Top 10 Most Watched Sports in 2022

10. NFL


Outside of the U.S., this sport has a limited following. However, within the continent, there is such a following of the NFL that the native fans have been able to launch it into this list with an estimated 400 million fans.

09. Basketball


With over 400 million fans around the world, basketball is part of the fabric of the American population, having been established in America in the late 19th century. However, it has been far more successful in spreading around the world than its American Football counterpart.

08. Golf


Golf can be both a surprising entry and an obvious one, depending on your outlook. First off, this is one of the oldest sports in this list having been established in the 13th Century in Scotland, and it has successfully spread around the world so that it now has a total of 450 million fans across Europe, Asia, and America. This would account for its vast reach.

07. Baseball


With 500 million fans, baseball is another American-led sport. The first league for the sport was created all the way back in 1876 and the sport has been growing since.

06. Table Tennis

Table Tennis

As mainstream sport goes, table tennis is relatively new. It started with a dominance in China about a century ago, eventually spreading to the rest of mainland Asia as well. However, it has now reached the rest of the world, which accounts for its incredible popularity with 850 million fans. One of the reasons this game is so popular is that the rules are fairly easy to pick up, table tennis equipment is cheap, space-efficient which makes the sport very accessible. 

05. Volleyball


Volleyball is an extremely simple game with little equipment and few rules. All you need is a ball and a net. Furthermore, the popularity of this sport has been evenly distributed around the world which accounts for its fan base of 900 million around the world. It was introduced in the Olympic Games back in 1964 and its beach variation was a real kickstarter for its rapid growth in popularity around the world. 

04. Tennis


This is one of the longest-standing and most reputable sports out there with a fan base of over 1 billion people! It has been around since the early 14th century, it is said that King Louis X of France had made for himself an indoor tennis court. 

03. Field Hockey

Field Hockey

This game has been around since the 3rd Century BC, having been established in Europe and Asia as well. While India and Pakistan dominated this sport during the first half of the 20th century, the Netherlands and Australia quickly took over that sport. 

02. Cricket


Cricket’s popularity is in large part because of the British Empire and the East India Company, and their fervent determination to spread their culture across the world in their hopes of bringing ‘civilization’ to the different nations. 

01. Soccer


With 3.5 billion fans around the world, soccer is the one sport that pretty much the whole world can agree upon can be claimed as the most-watched sport in the world. With its combination of adrenaline-pumping excitement, man-on-man aggression, tough competition, it’s really no wonder it comes on top.