25+ Most Popular Sports in the World 2016

Sports is all about passion and skills. Any sport means so much to its fans, sports is nothing without fans. They make it interesting and increase the passion of the players by chairing. Here you will see the world’s most popular sports watched by the people. We have also mention the number of fans of that sports. These surveys has been done by various media channels and sports anchors.

25 Most Popular Sports in the World 2016

Every region has their own favorite but I think football is the only sport that is watch by each and every country. This list is based on the most watched sports not on the most played or most paid. We don’t care about the most paid sport. We have gathered list from different sports website and we are sure that these are the correct top 25 most popular sports in the world. We hope you will agree with us too and if you are agree with us please share your opinion with and help us to improve.

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We all know how much sports meant to people. Most of the people think that this is their life. They love their team more than any other thing of the world. They are crazy about their team. Now you should see the list and share your opinion with us. Enjoy the list of “25 most popular Sport in the world”.


Football is at the top of list with most number of fans with the world. Estimate 3.5 billion people from all over the world watch football. It is also the most played sport with more than 100 leagues in the world. Also the most paid.


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Cricket as at number two in our list because of a large fan following of 2.5 billion people. It is mostly played in Asia and Australia. People loves to watch T20 format cricket because it is interesting and not so long.


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3.Field Hockey

We put hockey at number 3 with the fans following of 2 billion people from all over the world. It is also played in Olympics. Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa are the regions where it has large fan following.

BEIJING - AUGUST 21: A detail of field hockey sticks during the men's classification match between New Zealand and Pakistan held at the Olympic Green Hockey Field during Day 13 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 21, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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Tennis is all about a single person. It is one of the hardest game to play. You have to be very quick. It has 1 billion fans from all over the world. The game is all about skills and calmness. It is also one of the most paid game in the world.


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Basketball is at number 5 in the world and in USA it is the most popular sport. Americans are crazy about basketball. It is also famous in China. America’s NBA is the most popular basketball league of the world.


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This sport has a fan following 900 million people in the world. It has registered federations more than any other sport in the world which is over 200. It is popular in every part of the world.


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7.Table Tennis

Table tennis also known as ping pong. It is mostly played in China, Korea and Japan. It is based on two or four players. It is also a part of Olympics. It has estimated fans of over 850 million.


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Baseball has a large fan following in America and Japan. It has estimated 500 million fans in the world. It was first played in the 18th century in England. Baseball team consist of 9 players.


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Golf is at number 9 in the list of 25. It is a kind of gentle game. It is watched by estimated 450 million peoples in the world belonging to different regions of the world; America, Asia, Europe and Canada.


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10.American Football

In our list American football is at number 10 with the fan followings of 400 million. Americans are crazy about this sport. No doubt that you need power to play this game. Super Bowl is the greatest annual sport event in America.


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10.Formula 1

Formula 1 is the most watched Motorsport of the world which happens from March to November. It has in 20 different countries annually with 20 grand prix. Sebastian Vettel is the highest paid Formula driver of the world.


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Rugby is mostly played France, England, New Zealand and South Africa. Many people say that American Football is a copy of Rugby. It has estimated 390 million fans from overall world.


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According to reports Floyd Mayweather earned $50 million per fight in a boxing match. It mostly watch and played in Japan, Mexico, US, UK and Russia.


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It has a huge interest in China, Indonesia and India as compared to European countries.

Andrew D'Souza, of Canada, returns a shuttle during men's badminton singles gold medal action against Kevin Cordon, of Guatemala, at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Markham, Ont., on Thursday, July 16, 2015. Cordon won the gold in straight sets. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

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14.Mixed Martial Arts

It may not be wrong if we call this sport the world’s most dangerous. This game has no mercy. It fans following has increased since the beginning of UFC. The most watch mixed martial art.

Jan 2, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Robbie Lawler (red gloves) competes against Carlos Condit (blue gloves) during UFC 195 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-257076 ORIG FILE ID: 20160102_jla_db9_654.jpg

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15.Moto GP

After Formula 1, Moto GP is the most popular Motorsport. It has a strong interest in Europe and a huge sport in Indonesia.


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It is in the list because of the high interest of Chinese and Indian people in it. It is a very quite and gentle game.


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When we hear about this sport, the super fast Usain Bolt comes in our mind. It has major interest in Jamaica and Nigeria.


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18.Ice Hockey

Ice Hockey is the biggest game in Canada and on no.4 in USA. In Russia it is the 2nd biggest game. Every team has 6 players.


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Cycling is a famous game in France, Spain and Italy. Tour de France is the most watchable and biggest event of cycling.


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Swimming is one of the biggest sport of summer Olympics. Nearly all countries of the world participate in this sport in summer Olympics.


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No doubt WWE has a very large number of fan following. But it consider as an entertainment show rather than a sport.


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22.Horse Racing

This sport is mostly famous for gambling. It has major interest in UK and Australia.


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23.Figure Skating

It is one of the most watched sport in Olympics. It has high interest in Asian countries.


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24.Downhill Skiing

It is one of the most popular game of Winter Olympics. It is played on snowy mountain.


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It is an Asian born game that’s why it has large number fans there who loves to play and watch this sport.


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