Top 10 Most Popular Sports in the World 2016

What are the most watched, played, and highest revenue generating experiences in the world? Sports. Besides being fun, sports focus on endurance and skill. In order to be a top ten sport, you have to have a good fan base. Below is a list of the top ten sports in the world.

10. Golf


Coming in as the tenth top sport in the world is golf. Golf originated in Scotland in the 13th century. With a fan base of around 300 million, golf is mostly dominated by American players.

9. American Football

American Football

With a fan base of 400 million people, football is number nine on the list. It is played with two teams of 6 players competing against each other. This is an insanely popular sport in America that evolved from rugby in the late 19th century.

8. Basketball


Coming in at number eight is basketball. Basketball has 400 million fans worldwide. Mostly popular in the United States, Canada, China and the Philippines, basketball was developed in the 19th century. With its origins in America, this sport quickly spread throughout the world. It is played on a rectangular court with two teams of five players competing against each other.

7. Baseball


Known as America’s favorite pastime, baseball has 500 million fans. It is popular in America, Canada, and Japan and played with two teams of nine players competing against one another. It is the only sport that has not had any major rule changes since 1901.

6. Table Tennis

Table Tennis

An official Olympic sport, table tennis has about 850 million fans. Mostly popular in Africa, America, Asia, and Europe, this game is played one on one or two on two. The most dominant players in table tennis are from China.

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5. Volleyball


With a fan base of around 900 million, volleyball is ranked fifth. Its popularity comes from its simplicity. All that is required to play is a ball and net. With two teams of 6 players, volleyball became an Olympic sport in 1964.

4. Tennis


Tennis has a fan base of one billion. Even though its origins date back to the 14th century, the modern day rules for tennis were not created until the 19th century. Played with one racket and one ball, games are either one on one or two on two players.

3. Hockey


Developed in Asia and Europe in the 3rd century B.C., hockey is widespread in its popularity. Modern rules were created in England in the 19th century. Counting both field hockey and ice hockey, there is a fan base near 2 billion. Female hockey is mostly popular in North America, but globally, male hockey dominates.

2. Cricket


Cricket is played with a bat and ball with two teams of eleven players each. A fan base of 2-3 billion, cricket is the second most popular sport. Played globally since the 17th century, cricket originated in England.

1. Soccer


The top sport in the world is soccer. An Olympic sport, soccer is extremely popular with 3.5 billion fans. With 2 teams of 11 players competing against each other, soccer is played in over 200 countries.

It is a difficult decision to choose which sports are the top ten worldwide. This list is based on the popularity of the sport globally. Whether watching or playing, everyone can agree that sports are adrenalin pumping fun.

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