Most Popular Searched Sports in the United States

The most popular sport around the world is football, and also in the USA football is one of the most popular sports, however, there are different types of football. The football played in the USA is American (Gridiron) Football. Association football (or soccer) is also played in the USA, but is not as popular as many other sports

Here is a discussion and a couple of lists of the most popular searched sports in the United States, using online searches as the measure of popularity. As you will see, football is the most searched term, which is a little ambiguous as it may refer to any of the types of football played. See more on the most popular sports in the US.

Popular Sports Search Terms in the United States

'Football' is the most searched sports name in the United States, followed by golf and basketball. This list is useful to gage the relative popularity of particular sports. It may not represent the most played sports or most watched sport, but the popularity is based on how much people are searching online about the sport.

The data is collected over a four year period to account for the effect of annual events and other major events that may occur every four years. This list only includes the search popularity of sports names or words describing a group of sports (e.g. football).

Rank Sport Search Volume
1 football * 100
2 golf 60
3 basketball 45
4 baseball 40
5 soccer 35
6 hockey 20
7 NCAA 20
8 tennis 15
9 ufc 15
10 wrestling 10
* for most searches, people would be most likely looking for information about American Football (gridiron), not soccer.


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