Sports play a vital role in everyone's life, no matter where they are living. Even from an early age child are trained and engaged in different sports types in their schools, and later on, people considered them as their hobby. Some people are involved in sports because they want a healthy life, and some adopt it as a profession. Even in a different part of the world, millions of people take their favourite players as their role models, and they have an emotional attachment with their teams and even with their sporting heroes. At this stage, it is essential to know what 'popular' means related to sports. It says that most played or watched games in the world. There are approximately 15 types of different points in criteria which helps to rank the most popular sports in the world. The fan base of any game or number of audiences available throughout the globe, viewership on television and internet, the popularity of any sport on the internet, or the presence of plays in social media are few points included in criteria of selecting popularity of any game.
Football is also known as soccer. It is present on top of the list in popular sport throughout the world. Nearly there are 3.5 billion soccer fans available worldwide, and it is popular in Europe, Africa, Asia, and America. You will be shocked to know that there is 250 soccer available in over 200 countries, which makes it one of the most popular sports throughout the world.
Cricket is also a popular game that is playing throughout the world, and it is second in the list. Nearly there are 2.5 billions of cricket fans worldwide and it is playing in every part of the world. It is popular in Asia, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
Basketball is also a popular sport in the world, having 2.2 billion fans across the globe, and it is widely popular in the United States, Canada, China, and the Philippines.
Hockey with 2 billion fans comes in the fourth position in the list, and it is widely popular in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Even in Pakistan, India, Germany, and Malaysia, this sport has a moderate level of TV viewership. Even hockey players in the US have nearly 3 million annual salaries for different types of the league.
Tennis is one of the most famous and widely-played sports throughout the world, with having 1 billion followers. It is present in the 5th position in the list. It is popular in Europe, America, and Asia.
Volleyball with 900 million fans comes at 6th position in the list. It is popular in Asia, Europe, America, and Australia.
Table tennis has 850 million fans globally. It comes in 7th position in the list of popular games worldwide, and it is popular in Asia, Europe, Africa, and America.
Baseball has 500 million fans throughout the world, and it is popular in the United States of America, Japan, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.
American Football Rugby
It has 410 million fans throughout the world and is popular in the USA, France, England, New Zealand, and South Africa.
It has 3.19 billion fans worldwide, and it is popular in Europe, Asia, America, and Canada.