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Fans from all over the world are extremely passionate about their favorite sport and tend to devote their entire lives to it. Regardless, in every sporting event, participating athletes give their all while providing fans with memories to appreciate for the rest of their lives and making history along the way. However, it is the presence of fans that makes an event a huge success.

People devote their valuable time and money to witness their favorite team/player perform live, whether it is a Cricket Match in India or a Football Match between European and South American greats.

And this craze for sports has completely changed the face of every sports league in the world, and the fact that local leagues have begun to gain popularity that international events can never even imagine is proof enough of the growth of world sports.

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It might be two large teams facing off against one other, or the league itself could reach new heights of popularity due to the famous names taking part in the event, but what truly distinguishes the Most Popular Sports Leagues In The World is the number of spectators drawn to a specific league.

However, some people have never watched a sports league before and are seeking for the ideal one to start with. For them, as well as fans who want to know where their preferred league stands on the list of most viewed leagues.
Here are the top ten most popular sports leagues in the world.

10. Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB)

While many people believe that baseball is most popular in the United States, it is also true that Japan hosts one of the largest baseball leagues each year. The Nippon Professional Baseball League is Japan’s top-tier baseball league, with 12 teams since its start in 1950. However, speculations have circulated that the organisers are considering expanding the competition to 16 teams.

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The teams are separated into two circuits of six teams each, The Central League and The Pacific League, and at the end of each season, the winning teams from both circuits compete in the Japan Series, which is also the Nippon Professional Baseball Championship series.

Every match is watched by around 28248 individuals, and the overall attendance for the 2013 season of the Nippon Professional Baseball league was a mind-boggling 22,047,491 viewers.

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9. KFC Big Bash League is a cricket league sponsored by KFC (BBL)

Despite the fact that the Big Bash League was created three years after the Indian Premier League, the world’s most followed cricket league, it has ascended through the ranks of the Most Popular Sports Leagues In The World, thanks to the quality of cricket and top-notch competition.

This Australian cricket league, founded in 2011, currently has 8 teams competing, with the Blockbuster Big Bash 2016 matchup between the Melbourne Stars and Renegades still the league’s highlight, drawing over 80,000 people for the live match.

The average attendance for a KFC Big Bash League match is 28,279 people.

8. La Liga (football league)

When Real Madrid won La Liga this year, leaving Barcelona in second place, it was the most talked-about moment of the year. Football (Soccer) supporters are among the most devoted, and as a result, La Liga is only the first of three soccer leagues on this list of the Top 10 Most Popular Sports Leagues In The World.

While Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been the biggest draws in La Liga, teams like Sevilla (who have won the Europa League hat trick) and Atletico Madrid are also dominant sides in addition to Real Madrid and Barcelona.

7. Major League Baseball (MLB)

When it comes to a baseball contest and its fan base in America, there is no comparison for MLB. Baseball is the sport that families in the United States play in their backyards, and we have also seen countless movies depicting a father playing catch with his children, which is an almost clichéd image of any American household.

Major League Baseball was founded in 1903 and now has 30 clubs, 29 of which are situated in the United States and one in Canada.

Major League Baseball averages 30,517 spectators each game

6. The Indian Premier League (IPL)

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Indian Premier League is the most popular sport in India, and some even say it is practised like a religion in the country, which explains why the BCCI is the richest cricket board in the world. Since its debut in 2008, the Indian Premier League has risen to become one of the most popular leagues in the world, with eight teams presently fighting for the trophy.

The Mumbai Indians won the league’s five finals, making them the most successful clubs in the league’s history. Each match in the League draws an average of 31,750 people.

5. Australian Football League (AFL)

The AFL, sometimes known as the Victorian Football Competition, is the most popular professional league in Australia that follows Australian football regulations. The name may have changed since its debut in 1897, but its audience has always increased.

The sport is played on an oval surface with four massive posts protruding out from either end and while it may appear similar to Rugby, Australian Football is a completely different ball game. This game of passing, kicking, and top-notch tackling has eighteen players from each of the 18 teams, with each team playing a 23-game regular season followed by a single-elimination playoff series.

The Australian Football League averages 33,428 fans per match.

4. English Premier League (EPL)

The English Premier League was founded in 1992, and in a short period of time, it grew in popularity around the world, rising to fourth place on our list. The English Premier League is the gold standard in football, offering the most entertaining, fast-paced football games with some of the best players on the planet, with Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal having the most interesting rivalries to watch out for.

The English Premier League (EPL) has a global cult following and is the most-watched football league in the world, with over 643 million homes and a potential TV audience of over 4.7 billion viewers.

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3. US College Football Division I FBS

College sports are where champions and true talents are developed, and in the United States, college sports have a tremendous following base because every person has a favorite team. Although it is true that American Soccer is the most-watched professional sport in the country and fans go crazy watching the Fixtures, the level of competitiveness in the US College Football Division remains strong as players view this as an audition for their NFL future.

The US College Football Division features 125 teams and an average of 43,288 fans in each contest.

2. Bundesliga in Germany

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Another soccer league, the German Bundesliga, is ranked second in terms of average attendance and is on our list of the World’s Most Popular Sports Leagues. The season, which has 18 teams in all, begins in August and ends in May. The German Bundesliga was founded in 1962, and 53 clubs have competed in it since.

The Bundesliga shares one trait with the NFL: one team, one town model, and the biggest crowd at the Signal Iduna Park was 95,211 in a league match between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, the highest attendance in any Football League in the world.

The German Bundesliga attracts an average of 43,400 fans per game.

1. The National Football League (NFL) is the most well-known sports league in the United States ( Biggest Sports Leagues In The World )

This American Football league has long dominated the list of the most popular sports leagues in the world, with 32 teams competing in a 17-week season. The Super Bowl is the most-watched annual event, and Super Bowl XLIX is the most-watched event in US television history.

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The National Football League was formed in 1920 with teams from three distinct leagues, and it gradually absorbed all of them before merging with the American Football League in 1970.

The National Football League is the most popular sports league in the world, with an average of 69,564 spectators per match.

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What are the 6 major leagues? ›

Other prominent leagues include Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Canadian Football League (CFL).
  • Major League Baseball (MLB)
  • National Basketball Association (NBA)
  • National Football League (NFL)
  • National Hockey League (NHL)
  • Canadian Football League (CFL)
  • Major League Soccer (MLS)

Which is the richest sports league? ›

In 2021, the league earned $16 Billion and the amount is only expected to rise. Thus the National Football League is the world's richest and biggest sports league.

Is IPL bigger than NFL? ›

As per figures collated by The Times of India, the IPL is now the second costliest sporting league in the world, next only to the NFL. If we analyze the per-game cost (including both TV and digital) of the big sporting leagues, the National Football League (NFL) stands first.

Which is No 1 sports in world? ›

While it may not be apparent in the United States, association football—also known as soccer—is the most popular sport in the world by a vast margin. Soccer is king in virtually all of Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East, Central America, and Asia.

What are the 5 main sports? ›

Baseball, basketball, ice hockey, American football, and soccer make up America's “five major sports”.

Which sport is the richest sport? ›

Top 12 Richest/Most-Paid Sports in the World
  • Tennis. ...
  • Golf. ...
  • Cycling. ...
  • Ice Hockey. Current Industry value: $60 billion. ...
  • Soccer (Football) Current Industry value: $600 billion. ...
  • American Football. Current Industry value: $200 billion. ...
  • Baseball. Current Industry value: $40 billion. ...
  • Basketball. Current Industry value: $90 billion.
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What is the highest paid sport in 2022? ›

1. Basketball. The highest-paying sport in the world is basketball. The NBA, with 30 teams, is the most popular and highest-paying basketball league.

What city has all 4 major sports? ›

New York and Los Angeles are the only two metropolitan areas with two or more teams in all four major sports (New York has MLB's Yankees and Mets, the NBA's Knicks and Nets, the NFL's Giants and Jets, and the NHL's Rangers, Islanders, and Devils.

What is the top 5 league? ›

The Big Five consists of the Premier League in England, the Bundesliga in Germany, La Liga in Spain, Serie A in Italy, and Ligue 1 in France.
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What is World no1 league? ›

With an average of 69,564 spectators per match, National Football League tops the list of 10 Most Popular Sports Leagues In The World.

Which league is most watched in the world? ›

Top 10 most watched football leagues in the world
  • Brasileiro Serie A. ...
  • Bundesliga. ...
  • Major League Soccer. ...
  • Serie A. ...
  • Liga Apertura. ...
  • Ligue 1. Ligue 1 boasts of some the world's biggest football superstars (Courtesy: PSG Talk) ...
  • La Liga. The second most watched league in the world is La Liga. ...
  • Premier League.
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Who is the biggest league? ›

1. English Premier League. Based on the criteria laid out to determine the best statistical league in the world, the English Premier League has it all. The EPL ranked fifth overall in goals per game, second in discipline, second in continental victories and fourth in point differential.

Which league has the highest prize money? ›

The UEFA Champions League had the highest prize money pool at 1.3 billion U.S. dollars as of 2022.

What is the most watched sport in the world? ›

What is the Most Watched Sport in the World? Again, football also dominates when it comes to watching sports. It is the #1 most watched sport in the world with an estimated 3.5 billion fans, around half the world's population!

Is IPL famous in world? ›

The IPL is the most-attended cricket league in the world and in 2014 was ranked sixth by average attendance among all sports leagues. In 2010, the IPL became the first sporting event in the world to be broadcast live on YouTube.

Where does IPL rank in the world? ›

IPL currently ranks as the fourth biggest sporting league in the world in terms of "per match broadcasting fees" behind NFL, EPL and the Major League Baseball. However, Shah expects the cash-rich T20 league to jump to the second spot after the IPL media rights auction for the 2023-27 cycle.

Is IPL richer than EPL? ›

The per-match value amounts to USD 15.1 million. In terms of per-match value, the numbers are behind only the NFL (National Football League), having already overtaken English Premier League's value (USD 11.23 million) on day one of the auction.

Which country is best in sports? ›

The 10 Most Athletic Countries in the World
Athletic RankCountry NameBest Countries Overall Rank
1Russia24
2Brazil20
3South Africa31
4Argentina40
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Which sport is the most popular? ›

Top 10 Most Popular Sport in the World
  • Football – 3.5 Billion Followers. ...
  • Cricket – 2.5 Billion Followers. ...
  • Basketball – 2.4 Billion Followers. ...
  • Hockey – 2 Billion followers. ...
  • Tennis – 1 Billion Followers. ...
  • Badminton – 950 Million Followers. ...
  • Volleyball – 900 Million Followers. ...
  • Table Tennis – 875 Million followers.
7 Jan 2022

Which sport is popular in USA? ›

Historically, the national sport has been baseball. However, in more recent decades, American football has been the most popular sport in terms of broadcast viewership audience.

What are the 3 types of sports? ›

There are so many sports available in the world nowadays, but we can categorize them by the numbers of players, the three main categories are individual sport, dual sport and team sport.

What is the US favorite sport? ›

Football continues to be the most popular sport in the United States. According to Gallup.com, 37% of U.S. adults picked football as their favorite sport to watch.

Who is the top 10 richest athletes? ›

The World's 10 Highest-Paid Athletes for the Last Year, per...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo, $115 million.
  • Neymar, $95 million.
  • Stephen Curry, $92.8 million.
  • Kevin Durant, $92.1 million.
  • Roger Federer, $90.7 million.
  • Canelo Álvarez, $90 million.
  • Tom Brady, $83.9 million.
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, $80.9 million.
26 May 2022

What is the richest game on earth? ›

Football or Soccer $600 billion

Football is the richest sport in the world with a Net Worth of around $600 Billion. Football is played by around 250 million people, often known as soccer, throughout 200 nations around the world.

What sports do rich play? ›

Top 10 Sports That Rich People Enjoy
  • Polo. ...
  • Tennis. ...
  • Horse Racing. ...
  • Sailing. ...
  • Car Racing. ...
  • Squash. ...
  • Lacrosse. ...
  • Crew.

Who are the 3 Billionaire athletes? ›

Arguably the best golfer to ever pick up a club, Tiger Woods recently made history for an accomplishment off the course. The 82-time PGA Tour event winner, which is tied for the most of all time with Sam Snead recently joined LeBron James and Michael Jordan as the one of the known athlete billionaires.

Who is the richest sport man? ›

Michael Jordan's net worth is estimated to be $2.2 billion in 2022, making him the richest athlete in the world.

What is the least paying sport? ›

Here are some of the lowest wages in professional sports:
  • Boxing. No athlete earns more today than Floyd Mayweather, who rakes in more than $73 million per year. ...
  • Bowling. ...
  • Football. ...
  • Golf. ...
  • Hockey. ...
  • Lacrosse. ...
  • Major League Soccer. ...
  • Minor League Baseball.
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Which city has most professional sports teams? ›

North American Sport Franchises

Of these cities New York has the most major league sports franchises with a total of 11 teams.

What is the smallest city with a professional sports team? ›

Green Bay, Wisconsin, is the smallest market to have a major pro sports team because of a population of around 105,100.

What was the first sport in America? ›

The first sporting event ever observed by Europeans in North America was a lacrosse game in 1637. Jesuit missionaries from France saw hundreds of native men playing a ball game with sticks that they thought resembled a bishop's crosier, so they called the game “lacrosse.”

Which is the strongest league in Europe? ›

1. English Premier League (EPL)

Why is PSG called Farmers league? ›

Its definition is rather simple – by referring to Ligue 1 as a 'farmers league', they jokingly suggest that it is a competition made up of people who take up actual farming as their day job and then play football in the evening.

Is Liga a top 5 league? ›

The UEFA league rankings currently list Liga NOS as the 5th best league after overtaking Ligue 1 who falls to 6th place (likely due to Benfica's 2-1 aggregate win over PSV as Eredivise are 7th).

Which is the No 1 t20 league? ›

Indian Premier League. No doubt that the Indian Premier League is the no. 1 Cricket league in the world.

Which cricket is the best? ›

LIST OF TOP 10 CRICKET TEAMS IN THE WORLD:
RANKCRICKET TEAMSRATING
1Australia126
2New Zealand114
3India113
4South Africa112
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Which football club is the best in the world? ›

Updated after matches played on 18 September 2022
RankClub / CountryPoints
1Real Madrid Spain2062
2Manchester City England2035
3Liverpool FC England1969
4Bayern München Germany1964
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18 Sept 2022

Which football league is hardest? ›

The Italian Serie A is another of the world's toughest leagues and is ranked as the fourth toughest on this list.
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LeagueDifficulty Score
Argentine Primera Division7
Italian Serie A7
English Football League Championship8
English Premier League8
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What is the most watched football match? ›

Euro 2022: England final was most-watched programme of the year with 17.4 million viewers.

Who are the biggest football club in the world? ›

There is no doubt Real Madrid is the most popular football club in the world. Real Madrid enjoys the biggest fan base in Football. While the club's history is remarkable and also Real Madrid is one of the most successful teams IN Football. Real Madrid won 10 European titles and Numerous major trophies in history.

Who is the No 1 player in football now? ›

Best Football Players to Watch out for 2022 Football World Cup
RankingPlayer NameClub/Team
1Lionel MessiPSG & Argentina
2Robert LewandowskiBarcelona & Poland
3Kylian MbappePSG & France
4Cristiano RonaldoManchester United & Portugal
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13 Sept 2022

Which team is the best in the world 2022? ›

The 33 best football teams in the world 2022/2023
  1. #1. Manchester City. 100.
  2. #2. Arsenal FC. ...
  3. #3. Tottenham Hotspur. ...
  4. #4. PSG. ...
  5. #5. Liverpool FC. ...
  6. #6. FC Bayern Munchen. ...
  7. #7. ...
  8. #8.

Which is the No 1 football league in the world? ›

Premier League

Who is the No 1 player in football now? ›

Best Football Players to Watch out for 2022 Football World Cup
RankingPlayer NameClub/Team
1Lionel MessiPSG & Argentina
2Robert LewandowskiBarcelona & Poland
3Kylian MbappePSG & France
4Cristiano RonaldoManchester United & Portugal
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Which league is the best in the world 2022? ›

The 10 Best Football Leagues In The World 2022
Best Football Leagues In the World 2022
#1English Premier League EPL
#2La Liga
#3Bundesliga
#4Italian Serie A
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Which team is the best in the world 2022? ›

The 33 best football teams in the world 2022/2023
  1. #1. Manchester City. 100.
  2. #2. Arsenal FC. ...
  3. #3. Tottenham Hotspur. ...
  4. #4. PSG. ...
  5. #5. Liverpool FC. ...
  6. #6. FC Bayern Munchen. ...
  7. #7. ...
  8. #8.

Which is the strongest league in Europe? ›

1. English Premier League (EPL)

Which league is most watched in the world? ›

English Premier League (EPL)

EPL enjoys a cult following across the globe and is the most-watched football league in the world, which is being broadcasted in over 212 territories to over 643 million homes as well as a potential TV audience of over 4.7 billion viewers.

Who is goat of football now? ›

Ronaldo's highest season return was 61, which he achieved in 2014-15, and he surpassed the 50-goal mark every season for six years between 2010-11 and 2015-16.
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Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi: Club goals.
Cristiano RonaldoSeasonLionel Messi
372019-2031
362020-2138
242021-2211
12022-237
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Who is the king of world football? ›

Cristiano Ronaldo Reaction when He is asked about Europa League!!

Who is the goat of soccer? ›

Argentina's Lionel Messi and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo light up the 'GOAT' debate in the modern era. Their dueling careers atop the world game make fans born in the 1990s and 2000s believe that these two are, by far, the greatest soccer players of all time.

Which football club is the best in the world? ›

Updated after matches played on 18 September 2022
RankClub / CountryPoints
1Real Madrid Spain2062
2Manchester City England2035
3Liverpool FC England1969
4Bayern München Germany1964
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18 Sept 2022

Is La Liga better than EPL? ›

In this regard, the Premier League trumps the La Liga financially, the relegated clubs in the Premier League get bigger prize money than some teams in the top half of the La Liga. Besides, the brand and image of the top six of the Premier League is only bettered by Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Which country has the best soccer league? ›

#1. English Premier League. The Premier League — also known as Premiership — is a professional association football league. It's England's top football championship and is contested by 20 clubs — including those from Wales that compete in the English soccer league system.

Which club has most fans in the world? ›

With 109 million followers, Real Madrid is the undisputed number one soccer club on Instagram.

Which team has many fans in the world? ›

Which football clubs have the most social media followers?
RankClubFollowers
1Real Madrid252.1 million
2Barcelona250.3 million
3Man Utd142 million
4Juventus104.1 million
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