List of professional sports leagues


A sports league is a professional body that governs the competition of its teams.[clarification needed] They make the rules for competition and behavior and disciplines its members as necessary. This is done through a structure that varies by league. Some are made up of a board of governors that have a commissioner or president, while others are single entity organizations where the league owns the franchises and therefore does not have a board of governors.[clarification needed]

This is a list of professional sports leagues.

This list attempts to show those sports leagues for which all players and teams are paid to play. In other words, these players can be considered to play their chosen sport as their profession. Some leagues don't pay well enough to allow players to use them as their primary or only source of income, but because the players are paid, it's still considered professional, or semi-professional. As such, some leagues listed here may not be fully professional.

Auto racing


Badminton


 England

 India

 Indonesia

Bandy


 Finland

 Russia

 Sweden

Baseball


Northern Hemisphere Summer

Americas

 United States,  Canada,  Cuba,  Venezuela, and  Argentina

 Mexico

 Argentina

Asia-Pacific

 Japan

 South Korea

 People's Republic of China

Taiwan

 Philippines

Europe

 Italy

 Ireland

 Netherlands

 Czech Republic

 France

  • Division Élite (officially semi-professional but contains several professional teams)

 Germany

 Spain

 Sweden

 Poland

 Portugal

Northern Hemisphere Winter

Americas

 Argentina

 Colombia

 Curaçao

  • Liga Aqualectra

 Dominican Republic

 Mexico

 Nicaragua

 Panama

 Puerto Rico

 United States

 Venezuela

Asia-Pacific

 Australia,  New Zealand and  South Korea

 Japan,  South Korea and  Taiwan

Basketball


Bowling


Boxing


Major promotions

Major sanctioning bodies

 India

Chess


 Philippines

Cricket


Africa

North America

Canada

United States

West Indies

Asia

Europe

Oceania

 Australia

 New Zealand

Curling


Cycling


 United States

 India

  • International Cycling League
  • Pro Cycle Cycling

 Italy

Competitive eating


Gridiron football: American football, Indoor American football, Arena football, Canadian football, and Flag football


 United States

 Australia

 Brazil

 Canada

 China

 Croatia

 Japan

 India

 Austria

 Germany

 Czech Republic

 France

 Italy

 Mexico

 Poland

 Turkey

 UK

 Russia

 Russia

  • Slovak Football League

 Sweden

Football: Association football


Football: Australian rules football


Football: Beach Soccer


 Ukraine

Football: Futsal


 Austria

 Australia

 Argentina

 Belarus

 Brazil

 Bosnia and Herzegovina

 Czech Republic

 China

 Germany

 France

 India

 Indonesia

 Israel

 Iran

 Italy

 Latvia

 Malaysia

 Myanmar

 Kyrgyzstan

 Japan

 South Korea

 Serbia

 Poland

 Portugal

 Spain

 Sweden

  Switzerland

 Russia

 Thailand

 Turkey

 Uzbekistan

 United States

 United Kingdom

 Vietnam

 Ukraine

Football: Indoor soccer


 United States

Fencing


Field hockey


Asia

Europe

Australia

Golf


Men's

Top-level tours
Senior tours
Developmental tours

Women's

Top-level tours
Senior tours
Developmental tours
  • Symetra Tour (second-tier US tour, operated by the LPGA)
  • Ladies European Tour Access Series, LETAS,[12] the official feeder tour to the Ladies European Tour, has been formed to give players not part of a major tour an opportunity to compete and progress on to the Ladies European Tour.
  • Step Up Tour (second-tier Japanese tour, operated by the LPGA of Japan)
  • Swedish Golf Tour (women's version is a second-tier tour in Sweden, feeding to the Ladies European Tour)

Handball


 Belgium  Netherlands

Ice hockey


North America

 Canada and  United States

 Canada only

 United States only

 Mexico

Asia

 Japan,  South Korea, and  Russia

 Kazakhstan

 Mongolia

 Taiwan

 China

 Israel

Europe

 Austria,  Croatia,  Slovakia,  Hungary,  Czech Republic, and  Italy

 Austria,  Italy, and  Slovenia

 Estonia  Latvia  Lithuania

 Belgium,  Netherlands

 Belarus

 Bulgaria

 Scotland

 Czech Republic

 Croatia

 Serbia

 Denmark

 France

 Finland

 Germany

 Austria,  Hungary and  Romania

 Latvia

 Lithuania

 Estonia

 Netherlands and  Belgium

 Norway

 Italy

 Poland

 Romania

 Russia,  Belarus,  China,  Finland,  Kazakhstan,  Latvia, and  Slovakia

 Russia only

 Slovakia,  Hungary

 Slovenia

  Switzerland

 Sweden

 Turkey

 Ukraine

 United Kingdom ( England,  Scotland,  Wales, and  Northern Ireland)

Oceania

 Australia

 New Zealand

Indoor hockey


Inline hockey


Roller hockey (quad)/Rink hockey


 Spain

Kabaddi


International Tournaments

 Russia,  Maldives,  North Korea,  New Zealand,  Philippines,  Spain,  Guyana,  Chile,  Cambodia,  Indonesia,  Malaysia,  Israel,  Sri Lanka,  Canada,  Argentina,  Kenya,  Saudi Arabia,  Japan and  UAE)

Kabaddi Leagues

Kickboxing


Korfball


Lacrosse


Box / Indoor lacrosse

 United States and  Canada

Field lacrosse

Mixed martial arts


Motorcycle racing


Netball


Pesäpallo


 Finland:

Shooting


 Germany

Speedway


Professional wrestling


United States
India
Japan
Mexico

Racquetball


Roll Ball


 India

 United States

  • Roll Ball One

 United Kingdom

  • Pro Roll Ball One

 European Union

  • Roll Ball League

Rugby league


Northern Hemisphere

Southern Hemisphere

Rugby union


Intercontinental

Africa

Americas

Asia-Pacific

Europe

Pro clubs in an amateur league

Snooker


Softball


 India

  • Bad Bull Softball League[18]

 United States

 United Kingdom

Table tennis


Tennis


Asia

 India

Track and field


Ultimate


 United States

Video gaming/Electronic sports


 United States

Asia

 China

 India

  • ESL India Premiership
  • Bangalore eSports League[21]
  • UCypher (upcoming major league)[22]

 South Korea

 Taiwan/ Hong Kong/ Macau

 Japan

 Philippines

Southeast Asia

Multiple regions

Volleyball


Water polo


See also


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