irrespective of the wealth it can be played by anyone.  Worldwide it is followed by passionate fans in more than 100 countries.  Fans from China, Europe, America, Africa and Mexico together form 4.1 billion populations who follow football regularly.  Even the world’s largest sporting event is football World Cup. The final match of football world cup alone draws billion of viewers. It is the number one and most popular sports worldwide. It is not only the most widely watched sport but also the most played game in the world.


2 Responses

  1. Edward J. Cunningham

    June 15, 2014 3:16 am

    Pardon me if I make a constructive criticism rather than a whine along the lines of “Why isn’t my favorite sport listed?” I disagree with basketball being a “rich man’s game.” If there’s a park with a basketball court set up, the only equipment you need is the ball. If there isn’t a court set up, it doesn’t take a lot of money to get a basket erected. For this reason, basketball has a greater potential to spread than sports like cricket, basketball, or even American football. I won’t argue with cricket’s numbers, but if basketball isn’t the world’s second most popular sport now, I think the time is coming when it will be.

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