Top 10 Oldest Sports In The World

Sports have been around for the longest time. Since it is but natural for people to play and spend leisure time either on their own or in the company of others, it is just human inventiveness and innovation that can give birth to the major sports that people play nowadays. Sports are very important because these do not only keep the player physically fit, but also instils important life values such as teamwork, camaraderie, sportsmanship, and physical strength. This is why many people, cities, and countries treat sports very seriously.

But just how long have humans played sports? And what kind of sports did they actually play during the time of ancient societies and civilizations?

This list dishes to you the Top 10 oldest sports in the world. Take a look and see how many of these sports can you actually play.

10. Field Hockey – Early 20th Century


This sport actually had its beginnings in Greece way back during the ancient times. However, the modern method and rules of the sport were only recognized and fully organized during the turn of the century. The sport came from Middlesex, England and later on spread to countries like Australia, India, and other parts of Africa.

9. Hurling – Late 19th Century

This sport may have originated either in ancient Greece or during the height of the Roman Empire. However, the sport as we know it today was only made very visible in Ireland in the late 19th century and has been hugely popular in this country ever since. The goal of the sport is to shoot the ball on the goal using sticks.

8. Fotball/Soccer – Early 19th Century


Football or soccer is one of the world’s most popular and most sought after sports. It traces its roots way back in 300 BC but the actual rules and modern version of the sport was only finalized in the early 1800’s. Today, most European nations pride themselves with their respective football teams.

7. Gymnastics – Late 18th Century

The forms and the flexibility needed for gymnastics actually started as exercise and warm-up practices for early European athletes. However, the sport became official and legitimate in Germany. Currently, the best gymnasts actually do not come from Europe. Rather, China has the world’s most excellent gymnastics team.

6. Boxing – 16th Century


The ancient Greeks and Romans had engaged in fist fighting during the height of their civilizations. This laid the foundation for boxing to become a legitimate sport and spectacle in the 16th century. Boxing becomes all the more interesting today because of the betting and the huge following of many boxing personalities.