Top 10 Most Popular Sports

Some of us like to watch sports while the rest of us don’t mind getting our clothes dirty playing them. The following are popular all over the world mainly because they are so much fun!

1. Soccer

The rules of soccer are easy to understand and the game is fairly simple as long as you know what is allowed and what will get you a red or yellow card. About 4 billion people are in love with this sport and the televised games gather the highest ratings every year.

 

2. Volleyball

Volleyball is even easier to play because all you need is hand-eye coordination and strong wrists. Over 900 million people either play it or watch it. Beach volleyball is very popular and is the best way to get that tan that you’ve always wanted! High schools particularly focus on the benefits of this sport.

 

3. Basketball

This game isn’t as simple as it looks and one has to keep a number of rules in mind when playing it. It is massively popular amongst teenagers and while it will help if you are tall, it is not necessary as such. If you have good aim and know how to run, this game is perfect for you.

 

4. Rugby

Rugby is very popular in England and is among the roughest sports in the world. Players have to constantly tackle each other and there are hardly any rules or restrictions as far as the aggression is concerned. It is divided into a number of categories out of which College Rugby and Tag Rugby are the most sought after.

5. Water Sports

Sports like scuba diving, jet skiing and many others are well-liked because they are entertaining and thrilling. The adrenaline rush that you will get when you see a school of fish swimming beside you is nothing less than exhilarating.

 

6. Tennis

Many people feel that Tennis is very boring to watch but shockingly, 1 billion people disagree and watch events like Wimbledon and the French Open religiously year after year. It is considered to be a classy and elegant sport which is why it is played by the elite sections of countries like America and Europe.

 

7. Swimming

Exercising can be very boring but if you know how to swim, you can tone up your body and have fun at the same time! It is easy to learn and many swimmers like to play games like Water Polo or Waboba.

 

8. Gymnastics

Not everybody can indulge in this sport because it requires a great deal of flexibility, coordination and strength. It is always interesting to watch gymnasts on television and wonder how they twist their bodies into pretzels and the like!

 

9. Cricket

Cricket was born in England and involves the use of a ball and a bat. People in India drop everything in their lives when the game is on television and children can be seen playing the sport any time of the year.

 

10. Hockey

Even though this sport isn’t as popular as it used to be but is still watched by about 2 billion viewers on a yearly basis. Gym teachers are constantly encouraging high school students to play the game but mostly, only women seem to like it. Hockey can get pretty rough and it is fairly difficult to move about in that heavy gear.

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  • Rahul

    Wait – shouldnt this list be somehow similar (not identical) to the Top 10 most WATCHED sports? How come Cricket dropped to No. 7 on this list from No. 2 on most watched? I mean if it was not popular, why would people watch it? If you dont like spiders, you wouldn’t (in theory) have a pet tarantula, ryt? LOL

  • http://yahoo prince

    cricket rockssssssssss man and american sports like baseball and basketball sucks . no one in south asia knows that these sports even exists on earth. this list is made by american so it is absolutely wrong. i love crickettttttttttt and it alwaz rocksssssssssss and rulesssssssssssss the world. moreover i m from singapore