Top 10 World most popular Sports [By participation, fan & viewer
Once, “Sports is like war without the killing” is said by the American media mogul and philanthropist, Ted Turner. Indeed the feelings like a galloping horse rush through your veins during the nerve-wracking matches the team you love and support is one of the things you want to live for. A celebration of a grand victory or deeper agony of being defeated, moments of cheers and silence, pain, struggle, the power of the players and enormous love from crazy fans are the extracts you can imagine of the magic called “Sports”.
Sports are considered as a significant aspect that can gather all together under the one shed of the peace and brotherhood. Let it be soccer or basketball, be the fan of cricket or hockey, all forms of sports are verily an on point source of entertainment and recreation.
In this twenty-first century, everything is modified and has taken few steps further than the past while talking about genre and forms of sports or games it is difficult to designate all kind of sports as people’s choices differ one from another. Yet it’s not unusual to categorize the games that are enjoyable most. In order to avoid discrimination, there are some criteria are followed to categorize the position in the popular games list. As it is a list of “Popular” games, the word “popular” articulates the meaning as “Highest Revenue Producing”, “Most-watched Games” or “Most Played Games”. Mostly ranking of a form of a sport depends on these total 15 factors.
- Global Fan Base and Audience
- Number of Professional Leagues in the World
- Average Salary of Athletes in the Top Leagues
- Popularity on the Internet
- Presence on Social Media
- Viewership on TV
- TV Rights Deals
- Sponsorship Deals
- Number of Countries in Which the Sport is Popular
- Biggest Competition
- Relevancy throughout the Year
- Prominence of the sport in sports headlines on print and electronic media
- Access to the General Public
- Number of Amateur Players in the World
- Gender Equity
Today we are going to take a look at the top 10 most popular sports in the world according to the global fans and audiences.
Football is at the top of the list with 3.3-3.5 billion fans worldwide. Football, also known as soccer in the US is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries, making it the world’s most popular sport. It excites the most number of fans in almost all regions of the world.
Cricket is the 2nd most popular sport in the World with 2-3 billion fans across Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka (South Asian countries), UK, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, some other African countries like Zimbabwe, Nigeria including South Africa and much more.
Basketball is the 3rd most popular sport in the world with around 2-3 billion fans in the US, Canada, China and Philippines Most of the fans are concentrated in the US, Canada, China, Japan and Philippines. It is also the 3rd most played and watched Sport in the World.
With 2-2.2 billion fans in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia etc. hockey is a family of sports which is the 4th most popular on earth with 2-2.2 billion fans. There are two different ways hockey is played, Field Hockey and Ice Hockey. The statistics are derived from aggregated sectors.
Number 5 in the list is Tennis. It has around 1 billion fans in Europe, Americas, and Asia. The Tennis superstars like Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and much more are known widely known and have hundreds of millions of fans all over the world.
Across Asia, Europe, Americas, and Australia Volleyball is the 6th most popular sport in the World as it has gained around 900 million fans.
7. Table Tennis
Almost 900 million fans from Asia, Europe, Africa and Americas makes Table Tennis has made the 7th position in the list of most popular sports in the world.
Baseball is the 8th most Popular Sport in the World. There are around 500 million Baseball fans in the US, Japan, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.
The status of having 390-410 million fans majorly in France, England, New Zealand and South Africa has made Rugby the 9th most popular sports on the earth.
Through more than 390 million fans in the US, Canada, and Europe Golf is at number 10 rank in Popularity in the World among other Sports. Though Golf is one sport that is more popular in the elderly as compared to the young people, 390 million of fans indicate its charisma and reputation.