World's Most Popular Sports Top 10 List Analysis

A search online has found quite a few lists of the world's top most popular sports. However, each list is created using different criteria - some are based on hard facts while a few are just personal opinion and based on online votes, and consequently each list is different.

Comparing All Lists

The list below is based on a comparison of these other lists, giving 10 votes for being on the top of a list, and one less for each rank below that (e.g. 1 vote for being 10th on the list). It is not really scientific, comparing oranges and apples in some way, but an interesting exercise anyway. There is no guessing what sport is the top of this list - the clear winner is World Football (soccer), which was top of 8 out of the 10 lists. Basketball and Cricket were commonly ranked second or third on the lists, and so they are here too.

rank Sport 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
1 Soccer / Association Football 10 10 10 10 10 7 10 10 9 10 96
2 Cricket 9 9 9 7 4 9 6 10 8 71
3 Basketball 5 8 1.5 9 8 9 8 8 5 9 70.5
4 Baseball 6 7 4 6 4 7 7 4 6 51
5 Tennis 8 7 5 7 5 1 3 7 43
6 Volleyball 4 4 6 4 6 10 4 3 41
7 Field Hockey 7 5 8 5 1 5   31
8 American Football 2 1.5 8 2 9 7   29.5
9 Table Tennis 3 5 8 8 5 29
10 Golf 1 3 1 9 4 4 22
11 Ice Hockey 3 2 3 5 6   19
12 Rugby Union 2 6 3 6 1 18
13 Badminton 6 1 2 9
14 Rugby League 2 1 1 2   6
15 Boxing / Combat Sports 3 2   5
16 Dragon Boat Racing 3   3
17 Gymnastics 3   3
18 Team Handball 2   2
19 Bowling (Tenpin) 2   2
20 Swimming 1   1

Notes:

Here are links to details of each of the lists that were used for the analysis table above:

  1. Top 10 List by Knol — most popular list based on all sports (personal opinion).
  2. Top 10 List by Knol — most popular list based on team sports (personal opinion).
  3. Top 10 World List — top list based on the estimated number of fans, using website visitor traffic analysis.
  4. Most Viewed Online — a popular sports list based on the analysis of sport page views on Wikipedia.
  5. Most Searched — the most commonly searched sport names on Google.
  6. Top 10 World List — analysis of figures by Johann and Sandra, based on Sporting Federation figures.
  7. Top 10 World List — personal opinion from Sportingo.
  8. Top 10 Greatest Sports List — greatest sports as voted online.
  9. Top 10 favorite Sports List — another based on online votes.
  10. Top Most Popular Sports — based on visitor traffic to a range of sports websites.

Share:

Related Pages

Popular Content

Comments

Lists Extra

Football/Soccer is clearly the world's most popular sport, and has the most popular athletes, but which sport has the fittest players (but not necessarily the greatest athlete). These players do not always earn the most.

How to Cite