The Most Popular Sports People Bet On

The world of sports is a wondrous phenomena, with nothing else on earth being quite like playing sports, a love for sports, and betting on sports.

These are the world’s most popular sports to bet on.

Soccer (Football)

Soccer has more fans than any other sport in the world. It is also one of the most covered sports in the world in terms of television broadcasting. This alone makes of soccer a fantastic option to wager on.

Played between two teams consisting of eleven players each, soccer is played by an estimated 250 million players scattered across 200 countries. Not only is soccer a popular sport and nearly as popular sport to bet on as what it is to support and watch, but it is also currently considered the richest sport in the world.

What’s more, soccer is the king of sports viewership on television. To illustrate, the combined television rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups saw FIFA generate (to date only) an incredible $1.85 billion.


Another favourite among sports bettors and fans is the wonderful world of cricket. With roughly 2.3 billion fans around the world tuning in for cricket whenever they possibly can, the sport is especially popular in countries like India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and the UK.

Also played between 11 players to a side, competing teams take turns to bat and bowl. Each “turn” is known as in innings. The sport enjoys three separate formats of play, each with its own fan-base and sports betting afficionados. They are: Test cricket, T20, and One Day Internationals.

Basketball – The NBA

Basketball enjoys a massive sports betting following across countries like the U.S., Canada, and the Philippines, making of this special sport the 4th most popular to bet on.

Two teams of 5 players compete against one another on a court that is shaped in the form of a rectangle. The main goal is to shoot the ball through a hoop measuring 46 cm in diameter, and mounted 3 meters high against a backboard at each of the two sides of the playing area (length-wise).

Basketball betting fans are estimated to be between 2 and 3 billion. Most fans are scattered across the U.S., Canada, the Philippines, Japan, and China. Sports bettors from all over the world enjoy wagering a dime on one of the world’s most beloved games.


Just for in case you were wondering where the 3rd most popular sport among fans and sports bettors went off to, this is it: hockey.

The term “hockey” usually refers to both field hockey and ice hockey, especially so in the cooler parts of the world. Both forms of hockey are equally popular among fans. Countries big on field hockey include Germany, the Netherlands, the U.K., Australia, India, Malaysia and Pakistan, while those passionately in love with ice hockey are Canada and the United States.

Hockey is a great team sport and enjoys a massive global following.