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.


Track and Field

raceSource: http://www.livestrong.com/article/120462-running-track-field/

Of course, like many sports, Track and Field finds its origins back to the Olympic games. It now is a very popular sport worldwide with people all over the world competing against each other especially at the Olympics.



lacrosseSource: http://brooklineyouthlacrosse.org/Page.asp?n=17368

Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in North America and is played worldwide in Europe, Australia, and other countries.



robbie mcewanSource: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/top10facts/487354/Top-10-facts-about-cycling

Since its inception, the bicycle has grown in popularity with its continued re-invention. The first Tour de France was in 1903 and today around half the world’s population watches it on television which is about 188 countries.


American Football

saint olafSource: http://www.softschools.com/facts/sports/football_facts/577/

American Football is mostly a phenomenon in the United States. But it derives from elements of English sports like rugby and soccer. Despite being only popular in one country, the Super Bowl is watched by millions of people every year.


Formula 1

formula 1Source: http://www.encyclopedia.com/sports-and-everyday-life/sports/sports/formula-one

Formula 1 racers can reach speeds up to 230 mph (370 kph) so it’s unlikely they can point back to ancient Greece as the starting point to their sport. Either way, starting with the first Grand Prix in 1906, Formula 1 racing grew in popularity over time and has become an international sport.

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