Top 10 Most Popular Sports in the World

Depending on choice, every sport loving person in the world has his own most favorite sport. But, here we are talking about world’s top 10 most popular sports on the basis of their viewership. So, from basketball to table tennis, golf to volleyball, American football and beyond, these are the top 10 most popular sports from around the world.

10. BASKETBALL

Basketball is watched by 400 million people every year. Dr. James Naismith invented the game of basketball in December 1891. The first official game was played in a YMCA gymnasium on January 20, 1892 with nine players.

9. AMERICAN FOOTBALL

American Football is watched by 450 million people every year. It is known simply as football in the United States. Football was invented by Walter Camp. The first game of American Football was played on 6th November, 1869 between Rutgers and Princeton.

8. GOLF

Golf is watched by 500 million people each year. It is said that Chinese invented golf some 1,000 years ago. Unlike many other sports golf is played by single individual. This is an outdoor sporting event.

7. BASEBALL

Baseball is watched by 500 million people each year. Baseball is played between two teams with nine players with bad and a ball. Baseball was invented by Alexander Cartwright in 1845.

6. TABLE TENNIS

Table tennis is watched by 900 million every year. James Gibb invented Table Tennis in 1890. It is also known as Ping Pong. It is one of the most popular sports in the world. Table should measure nine feet by five feet, and should stand two feet, six inches off the ground.

5. VOLLEYBALL

Volleyball is watched by 1 billion people every year. William Morgan invented Volleyball in 1895. In volleyball two teams of 6 players are separated by a net. It was originally called mintonette.

4. TENNIS

It is watched by 1 billion people every year. It originated from a 12th century French game called “paume”. The first game played was in 1859, in Birmingham, England. Tennis can be played indoors as well as outdoors.

3. HOCKEY

It is watched by 2 billion people every year. Hockey is played between two teams with 11 players on each side. The origin of hockey has been dated to 2000 BC in the village of ancient Egypt.

2. CRICKET

It is watched by 3 billion people every year. It is very popular sport especially in old World countries. It is also played between two teams with 11 players on each side. Cricket was invented in England by shepherds in 1850.

1. FOOTBALL

It is watched by 3.5 billion people every year. Football is also played between two teams with 11 players on each side. In 1863, at Cambridge University, a group of Englishmen formed the Football Association and invented the modern game of soccer.

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