Do you want to know about all the sports starting with the letter 'a'? Here are all the 'A' sports from over 800 sports listed on our complete list of sports. What about Association Football — the most popular sport in the world! Other A sports include American Football and Australian Football, which interestingly are more commonly known as just football!
There were too many to describe on just one page, so here we have a short description of just the sports starting with the letter 'A'. If there is a sport missing or some information is incorrect, please make a comment below.
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- Abseiling — an adventure sport where the participants descend a steep formation using a rope. (not really a sport).
- Acrobatic Gymnastics — team of gymnasts work together to perform acrobatic moves in combination with dance moves.
- Acroski — athletes on snow skis perform various choreographed routines (once called Ski Ballet).
- Adventure Racing — an event combining two or more endurance disciplines, such as Orienteering, Cross-Country Running, Mountain Biking, Paddling and Climbing. It is also called Expedition Racing.
- Aerials — a freestyle skiing discipline in which athletes ski along a take-off ramp, then perform various in-air tricks.
- Aerobatics — sport aerobatics involves aircraft maneuvers such as rolls, loops, stall turns (hammerheads), and tailslides.
- Aesthetic Group Gymnastics — a team sport where a large group of gymnasts perform coordinated continuous movements.
- Aerobic Gymnastics — another name for Sport Aerobics.
- Aeromodeling — activity using remotely controlled flying model aircraft (not really a sport).
- Aeronautical Pentathlon — despite the name, the sport has 6 events: shooting, fencing, orienteering, basketball skills, obstacle course and swimming.
- AFL Wheelchair — a wheelchair version of the football code from Australia, played between two teams of five players.
- AFLX — a new version of Australian Football played on a rectangular field with seven players on each team, created to showcase some of the most thrilling elements of the sport to attract new fans.
- Aggressive Inline Skating — Aggressive inline skating is a form of inline skating executed on specially designed inline skates with a focus on grinding and spins.
- Aikido — Shodokan Aikido (also called Sport Aikido) is a style of the martial art Aikido that is used for competitions.
- Air Hockey — played on an air-hockey table, participants try to hit a puck elevated on a cushion of air into the opponent's goal.
- Air Racing — a sport involving flying airplanes over a fixed course low to the ground.
- Airsoft — a skirmish sport in which participants eliminate opponents by hitting them with spherical non-metallic pellets from replica firearms. Similar sports are Laser Tag and Paintball.
- All-Terrain Boarding — another name for Mountainboarding.
- Alpine Skiing — commonly known as Downhill Skiing, involves racing down snow-covered hills on skis with fixed-heel bindings. There are alpine skiing competitions in disciplines such as slalom, giant slalom, super giant slalom, and downhill.
- Alpinism — the sport of mountain climbing.
- American Football — a team sport played on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. Each team attempts to advance an oval ball down the field into the end zone by running or passing it. It is also known in some parts of the world (outside of the US) as Gridiron. In the US it is referred to simply as football. Variations include Arena Football, 6-Man Football.
- American Handball — players use their hands to hit a small rubber ball against a wall. There are three versions (four-wall handball, three-wall handball and one-wall handball) that can each be played by either two, three or four players. It can be compared to squash without rackets. It is very different from the Olympic sport of (Team) Handball.
- Angling — often used to refer to fishing, it is the principal method of sport fishing.
- Aquabike — a variation of Triathlon, with no running leg. Athletes swim followed by cycling.
- Aquajogging — water running competitions, athletes race in the water while maintaining an upright position.
- Aquathlon (1) — an underwater sport where two competitors wearing masks and fins wrestle underwater in an attempt to remove a ribbon from each other's ankle band. It is also known as Underwater Wrestling.
- Aquathlon (2) — a continuous race involving swimming followed by running. It is usually over a shorter distance than the similar Biathle.
- Archery — competitive archery involves shooting arrows at a target for accuracy from a set distance or distances. The main forms of archery are Target Archery and Field Archery, and others include Clout Archery, 3D archery, Crossbow Archery, Flight Archery, and Ski Archery.
- Archery 3D — a form of archery in which the goal is to strike targets in the shape of animals at unknown distances.
- Arena Football — a variety of American Football (Gridiron), played indoors on a smaller field resulting in a faster and higher-scoring game.
- Arena Polo — a minified version of polo that is played on horseback on a field much smaller in size and enclosed by walls on all sides.
- Arena Rugby — a variation of Rugby Union, played indoors on a smaller field resulting in a faster and higher-scoring game.
- Arm Wrestling — a type of Wrestling where each participant place one elbow on a surface while gripping the other participant's hand. The aim is to pin the other's arm onto the surface.
- Arnis — the national martial art sport of the Philippines which emphasizes weapon-based fighting.
- Artistic Billiards — a Carom Billiards discipline in which players score points for performing 76 preset shots of varying difficulty. It is sometimes called fantasy billiards.
- Artistic Cycling — a form of competitive indoor cycling in which athletes perform tricks for points on specialized, fixed-gear bikes in a format similar to ballet or gymnastics.
- Artistic Gymnastics — an Olympic sport where gymnasts perform short routines on different apparatus, such as the Vault, Floor (men and women), Pommel Horse, Rings, Parallel Bars, High Bar (men), and Uneven Bars, Balance Beam (women).
- Artistic Pool — a trick shot competition on a pocket billiards table in which players score points for performing 56 preset shots of varying difficulty.
- Artistic Roller Skating — is a sport that consists of a number of events (Figures, Dance, Freestyle and Precision Teams) usually accomplished on quad skates, though sometimes inline skates are used.
- Association Croquet — an advanced game of Croquet played at the international level involving four balls teamed in pairs, with both balls going through every hoop for one pair to win.
- Association Football — more commonly known as Football or Soccer. It is the world's most popular sport, played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. The game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object is to score by using any part of the body except the arms and hands to get the ball into the opposing goal.
- Athletics — commonly known as Track and Field, though it is an umbrella sport, which in addition to Track and Field it also comprises Cross Country Running, Road Running and Racewalking.
- Australian Football — a fast-paced football code from Australia, played between two teams of eighteen players on a large oval field. Six points are scored by kicking the ball between two tall goalposts, or one point for passing the ball on either side of these. Alternative names are Australian Football, Aussie Rules, AFL, Australian Rules Football.
- Australian Handball — similar to Squash, though played without a racquet.
- Auto Race — a Japanese motorcycle speedway competition which is held on tarmac tracks, predominantly a gambling sport.
- Auto Racing — a sport involving the racing of automobiles for competition. There are numerous different categories including Formula 1, Touring Car, Rally Cars, Drag Racing, Stock Car Racing, Vintage Racing. Also known as Car Racing, Motor Racing or Automobile Racing.
- Autocross — a type of Auto Racing in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course on either a sealed or an unsealed surface in the shortest time. See also the motorcycle version Motorcycle Gymkhana.
- Autograss — a type of Auto Racing on natural surfaces such as grass or mud, usually held on quarter-mile oval tracks.
- Autospeedway — a motorsport similar to motorcycle speedway, but with cars.
- Axe Throwing — competitors throw axes at a circular target.
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