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.

10

Baseball

baseballSource: https://www.infoplease.com/people/baseball-players/baseball-fun-facts

Baseball is another American phenomenon that’s most popular in the United States but has spread to other countries as well. The first world series was in 1903 and since then it’s grown to become a major sport.

9

Boxing

boxingSource: http://www.encyclopedia.com/sports-and-everyday-life/sports/sports/boxing

Originally, boxing involved no rules and bare knuckles fighting where someone was likely going to die but as time progressed, more rules and protections were put in place. Still, boxing remains a violent sport that has been banned in some countries. Despite that, it still draws large audiences.

8

Rugby

rugbySource: http://www.softschools.com/facts/sports/rugby_facts/580/

Originating in England, rugby is also a particularly violent sport but is also one of the fastest growing around the world and in the United States.

7

Volleyball

volleyballSource: http://www.volleywood.net/volleyball-features/music-style/10-fun-facts-about-volleyball/

Invented in 1895, the first volleyball world championships weren’t held until 1949 and then introduced as an Olympic sport in 1964. It’s considered one of the most popular sports around the world next to soccer.

6

Ice Hockey

ice hockeySource: http://www.softschools.com/facts/sports/hockey_facts/569/

Original hockey may have derived thousands of years ago but modern ice hockey started in Canada. The first indoor hockey game was played in Montreal in 1875. By the 1900s, the game had grown extremely popular and is now an international sensation.

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