TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What Is the Most Popular Sport in the World, by Estimated Global Following?

What’s more surprising are the sports that rank below the most popular worldwide.

What is the most popular sport in the world, by estimated global following?


According to World Atlas, it’s soccer, with an estimated global following of 4 billion fans.


It’s interesting what sports fall in World Atlas’ top 10. Following soccer, is cricket with an estimated 2.5 billion fans. field hockey has an estimated 2 billion fans, tennis, 1 billion; volleyball, 900 million; table tennis, 875 million; basketball, 825 million; baseball, 500 million; rugby, 475 million; and golf, 450 million.


Statista ranks soccer as the most popular spectator sport worldwide, followed by ice hockey, American football, baseball and cricket.