25 Most Popular Sports In The World

Posted by , Updated on August 3, 2017

For thousands of years, people have loved to watch and play sports. From the ancient Olympic games in Greece to the Super Bowl, sports are an important part of the human experience. But, out of all the sports that exist, which are the most popular? Here are the 25 most popular sports in the world.

20

Badminton

badmintonSource: http://www.softschools.com/facts/sports/badminton_facts/788/

The first badminton club was started in 1877 but the game didn’t take off in popularity until the 1930s. It’s considered the fastest racquetball sport in the world with speeds reaching up to 200 mph (321 kph). Despite its popularity, it didn’t make its debut appearance in the Olympics until 1992.

19

Field Hockey

field hockeySource: https://hockeyperformanceacademy.com/10-fun-field-hockey-facts/

Originally called “Shinty,” field hockey dates back to the times of classical Greece era, but in modern day was popularized in Scotland. In 2012, it was the third most spectated sport in the Olympics.

18

MMA

mmaSource: http://www.mmafacts.com/index.cfm?fa=main.history

Mixed Martial Arts has roots all over the world in Taekwondo, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Kickboxing, and other styles of martial arts but was brought to the United States in 1993 to find the ultimate fighting champion. Many of the styles are Olympic sports.

17

Bowling

bowlingSource: http://www.encyclopedia.com/sports-and-everyday-life/sports/sports/bowling

Originally derived from a sport in ancient Egypt, bowling was popular in Germany before it arrived in the United States and became a major sensation.

16

Handball

handballSource: http://sportycious.com/handball-facts-91343/

The first international handball game was between Germany and Belgium in 1925 and is considered the second largest sport in Europe behind football.

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