Top 10 Sports that people are crazy about all over the World

Sports are very important part of our personality development. Let’s throw some light on top 10 sports in the world.

Importance of Sports:

Divided by color, country or religion but united by sports. Sports are a very important part of human lives as they teach us many things in life. The word ‘sportsmanship spirit’ originated from the field of sports but is applicable at every part and stage of life. It is very difficult to choose which sport is the best, as every sport has its importance and tactics. In this article we tried to prepare a list of top 10 sports that people are crazy about all over the world. It is hard to rank any sport as every sport is best for respective players and fans. But we have generated a generalized ranking of top 10 sports on the basis of a particular sport’s viewership, media coverage, career advancements and revenue generation. 

Here is the list of top 10 sports in the world:

  1. Football
  2. Cricket
  3. Field Hockey
  4. Tennis
  5. Volleyball
  6. Table Tennis
  7. Basketball
  8. Baseball
  9. Rugby
  10. Golf
RankSport NameAudience
1Football4 Billion
2Cricket2.5 Billion
3Hockey2 billion
4Tennis1 billion
5Volleyball900 Million
6Table Tennis875 Million
7Basketball825 Million
8Baseball500 Million
9Rugby475 Million
10Golf450 Million


It is impossible to talk about the top 10 sports of the world and exclude Football/Soccer from the list. Football is not just a sport, it is an emotion. With almost 4 Billion viewers worldwide Football can undoubtedly be kept on no. 1 position in sports category. The origin of this most popular report on the club can be categorized into two categories: classical football and contemporary football the modern football game that we see today was started back in 1863. The present day football parted its ways from the game popularly known as rugby. At present the FIFA World Cup is the most popular sports event in the world. Football is the only game which is played across 200 countries with over 4 billion people’s viewership. 

The specialty of this sport that makes it top the chart is the number of players participating in this game. There are 22 players in the football ground at a time while the game is on. The skill of the players and their team spirit is tested in this sport.


Talking on the grounds of viewership/audience, Cricket comes 2nd in the list of top 10 sports in the world with over 2.5 billion people following Cricket. Cricket is undoubtedly the most popular game in India and it has gained more popularity since the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The History of cricket started in the UK where it was termed as ‘Gentlemen’s game’ and now it is popular in countries like India, Pakistan, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. 

This is a bit less tiresome sport than Football. In a cricket ground there are 2 teams with 11 players each. The coordination among the players is the key to mastering this game too. 


Hockey is one of the oldest known sports on earth. It’s existence is believed to be since 300 BC. Hockey is a risky game as it involves stick and ball gameplay. Although the Hockey Federation is making new rules every year to ensure the safety of players. There are a total 22 players from both sides in the hockey ground who aim to put the ball in the opponent’s goal to win the match. It is an aggressive game but develops many skills like sportsmanship, leadership, team spirit and coordination. 

Hockey is the third most popular sport in the list of top 10 sports in the world with around 2 billion people following hockey worldwide.


It is believed that Tennis has been played since the 12th century in some parts of Europe. Today the game has around 1 billion people’s fan following and hence comes on 4th position in top 10 sports list. The game of Tennis wasn’t the same as what we see now. Back in the 12th Century there were no racquets and the ball was passed from one side to the other with the help of palm. 

In the game of tennis there are two types of matches: singles and doubles. The objective of the team/player is to score points if the opponent fails to clear the court or misses to take the ball served from the opponent. Player’s concentration and reflexes play the main role in winning the game.


Another awesome game adding to the list of top 10 sports in the world is Volleyball. Volleyball has a viewership of around 900 Million sports fans worldwide. The game looks easy as the only target of 6 players on either side of the net is to clear the net and land the ball in the opponent’s ground to score a point. This sport was invented back in 1895 by William G. Morgan as an indoor alternative to Basketball. It was designed for the business class people who thought the newly discovered game (then) of Basketball is too vigorous. 

There is also a popular variant of Volleyball called Beach Volleyball in which 2 players comprise a team and rest all the rules are the same. It is generally a friendly and vacation game. 

Table Tennis:

The sport derived from Tennis which is played indoors on a small table is known as Table Tennis. Talking about the history of the game, Table Tennis was first played by Englishman David Foster in 1890. The indoor sport of Table Tennis which was made for high class people was initially named as ‘Ping Pong’ and got its present name in the 1920s.

Know more about it here: History of Table Tennis

At present a total of 875 Million audience keeps Table Tennis at 6th position on the list of top 10 sports. Most of the audience belong to Asian countries like China, Malaysia and Indonesia.


Basketball comes in 7th position when it comes to the number of viewers worldwide of the sport. Talking about the viewership, basketball has around 825 million audience worldwide. You must be thinking how can I came that was invented in19th century be so popular so soon but let me tell you that the game of basketball requires very less resources that is a basketball and two bowls for the basket.The aim of the players of a team is to dribble the ball and put it into the basket of the opponent team in order to score a point. Basketball has the largest fan following in the United States of America With around 400 million people watching basketball in the USA out of the 825 million audience worldwide. It is an improvised form of football where you have to run, jump, dribble and use your hands to score a goal or point.


Baseball is a derived sport from two different sports named Cricket and Rounders. The first league of Baseball was created back in 1876 and since then it has gained popularity over time to become no. 8 in the list of top 10 sports worldwide. It is most popular in America and Japan where people prefer playing it on streets too. Baseball has a fan following of almost 500 Million people in the world. 

The sport is a bat a ball game where a team has to throw the ball and field it and the opponent team has to hit the ball with bat and try to score runs by running across a series of marks/stages. People are moving in towards the sport as a career option also. 


Rugby is one of the most dangerous sports along with being the 9th most popular game in the world with an audience of 475 Million people. The sport originated in England but was then taken to other commonwealth countries like Australia, New Zealand, etc. It is similar to American Football but with less safety equipment worn during the game. Rugby is a contact sport and hence involves a lot of tackling which becomes dangerous sometimes.


The 10th position on the chart of top 10 sports is secured by Golf with almost 450 million people following the sport. The sport which made its origination from Scotland in the 15 century interestingly got the name from Netherland. The name ‘Golf’ is derived from ‘Kolf’ or ‘Kolve’ which means ‘Club’. The sport is mostly followed in East Asia, Western Europe and North America. It is a sport made for high class people which involves expensive  equipment and big playgrounds to play.

So, this was the list of top 10 sports in the world. If you know about any other sport which should be ranked higher do let us know on our social media. Follow The Bright Wall for interesting top of the class news and updates. 

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