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Top-10 List of Biggest Global Sports

This list of the top 10 most popular sports from around the world is based on data collected by Michael Brown of, using the amount of coverage from major online sports news websites, with the amount of coverage weighted by country size (using 50/50 weighting for population and wealth).

This data is part of the Topend Sports analysis of the world's most popular sport.

Rank Sport Index
1. Soccer / Association Football 3001
2. Basketball 1394
3. Tennis 1170
4. Cricket 914
5. F1 557
6. Baseball 552
7. Athletics 500
8. American Football 449
9. Boxing 446
10. Golf 426

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