List of sports


The following is a list of sports/games, divided by category.

According to the World Sports Encyclopedia (2003), there are 8,000 indigenous sports and sporting games.[1]

Physical sports


Acrobatic sports

Air sports

Lima Lima aerobatics team performing over Louisville.
Wingsuit flying

Archery

Members of the Gotemba Kyūdō Association demonstrate Kyūdō.

Ball-over-net games

An international match of volleyball.

Basketball family

Basketball player Dwight Howard making a slam dunk at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Bat-and-ball

Awaiting a pitch: batter, catcher, and umpire in baseball

Baton twirling

Board sports

Skateboard vert jump at the Sprite urban games 2006 in London.
Snowboard figure at the 2008 Shakedown
Surfing in Hawaii

Sports that are played with some sort of board as the primary equipment.

Catching games

Climbing

Canyoning

Cycling

A track cycling Race

Sports using bicycles or unicycles.

Bicycle
Skibob
Unicycle

Combat sports: wrestling and martial arts

A combat sport is a competitive contact sport where two combatants fight against each other using certain rules of engagement.

Grappling
Two men compete in freestyle wrestling.
Striking
A kick in kickboxing.
Mixed or hybrid
Ground fighting in MMA.
Weapons
Axe throwing at the Ming Culture Village, a theme park near the Yangshan Quarry, China
Two kendōka.

Cue sports

Pool balls
Snooker.

Dog sports

Sports in which dogs participate.

Equestrian sports

Horse racing at Arlington Park, 2007

Sports using a horse.


Fishing

Flying disc sports

Australia vs Canada ultimate players WUGC 2012 in Japan. Ultimate Canada

Football

Tyrone try for a goal against Westmeath in a Gaelic football match

Golf

Gymnastics

Trampoline gymnast Jason Burnett at 2008 Canadian National Championships

Handball family

A 7-meter throw in Handball.

Hunting

Sometimes considered blood sports.

Ice sports

Kite sports

Mixed discipline

The three components of triathlon: swimming, cycling, running

Decathlon, heptathlon, and the pentathlons consist of ten, seven, and five component contests that are scored together using one points system.

Orienteering family

Pilota family

Valencian pilota.

Parkour/Freerunning

Sport Parkour and Freerunning are empirically measured competitions of skill, speed or style on an obstacle based course. Self expression, demonstration of control and power are measured.

Racket (or racquet) sports

Racket sports are games in which players use rackets to hit a ball or other object. However, this list is broader and includes sport disciplines where players use not rackets but paddles (hand-held frame with flat boards or planks instead of strings).

Carolina Marín, a badminton player
David Palmer and Tom Richards, two squash players
Uładzimir Samsonaŭ, a table tennis player
Justine Henin, a tennis player

Remote control

Rodeo-originated

Sports that have originated from rodeos in the old Western Americas.

Running

200 meters sprint

Sailing

Windsurfing

Snow sports

Skiing
Sled sports
United States Air Force Major Brady Canfield, 2003 U.S. skeleton champion, shows his takeoff form.

Shooting sports

Sports using guns (firearms, air guns, etc.).

Individual
Athletic hybrid
Skirmish

Stacking

Stick and ball games

Hockey
Ice hockey players Roman Hamrlik and Joffrey Lupul dueling for position
Hurling and shinty
Cillian Buckley in action for Kilkenny against Galway in a hurling league game
Lacrosse
Polo

Street sports

Strength sports

Tag games

Walking

Wall-and-ball

A game of squash

Games involving opponents hitting a ball against a wall/walls using a racket, or other piece of equipment, or merely gloved/barehanded.

Aquatic & paddle sports

These sports use water (a river, pool, etc.).

Canoeing
Kayaking
Rafting
Rafting
Rowing
Other paddling sports
GreeceHungary water polo match (World Junior Championship 2004 Naples, Italy)
Aquatic ball sports
Surface
Michael Phelps swimming breaststroke at the 2008 Missouri Grand Prix.


Underwater
Competitive swimming
Kindred activities
Subsurface and recreational
Diving

Weightlifting

North Korean weightlifter Pak Hyon-Suk performing the snatch, one of the two lifts in the sport of Olympic weightlifting.

Motorized sports

Auto racing
The start of a Formula One race in 2008
Motorboat racing
Motorcycle racing
MotoGP racing
ATV racing
ATV racing on a motocross track

Marker sports

Fantasy sports

Sports seen in movies, literature, etc.

  • Quidditch
  • Hunger Games (Gladiating)
  • Whack-bat (Fantastic Mr. Fox)
  • Blitzball (Final Fantasy)
  • Calvinball

Other

Overlapping sports

Sports falling into two or more categories.

Mind sports


Requiring little or no physical exertion or agility, mind sports are often not considered true sports. Some mind sports are recognised by sporting federations. The following list is intended to represent anything that is likely to be referred to as a mind sport, not to argue their validity as sports.

Card games

Other

E-sports

Speedcubing

Strategy board games

A game of mahjong being played in Hangzhou, China

Competitive model sports


Different classification


Potentially other sports are listed here.

Air sports

Athletics (track and field)

Pole vault

Electronic sports

Sports played using electronic devices.

Endurance sports

Goal sports

Sports in which the method of scoring is through goals.

Skating sports

Snowsports

A snowboarder and a skier
A ski jumper using the V-style
Freestyle skiing

See #Skiing

Strength sports

Sports mainly based on sheer power.

Arm wrestling

Table sports

Target sports

Sports where the main objective is to hit a certain target.

Team sports

Sports that involve teams.

Match of lacrosse
Jack and Jill competition, Lumberjack World Championships, Hayward, Wisconsin, 2007.

Windsports

Sports which use the wind (apart from sailing):

Fictional sports

Miscellaneous sports


Logrolling

See also


References


  1. How many sports are there in the world? ("Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 23, 2010. Retrieved May 14, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)). See ISBN 9780760316825.