Most Popular Sports In The World

There are many sports in the world. Some are played at Olympic level and some have their own World Cups that are played in 3 to 4 year intervals. Here is a list of the most popular sports in the world.


Football is the most popular and the most popular sport in the world. The FIFA world cup is the most prestigious football event. Many countries compete for the title. Football is thought to be played by 250 million players in 200 countries. Football is also played in club level and the UEFA is the most prestigious tournament after the FIFA world cup and is the most watched annual sport event in the world. Football seems to be a sport most people can’t get enough of and it is continuously growing larger by the day.


Cricket was a sport that spread with the expansion of the British Empire. The Cricket world cup is the most popular event in the cricketing calendar. Over the years the popularity of cricket has been growing considerably and there are over 2.5 to 3 billion fans in the world. Cricket is governed by the International Cricket Council (ICC). In recent years 20 over cricket has become increasing popular with the forming if many 20 over cricket tournaments. The last Cricket world cup was won by Australia bringing their total world cup wins at 5. The next Cricket world cup will be hosted by England and Wales in 2019.


The National Basketball Association or the NBA is the highest level of professional basketball in the world. The NBA is more popular than the basketball world cup. The current basketball rules have changed from the original rules and many new rules and basketball systems have been added to make the game more competitive and interesting. Basketball reached international audiences because of players like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Lebron James. NBA is extremely popular in the United States and is often ranked as the most popular sport with American Football and Baseball.


Tennis is a sport played by many. It is a sport that has many recreational players and has a large fan base. The main event in the tennis calendar is the four Grand slam tournaments, the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. Tennis is one of the sports with minimum rule changes. Some of the most popular tennis players include Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams.  They are also considered as some of the greatest tennis players in history.