Sports have become a crucial part of everyone’s life. We all play sports in our life for some or other means may be for entertainment, for passion, for fitness, or for pursuing a career. Even the younger kids play it with great enthusiasm. Aren’t you a fan of at least one of the games or following it ardently? You will be surely doing that.
In this article, you will be introduced to the most popular sports in the world and the following or the fans they are having. By popular we mean the most followed and the most adored game passionately.
Let’s move on to the ranking part and we will list you all the games that have gained popularity.
Most of these games are played in the Olympics wherein different countries compete with each other.
Nowadays sports has become a means of generating revenue with the new sports league coming up throughout the year and this is also a reason for its popularity.
Soccer- 4 billion fans.
Soccer is also known as Association football is the most popular sport in the world. It has influenced almost the whole world. Soccer is said that 50% of the world’s population consider themselves soccer fans. It has the estimation of about 4 billion fans that is the highest of any other sport played. The sport was first officially started in England and hence it has its highest influence on the countries of Europe and America. This sport consists of two teams each having eleven players and two goals. The main objective of the game is to dive the ball into the goal.
Cricket- 2.5 billion fans.
Cricket is the second most popular sport in the world with about 2.5 billion from all over the world. There is surely no explanation required for this game as everyone must have surely played it once in their childhood and some maybe even doing it every weekend. This game also consists of eleven players and has become very famous among countries like India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Australia.
Field Hockey- 2 billion fans.
Field Hockey has an estimated following of about 2 billion throughout the world and we all know that it is the national game of India. It was first started and played in England in the 1800s. It is widely played in India, Australia, and Pakistan.
Tennis- 1 billion fans.
Tennis has an estimated global following of 1 billion fans. Though it was played by different countries initially, the modern game was first introduced by France and then spread into Europe and later to the other parts. This game is played among two groups each consisting of one or two-player that each one of them has to pass a ball over the net by a tennis racket. They earn points when an opponent misses passing a ball to the other.
Volleyball- 900 Million fans.
The initial influence of this game was is in Western Europe and North America the most and also has a global following of about 900 million fans. The sport was invented in the US by William G.Morgan in 1895. The sport has moreover changed to become the modern sport played today that consists of 6 players each who throw a ball over the net.
Table Tennis- 875 Million fans.
This sport was started by England and was referred to as Ping Pong. It has a global influence of about 875 million fans. The game requires the player in two teams to pass the ball by hitting on a hard table with a net in the between.
Basketball- 825 Million fans.
Basketball has around 825 million fans globally. The sport was invented by Dr. James Naismith in 1891 in the United States. He invented it with the view of making it an alternative to Football as it could be played indoors and would cause fewer accidents. The sport is played between two teams consisting of five players wherein they compete for putting the higher number of the ball in the basket 10ms above the ground.
Baseball- 500 Million fans.
Baseball is highly popular in the United States, the Caribbean, and Japan. The sport requires a bat and a ball and is played between two teams each consisting of 9 players. It has changed over time from what it was invented to become the modern sport played today.
Rugby- 475 Million fans.
Rugby is primarily famous in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth and has gained around 475 million fans. The sport is played among two teams each consisting of 15 players who have to pass, kill, or carry the ball to the end line to score a point.
Golf- 450 Million fans.
Golf has an estimated following of 450 million people and has an influence in Western Europe, East Asia, and North America. The sport was first played in Scotland than in the UK and later in the rest of the world. It is played in India by many elite groups as a hobby. Hence has a very niche audience in India.
These were the most popular sport in the whole world and you would be definitely following one of them and yes you are a part of our following counts. To all the others this article would give you a brief about the whole sports scenario throughout the world.