Sports of different types have been associated with human societies since long. We love to play and watch sports irrespective of our gender, culture ethnicities, and religion. Sports have turned the whole world into a global village and brought us together.

Given below is the list of most popular sports in the world.

Soccer or Football

Soccer or Football is one of the most popular sports around the world. This is so, as more than half of the world’s population is a diehard fan of Soccer. The history of this game dates back to ancient China. It was a popular game even in the 2nd Century. The Greeks, Romans, and Japanese are also famous as the first players of this game.


Rugby has a following of 475 Million people. This game is popular among the fans throughout the world. However, you can observe the primary influence of Rugby in the UK and Commonwealth countries. The history of Rugby relates to the era of medieval England. When the UK started to spread its colonies in Australia and New Zealand, Rugby also gained popularity in these parts of the world.


The global fan following of Baseball has reached a figure of almost 500 million. This game is more popular in the United States, Japan, and the Caribbean. There were different versions of Baseball in the past. However, with its popularity in the US, a more refined type of Baseball came to action.


The estimated following of Golf is almost 450 Million people. This game is popular in major cities of North America, East Asia, and Western Europe. The modern Golf is an interesting game, which involves the hitting of a small ball with a club. Players use different clubs to make a shot, depending on the distance and direction of air.


The volleyball is primarily famous in North America and Western Europe. The global following of Volleyball has reached up to 900 million fans. William G. Morgan invented this game in 1895 in the US. This game has some elements of basketball, handball tennis, and baseball. There are 6 players in each of the two teams, who try to dodge the opponents by throwing a ball at them.

Table Tennis

The global fan following of Table Tennis is estimated to be 875 million. This is a miniature version of lawn tennis, which came out in the 19th Century in England. The ball used in this game is a tiny Ping Pong. Initially, it was a two-player game but now two teams consisting of 4 players can play this game.


There are more than 825 million followers of Basketball around the world. Dr. James Naismith is the man who invented this game in 1891. According to James, this game was an alternative to already popular Football. But the best part of this game is that players can enjoy this game in an enclosed field or indoor facility. Each team of Basketball has five players, who try to shoot the ball through a hoop. The hoop is hanging on a pole at a height of 10 feet from the ground.