List of sports

List of sports

The following is a list of sports/games, divided by category. There are many more sports to be added. This system has a disadvantage because some sports may fit in more than one category.

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


  • Physical sports 1
    • Air sports 1.1
    • Archery 1.2
    • Ball-over-net games 1.3
    • Basketball family 1.4
    • Bat-and-ball (safe haven) 1.5
    • Baton twirling 1.6
    • Board sports 1.7
    • Catch games 1.8
    • Climbing 1.9
    • Cycling 1.10
      • Bicycle 1.10.1
      • Skibob 1.10.2
      • Unicycle 1.10.3
    • Combat sports: Wrestling and martial arts 1.11
      • Grappling 1.11.1
      • Striking 1.11.2
      • Mixed or hybrid 1.11.3
      • Weapons 1.11.4
        • Skirmish
    • Cue sports 1.12
    • Equine sports 1.13
    • Fishing 1.14
    • Flying disc sports 1.15
    • Football family 1.16
    • Golf 1.17
    • Gymnastics 1.18
    • Handball family 1.19
    • Hunting 1.20
    • Ice sports 1.21
    • Kite sports 1.22
    • Mixed discipline 1.23
    • Orienteering family 1.24
    • Pilota family 1.25
    • Racquet (or racket) sports 1.26
    • Remote control 1.27
    • Running 1.28
    • Sailing 1.29
    • Snow sports 1.30
      • Skiing 1.30.1
      • Sled sports 1.30.2
    • Shooting sports 1.31
    • Stacking 1.32
    • Stick and ball games 1.33
      • Hockey 1.33.1
      • Hurling and shinty 1.33.2
      • Lacrosse 1.33.3
      • Polo 1.33.4
    • Street sports 1.34
    • Tag games 1.35
    • Walking 1.36
    • Wall-and-ball 1.37
    • Aquatic & paddle sports 1.38
      • Canoeing 1.38.1
      • Kayaking 1.38.2
      • Rafting 1.38.3
      • Rowing 1.38.4
      • Other paddling sports 1.38.5
      • Aquatic ball sports 1.38.6
        • Surface
        • Underwater
      • Competitive swimming 1.38.7
        • Kindred activities
      • Subsurface and recreational 1.38.8
      • Diving 1.38.9
    • Weightlifting 1.39
    • Motorized sports 1.40
      • Auto racing 1.40.1
      • Motorboat racing 1.40.2
      • Motorcycle racing 1.40.3
      • ATV racing 1.40.4
    • Marker sports 1.41
      • Other 1.41.1
  • Mind sports 2
    • Card games 2.1
    • Other 2.2
    • Speedcubing 2.3
    • Strategy board games 2.4
    • Competitive video games (Esports) 2.5
  • Different classification 3
    • Air sports 3.1
    • Athletics (track and field) 3.2
    • Electronic sports 3.3
    • Endurance sports 3.4
    • Performance sports 3.5
    • Skating sports 3.6
    • Snowsports 3.7
    • Strength sports 3.8
    • Table sports 3.9
    • Target sports 3.10
    • Team sports 3.11
    • Windsports 3.12
    • Fictional sports 3.13
  • Miscellaneous sports 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6

Physical sports

Air sports

Lima Lima aerobatics team performing over Louisville.
Wingsuit flying


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 2008 Summer Olympic Games

Bat-and-ball (safe haven)

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.

Catch games



A Track Cycling Race

Sports using bicycles or unicycles.




Combat sports: Wrestling and martial arts

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


Two men compete in Freestyle wrestling.


A kick in Kickboxing.

Mixed or hybrid

Ground fighting in MMA.


Axe throwing at the Ming Culture Village, a theme park near the Yangshan Quarry, China
Two kendōka.

Cue sports

Pool balls

Equine sports

Horse racing at Arlington Park, 2007

Sports using a horse.


Flying disc sports

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

Football family

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




Trampoline gymnast Jason Burnett at 2008 Canadian National Championships

Handball family

A 7-meter throw in Team handball.


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

Racquet (or racket) sports

Sports where a player use a racquet (or racket) to hit a ball or other objects.

People playing matkot, a form of beach tennis, in Tel Aviv.
Justine Henin, a Tennis player.

Remote control


200 meters sprint



Snow sports


Sled sports

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

Shooting sports

Sports using a firearm.


Stick and ball games


Hurling and shinty

Cillian Buckley in action for Kilkenny against Galway in a hurling league game



Street sports

Tag games



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.).






Other paddling sports

Greece - Hungary Water polo match (World Junior Championship 2004 Naples, Italy)

Aquatic ball sports

Michael Phelps swimming breaststroke at the 2008 Missouri Grand Prix.

Competitive swimming

Kindred activities

Subsurface and recreational



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


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



clock, megaminx, pyraminx, skewb, square 1, blindfolded 3x3, blindfold 4x4, blindfolded 5x5, one handed, fewest moves, multi blindfolded, feet solving.

Strategy board games

A game of mahjong being played in Hangzhou, China

Competitive video games (Esports)

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

Performance sports

Skating sports


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.


Sports which use the wind (apart from sailing):

Fictional sports

Miscellaneous sports

See also


  1. ^ How many sports are there in the world? (Archived July 23, 2010 at the Wayback Machine). See ISBN 9780760316825.
  2. ^ "The Athletes who Bridge Art and Sport". Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Musicians as Athletes". Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Drum Corps and Marching Band. It is a Sport". Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  5. ^