List of Sports from Around the World

Here is our alphabetical list of nearly every recognized sport played around the world, including some names of sport groups, styles and codes. There is undoubtedly more sports than are listed here, there are many modified rules and new sports being developed every day (see new sports).

You can find even more sports described in the section about unusual sports, and there is a comprehensive list of team sports that are played around the world. Follow the links below for more information about some of these sports. For completeness, some sports are listed more than once, as we have included some alternative names.

How to get on this list? See What is a sport? If there is a sport not listed or incorrect, please make a comment below. You can also see our lists of unusual sports and team sports.

Below is list of just the names of all the sports we are aware of. For a brief summary of each sport, we have listed the sports in smaller groups with a short description of the sport. Click the letters to see more about these sports.

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Complete Sports List

A Sports

B Sports

  • Ba game
  • Backgammon
  • Backpacking (wilderness)
  • Backstroke
  • Badminton
  • Bagatelle
  • Baguazhang
  • Balance Beam
  • Balkline and straight rail
  • Ball
  • Ball badminton
  • Ball hockey
  • Ballooning
  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Bando
  • Bandy
  • Banger racing
  • Bank pool
  • Banzai skydiving
  • Bar billiards
  • Bare-knuckle boxing
  • Barrel Racing
  • Bartitsu
  • BASE jumping
  • Baseball
  • Baseball - four bases
  • Baseball pocket billiards
  • Basketball
  • Basque Pelota
  • Bat-and-Trap
  • Battōjutsu
  • Beach basketball
  • Beach handball
  • Beach rugby
  • Beach soccer
  • Beach volleyball
  • Beagling
  • Benchpress
  • Benchrest shooting
  • Biathlon
  • Bicycle Motocross or BMX
  • Bicycle polo
  • Big game hunting
  • Big-game fishing
  • Biribol
  • Blackball
  • Board track racing
  • Boardercross
  • Bobrun cycling
  • Bobrun skating
  • Bobsleigh
  • Bocce
  • Boccia
  • Body Building
  • Bodyboarding
  • Bodybuilding
  • Boffer Fighting
  • Bokator
  • Bossaball
  • Boßeln
  • Bottle pool
  • Bouldering
  • Boule lyonnaise
  • Bounceball
  • Bowling
  • Bowling (Tenpin)
  • Bowlliards
  • Bowls
  • Box lacrosse
  • Boxing
  • Brännboll - four bases
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Breaststroke
  • British baseball - four posts
  • British bulldogs (American Eagle)
  • Broomball
  • Bujinkan
  • Bull Fighting
  • Bull riding
  • Bumper pool
  • Bungee jumping
  • Bunnock
  • Bushwhacking
  • Butterfly stroke
  • Butts Up
  • Buzkashi

C Sports

  • Caid
  • Calcio Fiorentino
  • Calva
  • Camel racing
  • Cammag
  • Camogie
  • Campdrafting
  • Camping (game)
  • Canadian football
  • Candlepin bowling
  • Canoe Polo
  • Canoeing
  • Canyoning (Canyoneering)
  • Capoeira
  • Capture the flag
  • Carom billiards
  • Casterboarding
  • Casting
  • Catch wrestling
  • Charreada
  • Checkers
  • Cheerleading
  • Chess
  • Chessboxing
  • Chester-le-Street
  • Chicago
  • Chilean rodeo
  • Chinese Checkers
  • Chinese handball
  • Chinlone
  • Choi Kwang-Do
  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Clean and jerk
  • Clout archery
  • Club
  • Cluster ballooning
  • Cnapan
  • Coastal and ocean rowing
  • Color guard (flag spinning)
  • Color Guard, or Flag Spinning
  • Combat robot
  • Combine racing
  • Combined training
  • Competitive eating
  • Competitive Marching Band
  • Composite rules shinty-hurling
  • Connect Four
  • Contesting
  • Corkball - four bases (no base-running)
  • Cornish hurling
  • Cowboy
  • Cowboy Action Shooting
  • Cowboy polo
  • Crab soccer
  • Crazy Golf
  • Creeking
  • Cribbage (pool)
  • Cricket
  • Cricket - two wickets
  • Croquet
  • Cross country skiing
  • Cross-country mountain biking
  • Cross-country rally
  • Cross-country running
  • Crossfit
  • Cubbies
  • Cue sports
  • Cuju
  • Curby
  • Curling
  • Cushion caroms
  • Cutthroat
  • Cycling
  • Cyclo-cross
  • Czech handball

D Sports

  • Dancesport
  • Danish longball
  • Darts
  • Deadlifting
  • Deaf basketball
  • Debating
  • Decathlon
  • Deer hunting
  • Demolition derby
  • Desert racing
  • Dinghy sailing
  • Diplomacy
  • Dirt jumping
  • Dirt track racing
  • Disc dog
  • Disc golf
  • Disc Sports
  • Discus
  • Diving
  • Dodge disc
  • Dodgeball
  • Dog Racing
  • Dog Sledding
  • Dog sports
  • Dominoes
  • Double disc court
  • Down Hill Skiing
  • Downhill mountain biking
  • Drag boat racing
  • Drag racing
  • Dragon boat racing
  • Draughts
  • Draughts (aka checkers)
  • Dressage
  • Drifting
  • Drunken Boxing (or Drunkard's Boxing)
  • Duathlon
  • Duckpin bowling
  • Dumog
  • Durango boot

E Sports

  • Egg and spoon race
  • Egyptian stick fencing
  • Eight-ball
  • Eight-man football
  • Elephant polo
  • Endurance running
  • Endurance racing
  • Endurance riding
  • Enduro
  • English billiards
  • English Pleasure
  • English school games
  • Ensemble
  • Episkyros
  • Equestrian
  • Equestrian vaulting
  • Equitation
  • Eskrima
  • Eton College
  • Eton Fives
  • Eventing
  • Expedition racing
  • Extreme off-road

F Sports

  • F1 Powerboat Racing
  • Falconry
  • Fast Pitch
  • Fastnet
  • Fell Running
  • Fencing
  • Ferret legging
  • FIBA 33
  • Field archery
  • Field game
  • Field handball
  • Field Hockey
  • Field lacrosse
  • Field target
  • Figure skating
  • Finswimming
  • Fishing
  • Fistball
  • Fisticuffs
  • Five-pin bowling
  • Five-pins
  • Fives
  • Flag football
  • Flag Twirling
  • Flamenco
  • Flight archery
  • Float fishing
  • Floor
  • Floorball
  • Flutterguts
  • Fly Fishing
  • Flyak
  • Flying trapeze
  • Folkrace
  • Footbag (hacky sack)
  • Footbag net
  • Football (Gridiron)
  • Football (soccer)
  • Football tennis
  • Footvolley
  • Formula Libre
  • Formula racing
  • Formula Student
  • Four square
  • Four-ball (yotsudama)
  • Fox hunting
  • Free running
  • Freeboard (skateboard)
  • Freeboating
  • Freediving
  • Freeride mountain biking
  • Freestyle BMX
  • Freestyle Football
  • Free-style moto
  • Freestyle Motocross
  • Freestyle skiing
  • Freestyle slalom skating
  • Freestyle snowboarding
  • Freestyle swimming
  • Fricket (aka disc cricket, cups, suzy sticks and crispy wickets)
  • Frisian handball
  • Friskee
  • Frontenis
  • Fujian White Crane
  • Fullbore target rifle
  • Fußball
  • Fussball 
  • Futebol de Salão
  • Futsal

 

G Sports

  • Gaelic football
  • Ga-ga
  • Gaming (e-Sports)
  • Gateball
  • Gatka
  • Geocaching
  • Gig racing
  • Gliding
  • Gliding aerobatics
  • Glima
  • Go
  • Goalball
  • Goaltimate
  • Golf
  • Go-Moku
  • Grand Prix motorcycle racing
  • Grass Track
  • Gridiron football
  • Ground fighting in MMA.
  • Group Gymnastics
  • Gungdo
  • Guts
  • Gymkhana
  • Gymnastics

H Sports

  • Haggis hurling
  • Haidong Gumdo
  • Half marathon
  • Hammer throw
  • Hamster racing
  • Hana Ichi Monme
  • Handball
  • Hang gliding
  • Hapkido
  • Hare coursing
  • Harness racing
  • Harpastum
  • Harrow Football
  • Haxey Hood
  • Heptathlon
  • Hide and seek
  • High Bar
  • High jump
  • High Power Rifle
  • Hiking
  • Hill Climb
  • Hillclimbing
  • Hockey (Ice)
  • Hockey (Field)
  • Hojōjutsu
  • Hoop
  • Hooverball
  • Hopper ballooning
  • Horse polo
  • Horse Racing
  • Horseball
  • Horseshoes
  • Horseshoes (horseshoe throwing)
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Hot box
  • Human powered aircraft
  • Hunter
  • Hunter-jumpers
  • Hurdles
  • Hurling
  • Hwa Rang Do
  • Hybrid carom-pocket games
  • Hydroplane racing

I Sports

  • Iaidō
  • Iaijutsu
  • Ice Climbing
  • Ice Hockey
  • Ice Racing
  • Ice Speedway
  • Ice skating
  • Ice yachting
  • Immersion finswimming
  • Individual Medley
  • Indoor cricket
  • Indoor enduro
  • Indoor field hockey
  • Indoor football
  • Indoor netball
  • Indoor short track
  • Indoor soccer
  • Indoor trial
  • Inline hockey
  • Inline Skating
  • Inline speed skating
  • Intercrosse
  • International fronton
  • International rules football
  • Interpretive dance

J Sports

  • Jacquet
  • Jai Alai
  • Janggi
  • Javelin
  • Jazz
  • Jeet Kune Do
  • Jet sprint boat racing
  • Jeu de paume
  • Jianzi
  • Jōdō
  • Jogo do Pau
  • Jokgu
  • Jorkyball
  • Judo
  • Juggling
  • Jujutsu
  • Jūkendō
  • Jumping
  • Juttejutsu

K Sports

  • Kabaddi
  • Kaisa
  • Kajukenbo
  • Kalarippayattu
  • Karate
  • Kart racing
  • Karoliina
  • Kayaking
  • K-Ball
  • Keep Away
  • Kelly pool
  • Kemari
  • Kendo
  • Kenjutsu
  • Kenpō
  • Kho kho
  • Kick the can
  • Kickball
  • Kickboxing
  • Killer
  • Kin-Ball
  • Kinomichi
  • Ki-o-rahi
  • Kite buggy
  • Kite fighting
  • Kite flying
  • Kite landboarding
  • Kiteboarding
  • Kitesurfing
  • Klootschieten
  • Knattleikr
  • Knee Boarding
  • Kneeboarding
  • Knife throwing
  • Korfball
  • Krav Maga
  • Kronum
  • Kuk Sool Won
  • kung fu
  • Kurash
  • Kyūdō
  • Kyūjutsu

L Sports

  • La Soule
  • Lacrosse
  • Lagori
  • Land Sailing
  • Land Speed Records
  • Land Windsurfing
  • Lapta
  • Laser Tag
  • Lawn Bowls
  • Legends Car Racing
  • Lelo Burti
  • Lethwei
  • Letterboxing
  • Long Jump
  • Longboarding
  • Luge
  • Lumberjack

M Sports

  • Mahjong (aka Taipei)
  • Majorette
  • Malla-yuddha
  • Mancala
  • Marathon
  • Marbles games
  • Marn Grook
  • Martial Arts
  • Masters Rugby League
  • Matball
  • Matkot
  • MCMAP
  • Medieval football
  • Medley relay
  • Mesoamerican ballgame
  • Méta and longa méta (long méta)
  • Metallic silhouette
  • Metro footy
  • Midget car racing
  • Military Service Rifle
  • Mini footy
  • Minigolf
  • Mini rugby
  • Mixed martial arts
  • Mob football
  • Mod league
  • Model Aerobatics
  • Model aircraft
  • Modern Arnis
  • Modern Pentathlon
  • Modern pentathlon
  • Modified Pitch
  • Mongolian wrestling
  • Monster truck
  • Moscow broomball
  • Moto-Ball
  • Motocross
  • Motorcycling Road Racing
  • Motorcycle drag racing
  • Motorcycle Gymkhana
  • Motorcycle Polo
  • Motorcycle speedway
  • Motorcycle Trials
  • Motorsports
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain unicycling
  • Mountainboarding
  • Mountaineering
  • Muay Thai
  • Mud bogging
  • Muggle Quidditch
  • Musical Theatre

N Sports

  • Naginatajutsu
  • Netball
  • Newcomb Ball.
  • Nine-a-side Footy
  • Nine-Ball
  • Nine-Man Football
  • Ninjutsu
  • Nordic Combined
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Northern Praying Mantis
  • Novuss

O Sports

  • Offroad Boarding
  • Off-Road Racing
  • Offshore powerboat racing
  • Oil Wrestling
  • Oină
  • Okinawan Kobudō
  • Old Cat
  • One Day International (ODI)
  • One-Pocket
  • Orienteering
  • Outdoor Handball
  • Outrigger Canoeing
  • Over-the-line
  • Oztag

P Sports

  • Paddle tennis
  • Paddleball
  • Padel tennis
  • Paintball
  • Pall mall
  • Palla
  • Pankration
  • Parachuting
  • Para-Climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Parallel Bars
  • Paralympic football
  • Paralympic volleyball
  • Parasailing
  • Parkour
  • Patball
  • Pato
  • Pehlwani
  • Pelota mixteca
  • Pelota purépecha
  • Pencak Silat
  • Pentathlon
  • Personal water craft
  • Pesäpallo – four bases
  • Pétanque
  • Peteca
  • Pickleball
  • Pickup truck racing
  • Pig racing
  • Pigeon sport
  • Pitch and putt
  • Pocket billiards (pool)
  • Podex
  • Pointe
  • Pole fishing
  • Pole vault
  • Polo
  • Polocrosse
  • Pommel Horse
  • Pond hockey
  • Pool Playing
  • Popinjay (sport)
  • Power hockey
  • Power Tumbling
  • Powerbocking
  • Powerchair Football
  • Powered hang glider
  • Powered paragliding
  • Powerlifting
  • Practical shooting
  • Pradal Serey
  • Prisoner Ball
  • Prizefighting
  • Production car racing
  • Punchball
  • Pyramid

Q Sports

  • Quadrathlon

R Sports

  • Race of Champions
  • Race Walking
  • Racketlon
  • Racquetball
  • Racquets
  • Radio-control vehicles
  • Rafting
  • Rally Raid
  • Rallycross
  • Rallying (car)
  • Rally Racing (motorbike)
  • Rapid Ball
  • Rattlesnake Round-Up
  • RC Racing
  • Real tennis
  • Rec footy
  • Red rover
  • Regularity rally
  • Reining
  • Reversi (aka Othello)
  • Rhythmic gymnastics
  • Ribbon
  • Ringette
  • Ringo
  • Rink bandy
  • Rink hockey
  • Rinkball
  • Riverboarding
  • Road bicycle racing
  • Road crawling
  • Road racing
  • Robot combat
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rock fishing
  • Rock racing
  • Rodeo
  • Rodeo Riding
  • Rogaining
  • Roller derby
  • Roller hockey
  • Roller Skating
  • Rope Climbing
  • Rope jumping
  • Rossall Hockey
  • Rotation
  • Rounders – four bases or posts
  • Rowing
  • Royaking
  • Royal Shrovetide Football
  • Rugby Fives
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby league nines
  • Rugby league sevens
  • Rugby sevens
  • Rugby tens
  • Rugby Union
  • Rundown (aka Pickle)
  • Running
  • Russian fist fighting
  • Russian pyramid

S Sports

  • Sabaki Ball
  • Sack race
  • Sailing
  • Salsa
  • Sambo (martial art)
  • Samoa Rules
  • San shou
  • Sand drags
  • Sandboarding
  • Sanshou
  • Savate
  • Scootering
  • Scrabble
  • Scrub baseball
  • Scuba Diving
  • Sea kayaking
  • Segway polo
  • Sepak Takraw
  • Seven-ball
  • Shaolin kung fu
  • Shidokan
  • Shinty
  • Shogi
  • Shoot boxing
  • Shootfighting
  • Shooting
  • Shorinji Kempo
  • Short track motor racing
  • Short track speed skating
  • Shot put
  • Show Jumping
  • Shuai Jiao
  • Shuffleboard
  • Shurikenjutsu
  • Sikaran
  • Silambam
  • Silat
  • Single scull
  • Sipa
  • Six-man football
  • Skateboarding
  • Skater hockey
  • Skee ball
  • Skeet shooting
  • Skeleton
  • Ski flying
  • Ski jumping
  • Skirmish
  • Ski touring
  • Skiboarding
  • Skibob
  • Skibobbing
  • Skijoring
  • Skimboarding
  • Skittles
  • Sky Race
  • Skysurfing
  • Slacklining
  • Slamball
  • Sledge hockey
  • Slopestyle
  • Slow Pitch
  • Snatch
  • Snooker
  • Snooker plus
  • Snorkelling
  • Snow kiting
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobile racing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Soap shoes
  • Soccer
  • Soft tennis
  • Softball
  • Sogo (Score four)
  • Sōjutsu
  • Spearfishing
  • Speed pool
  • Speed skating
  • Speed skiing
  • Speed typing
  • Speed-ball
  • Speedball (American)
  • Speedcubing
  • Speedminton
  • Spongee
  • Sport aerobics
  • Sport Climbing
  • Sport Diving (competitive scuba)
  • Sport fishing
  • Sport kite (Stunt kite)
  • Sport stacking
  • Sporting clays
  • Sports acrobatics
  • Sports car racing
  • Sprint (Athletics)
  • Sprint car racing
  • Sprint football
  • Squash
  • Squash tennis
  • Squat (exercise) - powerlifting event
  • Squirt Boating
  • Ssireum
  • Static trapeze
  • Steeplechase
  • Stickball – variable
  • Stické
  • Still Rings
  • Stock car racing
  • Stool ball
  • Straight pool (14.1 continuous)
  • Stratego
  • Street football
  • Street football (American)
  • Street hockey
  • Street racing
  • Streetball
  • Streetboarding
  • Streetluge
  • Subak
  • Subbuteo
  • Sudoku
  • Suicide (game)
  • Sumo Wrestling
  • Superbike racing
  • Supercross
  • Supermoto
  • Superside
  • Supersport racing
  • Surf fishing
  • Surf Kayaking
  • Surfboat
  • Surfing
  • Swamp football
  • Swedish football
  • Swimming
  • Swing
  • Swing boarding
  • Swordfighting
  • Synchronized skating
  • Synchronized Swimming
  • Systema

T Sports

  • Table football
  • Table hockey
  • Table Tennis (Ping Pong)
  • Taekkyeon
  • Taekwondo
  • Tag
  • Tag Rugby
  • T'ai chi ch'uan
  • Taido
  • Tang Soo Do
  • Tango
  • Tap
  • Tapball
  • Target archery
  • Target shooting
  • T-Ball
  • Tchoukball
  • Team handball
  • Team penning
  • Telemark skiing
  • Ten-ball
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Polo
  • Ten-pin bowling
  • Tent pegging
  • Test cricket
  • Tetherball
  • The Massachusetts Game – four bases
  • Thoroughbred racing
  • Three sided football
  • Three-ball
  • Three-cushion
  • Three-legged race
  • Throwball
  • Throwing
  • Thumb wrestling
  • Time Attack
  • Toboggan
  • Toe wrestling
  • Torball
  • Touch Football
  • Touch Rugby
  • Touring car racing
  • Tower running
  • Town ball
  • Track cycling
  • Track & Field
  • Track racing
  • Tractor pulling
  • Trailer racing
  • Train racing
  • Trampolining
  • Trap shooting
  • Trapeze
  • Trial
  • Triathlon
  • Tribal dance
  • Trick shot competition
  • Tricking
  • Triple jump
  • Truck racing
  • Trugo
  • TT racing
  • Tug of War
  • Twenty20 (cricket)

U Sports

  • Ultimate
  • Ultralight Aviation
  • Ultramarathon
  • Underwater Football
  • Underwater Hockey
  • Underwater Ice Hockey
  • Underwater Orienteering
  • Underwater Photography
  • Underwater Rugby
  • Underwater Target Shooting
  • Underwater Wrestling
  • Uneven Bars
  • Unicycle Basketball
  • Unicycle Handball
  • Unicycle Hockey
  • Unicycle Trials
  • Unicycling
  • Universal football
  • Uppies and Downies

V Sports

  • Vajra-mushti
  • Valencian Frontó
  • Valencian Pilota
  • Varpa
  • Varzesh-e Bastani
  • Varzesh-e Pahlavani
  • Vault
  • Vigoro
  • Vintage Racing
  • Volata
  • Volleyball
  • Vovinam
  • Vx

W Sports

  • Wakeboarding
  • Wakesurfing
  • Wall game
  • Wallball
  • Wallyball
  • Water basketball
  • Water Polo
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Polo
  • Waymarking
  • Weightlifting
  • Western Pleasure
  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Wheelchair racing
  • Wheelchair rugby league
  • Wheelstand competition
  • White water rafting
  • Whitewater kayaking
  • Wicketball
  • Wiffleball
  • Windsurfing
  • Wing Chun
  • Wing Tsun
  • Wingsuit flying
  • Winter Sports
  • Wireball
  • Woggabaliri
  • Wolf hunting
  • Women's lacrosse
  • Wood Chopping
  • Wrestling
  • Wushu

X Sports

  • Xare
  • Xingyiquan

Y Sports

  • Yağlı Güreş
  • Yak polo
  • Yubi lakpi
  • Yukigassen

Z Sports

  • Zourkhaneh
  • Zui Quan

Related Pages

comments powered by Disqus

Old Comments