10. Golf – 450 Million Fans

Its influence is in Western Europe, East Asia, and North America.

9. Rugby – 475 Million Fans

Its primary sphere of influence is in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth nations.

8. Baseball – 500 Million Fans

Has the highest levels of popularity in the United States, the Caribbean, and Japan.

7. Basketball – 825 Million Fans

The sport was invented by Dr. James Naismith in 1891 in Massachusetts, United States.

6. Table Tennis – 875 Million Fans

Formidable global countries in the sport include South Korea, Sweden, and China.

5. Volleyball – 900 Million Fans

The primary influence of volleyball is seen in Western Europe and North America.

4. Tennis – 1 Billion Fans

Different versions of the sport are believed to have been played by the Egyptians, Romans and the Greeks.

3. Field Hockey – 2 Billion Fans

Its primary sphere of influence is in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

2. Cricket – 2.5 Billion Fans

Its primary sphere of influence is in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries.

1. Association Football (Soccer) – 4 Billion Fans

Association football, or soccer, is the most popular sport in the world.

It is estimated that more than half of the world’s population consider themselves to be association football (soccer) fans.

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