Top 10 Most Popular College Sports In The World

In our opinion, sports are welcomed widely in American Colleges, thus we present you with the 10 most popular college sports in the United States. Let’s get started!


10. Athletics


Athletics in the United States, or “Track and Field” as they call it, encompasses many forms of athleticism such as sprinting, hurdle jumping, high and long jump, etc. Americans are great specialists in speed tests, having made history in great international events. These sporting activities are very popular in High School and College stages.


9. Swimming


Currently, the United States is one of the most dominating countries in terms of swimming worldwide. Young swimmers from all over the country participate in school competitions from an early age and continue throughout high school until college, where there are clubs of the highest level in which swimmers such as Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte have been trained.

8. Volleyball


Virtually most American schools include women’s volleyball in their sports programs. Unfortunately, it is not as widespread for the male categories at some ages. However, it is very popular in many universities.


7. Tennis


Interest in tennis peaked in the US during the 70s and 80s thanks to legendary players like John McEnroe or Jimmy Connors. This popularity was consolidated in the 90s with the Agassi, Sampras, and Roddick.


6. Boxing


Even though its popularity has diminished in recent years, it is surprising to discover how professional boxing records excellent audience data today. As for its practice, it has mostly been limited to a more specific age range and certain sectors of American society, especially in colleges.


5. Soccer 


Football, or, as the Americans say:  soccer, is the most popular sport in the world, although, in the United States, it currently occupies the 5th position of its most practised sports in our opinion. In recent years it has acquired a huge role in the different school stages, especially among the little ones and in colleges. It is wonderful to see how women’s soccer has become more popular and how it has become a favourite amongst American girls from ages 5 to 14.

4. Ice Hockey


As in neighbouring Canada, ice hockey has become very popular in the United States. The National Hockey League, NHL, is considered one of the most important competitions in the world, where not only the best American players play but also those considered by many fans to be the true kings of this sport; Canadians and Russians.


It is more widespread among the northern states due to its more favourable climate for outdoor practice. However, many colleges and universities across the country have ice rinks for local clubs, even in the warmer states.


3. Baseball


Baseball is considered one of the most popular sporting activities for Americans. It is popular at almost all stages in school at an amateur level. Unlike other sports that are hardly practised outside the United States, baseball is widespread in other countries such as Japan, Korea, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Cuba.

2. Basketball


Basketball was invented in the USA although, curiously,  its inventor was not an American but a Canadian: James Naismith, who designed this sport while working at the University of Kansas in 1891. Today it could be considered a tremendously widespread sport throughout the country at all levels. Considered by many as the best basketball league in the world, the NBA, could be recognised even outside the US.


1. American Football


One could consider this the most well-known sport in the United States, American football, which may lead to it attracting enormous college football bets. Although it may be fully spread throughout the country, it might be more popular in southern states such as Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and California.


The National Football League (NFL) could be considered the most important football competition in the world. In our opinion, these are the top 10 most popular college sports in the United States. Do you agree with us?