We have a discussion about what is the world's most popular sport. Here are some of the lists that have been published online.
The similarity of these lists is that for the majority of them soccer / association football is on top, irrespective of the criteria for the list.
Whether the list is based on most fans or most participants or whatever the definition of popular, World Football / Soccer is top of the list. Depending on what criteria you use for popularity, the next sports in the list may include basketball, cricket, volleyball, baseball and other versions of football (American, rugby). We have compared these lists and on average, after soccer on the top of the list, cricket is next then baseball.
- Top-10 Greatest Sports List — greatest sports as voted online.
- Top-10 favorite Sports List — another list based on online votes.
- Top-10 sports team searches — the top searches from 2006 on Yahoo.
- Top-10 World List — top list based on the estimated number of fans, using website visitor traffic analysis.
- Top-10 World List — analysis of figures by Johann and Sandra, based on Sporting Federation figures of number of participants.
- Biggest Global Sports — a statistics-based analysis of the world's most popular sports.
- World's Most Popular Sports — sports the ranked by 13 factors according to totalsportek.
- Top Most Popular Sports (voted) — based on online voting (data from 2020).
- Top-10 List by Knol — most popular list based on all sports (personal opinion).
- Top-10 List by Knol — most popular list based on team sports (personal opinion).
- Top-10 World List — personal opinion from Sportingo.
- Top 7 World List — as seen on Buzzle (personal opinion).
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- Furiket (2013)
Criket is entertaining only for brown people not played over most of asia
- Dylan DeSantis (2014)
Soccer is the most popular sport world wide by far - all of the other sports suck !! XD
- Cricketaintasport (2014)
Oh, Cricket should not be considered as a sport god damn. I live in London and walking in the park and watching people playing that so called sport makes me sick. 10 people standing doing nothing.. Try a true sport, like rugby, basketball, football you lazy 'players'. you probably cant even get fit while playing cricket ... I do understand, that Indians, Pakistanis, etc., are to small or to weak to play a proper sport, but TRY IT
- Sachinism (2014)
football has got fans and is most played ... but cricket doesn't have fans ... only maniacs ... football may b a game ... but cricket is a religion ... those 'sucker' ... oops! soccer fans who say cricket will be boring ... will it b interesting to watch 2 goals (or none sometimes) in 2 hrs ... ? and 208 countries required to put football on top ... while only some 10 countries r enough to bag popularity for cricket ... so there to all those traitors (Indians) n others who dislike cricket.
- David B. Monier-Williams (2014)
Some years ago i saw some stats on the most PARTICIPATORY sports in the World. If my memory serves me right the top three were, by far the economic sports, volleyball, basketball and soccer. and then a big drop it was shooting. Can you confirm or deny it and or correct it.
- Manoj (2013)
cricket is the most popular game in world ... because cricket gives entertainment entertainment and entertainment.
- Jdawg Laurence manoj (2013)
Soccer/football is popular worldwide. Cricket is popular only in certain regions, so no cricket is definitely not the most popular worldwide.
- I think 20 20 cricket is the best from soccer bcoz 20 20 cricket is entitlement sports all over the world this game is 3hour really entertainment. But soccer without goal then it is really boring game. (from john, Feb 2013)
- East or west cricket T20 best (from salman, Feb 2013)
- This is my opinion of the best sports: 1.English Football 2.Fútbol 3.Soccer (from Manny, Feb 2013)
- Football is most popular than any other sports in the world that's true (from Glenzer, Oct 2012)
- Cricket and football are like the most boring games EVER. If you want an awesome game it's gotta be Netball and Rugby.
- No doubt football is d king of sports & is played worldwide,but cricket is growing rapidly & its interesting to watch on T.V. Cricket ha$ a marvellous future (from Bhawani, Odisha, India, May 2012)
- Soccer is the best, idiots luv cricket ... its a useless game n only lazy people can play dat game ..its a time wasting game olso. we will lose n entire day by watching a match ... i cant believe still sum idiots saying rubbish bout football ... (from sanjay, May 2012)
- The biggest interesting game is cricket and it is the game of all games put together (from A B Chandra kanth, March 2012).
- You won't get that thrill in cricket in football! Best game. even make your heart beat faster than usual (from Arjun, March 2012).
- soccer is most popular everybody knows cricket comes second (from hun, Nov 2011)
- The cricket is the best sport in the world! :) (from Anna, Oct 2011)
- Now football is best. In future surely we can say cricket is better than football becoz now the cricket going that like (from haru, June 2011)