Most Famous Sports around the World

All types of sports are famous internationally, but what sports can we call the most famous in the world? Some of the answer may shock you.


It is no shock that football, or what Americans call “soccer” is the globe most famous sports to play and watch. An estimated 3.5 Billion people either play or watch football. The World Cup is the international championship of the sport and his tournament is played every 4 years. The World Cup itself is one of the highest rated sports on TV. Football is famous in all of the Europe, UK, Asia as well as South American. Anyway, with so many other sports being famous, the USA still lags in their interest in “soccer”.


This sport which contains of ball and a bat has been around for hundreds of years and started in England. The sport is famous in the Australia, UK, New Zealand, some African countries, some Caribbean nations and it is the most famous sports in the Pakistan and India. An estimated three million people watch or play cricket each year.


The next most famous sport is definitely shock, and that is field hockey, with an around two billion watchers or players, mostly in Asian countries, Australia, European countries, and around African. This sport tends to be played in high schools in USA, usually by females only.


There are an estimated one billion watchers and players of tennis around the globe. Tennis tends to be famous in richest countries, including Asian countries, United States, Europe and Australia. There are 4 big tournaments in tennis, called “Grand Slams” at which players from many nations play.  These are the names of tournaments, US open, Wimbledon, French Open and Australian Open. The Grand Slam games tend to get the most famous during the sport season.


Volleyball is famous in the USA, where the sport originated, as well as in Brazil, all over Japan, China, Russia, and Europe. Volleyball is a famous high school sport in many countries, with an estimated of 900 million watchers and players around the globe.

Table famous

This is another surprisingly famous sport around the globe, with an estimated 900 million players or watchers. Table tennis originated in England and an after dinner activity for Victorians in the end 19th century. Table tennis as a competitive sport is famous in many countries but is especially famous in China, Singapore and Korea.

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