Major achievements in Olympic team ball sports by nation


This article contains lists of achievements in major senior-level international Olympic team ball sports tournaments according to first-place, second-place and third-place results obtained by teams representing different nations. The objective is not to create combined medal tables; the focus is listing the best positions achieved by teams in major international tournaments, ranking every nation according to most number of podiums accomplished by each nations team.

Olympic team ball sports


Ten team ball sports which involve five or more players per side are currently on the program of the Olympic Games:[1]

  Summer Olympic sports  Winter Olympic sports

Sport First edition Team members Contact
Men Women
(Association) football1900199611 per sideLimited
Water polo190020007 per sideFull
Field hockey1908198011 per sideLimited
Ice hockey*192019986 per sideFull
Basketball193619765 per sideLimited
(Indoor) volleyball196419646 per sideNone
(Indoor) handball197219767 per sideLimited
Baseball1992--9 per sideLimited
Softball--19969 per sideLimited
Rugby sevens201620167 per sideFull

*Technically, ice hockey is a puck sport, not a ball sport. It is played with a hockey puck.
Field handball was introduced for men at the 1936 Summer Olympics, but dropped after that.
Baseball and softball were removed from the program for the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, but were added for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Popularity of Olympic team ball sports

Summer Olympic sports are divided into five categories based on popularity.[2][3] Category A represents the most popular sports; category E lists either the sports that are the least popular or that are new to the Olympics (golf and rugby). The current categories are:[4]

CategorySummer Olympic Sport
AAthletics, aquatics, gymnastics
BBasketball, cycling, football, tennis, volleyball
CArchery, badminton, boxing, judo, rowing, shooting, table tennis, weightlifting
DCanoe/kayaking, equestrian, fencing, handball, field hockey, sailing, taekwondo, triathlon, wrestling
EModern pentathlon, golf, rugby
  • Basketball, football, and volleyball, in the Category B, are the most popular Summer Olympic team ball sports.
  • Aquatic sports in the Olympics include diving, marathon swimming, swimming, synchronized swimming, and water polo.
  • Baseball and softball were removed from the program for the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, so they are not listed above.
  • Ice hockey is a Winter Olympic sport, and it is not listed above.

Results


For the making of these lists, results from following major international tournaments were consulted:

SportGoverning
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TournamentEdition
FirstLatestNext
Baseball & SoftballWBSC & IOCMen's Baseball at the Summer Olympics (quadrennially)199220082020
Women's Softball at the Summer Olympics (quadrennially)199620082020
WBSCMen's World Baseball Classic (quadrennially)200620172021
Women's Softball World Championship (biennially)196520182020
BasketballFIBA & IOCMen's basketball at the Summer Olympics (quadrennially)193620162020
Women's basketball at the Summer Olympics (quadrennially)197620162020
FIBAFIBA Basketball World Cup[lower-alpha 1] (quadrennially)195020192023
FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup[lower-alpha 2] (quadrennially)195320182022
(Association) footballFIFA & IOCMen's (association) football at the Summer Olympics (quadrennially)190020162020
Women's (association) football at the Summer Olympics (quadrennially)199620162020
FIFAFIFA World Cup (quadrennially)193020182022
FIFA Women's World Cup (quadrennially)199120192023
(Indoor) handballIHF & IOCMen's (indoor) handball at the Summer Olympics (quadrennially)197220162020
Women's (indoor) handball at the Summer Olympics (quadrennially)197620162020
IHFIHF World Men's Handball Championship (biennially)193820192021
IHF World Women's Handball Championship (biennially)195720192021
Field hockeyFIH & IOCMen's field hockey at the Summer Olympics (quadrennially)190820162020
Women's field hockey at the Summer Olympics (quadrennially)198020162020
FIHMen's Hockey World Cup (quadrennially)197120182022
Women's Hockey World Cup (quadrennially)197420182022
Rugby sevensWR & IOCMen's rugby sevens at the Summer Olympics (quadrennially)201620162020
Women's rugby sevens at the Summer Olympics (quadrennially)201620162020
WRMen's Rugby World Cup Sevens (quadrennially)199320182022
Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens (quadrennially)200920182022
(Indoor) volleyballFIVB & IOCMen's (indoor) volleyball at the Summer Olympics (quadrennially)196420162020
Women's (indoor) volleyball at the Summer Olympics (quadrennially)196420162020
FIVBFIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship (quadrennially)194920182022
FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship (quadrennially)195220182022
Water poloFINA & IOCMen's water polo at the Summer Olympics (quadrennially)190020162020
Women's water polo at the Summer Olympics (quadrennially)200020162020
FINAMen's water polo at the World Aquatics Championships (biennially)197320192021
Women's water polo at the World Aquatics Championships (biennially)198620192021
Ice hockeyIIHF & IOCMen's ice hockey at the Olympic Games (quadrennially)192020182022
Women's ice hockey at the Olympic Games (quadrennially)199820182022
IIHFMen's World Ice Hockey Championships (annually)192020192020
Women's Ice Hockey World Championships (annually)199020192020

Medals for the demonstration events are NOT counted. Medals earned by athletes from defunct National Olympic Committees (NOCs) or historical teams are NOT merged with the results achieved by their immediate successor states. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) does NOT combine medals of these nations or teams.[5]

The conventions used on these lists are: OG for Olympic Games, WCH for World Championship, WCup for World Cup, M for Men's tournament, W for Women's tournament, and T for Total.

The tables are pre-sorted by total number of first-place results, second-place results and third-place results, then most first-place results, second-place results, respectively. When equal ranks are given, nations are listed in alphabetical order.

Summer and Winter Olympic team ball sports (ten sports)

Men and women
Last updated after the 2019 World Women's Handball Championship (As of 16 December 2019)
Baseball & Softball Basketball (Association) football (Indoor) handball Field hockey Rugby sevens (Indoor) volleyball Water polo Ice hockey Number of
OG WC OG WCup OG WCup OG WCH OG WCup OG WCup OG WCH OG WCH OG WCH
Rk. Nation M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W T
1 United States 193527
2 Soviet Union* 170320
3 Russia 76619
4 Spain 87318
5 Germany 94316
6 Australia 104014
7 Brazil 84113
8 Netherlands 83213
9 Japan 74213
10 France 64313
11 Canada 55313
12 West Germany* 44513
13 South Korea 36413
Baseball & Softball Basketball (Association) football (Indoor) handball Field hockey Rugby sevens (Indoor) volleyball Water polo Ice hockey Number of
OG WC OG WCup OG WCup OG WCH OG WCup OG WCup OG WCH OG WCH OG WCH
Rk. Nation M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W T
14 Czechoslovakia* 56112
15 China 28212
16 Yugoslavia* 92011
17 Argentina 62311
18 Sweden 46111
19 Italy 82010
20 Serbia 3429
21 Serbia and Montenegro* 3339
22 Hungary 5308
23 East Germany* 4408
24 Cuba 3238
24 Poland 3238
Baseball & Softball Basketball (Association) football (Indoor) handball Field hockey Rugby sevens (Indoor) volleyball Water polo Ice hockey Number of
OG WC OG WCup OG WCup OG WCH OG WCup OG WCup OG WCH OG WCH OG WCH
Rk. Nation M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W T
26 Great Britain 6107
27 Croatia 4217
28 Denmark 4206
29 Norway 4116
30 Unified Team* 3126
31 Romania 2316
32 Belgium 2226
33 Bulgaria 0516
34 New Zealand 4105
35 England 2125
36 Austria 0235
36  Switzerland 0235
Baseball & Softball Basketball (Association) football (Indoor) handball Field hockey Rugby sevens (Indoor) volleyball Water polo Ice hockey Number of
OG WC OG WCup OG WCup OG WCH OG WCup OG WCup OG WCH OG WCH OG WCH
Rk. Nation M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W T
38 Finland 1214
38 Greece 1214
40 Chile 0134
41 Czech Republic 2103
42 Uruguay 2013
43 South Africa 0123
44 Fiji 2002
44 India 2002
44 Pakistan 2002
47 Mexico 1012
48 Chinese Taipei 0202
48 Montenegro 0202
48 Peru 0202
Baseball & Softball Basketball (Association) football (Indoor) handball Field hockey Rugby sevens (Indoor) volleyball Water polo Ice hockey Number of
OG WC OG WCup OG WCup OG WCH OG WCup OG WCup OG WCH OG WCH OG WCH
Rk. Nation M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W M W T
51 Ireland 0112
51 Turkey