World's 'Greatest' Sports

Here is a list of the top 10 most popular sports, as voted for on the website Soccer is highest based on the votes as at April 2011 (this order may change as the voting is ongoing). The order is quite different on another online poll, which has cricket at the top as people's favorite sport. The votes are based on what the site visitors think are the 'greatest sports' - whatever that may mean. Depending on the person, 'Greatest' may mean the sport they love to play or love to watch, or what they think is the world's most popular.

In line with the high number of internet users from the US, American sports rank high on this list. A surprising one is skateboarding just missing the top 10, reflecting the voting population of young US based web surfers. Just missing out on the top 10 were: Boxing, skateboarding, wrestling, Formula 1, cheerleading.

For other, more reliable lists, see also the index to other top 10 lists of the world's most popular sports.

rank Sport Notes
1. Soccer 24% of votes
2. American Football 14%
3. Basketball 12%
4. Cricket 8%
5. Basketball 6%
6. Ice Hockey 6%
7. Golf 4%
8. Gymnastics 3%
9. Tennis 3%
10. Rugby League 3%



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