Top 10 Most Popular Sports In The World In 2022
Approximate # of fans: 2.5 billion
Thanks to the British Empire, this sport has spread across the globe. While references indicate that it may have been played as far back as the 16th century, it wasn’t until the early 1700s that the sport fully developed and was codified. It is still popular across the ex-British colonies, particularly India and neighboring countries, the countries of Australasia, and West Indies, Southern Africa, and the British Isles. With large teams and long games – sometimes up to 5 days in length – matches are usually played by county or national teams, with limited matches per year. England and India are the top international teams, followed by Australia and South Africa.
Approximate # of fans: 3.5 billion
The simplicity of the sport combined with the ease of play makes this the most popular sport in the world to play, as well as to watch. Versions of a game involving the kicking of a ball towards a target have been around for centuries, but it wasn’t until the mid-19th century that a proper code of rules was developed in England. The popularity of the game has created an incredibly rabid fan base, as all towns have clubs to call their own and pledge allegiance to. There is no particularly powerful clubs, as dozens are in contention for international and top-league titles every year.