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As any sports fan will know, part of the joy of the whole thing is that there is so much diversity to it.

The fact is, there are so many different kinds of sports that it would be impossible to ever get bored. The world over, there are countless sports of different varieties, and they are each popular for a different set of reasons. If you are someone who prides themselves on having a far-reaching taste, then this post might prove to be of some interest to you.

In this article, we will be taking a look at some of the world’s most popular sports, in rank order. This ranking has been decided upon by number of estimated worldwide fans, so it might not be an exact science. Nonetheless, it is likely that this is about as accurate as such a list could probably get.

What’s more, if you are looking for a new sport to get into, then this list will probably be a great help to you. For each sport, we will take a look at just why it is so popular, and what you can do to get started.

Without further ado, let’s dive right in and take a look at the world’s most popular sports.

Soccer: Without a doubt, soccer is the most popular sport in the world.

Some figures even estimate that it has a following of around three and a half billion. Of course, such figures might well be difficult to estimate accurately. But whatever way you look at it, it is certainly a sport with a great number of enthusiasts. Whether or not you are personally into soccer, you can surely appreciate the reasons for its sheer popularity.

Of all the sports in the world, it is one which seems to catch people’s attention particularly readily. Whether this is because of the nature of the rule set, or because of the culture surrounding it, who knows.

One thing is for sure: it is a sport which is incredibly simple to learn, and deceptively difficult to master. If you are keen to get into soccer any time soon, the best bet is to join a local club. There are soccer clubs all over the world, and joining in in this way is the best way to improve your skills.

Of course, professionals tend to peak around the age of twenty-three, so you might not have much time!

Cricket: Distinctively English, yet adored the world over, cricket makes an easy entry in the most popular sports in the world.

The figures suggest that it is probably the second most popular sport in the history of the world. Yet, this might well come as a surprise to most people. Nonetheless, whatever way you look at it, it is incredibly popular everywhere.

The great thing about this sport is that it can be played pretty much anywhere. Such is the variation of the sport that you can play it either in your backyard or in a great open space. What’s more, it is pretty much unique in the way that it comprises many different types of game in one sport.

For example, you have test cricket as a popular form, which can last many days for a single match. However, that doesn’t mean that that is how it always has to be. If you are thinking of playing cricket, consider kwik cricket. This is a popular shortened version of the more famous mainstream game. It is likely that you will get into the sport much easier this way.

Field Hockey: Back across this side of the pond, there is plenty to say for the sport of hockey. With roughly a couple of billion die-hard fans, it is almost certainly one of the most popular sports the world has ever seen.

But what accounts for such a huge popularity?

According to some, the sport owes its popularity to its sheer simplicity. This is one example where a sport really does shine thanks to its very basic nature. After all, the rules of field hockey are straightforward enough that more or less anyone can pick them up in no time at all. Of course, this is great news for anyone wanting to get started in this sport.

However, don’t be fooled.

The rules and structure of the game may well be simple, but the physical side of it can be surprisingly challenging. However, if you are someone who enjoys a challenge, then why not try your hand at it?

Tennis: Every year, a huge number of people tune in to watch several of the largest tennis tournaments. The statistics show that tennis is a particularly popular sport amongst all age groups. More than almost any other world sport, it draws together people of many different backgrounds.

Never mind the cultural baggage that often goes along with the sport. In fact, it is meant to be a sport for the masses. If you have ever found yourself wanting to get into tennis, then there is some good news.

It just so happens to be one of the most enjoyable, easygoing sports around. The real joy of this sport is that you are bound to get fit in the process. Yet, you won’t feel like you are exerting yourself all that much. If you do intend to get into tennis, be sure to stock up on the right gear. This is one game where what you wear is quite important.

Invest in some decent sweatbands from Suddora, and be sure to wear white when you are playing.

Volleyball: Finally, we have volleyball at number five, with over nine hundred million worldwide fans. This one might well surprise you, as it does not seem to be that popular. Yet, the fact is that it is even more of a big thing than basketball.

When you start to look at what the sport entails, this is not too surprising. It is, after all, one of the finest combinations of strength and grace in the world of sport. If you are keen to take up something which will get you fit in no time, look no further.


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