Top Ten Greatest Sports

A sport is any competitive physical activity or game with organized rules, meant to improve physical ability and sometimes provide entertainment for spectators.
The Top Ten
1 Basketball Basketball is a sport played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches in diameter and 10 feet high mounted to a backboard at each end.

Back in 9th grade, I was the best at basketball. I got so many girls after me, but in 10th grade, I took a break. Or at least I thought it would be a break. I didn't play basketball after that. I was still known for being the best until 11th grade, when some other guy stole my thunder, but I really couldn't care less. I love this sport, and sometimes I play it with my friends. 12th grade came by and no one saw me as the best anymore. I really felt like I could have gone to be in the NBA. I'm serious. I think I had some record in the school of most dunks, which was 12. I participated in a lot of basketball themed events. I was called "Michael Jordan", and "Quick Hoop", and most of all, "The Best Basketball Player Ever". I feel like Michael Jordan takes that last nickname, but I think I deserved the other two. I felt really cool back then, but now I'm in my second year of college, and I don't really play basketball anymore. All of my friends still think that I should get back into it, ...more

I used to be a striker of my schools soccer team, I was really good at soccer, and I scored at least 5 points per game. Then one day, I watched a video on YouTube called "Michael Jordan - I Believe I Can Fly", that video showed me clips of Michael Jordan playing basketball. Michael Jordan showed me the beauty of basketball and he made so many people happy because of his skills. I want to be like MJ. He inspired me to play basketball. Now, I'm the star shooting guard of my schools basketball team who scores 25 points per game and has 7 assists per game. Go watch the video mentioned in this story, so you will be inspired. Basketball

It has a good balance of physicality, (under the hoop), finesse, (just good Michael Jordan), and IQ (Magic Johnson). Although not a collision sport like hockey or American Football, there is definitely contact. You need to be able to sprint for as long as you are on the floor, since if you don't you could possibly give up an easy bucket. The combination of speed (Derrick Rose, Allen Iverson), strength (Shaq), and verticality (Blake griffin) make it in my opinion the most entertaining sport to watch. In basketball, a comeback cannot simply be gained by getting a lucky shot or rebound like in other sports. If there is a ten point difference, the losing team will have to literally outscore the winning team 11-0 to win. One shot doesn't do it.

This sport has really changed me mentally and physically. At first, it was much tougher than I thought to be honest and made me fall to my feet quite a few times. I was much weaker then and very hesitate so I wouldn't recieve the ball as much. But over time, I started to practice a lot (this kind of sport requires daily practice by the way), and got better and better at it. Still, I was hesitating. The coached would always scream my name when I would receive the ball and I would panic and pass it to someone else or make a lousy shot (I still made a few though). People would tell me I should be more confident and practice even more, which I did for the team. Soon enough, my time came and I started making layups here and there and even took the ball down the court consistently. I one day became the star of the team and the coach would always rely on me in the game as well as the team. Still, it was quite tiring and much of a challenge for me too. But this is a very social sport and in ...more

2 Soccer Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players each. It is played with a spherical ball. The objective is to score the ball in the other teams goal.

Soccer is the best sport ever. For all of you people who say its easy or boring or any of that crap, it's because you've never played competitively. We do a lot of fitness training. We have practice 6 days a week. It's not like hockey where you get a sub every 45 seconds. Our games are 90 minutes and sometimes you don't get a single sub. You have to be running hard for a full 90 minutes. You want to call us weak now? And it is a contact sport. For those of you who say its not, you don't know anything about the game. I'm on the best team in my state and it is so much fun. It requires a ton of endurance, strength, individual skills, and teamwork. It's not a game where you score every 30 seconds because you actually have to work hard to score.

Soccer is the best sport, because there are moves that you can learn to get past a player. There are all sorts of related sports to soccer (Street soccer, Basketball, and believe it or not its American Football. Also those tricks and skills take so much practice and time just to go outside and play what you love which is soccer. When you play soccer and you want to step up your game and decide to join a team that team will give you money for the year as long as you well for you team you earn more and more money. Where ever you are Spain, Germany, United States, Italia, England, and more you might be asked to play for their national team to see who is the best and that to any soccer player who is in a average team is an honer to play for your country. And for all of you people who say its boring or any of that stuff is because you've never played it or you've never even touched a soccer ball before us boys/girls play so much soccer that we don't even have time to go anywhere or do ...more

The fact that football (soccer) isn't at #1 is ridiculous. It's called "the beautiful game" for a reason. It's a sport of incredible passion of players and fans. The fact that the World Cup exists means this should sport should be at #1. People who say "all you do is pass the ball around" are deluded and don't understand that there's so much tactics involved. I'd like to see you run non-stop for 90 minutes with only one water break (halftime). Also, soccer is the sport with the fittest players. And why is basketball at #1? No disrespect, because it's also a great sport. But the skills in soccer are way more difficult than basketball, and it's more physical overall.

Its called football, not soccer. Soccer has no place in the world except USA and Canada. Its Football. and American football should be called handegg not football.

3 Football American football is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end.

In grade 9 I was selected for team canada as one of the best defensive tackles in the game, at 6'4" 320 lbs I was a destroyer. Then came the concussions, after taking grade 10 off and having a strong grade 11 year making the league all star team as the only grade 11. I tried for team Ontario to try and enter the elite level again, my lack of commitment combined with injuries were my downfall as I met people slightly better than me, I didn't make the team and eventually took up basketball, I'm in college 230 lbs now 6'4" and I hope to make the team next year after being cut this year. How the mighty have fallen, football is not an easy sport you must stay committed to remain the best.

Just my opinion, but football is the greatest sport as it provides the best entertainment value.

The scoring frequency in football is right about where I would want it. Not too much scoring like baskeball and not too little scoring like soccer or hockey.

There is a significant physical component to the game that adds to the excitement. I can't explain it, but seeing a linebacker crush a wide receiver over the middle is pretty entertaining to watch.

And with every play starting at the line of scrimmage, it adds excitement to each snap. As opposed to playing non-stop, having a little break after each play allows for suspense to build up for what might happen next.

All-in-all, football seems to have the perfect recipe for a great sport. But like I said before, this is just my opinion and each person has their own preferences.

Attention upper class, entitled pricks who would try to make us believe this is just another name for soccer. Anybody with a brain, and if you like soccer you certainly don't have one, knows that when this thing makes two categories for 'soccer' and 'football', it's referring to American, aka real, football, not your foreign ball-tapping excuse for a sport. Get out all of your unwarranted and, frankly, pointless love for soccer in the appropriate soccer section, and please referring from desecrating the sections of actual sports. I know you soccer fans have probably never experienced a real sport, so I'll clarify that the term refers to most activities that aren't soccer, cricket, or synchronized swimming. Thank you for your consideration.

Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, San Fransisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Los Angeles Rams, Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, and Los Angeles Chargers. All of those teams have a meaning. Or a story. or something that makes them the greatest of all time. Like Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Jerry Rice, Aaron Rodgers, Dez Bryant, Drew Brees, Johnny Unitas, Antonio Brown, Randy Moss, Larry Fitzgerald, John Elway, Eli Manning, and Brett Farve, just to name a few. Football is the greatest sport of all time and always will be. There's no reason ...more

4 Baseball Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players each who take turns batting and fielding.

I hate that people say that baseball players aren't as athletic as other sports. So what if it's not physically painful or exhausting, you still need a ton of skill and strength to be successful. All of my friends that play baseball are some of the most athletic kids I know and play multiple sports. I play baseball and I do cross country and wrestling, probably the 2 most painful and exhausting sports. The idiots saying the sport is easy because all you do is catch a ball, throw it, and hit a ball simply either don't play the sport or is just really bad at it. Despite it being a little boring to watch, it really is a great sport if you try playing it and you work hard at it.

I chose baseball because it is my favorite, but I'll not argue with anyone's opinion because this list is a matter of personal preference. I will say that soccer's worldwide popularity is a weak argument for the sport. It gained popularity worldwide because it is cheap to play, requiring only something to use as a ball, and extremely easy to learn on the most fundamental level. Don't get me wrong, I know that playing soccer at a high level requires an enormous amount of skill and knowledge, but the basis of the game could not be easier; kick the ball through the goal. Any group of poor kids who has ever 5 minutes of the game, can immediately get something to use as a ball and start a rudimentary game. Basketball is almost like that, but has the disadvantage of needing a ball that bounces and way to hang a goal.

I wish baseball can still regain its popularity with about another billion fans worldwide, including at least a million sports fans who love sports should be baseball fans in all mega-cities globally. Even though MLB should've stand for Mega League Baseball instead of the word Major. All cities that has over 5 million people or their metro population of over 8 million people should be members of Mega League Baseball.

Soccer currently has 8 times more fans than baseball but baseball can still try to get more other sports fans worldwide to like baseball, like maybe about one-third of soccer fans and about two-fifth of cricket fans worldwide to start being baseball fans.

Baseball is my favorite sport. I understand that soccer is a worldwide played sport but that does not mean every single player actually has a love for the game. I love baseball simply because it's complicated and it is probably the biggest challenge. You need every aspect of your body to play baseball. In soccer if you break your finger you can still play most if not all positions because you only need your two legs. The only reason why people say you cannot play soccer if your finger is broken is simply because the doctor said to. Baseball players are so much more athletic than soccer and basketball players (didn't say football because those guys are huge). " If you take a baseball player and put him in any other sport he will compete, but if you take any other athlete and throw them an MLB average of 95 mph fastball they won't even touch it."

5 Ice Hockey Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points.

Full contact like football, fast pace like basketball, hand eye coordination requirement like baseball, and the main goal is to put something past the goalie into the back of the net. What is not to love about a sport that is like a combo of 4 other sports. Not to mention it is all done on ice! Incredible sport to play and watch. So much history in the books about this sport also. And who doesn't love the suspense of what don cherry will be wearing on Hockey Night In Canada. As a Proud Canadian I love this sport and I cannot think of a way that any other sport is better or more entertaining than Ice Hockey. Remember this is MY OPINION so for all you soccer fans out there just please don't flip out on me. Peace out.

When hockey's under two sports that penalize for a little bit of contact (basketball and soccer). Also, if you fight in any sport, you get ejected and get a suspension. In hockey, you sit in a box for 5 minutes and get right back into the game. Also, it's way more fast-pace than about any sport. And don't say "Oh, they're on skates so it requires more skill. That's why soccer is better". Isn't having more skill and having more of a challenge the point of most sports? Soccer also has huge ass nets so it's pretty much easier to score, but there's still only like 1-2 goals a game. And the ball's bigger. In hockey, the net is way smaller, and the puck is also very small and might be hard to see. Hockey>Other Sports.

Hockey is without a doubt the most fun to play. You have to play it to realize it. It's a very physically demanding sport, no room for pansies. As Brendan Shanahan said "IS hockey hard? I don't know, you tell me. We need to have the strength and power of a football player, the stamina of a marathon runner, and the concentration of a brain surgeon. But we need to put all this together while moving at high speeds on a cold and slippery surface while 5 other guys use clubs to try and kill us.

Oh yeah did I mention that this whole time we're standing on blades 1/8 of an inch thick? Is ice hockey hard? I don't know, you tell me.

Next question.

Hockey is one of the few sports that encompasses every aspect of what makes a sport great: speed, teamwork, finesse, skill, and of course CONTACT! The amount of skill and finesse in hockey is only rivaled by soccer, but soccer is missing contact which I think is a major reason why it's should be put at number 2. Basketball is missing contact as well. Who wants to which a bunch of grown ass men flop to get fowls all the time? Not me. Baseball is missing contact as well but the teamwork and skill in baseball is what makes it such a fun sport. Ice hockey is the best sport ever. Hands down in my opinion.

6 Tennis Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent or between two teams of two players each.

I LOVE TENNIS! I've been playing tennis since I was 5, and now I'm 13. Tennis is a great sport to play. You need arm strength, good footwork, metal skills, like where to hit the ball to. People think that it's just hitting a ball, which it is, but in order to be good at it, you need to swing that racket like your life depends on it. Things like dancing, lets be honest, sorry to those who disagree, but it isn't a sport. It does take skill, but I don't see dancing competitions on ESPN, my sis is a dancer, but I haven't seen a competition yet! Dancing, it is hard, but be honest with yourself, it isn't a sport. Another sport I like is swimming. I'm on the swim team, and I can say that swimming gets you in good shape, and you'll sweat, but you always have cool water surrounding you! I love swimming, tennis, football, basketball, softball, volleyball, and much more. Just not dance cheer and gymnastics

Trust me tennis will be the most popular sports after ten year. More and more people play tennis and more and more people watch tennis. The reason that tennis is a good sport is that it can play two on two. If you play team sport, no matter how good you are, if your team is bad you can never win. Tennis also practise your thinking skill because you always need to think where you hit the next ball. Many people think that tennis is a stupid game which two people just hit the ball this way and that way. Tennis practise your strength, agility and speed. Tennis will be the most popular sport after ten years.

All the higher ranked sports are OK IF YOU play them but be honest, YOU watch 'em on the sofa which makes you a couch potato and what you call a sport is really just "entertainment" like watching a movie. To be a sport YOU have to PLAY it. So how many of you call up 21 of your buddies on the weekend to join you in a game of football?...or call 17 of your buddies to join you in a game of baseball...or call up a buddy or two and drink a case of beer while watching somebody else on T.V. play a sport? That's why Tennis is the best...plenty of people to play this sport with in local leagues and tennis clubs...and avoid that beer body...and coronary/diabetes/high blood pressure...and so on.

I have been playing tennis since I was 4, I all together tennis is the hardest, most rewarding sport ever. Some people think it's just hitting a ball over a net. It so much harder then that. There are over twenty strokes you have to learn and consistently use. You have to be a great sprinter, have amazing footwork, be able to space the ball, and eye-hand coordination. Also there are tons of strategies that you need to know for BOTH singles and doubles. And finally you need to be mentally strong, because if you break down, nobodies there to save you.

7 Swimming Swimming is an individual or team sport and activity. Competitive swimming is one of the most popular Olympic sports, with events in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

This sport is great for exercising all muscle groups. While it is definitely not a "non-contact sport", a session in the pool burns more calories and has less sweat on your body after you get out. The feeling after you swim hard with a purpose when you touch the wall is exhilarating. This applies to all sports, but swimming helps you with focusing on multiple skills occurring simultaneously and also to work on your work ethic and self motivation. In conclusion, swimming is one of the only sports where you are a team and cheer for others, but compete individually (with occasional group bonding races).

As much as the other sports are more hardcore, but I believe that swimming should be in the top 5 at least. It does require the same things that other sports do except its in the water! It also has no sports-related injuries (at least not that severe anyways). Unlike other sports, you can keep swimming for as long as you live. In dryland, we do pretty much what every other athlete does to keep in shape and build that muscle to push that water away. This is why swimming is the best and I think should be #1!

First of all, I have to say that I personally am a swimmer so I might be a little biased...
Okay so how do I even start with this, swimming is one of the safest sports to train professionally, meaning once you know how to swim, with the exception of drowning, you don't get injured AS MUCH, with out any physical... aspects(for example running into one another, being tackled etcetera.) with other athletes. Second of all it is so fun to watch and compete in as well, the race is very exiting to watch especially for the relays, and competitive when two or three swimmers are close to reaching the end of the race. Third of all, it is a very good sport to do for not professional swimmer as well, a great way to stay in shape and fun at the same time, also you don't get sweaty although you still have to shower after swimming, it's still nice to be in the pool during hot summer days. Fourthly, swimmers in a team build a strong bond with one another even if you are not in the relay together, ...more

Gosh, swimming is incredibly hard. The practices tax your body, and the threat of not doing your best at a meet is a horrendous feeling. That may be with all sports, but in swim
I feel it is even worse. Furthermore, let's say you decide to skip practice. In no other sport do you come back after two days and be feel, as wellas actuallt swim slow. I just finished my regional meet, and took two easy days. I came back monday, and I could barely make 10 100's on the 1:10, which is an intermediate interval. So yeah, swimming is hard.

8 Bowling

In the top 10, possibly top 5 most participated sports in the World. Young and old, male or female can compete on an equal footing and it takes both mental and physical skill.

My favorite sport to play, lots of mental focus and the best part is that you don't have to mess up your body like those people with too much testosterone do.

I'm a bowler. It's a lot of fun. Great even for people who aren't athletic, like me. You do need some physical skill. Also, it uses math.

Absolutely amazing sport. Requires mental focus, willingness to react to changing lane conditions, and major dexterity.

9 Boxing Boxing is a martial art and combat sport in which two people wearing protective gloves throw punches at each other for a predetermined set of time in a boxing ring..

Boxing is an accessible sport that allows less privileged kids to escape the struggles attributed to living in a difficult environment. Equipment is affordable and minimal making it the perfect sport for most people. Maturity, dedication, and drive are improved in the process. Boxing is also extremely helpful in combating depression, anxiety, and other issues since it's such a physically draining sport. Boxing is also fun.

Did lots of sports at once in till I started boxing, hands down the most epic thrill you get when earn your goal of becoming the person you want too be. As boring the training is, it still comes in handy for fighting in matches. It is also helpful for your fitness!

That's the sport that demands the most from the athletes who compete in it,It's harder than football, harder than baseball, harder than basketball, harder than hockey or soccer or cycling or skiing or fishing or billiards or any other of the 60 sports we rated.

Boxing gives you the chance to be who you want to be. Its also a great way to release anger and things you've been holding on to. And on top of that it keeps you in shape. By far my favorite sport.

10 Archery Archery is the sport, practice or skill of using a bow to propel arrows. The word comes from the Latin arcus.

While it can be boring to watch (especially for those who are new to the sport) it is incredibly fun to do. The feeling of shooting an arrow in the center of the target never gets old. It's a perfectionist sport. An error of a few millimeters in your form can make you loose a few points.

I am on the archery team at my school. It is a sport that requires changes and adjusting with every shot. It is graceful and calm... most of the time. One kid on my team our coaches jacket! Don't worry she was not harmed.

I played archery back when my fifth grade class went, and while it takes some learning, nothing comes to the thrill of firing an arrow.

At least it gives you an advantage when a black bear is a metre away from you.

The Contenders
11 Dodgeball

Dodgeball is sick. Don't know why it's so underrated but I just love hitting people with balls, especially in the head.

What could be better than chucking balls at people's heads? I mean, seriously, just think about it...

Dodgeball is one of the funniest sports to play. Yet it's still underrated. IT should Have a IG league like the NDL or MLB or something.

Anyone can play dodgeball. That is why you play dodgeball a lot in primary.

12 Volleyball Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules.

I play volleyball on the 13s Fatchmo team; trust me, volleyball is not easy but it's a lot of fun and over all my favorite sport. Volleyball should definitely be in the top ten! We can bump, hit, serve, dig, and volleyball includes a lot of hustling but its worth it. No running in volleyball? When was the last time you ran ten feet in 1 second, threw yourself on the ground, and got back in position all in 3 seconds?! I'll quit competing when my heart stops beating. A lot of us miss 100% of the shots we don't take.

Volleyball is SO much fun! It's a game that EVERYONE can play at ANY level year-round and have a blast! Volleyball is everywhere - schools, beaches, community ed and bar leagues - clearly, people have fun playing! It's a great sport to play with your friends casually or competitively, and if you've never smashed that ball to the ground for a big kill, or aced a serve, you're missing out! Such an awesome feeling!

This should be higher. Volleyball is fun sport that everyone can play anywhere like in a gym or at the beach. Everyone saying it's easy or boring need to start playing. Volleyball is a hard and competitive sport. You have to learn how to hit, pass, set, serve, block, and move your feet just to hit the ball. So what. I'm saying is, volleyball isn't easy.

I have to vote for this because there's no chess here. CHESS IS A SPORT! Here are my top 10 sports:
10. Tennis
9. Atletic (I count all atletic sports here)
8. Formula 1
7. Skiing
6. Ski Jumping
5. Waterpolo
4. Handball
3. Soccer
2. Volleyball
Honorable mentions:
Ice Hockey - the only problem is that the "ball" is too small
Cycling - the problem is the same that almost kept tennis off the list - the races are too long
Don't give a damn I don't like basketball.
1. Chess. Please put chess on the list, and put it on #1. Put volleyball on #2.

13 Wrestling Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds.

Anybody who says wrestling is fake is just being idiotic. Its not fake it's "predetermined". All those grapple's you see is being performed using ones strength its not like they are hooked up by cable's being lifted up by other people. It's a brutal sport but its also great entertainment too with characters that are larger than life. And also anybody who says that wrestling isn't brutal just needs to go look up different injuries that have occurred during wrestling match's. Broken Necks, Concussions, Torn Quads, Broken Legs, Heart Attacks. That is how punishing this sport can be.

You ae to have a great attitude and passion do this sport. Skill also. You can't just go out there and run after a ball. You have to actually watch another person to see what there next move is going to be. It takes endurance. Lots of it. And passion.

THIS IS NOT WWE WRESTLING! Wrestling deserves to be up there, individual sports are a challenge of their own. Unlike team sports, THERE's NOWHERE TO HIDE, once you step out on the mat it's you and one other person and it will show how much you've put into it. Anybody can be a wrestler, we come in all shapes and sizes, so it gives opportunity to everybody and hard work will be the difference, not size.

WWE wrestling isn't fake. It's scripted, which means it's an act. It's not like a cartoon or animated movie. Those are fake. College wrestling is really cool to watch. I'm a huge wrestling and WWE fan, and it's always enjoying to watch

14 Auto Racing

An F1 driver's heart rate averages 180bpm (about 80% of maximum) for the ENTIRE race. No other sport places such strain on the cardiovascular system. But that's just the beginning. Such a fit cardiovascular system is essential for what the sport essentially is - precisely controlling a hyper-sensitive vehicle at speeds generating G-forces experienced by astronauts all whilst keeping 100% UNBROKEN concentration for the entire 2 odd hour race. Nothing I said is exaggerated and all these facts can be found through googling. There is no other sport which requires so much from it's participants. It is astounding how unappreciated F1 and indeed all forms of motor sport are.

One of the most underrated sports. There is an endless amount of math that is required to succeed in it. All sports are sports you should use your brain in, but NASCAR takes a lot of brain power. You have to know how to get a pit stop right, how fast you're going on the track so you can defend and gain positions, and how long you can go without pitting to win a race. Also in soccer, baseball, football, and basketball, you can recover from your mistakes. But in NASCAR, if you make a mistake, you're screwed. So guys, give NASCAR some more love.

Ok, take an F1 driver, teach them the rules of any other sport here, and they'll be darn good at it. Not pro level, but bloody good.
Now do the reverse - take anyone from any of these other sports and put them in an F1 car. They wouldn't even get the car moving without constantly stalling. Little own do a lap without crashing. Little own do a lap quickly. Little keep that up for 2 hours.

In the 80s, rally featured Group B, where cars had no limits and spectators stood only feet away from vehicles reaching 150mph, just to get a better view! Although Group B was banned due to many fatalities, rallycross is still seen all over the world, with some of the greatest drivers in any motorsport! It's a quiet genre in the racing seen, but it is easily one of the most entertaining to watch.

15 Cricket Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard-long pitch with a wicket, a set of three wooden stumps sited at each end.

Cricket has got to be the most boring, dull, repetitive sport of all time how is it 7 let alone in the top 10!
Football will always be better than this rich mans, able bodied sport.
Football is universally recognized and played, anyone can play it, all you need is a ball.
Cricket has got no atmosphere at all, apart from the occasional game in India I have heard are rather atmospheric.
The Ashes, the biggest prize of them all is a tiny pathetic extremely uninspiring trophy all be it contains history.
Plenty more reasons why football is better or "soccer" if some people were getting confused. I just don't have the patience to jot down the reaming reasons. Just as I don't have the patience to withstand a Cricket match.
Thank you for reading

What more is there to say? Cricket is the Gentleman's sport. And yes, it is a sport. An incredibly vigorous, athletic, intense sport. Bat under a sweltering hot Perth sun and have hard leather balls being thrown at your head at 95 mph and then talk about how this sport doesn't require bravery, determination, grit, and skill. There are so many pieces of the puzzle, so many tactics and captaincy decisions that actually matter, that Cricket may well be the physical sporting equivalent of Chess, being much, much more interesting and fun to watch!

Cricket is my favorite game. I know there is an idiot who says that it is a dull, repetitive sport of all time. The Ashes, which is called the biggest prize, isn't actually the biggest prize since only England and Australia compete for it in my opinion. No, the biggest prize is the World Test Championship or the ODI World Cup. You say it is boring?! Watch the 2019 World Cup Final and then eat your words. It is in my opinion, the most exciting, edge of the seat, thrilling and dramatic match ever.

And also, to the brainless idiot who said the Ashes trophy is pathetic, learn the history behind it.

Its sad that only south Asians, South Africans, aussies and brits know about cricket. It really is an amazing complex sport. It requires the brain and technique. ODI and t20 matches can get very intense, they become absolute thrillers and rollercoasters and are so fun to watch. The statistics are even fun to analyse as you get to know more about players. Sometimes tests can be very fun to watch as well after you know the game. It takes a little time to know the full rules at first, but after that, it becomes the best sport to watch.

16 Golf Golf is a club and ball sport in which players use various clubs to hit balls into a series of holes from a range of 80 to 600 yards on a course in as few strokes as possible.

It should be in the top ten. So many different skills needed, and different shots, I:e low draw, low fade, high draw, high fade, high hook, 300 yard drive, flop shot to name a few. Shooting in the 60s on a course like Oakmont has to be up there in sporting achievments. Taxing on the mind too, if you don't have it between the ears, then you're shot. Tiger Woods was good before because he was fit and he had a good state of mind.

Best sport ever created. I used to think it was lame and boring, then I tried it and found it is the most fun game ever invented, and a true test of skill.

Not only requires extreme coordination, but the mind game is intense.

Golf is less a sport and more of a "Let's see how long it takes old white guys with erectile dysfunction to hit a tiny ball into a slightly larger hole" activity.

Golf is a safer sport. It has more strategy than most sports, I absolutely think soccer is to, for the free kicks you must find the perfect angle for the ball to go in.

17 Gymnastics Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of exercises requiring strength, flexibility, balance and control.

Gymnastics is one of the greatest sports in the world. I've been a competitive gymnast since the age of 7 and I have fallen completely in love with it. It's such a hard sport and that's what makes it fun. It requires strength, power, flexibility, agility, stamina etc. It's amazing to watch those Olympians flip about in the air, it takes a lot of skill and dedication to get that far and very few make it. It's amazing to see how gymnasts know where they are in the air during a somersault or twist, and know exactly where to open out to land perfectly. But it doesn't always go perfectly, it's hard and you will fall time and time again, but gymnastics gives you the power to not give up, to try your hardest to get that skill. Gymnastics teaches you a lot more than school does. I love to fly through the air, that's why I love it so much and why I find it so fun. I'm never gonna lose the love for this sport no matter what anyone says. If someone says gymnastics is bad, they don't know what ...more

Gymnastics is very difficult and we train for 25 or more hours by the age of 6 or 7 and we lots of hard conditioning but it is truly a great sport. I've done it for 12 years and I'm 14 years old. It has taught me so many skills other than flips.

Gymnastics has also taught me mental skills like getting over mental blocks and having courage. Also you have to balance practice with schoolwork so gymnastics has also taught me time management.

I also made great friends and have had many fun experiences hosting meets and hangin out with my gym friends.

Watching gymnastics is also very exciting because each individuial has her own routine.

Gymnastics is an all-around development sport, whether competing in a team, by yourself, or just training for fun. This sport brought me 9 years of the happiest memories- travelling around Europe with my team. I also found that it helps develop strength, stamina, agility, balance and flexibility like no other sport (this has appliance to other forms of sport as well and can give you an upper hand as an athlete) I highly recommend it!

I am a competitive gymnast, every day after practice I come home limp and tired, a lot of times I sprain my ankle. The only reason I haven't dropped out is because first, its fun, and second, it's a challenge. I freak out when I go on the beam, and I am far from being gabby douglas, but gymnastics is my passion. And I will never, ever quit, even when it gets overwhelming and fustrating, I know I have people cheering me on, and I love it!

18 Badminton Badminton is a racquet sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. Although it may be played with larger teams, the most common forms of the game are "singles" and "doubles".

Should definitely be higher. I know not everyone enjoys it, but that might just be because you aren't used to it. I really like this sport, it's just so fun.

At top levels badminton requires an enormous amount of fitness. Players must endure games that can last over 90 minutes and must constantly twist and turn and move explosively.

Furthermore, badminton has been recorded as the fastest sport in the world, with the fastest smash being 493 km/h. Anyone who claims that it isn't a sport has obviously never played it properly, lacks the required skill or fitness or has never seen it played professionally. A fantastic sport.

I love this sport so much. It should be #1. You can play it in your backyard easily or take lessons which usually don't cost much or don't cost anything at all. For a lot of people, it takes yeas to get to the intermediate level. I've done it for less than a month and now practice with beginners and intermediates. I love badminton

Badminton is so much fun as it is the fastest racket sport, the feeling of the shuttle whooshing through the air is unlike any other and it is just amazing. You can burn 350 calories in just one hour of playing the sport! Plus, like any sport, it has other benefits such as mental health and making friends. GO BADMINTON FOREVER!

19 Dance

What!?! Dancing should be first on this list! It's the hardest sport (especially ballet! ) I'm glad it is here though! Dancing involves major passion and motivation! It's the best feeling and way to express yourself! I love dancing! It's the best sport ever! And should definitely beat some of the other sports! Dancers!

I absolutely love dance, and for those who say it isn't a sport should really try it before forming an opinion. Anything that makes you sweaty and sore is most likely a sport, unless you're a lazy person who never gets off the couch and has to mow the lawn or something. I play soccer, basketball, and volleyball, so I know what sweaty and sore means. Nevertheless, I can still come home after a 4-hour dance practice with ultra-sore legs.

The best thing about dancing is that there are so many different types, all unique in their own way! The stereotype that dance is a "girly" thing is a lie. I've been Greek dancing since I was a 3-year-old, and for those who don't know what Greek dancing is, look it up. There will always be a boy leading the dances and doing crazy tricks on beat. So, you can't say that dance is a girly thing anymore, right?

Anyway, I was surprised to see Dance ranked so high. Most people think of physically tiring sports as the best, so I won't ...more

Well I know a lot of people who do not like any kind of sports...but they love Dancing! Dancing can be done by any one in any way...there are no rules, since it is a form of art. Personally I love it! Always makes me feel vivid and happy

Dance takes not just strength but also grace. Not many sports can say that they look stunning and gorgeous while they are playing the biggest game of their life.

20 Mixed Martial Arts Mixed martial arts is a full-contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports and martial arts.

This teaches you self-defense this teaches you how to be a real warrior in all sports.
Soccer is the first and ibrahimovic learned karate to get to soccer

Great sport for humans of any age! From school yards to elderly nursing homes, anyone can participate!

This should be #1 it is the ultimate sport that need every muscle of the body to do.

Mma has so much more to offer then boxing. It should be in the top 20 but above boxing.

21 Biking

I do biking I love it it's really keeps your whole tire body moving this sport is more but than cycling much butter.

Biking and Cycling are the same thing so why did you put this on here?

22 Ping Pong Ping-pong, or table tennis, is a sport where players hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table.

Surprised by some of the comments :
"Ping Pong is not a sport it's a game" : Probably written by someone who never trained to become a great Ping Pong player. It requires not only a great amount of practice but also a lot of concentration because everything happens so fast. Anyway, by definition, any kind of activity that requires movement of any sort is a sport.
"Ping Pong is pointless" : No sport is pointless. Ping Pong enhances your ability to concentrate as well as your overall reflexes. The table is small so everything around you happens very quickly and you have to be able to keep up. Not to mention that the footwork has a major role to play.
"Ping Pong is Asian they should stick to maths and eating dogs" : Troll 101.

The beauty of this game is overwhelming! Table Tennis is definitely my favourite sport, as it needs great mental strength and outstanding motivation skills. To play the game you need a highly committed mind set as well as a determined attitude! The precision of the game is excellent and it is a pleasure to not only play but to watch as well! I enjoy the adrenaline rush when I'm playing an opponent too! Its amazing, fantastic and everything a sport needs! I love Table Tennis and there comes no doubt to my mind that it deserves that number 1 spot!

Table Tennis is definitely my favourite sport. I've been playing for 7 months and there's so much more to it than people think. The speed and spin you can put on it is amazing. It's unique and at first it may seem like a basic rip-off of tennis but it's actually a completely different sport.

Ping Pong answers the essential question of our time: how can you take a half-decent sport and make it even more pointless? Shrink it down!

23 Skateboarding Skateboarding is an action sport which involves riding and performing tricks using a skateboard. Skateboarding can also be considered a recreational activity, an art form, a job, or a method of transportation.

It's not a sport it's a lifestyle. Lance Mountain (a pro skateboarder) says "Riding a skateboard doesn't make you a skater, being unable to stop riding a skateboard is what makes you a skater." It's the most independent activity because you make your own goals and you get to decide what you want to do with your skateboard. Whether it's dropping in on huge bowls or kickfliping 12 stairs you can do what you want, you just have to build your self to the top of those things.

Dude without skateboarding I don't know what I would do in life, I mean come on it's really fun and even when it is competitive it really isn't just a couple of friends skating together and not arguing like all the other sports. Plus you can practically skate averywhere you go.

I like MTBing too, but this is my favourite at the moment. There's just so much to it as well as having an amazing sense of freedom. Its also a great way to stay in shape.

Skateboarding is not a hobby, it is a way of life
Skateboarding lets you be free and it gets the girls... Yes!

24 Running Running is a method of terrestrial locomotion allowing humans and other animals to move rapidly on foot. Running is a type of gait characterized by an aerial phase in which all feet are above the ground.

Running is the best sport. Some say it's not a sport but they can't testify to that because THEY HAVE NOT experienced the joy and pain and victory in racing not OTHERs but challenging yourself every single day. Running has helped me so much—both mentally and physically.

Running is the best sport ever. It is a test of human endurance. It is a mind sport. Your will and speed are both critical in running. A good attitude too. You can run with a friend, with many people, or by yourself. It is an inspirational sport. Running has also changed the lives of many. Everyone knows what is running and so many people run on a daily basis. The satisfaction you get after running is also priceless and you know that you have worked out after running. Running is also required in almost every sport. Running is a classic, basic building block of Sports.

If you learn running, you can survive. I mean what if a grizzly bear comes out of nowhere and there is a tree a mile away? You might think "Kill the grizzly! " but no. Do you think a kid who doesn't fight and loves nature going to do it? No. Grizzly bears can't climb. The best way is: RUN! That's why I recommend you to try your best in running.
Besides that, how many sports include running? Soccer, basketball, football, baseball, tennis, kickball even sports like ice hockey and dodge ball! This sport is like what you would enjoy with your favorite sport (not swimming)!

Track and Cross Country are definitely the best sports there are. Running is fun and essential to life. It improves your cardio, heart, lungs, pretty much every muscle feels good in your body when you run! I've been doing Track ever since the 3rd grade, and I'm totally into it. I love challenging my friends, smashing old PB'S, /and of course all the compliments and cheers I get when I tell people at school I went to the Junior Olympics for running. Without running, you can't do other sports. Every sport, except maybe golf and cricket, require strong muscles and fast feet, which running can build.

25 Horseback Riding Horseback riding (or Equestrian) is one of the most intense sports known to man. Not only because it's physically challenging, but it takes more than athleticism. Horseback riding takes commitment, time, patience, and most importantly building a bond with your horse. If you don't have a good relationship with your horse, you're not going to have a good experience. You need to spend as much time with your horse as you can, riding and on the ground. You need to learn how to work with your horse, not against your horse. It's a team sport, a team of two. more.

To anyone who thinks that this sport just entails sitting on a horse, you are insane. Unless the horse is just walking don't think I ever actually just sit on it. Horseback riding uses a wide range of leg and stomach muscles and can be incredibly dangerous if the rider is not properly trained (leaning to much forward or backward, holding the reins to stiffly or letting them bounce to much, positioning your foot to high or low, squeezing or not squeezing with your legs enough is a great way to spur the horses, get bucked, or just fall off). It is also a very satisfying sport as it creates a bond with you and your horse, let's you jump (okay who doesn't think jumping three feet is cool? ), go at high speeds, and compete in various equestrian activities (dressage, vaulting, polo, etc.)

There is nothing on earth that is greater than the bond you can have with your horse. There is no love greater than the love that a horse can give and there's a reason why riding is literally a form of therapy for both the physically and mentally disabled. This sport has ruined my sleep schedule, nails, social capabilities, appearance, grades, life. and I have loved every minute of it. I wouldn't trade this lifestyle for the world, because for me, it is my world.

WHY ISN'T HORSEBACK RIDING TOP 20?! I've been riding since 3rd grade and loved it. This is the hardest sport of all. You need will, patience, LOTS of leg strength, and MORE! You're basically getting a gigantic animal to submit to you, and carry you on. For those that say that this isn't a hard sport, try galloping towards a three-foot tall post with just your feet keeping you on a huge prey animal! You also need to be able to multitask double-time, posting, managing reigns, looking to see where you're going, listening to coach's directions, making sure reigns are at correct length. Also, you need a lot of leg strength to do this sport well, like posting, for example, is extremely tiring. Sure, the horse is doing lots of work, but so are YOU. Why isn't this sport popular, I'll never know. It's truly amazing to watch, and much more experience for yourself. Most people are scared only because of the costs associated (half-chaps, paddock boots, helmet, breeches, gloves, etc.) Please PLAY ...more

WHAT! Why in the world would horse back riding be so low? For one thing it's the 4th hardest sports in the olimpics! Also for all those sports like soccer and basketball, that require a ball, in horse back riding, our ball is a 1,000 pound animal that can easily take off and buck you off! For all those people that think horse back riding is just sitting on a horse and the horse does all the work, think again! Lots of people have only been on pony rides with extremely well behaved horses! If they think it's so easy why don't they go ride my mare at 10:00 in the morning in 30 degree weather in January and jump 2 feet and higher at a horse show I go to every year! See how easy they think it is then! I've been riding since I was 4 and I've been going to lessons ever since, so I know perfectly well how challenging horse back riding is. Your body position needs to be pretty much perfect, back strait, heels down, don't hold the reins too tight or too loose, don't pull on the horses mouth, ...more

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