Top 3 Sports That Are Played In The World

Top 3 Sports That Are Played In The World

There is a widespread belief among a majority of people that sports is one of the most powerful medium through which society can become more equal, peaceful and socially cohesive. It goes without saying that sports has played an integral role in the evolution and sustenance of human society. Whether it is mentally, physically or spiritually, sports not just impacts the players but brings together fans across the globe in a manner that is not possible through any other medium. There is something about the sport dynamic that transcends all social, political and ethnic barriers to help unite people in the most humane manner possible. Hence the importance of sports can never be underestimated and it has the power to shape the foundation of society in the most profound and impactful manner. In this article, we will look at the three most popular sports that are played across the globe and enjoyed by millions of fans across the world.

Soccer

Basics of the game: Soccer or football as it is commonly called is played between two teams of 11 players with a spherical ball. The game is played on a rectangular field that has a goal at each end. The objective of the each player is to score a goal by using any part of their body, except their arms and hands. Only the goalkeepers are allowed to use their hands and arms to touch the ball and that also only when the ball is in the penalty area. The game is played by more than 250 million players in more than 200 countries across the globe, making it one of the most played sports in the world
Countries where it is popular: Almost every country in the world has some section of people who follow the game but popular among them are Germany, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, USA, Argentina, Netherlands, Japan Italy, etc
Number of fans: 3.3-3.5 billion fans around the world
Duration of the game: A normal football match consists of two halves and each half is 45 minutes long. Between the two halves, there is an interval, of not not more than 15 minutes long. If no goals are scored during the match, the game goes into extra time of 30 minutes, after which a penalty shootouts is held to decide on the winner.
Popular Sports persons from the field: Christiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Neymar Da Silva Santos among others

Cricket

Basics of the game: A bat and ball game, cricket is played between two teams of 11 players on a field at the center of which is a 22 yard long pitch. The team that wins the toss decides which team will bat first and which team will bowl first. When the team is batting, they attempt to score the maximum runs while the team that is bowling fields and restricts the runs of the opposite team. Each turn of the team is called an innings. In the end, the team with more runs, wins the match. There are three formats of the game namely Test, ODI (One Day International) and T20 which is responsible for increasing the popularity of the game in a massive way especially among youngsters.
Number of fans: 2-3 billion fans around the world
Countries where it is popular: India, United Kingdom, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Australia, South Africa among others
Duration of the game: Different format of the game have different durations. A Test match goes on for 5 days with generally four innings. In a test match, the objective of the bowling team is to get all the players out because it is only after all the players are dismissed (or if the batting team declares), can the other team take up batting. A One Day International has 50 overs per side and generally lasts for 8 hours. A T20 on the other hand has the shortest duration of 3 hours where each side plays for 20 overs and tries to score the maximum runs.
Popular Sports persons from the field: Sachin Tendulkar, Shahid Afridi, Brett Lee, M.S.Dhoni, Brian Lara, Lasith Malinga among others

Basketball

Basics of the game: Basketball is played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court. The objective of the player is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches in diameter and 10 feet high mounted to a backboard at each end of the court. A team can score a field goal by shooting the ball through the basket during regular play. While a field goal scores two points for the shooting team if the player is touching or closer to the basket and three points if the player is behind the three-point line. The team which has the most points at the end wins the match.
Number of fans: 2-3 billion fans around the world
Countries where it is popular: United States of America, Canada, China and Philippines
Duration of the game: A normal basketball match consists of 4 quarters of 10 minutes each. There is a 2 minute interval between the first and second period as well as between the third and fourth period. A 15 minute break is also maintained at half-tine. If there is a tie after the fourth period, the game goes on till the tie is broken. No basketball match ends in a tie.
Popular Sports persons from the field: Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, Yao Ming, Michael Jordan among others

So though there are many other forms of sports practiced in the world, soccer, cricket and basketball enjoy immense popularity not just on a national but global level. These sports have united people across the world irrespective of various kinds of barriers and made sports a universal symbol of hope, joy and solidarity.

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