10 Most Popular Sports In The World
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The popularity of a sport is determined by its followers, who eiether play it or like it. A person who is physically disabled may not play a sport but by liking it he contributes equally in making a sport popular. World is a big place with hundreds of sports scattered here and there, popularity of a sport can be calculated by considering the likings of millions and billions of people of different nations following it.
Here is the list of top ten populer sports of the world:-
Soccer or Football, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a round ball. According to FIFA, “The very earliest form of the game for which there is scientific evidence was an exercise from a military manual dating back to the second and third centuries BC in China”, which was known as cuju. Now at the turn of the 21st century, the game was played by over 250 million players in over 200 countries, making it the world’s most popular sport. With very little equipment required and less effort required to learn the basics, it all really helps to make it a popular team sport. Males and females of all ages play soccer.
The second most popular sport is cricket, a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players. It is popular in Asia, Australia, England and few other countries.As there is introduction of shorter version of sport called 20-20, it is gaining popularity and expanding its reach to other countries. Cricket is a unique game where in addition to the laws, the players have to abide by Spirit of the Game and that is why it is also named as Gentlemen’s game.
Field Hockey or Hockey, is a team sport in which a team of up to sixteen players, eleven of whom are permitted to be on the field at any one time, attempts to score goals by hitting, pushing or flicking a ball into an opposing team’s goal using sticks.Hockey is played in at-least 116 countries (members of the International Hockey Federation). The biggest two field hockey tournaments are the Olympic Games tournament, and the Hockey World Cup, which is also held every 4 years.
Tennis or Lawn-Tennis, is the 4th most popular sport in the world. Tennis is a sport usually played between two players (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles) and is a very high paying individual sport. It is popular both among males and females and is considered the world’s most popular individual sport.
Volleyball is a team sport between two teams of six players. Volleyball is popular among men as well women, major reason of its popularity may be that it can be played both indoor and outdoor. In many variations of volleyball, the most popular is beach volleyball, which is played on sand with two people per team, and rivals the main sport in popularity.
Also known as Ping-Pong, table tennis is very popular individual sport. A sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight, hollow ball back and forth using table tennis rackets. The game takes place on a rectangular hard table divided by a net, hence requires lesser space. Play is fast and demands quick reactions which makes it a better exercise for both men and women.
Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport alike cricket played between two teams of nine players each. Baseball, widely known as America’s pastime, is well-established in several other countries as well. Baseball is one of the leading sports in Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela, Netherland, South Korea and Taiwan. It is believed to be the 7th most popular sport in the world.
Golf is the most popular sport which can be played solo and it is one of the few ball games that does not require a standardized playing area. Golf is a precision club and ball sport, in which competing players (or golfers) use many types of clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a golf course using the fewest number of strokes.
Basketball is a team sport between two teams of five players. Basketball is one of the world’s widely viewed sports. The object of the game is to outscore one’s opponents by throwing the ball through the opponents’ basket from above while preventing the opponents from doing so on their own. Another high paying sport, as the top Basketball players in the world are rewarded handsomely.
American football is a sport played between two teams of eleven with the objective of scoring points by advancing the ball into the opposing team’s end zone. Known in the United States simply as football, it may also be referred to informally as Gridiron. The history of American football can be traced to early versions of rugby football and association football.