Top 10 Sports in the World: Over 4 Billion Fans!

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Top 10 Sports in the World

The most popular sport is a term for sports that are favored by many people from various walks of life. Sport itself is an activity that aims to hone one’s physical abilities. However, there are also new ‘sports’ such as e-sports or chess that do not hone one’s physical abilities but mental abilities. On this occasion, we will focus on physical exercise.

Basically, sport is an activity that is enjoyed all over the world. As a hobby, career, or just to relieve fatigue, sports always have a place in everyone’s daily activities.

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Some sports are played by so many people, that they have become very popular and well-known around the world. These sports generally have clear rules so they can be played by everyone. Even so, to be great at this game, we have to train very hard.

Generally, these popular sports are part of the very prestigious Olympic Games Olympic championships . Olympic Games is an event to show off athletes from around the world to prove who is the best.

Due to their huge fan base, these sports are also a multi-million or even billion dollar industry. Many sources of income can be used, for example, selling jersey, viewing rights, sponsorship offers, to exclusive interviews with related athletes / teams.

The following is a list of the 10 most popular sports around the world. This time, we measure popularity by counting the number of fans of the sport.

10.Golf (450 million fans)

With 450 million fans, Golf is the 10th most popular sport worldwide
With 450 million fans, Golf is the 10th most popular sport worldwide
Golf is a sport that is estimated to have around 450 million fans and is the 10th most popular sport worldwide. This sport is very influential in Western Europe, North America and East Asia.

Golf is played by hitting the ball so that the ball goes into the hole. Golfers can use different types of bat to achieve different effects. Some are designed for melee shots, some are designed for long distances. In fact, it is not uncommon for these hitters to be made specifically according to the uniqueness of each Golf athlete. The athlete who can enter the ball with the least number of strokes wins the match.

This sport originated in Scotland before spreading to Great Britain. Now, the sport of golf has spread throughout the world.

9. Rugby (475 million fans)

Rugby is a very popular sport in the UK and other Commonwealth countries
Rugby is a very popular sport in the UK and other Commonwealth countries
Rugby is a sport that is very influential in the UK and Commonwealth countries ( Commonwealth ) and ex-colonies. This sport is predicted to have as many as 475 million fans around the world.

This sport originates from England which has been playing this since the Middle Ages. Rugby also spread throughout the United Kingdom ( United Kingdom ) and eventually to colonial countries such as Australia and New Zealand.

Rugby is played by two teams of 15 people each. Each team is tasked with bringing the ball to the end line of the opposing team. Teams will get a score when the ball they carry makes it through the finish line of the opposing team. Each team can do anything, from holding and carrying, kicking, to throwing the ball.

8.Baseball (500 million fans)

Baseball is a very popular sport in the United States

Baseball is predicted to have 500 million fans worldwide. This sport is very popular in the United States, Japan and Caribbean countries ( caribbean ). Basically, baseball is a baton sport where the baseball athlete has to hit the ball as far as possible in order to run freely around the field to the final base.

Baseball game consists of 2 teams, each consisting of 9 people. Each team in turn has the task of hitting and guarding the base. The team assigned to guard the bases must block the bat that tries to run around the field to the existing bases. The batting team must go around the field and touch each base to earn points when they successfully touch the home base .

Some of the sports from which baseball was played in the United States until finally it was baseball that gained national popularity in the 19th century. From the United States, this sport spread throughout the world and evolved into the game we now know as baseball.

7. Basketball (825 million fans)

Basketball is the 7th most popular sport in the world with 825 million fans
Basketball is the 7th most popular sport in the world with 825 million fans

Basketball is one of the sports with the most fans in the world, which is about 825 million fans. This sport is also influential all over the world, if we ask, everyone knows about basketball and its great athletes like Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan.

This sport was created by Dr. James Naismith in 1891 as an alternative to football. Dr. Naismith feels that basketball is a safer sport and has a lower potential for fatal accidents than football. This sport is also considered more practical because it can be played indoors ( Indoor ).

Basketball is played by two teams, each consisting of 5 people. Each team must enter the ball into the ‘goal’ of the opposing team to get points. The wicket is in the form of a ring facing vertically (the hole is above) and is hung at a height of about 10 feet, or about 3 meters.

6.Table Tennis / Ping-Pong (875 million fans)

Ping pong originated in England as a small version of the game of tennis
Ping pong originated in England as a small version of the game of tennis
Table tennis is a sport that is popular with many people around the world. It is estimated that table tennis fans number around 875 million people, with this many fans, table tennis is the 6th most popular sport in the world.

This sport has its origins in the 19th century in England as a miniature version of regular tennis. Table tennis is also known by its other name, ping-pong, which is now a colloquial name for this sport.

Ping pong is played by two teams of one or two people, hitting a light ball over the net, using a special racket. Countries with a strong table tennis tradition include China, Sweden, and South Korea.

5. Volleyball (900 million fans)

Volleyball is a very popular sport in North America and Western Europe
Volleyball is a very popular sport in North America and Western Europe
Volleyball is a very popular sport in North America and Western Europe. It is estimated, this sport has 900 million fans around the world. This sport was created by William G Morgan in 1895 in the United States. Morgan is a member of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) as an instructor. He combines elements of tennis, basketball, hand ball and baseball to create the sport of volleyball.

Volleyball is played by two teams, each consisting of 6 people. Each team aims to enter the ball into the opponent’s field without touching the net. The team that manages to insert the ball until it hits the ground / bottom of the field will get points.

Each team must try to block so that the ball does not touch the bottom of their court, each team must serve and smash in an attempt to earn points and win the match.

4.Tennis (1 billion fans)

Tennis is thought to have originated from the games of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans in ancient times

Tennis is thought to have originated from the games of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans in ancient times

The sport of tennis is estimated to have as many as 1 billion fans. This sport is also famous throughout the world, almost everyone knows Roger Federer or Serena Williams, two quite famous tennis athletes.

Tennis is thought to have originated from various games played by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans in ancient times. However, tennis as we know it today originated in France which then spread to the European continent and eventually the whole world.

This sport is played by two teams with one or two members per team. Each team must hit a tennis ball over the net and bounce off the court. The team gets points when the opposing team fails to return the tennis ball to the hitting team’s court.

3. Hockey / Hockey (2 billion fans)

There are many versions of hockey around the world, but the one with the most fans is field hockey like the picture above

There are many versions of hockey around the world, but the one with the most fans is field hockey like the picture above

Hockey is a game that is famous all over the world and has about 2 billion fans. The game of hockey has a strong influence in the countries of Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia.

This game was first played in England in the 1800s and eventually spread throughout the world. In this case, we will discuss field hockey. 

The concept of this sport is similar to football, the difference is that in hockey, athletes use hockey sticks to dribble and control the ball. India, Australia and Pakistan are countries with strong hockey teams and cultures.

Floorball, which is now quite popular in schools and universities, is an adaptation of the hockey game, namely floor hockey . In addition, there are many other versions such as ice hockey which are very popular in North America, especially Canada.

2. Cricket (2.5 billion fans)

India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia are 5 countries with a very strong cricket tradition

India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia are 5 countries with a very strong cricket tradition

Cricket or often called cricket in Indonesia is a global sport with more than 2.5 billion fans around the world. This sport has a very strong influence in the UK and its Commonwealth countries .

Cricket originated from England in the 16th century, this sport was so popular that it eventually became a national sport in the 18th century. Today, countries with a very strong cricket culture are India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia.

The concept of this sport is similar to baseball, where there are 2 teams, each consisting of 11 people. Each team aims to score as many points as possible by circling the field and scoring. There is a team in charge of guarding and bowling the ball, there is also a team tasked with hitting and running. Later, these tasks change as the game progresses.

1. Football (4 billion fans)

Football is the most popular sport in the world with 4 billion fans

Football is the most popular sport in the world with 4 billion fans

Football is the most popular sport in the world with around 4 billion fans, roughly half of the world’s population, and twice as many as the 3rd most popular sport, hockey. This sport also has an international scope, almost everyone knows and knows football athletes. Who doesn’t know David Beckham, Messi, Ronaldo, Zidane, Ibrahimovic, Rooney, Gerrard, Torres, Lampard, and many more. They are like the superstar artists that everyone knows.

Football is thought to have originated in China in the 2nd century AD. The Romans, Greeks and Japanese are also believed to be candidates for the possible origins of football.

However, football as we know it today originated in England and spread to other parts of the world along with globalization and cultural exchanges between countries .

This sport is more popular in Europe and America, especially Latin and South America, compared to other regions. Soccer consists of 2 teams, each of which consists of 11 people. Each team must keep their goal in order not to concede the ball, the team that concedes the goal will make the opposing team get an additional point (goal). The team with the most goals in a match will be declared the winner.

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