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Is football the world's number 1 sport?

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Appreciate you can't speak on behalf of the whole world, but interested to hear the general answer to this question.

In short, in an effort to get my children to join a school football club, I've told them that football is the world's number 1 sport.

It's certainly up there in the top four, but is it truly the number 1?  Or have I told my kids a whopper of a lie?

It worked though, they joined the football club.

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43 minutes ago, myol'man said:

Fishing? 

I've always understood that Angling is the UK sport with highest number involved. Don't know how accurate that is.

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1 minute ago, cidered abroad said:

I've always understood that Angling is the UK sport with highest number involved. Don't know how accurate that is.

That amazes me, surely it is the most boring past time on earth (at the risk of upsetting any keen anglers on here)!

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51 minutes ago, reddogkev said:

Appreciate you can't speak on behalf of the whole world, but interested to hear the general answer to this question.

In short, in an effort to get my children to join a school football club, I've told them that football is the world's number 1 sport.

It's certainly up there in the top four, but is it truly the number 1?  Or have I told my kids a whopper of a lie?

It worked though, they joined the football club.

Depends on what measure is used.

Certainly more countries play football than any other sport BUT, what about the number of active participants?

Speaking from experience both my lads benefited enormously, in many ways, from playing school / junior football. I would thoroughly recommend it.

I got involved in the coaching and that got me into coaching adult football.

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Anecdotally, and speaking from only my own experience, I would say football is the only sport that you can use as the basis of a conversation wherever you may find yourself around the globe. If your boys have any interest in travelling the globe then an ability to chat about football will serve them pretty well.

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23 minutes ago, cidered abroad said:

I've always understood that Angling is the UK sport with highest number involved. Don't know how accurate that is.

biggest urban myth since 1982, running is the biggest participation sport then football in the UK.

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1 hour ago, myol'man said:

Fishing? 

He said sport. Not stood/sat there occasionally moving your arm..! 

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1 hour ago, Lorenzos Only Goal said:

biggest urban myth since 1982, running is the biggest participation sport then football in the UK.

I guess it depends on what you class as participation. Is it actually doing the sport, or does watching or it being your favourite classed as participating.

I can’t imagine 80,000 people turning up at Wembley twice a fortnight to watch a running league.

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2 hours ago, grifty said:

By population, cricket might run it close? Mainly due to India

Yep, I worked on the Cricket World Cup this year in the media broadcast team and each of the games was watched by nearly 2 billion people (cumulative average) - the TV audiences watched nearly 14 billion hours of coverage 

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6 minutes ago, grifty said:

I guess it depends on what you class as participation. Is it actually doing the sport, or does watching or it being your favourite classed as participating.

I can’t imagine 80,000 people turning up at Wembley twice a fortnight to watch a running league.

I think participation generally implies participation, 80K watching is not participation. 

Where as spectator implies spectator ;)

 

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1 minute ago, BS4 on Tour... said:

Yep, I worked on the Cricket World Cup this year in the media broadcast team and the games were watched by nearly 2 billion people (cumulatively) ...

2.5 billion for cricket and 4 billion for football :) either way you cut that, that's a lot of bloody people more than half the planet watched the world cup final :o

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2 hours ago, reddogkev said:

Appreciate you can't speak on behalf of the whole world, but interested to hear the general answer to this question.

In short, in an effort to get my children to join a school football club, I've told them that football is the world's number 1 sport.

It's certainly up there in the top four, but is it truly the number 1?  Or have I told my kids a whopper of a lie?

It worked though, they joined the football club.

Here is a Table of Top 10 Popular Sports

rank Sport Estimated Fans Regional Popularity
1. Soccer / Association Football 3.5 Billion Europe, Africa, Asia, America
2. Cricket 2.5 Billion Asia, Australia, UK
3. Basketball 2.2 Billion US, Canada, China, and the Philippines
4. Field Hockey 2 Billion Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia
5. Tennis 1 Billion Europe, Americas, and Asia
6. Volleyball 900 Million Asia, Europe, Americas, and Australia
7. Table Tennis 850 Million Asia, Europe, Africa and Americas
8. Baseball 500 Million US, Japan, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic
9 Americal Football   Rugby 410 Million   410 Million USA mainly   France, England, New Zealand, South Africa
10 Golf 390 Million Europe, Asia, America, Canada
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Cycling will be in the top four or five at least. Tour de France biggest annual sporting event. Add in the Giro, Vuelta, Spring Classics and other Monuments, plus others like Paris Nice, Dauphine, and other one week tours plus World Championships and the winter track events, nearly all on TV. Generates huge TV audiences, plus literally millions of roadside spectators.

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3 minutes ago, Mike Hunt-Hertz said:

Fishing always seems a bit one sided to me!

Depends what you`re after catching I guess? if you`re trying to hook a great white shark it would even things up a bit.

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Yes, and by a long way.

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12 minutes ago, Kodjias Wrist said:

I would say computer/console gaming 🤣

Get out. Leave. Just leave.

 

I'm know you're joking and I am a gamer myself but sorry we shouldn't even joke about video games being a sport.

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8 minutes ago, ExiledAjax said:

Get out. Leave. Just leave.

 

I'm know you're joking and I am a gamer myself but sorry we shouldn't even joke about video games being a sport.

Mad isn't it. It was close to being recognised as an Olympic sport called esports 😂

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Having made lots of headlines a while ago I'd have thought 'boob cricket' was an up and coming new sport, however despite being popular in the area of its origin north of the river in Bristol it seems to have lost its appeal and failed to catch on elsewhere.. 

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Don't kids these days consider computer games to be 'sport'?

In terms of participation, would guess angling, swimming, cycling and football top the last, although not necessarily in a competitive way.

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28 minutes ago, Kodjias Wrist said:

Mad isn't it. It was close to being recognised as an Olympic sport called esports 😂

esport cycling is a growing force. Especially after Zwfit partnered with the UCI in Yorkshire this fall.

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29 minutes ago, New2City said:

esport cycling is a growing force. Especially after Zwfit partnered with the UCI in Yorkshire this fall.

Jesus wept don't even get me started on zwift. My cyclist mates treating it like it's real, like a mile on zwift is equal to a mile on the road. Awful, awful thing.

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1 hour ago, Kodjias Wrist said:

I would say computer/console gaming 🤣

I raise you w an king and it always comes to an exciting conclusion almost a climax you might say.

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3 hours ago, BigTone said:

Here is a Table of Top 10 Popular Sports

rank Sport Estimated Fans Regional Popularity
1. Soccer / Association Football 3.5 Billion Europe, Africa, Asia, America
2. Cricket 2.5 Billion Asia, Australia, UK
3. Basketball 2.2 Billion US, Canada, China, and the Philippines
4. Field Hockey 2 Billion Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia
5. Tennis 1 Billion Europe, Americas, and Asia
6. Volleyball 900 Million Asia, Europe, Americas, and Australia
7. Table Tennis 850 Million Asia, Europe, Africa and Americas
8. Baseball 500 Million US, Japan, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic
9 Americal Football   Rugby 410 Million   410 Million USA mainly   France, England, New Zealand, South Africa
10 Golf 390 Million Europe, Asia, America, Canada

2 billion for field hockey? Really? Ice hockey I could understand but field hockey?

No Formula One on the list?

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4 hours ago, Up The City! said:

2 billion for field hockey? Really? Ice hockey I could understand but field hockey?

No Formula One on the list?

Field Hockey is huge in Asia and Africa.

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7 hours ago, New2City said:

esport cycling is a growing force. Especially after Zwfit partnered with the UCI in Yorkshire this fall.

 

6 hours ago, ExiledAjax said:

Jesus wept don't even get me started on zwift. My cyclist mates treating it like it's real, like a mile on zwift is equal to a mile on the road. Awful, awful thing.

And worse still, don’t call autumn ‘fall’! 

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2 hours ago, WarksRobin said:

Athletics

Just above watching paint dry

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3 hours ago, Wade Wilson said:

I think it’s safe to say when you see this that football is number one most played at the very least. 

Very odd that they call themselves Football Australia. 

Pretty sure that to 99% of Australians, Football = Aussie Rules. 

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14 hours ago, cidered abroad said:

I've always understood that Angling is the UK sport with highest number involved. Don't know how accurate that is.

By far the biggest participant sport if participant is measured by registered. There are four million registered anglers - members of fishing clubs and rod licence holders.

Football is second but far exceeds angling in numbers who are not registered, affiliated etc. Include those who knock a ball around down the park, play with friends at six a side, play at school as being those who play football with players in clubs  .. Its something like one in six of the populace play some form a football once a month.

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19 hours ago, ExiledAjax said:

Jesus wept don't even get me started on zwift. My cyclist mates treating it like it's real, like a mile on zwift is equal to a mile on the road. Awful, awful thing.

Being a zwifter myself, I can assure you a mile on zwift is harder/worse than a mile on the road. Honest to god, with a good smart trainer set up, it's incredibly realistic to road cycling.

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2 hours ago, New2City said:

Being a zwifter myself, I can assure you a mile on zwift is harder/worse than a mile on the road. Honest to god, with a good smart trainer set up, it's incredibly realistic to road cycling.

Coincidentally I've met one or two Guitar Hero players who honestly think they are Eddie Van Halen ;)

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1 hour ago, City Rocker said:

Coincidentally I've met one or two Guitar Hero players who honestly think they are Eddie Van Halen ;)

Conversely I once played Guitar Hero with Eddie Van Halen and he was rubbish!

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1 hour ago, City Rocker said:

Coincidentally I've met one or two Guitar Hero players who honestly think they are Eddie Van Halen ;)

Most I've met think they are Bert Weedon :dunno:

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1 hour ago, City Rocker said:

Coincidentally I've met one or two Guitar Hero players who honestly think they are Eddie Van Halen ;)

When playing Guitar Hero, you use a video game controller that happens to be shaped like a guitar. There are no strings, and while it's challenging to use the buttons on the "fret" of the video game, it's not nearly the same as positioning your fingers to produce the correct notes.  There are some exceptionally talented Guitar Hero players, but that skill wouldn't translate into being any good at guitar, without also knowing how to read music, how to place your fingers... how to actually play guitar.

Zwift is different in that you are taking an actual road bike and placing it into a trainer. With a smart trainer and a few other accessories, you can ride a simulated course (Zwift's take on Alpe d'Huez is a great comparison), feeling every grade change. People who have ridden the real Alpe and Alpe du Zwift have said repeatedly that it's quite comparable. There are video game dynamics to it... you acquire XP based on your riding, and you get virtual unlocks, which certainly helps motivate people to use the program. But the net end result is that you are still riding an actual bicycle, using your own body mechanics and not a video game controller.

 

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On 07/11/2019 at 05:24, Torpey'sBigToe said:

 

And worse still, don’t call autumn ‘fall’! 

Fall is the original old english word, which was supplanted in the UK by the French based word Autumn via royal and gentry influence. 
The early settlers retained the traditional word.

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On 06/11/2019 at 19:17, Lorenzos Only Goal said:

biggest urban myth since 1982, running is the biggest participation sport then football in the UK.

Running is only a sport if your racing

When i go for a 5k run on my own that is Keeping fit not sport

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5 hours ago, Port Said Red said:

Fall is the original old english word, which was supplanted in the UK by the French based word Autumn via royal and gentry influence. 
The early settlers retained the traditional word.

Crikers - good seasonal/etymological knowledge! Thank you for the education, PSR.

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