People from across the globe enjoy playing various sports. The five most popular sports around the
world are discussed below.
Soccer is the most widely played sport of the world. Known as football in majority of the countries, it is
a team sport played between two teams, each comprising of 11 players. The game is widely followed
across the globe, probably due to the fact that it requires very little equipment and the basics of the
game are also not difficult to understand. Hence this is the reason why kids from various countries start
playing this game at an early age, and ultimately become stars for their countries. At the professional
level also football is regarded as the highly played team game. It has been estimated that the soccer
world cups are the most watched event on television up to date, thus making it the most favorable sport
of all time.
Second on our list is also a team game, cricket. This game is followed like nothing else in the sub-
continent helping it to become the second most popular sport of the world. The game is very much
common in Great Britain, where it was evolved, Australia and Oceana, Southern part of Africa and
is also readily played and enjoyed in North America, especially Canada. Cricket has three main
formats, the test match, One days and T-20, the latter being the most favorite of all.
Field hockey is regarded as the third most popular sport of all time. It is governed under the rules
and regulations of the International Hockey Federation and is enjoyed in more than 120 countries
across the world. Each match is played between two teams, each having 11 players, and consists of
2 halves, each of 35 minutes duration.
Tennis is 4th in our list, but tops the list of individual sport. The game is played in nearly all the
European countries and is also widely enjoyed in Asia and Pacific. The game can be played
between two players, either man or woman, and also has doubles and mixed doubles variant. It is
also one of the wealthiest games with each player able to earn around $40 million in a year. The
game has no limit, and thus its players require immense stamina and physical endurance.
On 5th spot is the game of volleyball. It is played between two teams, each having six players.
The game can be played indoors, on wooden floor, or outdoors on hard court. Its variant is beach
volleyball, played on beach sand, and each team has two players in it, but the remaining rules are