Sport is an area closely linked to daily life. From routines to maintain health to hobbies for fun.
Among the many known sports in the world, there are some that are very popular because they have many fans.
Here is a list of the most popular sports in the world cited on the World Atlas page.
10 most popular sports in the world:
1. Football – 4 billion fans
It is undeniable that almost everyone in every corner of the world loves football, or at least knows about the sport. It is estimated that this sport has fans worldwide up to 4 billion.
The origins of football, especially modern football, can be traced back to 19th century England. But for football itself, it has been around for two thousand years, starting with China.
One of the reasons for the popularity of football is that, unlike other sports, it requires expensive equipment. Players just have to work their feet and get the ball.
Therefore, anyone, rich or poor, can practice this sport. It is played all over the world, but is very popular in Europe, Asia, Central and South America, and Africa.
2. Cricket – 2.5 billion fans
Maybe this sport is not very popular in Indonesia, but worldwide cricket has 2.5 billion fans.
The game is most popular in UK, India, Pakistan and Australia. This sport involves two teams, one bat, a large pitch and a score run.
Additionally, cricket has a long rectangular pitch in the center of the field, where the ball is pitched at the bat, as opposed to the mound in the center of the baseball field facing the bat at home plate.
3. Hockey – 2 billion fans
Ice and field hockey has two billion people. Field hockey is mainly played in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, while ice hockey is very popular in Canada, the United States, and Northern Europe.
The game involves two teams trying to get the ball into the opposing team’s goal with a hockey stick. Unlike ice hockey, field hockey generally does not involve body contact in the form of checkups.
4. Tennis – 1 billion
It is estimated that around one billion people worldwide follow the sport of tennis. At least it is proven that many people know quite a few tennis athletes such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, to Serena Williams.
In the game of tennis itself, players on either side of the extended net try to hit the ball with a racket so that it goes over their opponent or bounces off their opponent’s side twice to score points. .
5. Volleyball – 900 million
This sport is very popular in Indonesia, from rural to urban or coastal areas.
Volleyball involves two teams, each on one side of the high net, trying to “throw” the ball into the opposing team’s side court to earn points.
The game has 900 million people, mainly in North America and Western Europe, but also in Asia, Australia and South America.
A popular variation of the game, known as beach volleyball, is played on the sand with two people on each team, as opposed to regular volleyball, where there are usually six players on each team.
6. Table tennis – 875 million
Not only volleyball, table tennis or ping pong are also popular in Indonesia. This sport is similar to tennis except for the number of tables with a net in the middle and players on either side trying to get the ball past their opponents.
Table tennis is a sport born in England at the beginning of the 20th century. The game is now popular all over the world, with around 875 million followers.
7. Basketball – 825 million
Invented by James Naismith, a Canadian who taught in an American school in the late 19th century, basketball is now played around the world and has an estimated 825 million fans.
Like soccer, basketball is very popular because it doesn’t require a lot of equipment other than two hoops and a ball, and it’s also an accessible sport regardless of class.
8. Baseball – 500 million
Baseball is a sport that involves two teams attempting to hit the ball with one bat between two white lines, with the bat racing around a series of bases to score (runs).
Today, baseball is popular not only in the United States, but also in East Asia and Latin America. The sport is estimated to have 500 million fans.
9. Rugby – 475 million
Rugby has around 475 million people. The sport originated in the UK and is now most popular in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
In rugby, two teams try to kick, carry or pass the ball across the finish line (goal) to score points.
10. Golf – 450 million
Golf is a sport born in Scotland in the 15th century. But curiously, the word golf actually comes from the Netherlands, from the word “kolf” or “kolve”, which translates to “club”.
Golf is very popular in Western Europe, East Asia, North America and has around 450 million people.
So the 10 most popular sports in the world. Is there a sport that you like?
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