Here is a list of the top 10 most popular sports, as originally defined by hunmoni on Google Knol (webpage is no longer available).
The author of this list noted that other sports such as athletics, shooting, swimming, chess, boxing and formula one are not ranked on this list as all are individual sports with plenty of superstars in their respective field and all have their own identity. They are all more popular as the individual rather than the sports.
See also a similar list by the same author of top team sports. See too the index to other top 10 lists of the world's most popular sports.
|1.||Soccer / Association Football|
|9.||Rugby Football (Union & League)|
original reference: http://knol.google.com/k/ten-most-popular-sports-in-the-world (no longer available)
- Other top 10 lists of the world's most popular sports
- Knol's top 10 list of team sports
- Other world sport lists