Sports are inseparable from our lives. Most of us are either a player of a sport or just a watcher or a fan. But what are the most popular sports in the world? By popular we mean most watched, most played or the sport with most passionate fans.
The following list is in descending order of favorite sports. Starting from the most popular one to the least favorite sport.
Association Football (Soccer):
It is estimated that more than half of the world's population consider themselves to be association football (soccer) fans. The sport enjoys an estimated 4.0 billion person following, and a global sphere of influence. The sport is characterized by two teams of eleven player and two goals. The objective of the sport is to drive a ball into the goal defended by the opponent team.
Cricket has a 2.5 Billion person estimated global following, and its primary sphere of influence is in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries. The sport is characterized by two teams of eleven players each, where each team attempts to score the most runs. The sport is overwhelmingly popular in former British colonies such as India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Australia.
Field hockey has an estimated global following of 2 Billion fans and sees its primary sphere of influence in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The game is mostly similar to soccer except that the players use sticks to drive the ball instead of feet. The sport is widely played in India, Australia, and Pakistan, whose teams are formidable on the in the sport.
Tennis has an estimated global following of 1 Billion fans and a global sphere of influence. The sport is played by two teams of either one or two players each and involves bouncing a ball over a net by use of tennis rackets.
The primary influence of volleyball is seen in Western Europe and North America, and the sport has an estimated global following of 900 million fans. The sport has evolved over the years to the modern day sport, characterized by two teams of 6 players each who throw a ball over a net.
Table Tennis enjoys a global sphere of influence and has an estimated 875 million followers worldwide. The modern sport involves two teams of between two to four players, hitting a lightweight ball over a net on a hard table, by use of rackets. Formidable global countries in the sport include South Korea, Sweden, and China.
Basketball boasts of having an estimated 825 million followers worldwide, and a global sphere of influence. The sport is played by two teams of five players each, where the goal is to successfully shoot the ball through a hoop elevated 10 feet from the ground.
Baseball has an estimated 500 Million global followers and enjoys its highest levels of popularity in the United States, the Caribbean, and Japan. The sport is a bat and ball sport involving two teams of nine players each, who participate in batting and fielding to earn points.
Rugby has its primary sphere of influence in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, and an estimated global following of 475 Million people. The sport is played by two teams of 15 players each, who carry, kick or pass a ball across the end line to score points.
Golf has an estimated global following of 450 Million people, and its primary influence is in Western Europe, East Asia, and North America. Golf is played by use of different clubs to hit a ball, over a determined course, using the fewest possible amount of strokes.