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There is the largest variety of sports in the world. Therefore, it is difficult to say which is the most popular. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to sport. Then the question arises: what is the criterion for determining the popularity of sports? Here everything is simple: these criteria directly include fame, the number of viewers (media rating in the media). We present the 10 most popular sports with millions of fans around the world.


Football prototypes existed in ancient times, but the official date of the birth of this game is considered to be 1848, when the rules of the game were recorded. Today 8.4% of athletes play football and over a third of the world population are fans. Football is the most popular sport in most countries in the word currently. During the game, oxygen consumption increases three times, not to mention muscle development. In addition to physical development, football helps to learn tactics, in addition, many people cannot perform monotonous exercises for a long time, and the nature of the game of this sport offers constant interest.


People even a few millennia B.C. he could swim and his style resembled modern frog and crawl. Today, 8.1% of all those involved in sports are involved in this, which is explained by the enormous health benefits of water sports and the practical absence of injuries and contraindications. When swimming, many muscle groups are involved from all parts of the body, which provides an intense workout, and swimming is a great way to harden.


The top three leaders in our ranking, of course, are tennis. The number of fans of this sport is approaching one billion people! The most popular venues for tennis competitions are America and Australia, where the world famous Wimbildon tournaments are held. Some nice statistics: Russian tennis players Maria Sharapova and Anna Kournikova recognized the most beautiful athletes in this sport.


Nearly 900 million people – so many people around the world are volleyball fans. At first it was just a fun beach game, but then volleyball became an official professionally practiced sport. At the moment, athletes from more than 100 countries of the world participate in sports in this game.


American national games include baseball. But in addition to the United States, the sport has found recognition in China and Taiwan. Baseball fans can be found in 11 countries and in general there are around six hundred million. An interesting fact: baseball players are considered to be one of the richest athletes.


Basketball is the most popular game among American youth, particularly in its black half. There is an opinion that in America every second is born “with the ball in hand”. And this is not an empty sentence. By the way, all basketball players are united by one dream – to join the National Basketball Association (NBA).


Perhaps the most masculine sport. Hockey is the national game of the “northerners”, which mainly includes Canada, the United States, Russia and Finland. In the “context” of the subcontinent, hockey is the second most popular sport. But gradually the whole world recognized him, and now in every corner of the globe he has millions of fans. It is worth noting that hockey is not only played with the puck – there is also ball hockey, field hockey and air hockey.

 Table tennis

Probably one of the most popular games among young people. Furthermore, table tennis is also the fastest sport. According to statistics, today there are more than 300 fans of such tennis. Interesting fact: Table tennis was invented in the United States and is considered one of the most popular sports in China.


Rugby has many names and variations. This game is often confused with American football, which is associated with an identical ball shape and similar game rules, however, this is a completely different sport that originated in the UK. In Russia, rugby is not popular, but a completely different picture is observed in South America, New Zealand and Argentina. In recent years, the number of fans of this sport has risen to 200 million people.


Golf is best known as a game of the rich. To understand why this happened, just evaluate the scale of the playing field and roughly calculate its value. Furthermore, golf is one of the oldest sports. Worldwide, there are more than six hundred million fans of this sport, so it occupies high positions among official sports.

But what about athletics?

Of course, athletics is the most popular direction in world sports, but it is made up of several species, each of which individually is not as popular. Today we looked at the specific ones, so we didn’t include athletics in the top 10. Sport is an integral part of the life of a healthy person. This is the same invariable bond, without which a healthy lifestyle as such is not possible. In the conditions of the present, constant changes, some sports are becoming a thing of the past, some are taking place on the podium and popularity, and others are starting to gain momentum.

The most popular sports remain unchanged. It is almost impossible to imagine a world without football or hockey, for example. Sport is a legacy that we must pass on to future generations in the name of the health and prosperity of the peoples of the earth.