Updated: May 15, 2017

If you live in America you might think that football, baseball and basketball are the most popular sports in the world, but you would be wrong. Those sports are in the top 10, but they aren’t the most popular in the world. So what sports are? Here’s the rankings.

The most popular sport in the world is soccer. It is played in more than 200 countries by over 250 million people every year. Most countries call it football but we call it soccer. It’s also one of my favorite sports so I get why people love it.

The 2nd most popular sport is cricket! I couldn’t believe it because I don’t know anything about cricket. Cricket games are really long, sometimes up to 5 days, and the best teams are from England and India.

Next comes field hockey. There are more field hockey players in college than in any sport in the world, and field hockey can be played indoors and outdoors.

Tennis and volleyball rank 4th and 5th, but the 6th sport really surprised me! It’s table tennis.  I call it ping pong and I didn’t know so many people played it.  It can be played anywhere by setting up a small net and it is really popular in China.

The last 4 sports in the top 10 are baseball, golf, basketball, and Americas favorite sport, pro football. All sports I love!

So will soccer ever be as popular in America as it is all over the world? I don’t know. But I know one thing…

It’s time for me to start learning about cricket.

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