List of professional sports leagues

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A sports league is a professional body that governs the competition of its teams.[clarification needed] They make the rules for competition and behavior and disciplines its members as necessary. This is done through a structure that varies by league. Some are made up of a board of governors that have a Commissioner or President, while others are single entity organizations where the league owns the franchises and therefore does not have a board of governors.[clarification needed]

A list of professional sports leagues:

This list attempts to show those sports leagues for which all players and teams are paid to play. In other words, these players can be considered to play their chosen sport as their profession. Some leagues don't pay well enough to allow players to use them as their primary or only source of income, but because the players are paid, it's still considered professional, or semi-professional. As such, some leagues listed here may not be fully professional.

Auto racing[edit]

Badminton[edit]

 United States

 India

Bandy[edit]

 Russia

 Sweden

Baseball[edit]

Americas[edit]

 United States and  Canada

 Colombia

 Dominican Republic

 Mexico

 Nicaragua

 Panama

 Puerto Rico

 Venezuela

Asia[edit]

Australia[edit]

 Australia

Europe[edit]

 Italy

 Netherlands

Basketball[edit]

Boxing[edit]

Major Promotions:

Major Sanctioning Bodies:


Bowling[edit]

Cricket[edit]

Africa[edit]

Americas[edit]

West Indies

Asia[edit]

Europe[edit]

 England

Oceania[edit]

Cycling[edit]

 United States

International

Gridiron football: American football[edit]

 United States

 Canada

 Japan

 Germany

Football: Association Football[edit]

Football: Australian rules football[edit]

Football: Futsal[edit]

 Argentina

 Brazil

 Indonesia

 Iran

 Italy

 Kyrgyzstan

 Japan

 South Korea

 Portugal

 Spain

 Russia

 Turkey

 Uzbekistan

Fencing[edit]

American Fencing League Official Website

Golf[edit]

See main article: Professional golf tours.

Men's[edit]

Top-level tours[edit]

Senior tours[edit]

Developmental tours[edit]

Women's[edit]

Top-level tours[edit]

Senior tours[edit]

Developmental tours[edit]

  • Symetra Tour (second-tier US tour, operated by the LPGA)
  • Ladies European Tour Access Series, LETAS, the official feeder tour to the Ladies European Tour, has been formed to give players not part of a major tour an opportunity to compete and progress on to the Ladies European Tour.
  • Step Up Tour (second-tier Japanese tour, operated by the LPGA of Japan)
  • SAS Masters Tour (women's version is a second-tier tour in Sweden, feeding to the Ladies European Tour)

Ice hockey[edit]

Americas

 Canada and  United States

 United States only

Asia

 Japan,  South Korea, and  China

 Kazakhstan

Eurasia

 Russia,  Belarus,  Croatia,  Finland,  Kazakhstan,  Latvia,  Slovakia and  Ukraine

 Russia only

 Turkey

Europe

 Austria,  Slovenia,  Hungary,  Czech Republic and  Italy

 Belarus

 Czech Republic

 Denmark

 France

 Finland

 Germany

 Hungary and  Romania

 Italy

 Latvia

 Lithuania

 Netherlands and  Belgium

 Norway

 Poland

 Slovakia

  Switzerland

 Sweden

 Ukraine

 United Kingdom ( England,  Scotland,  Wales and  Northern Ireland)

Inline hockey[edit]

Lacrosse[edit]

Box / Indoor lacrosse[edit]

{USA} and {CAN}

Field lacrosse[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Motorcycle racing[edit]

Speedway[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

 Australia

 France

 England

 Lebanon

 New Zealand

 Papua New Guinea

 Russia

 United States

 Netherlands Antilles

  • Antilles National Rugby League

Rugby union[edit]

 Australia

 England

 France

 Italy

Ireland Ireland

 Japan

 New Zealand

  • Super Rugby
  • ITM Cup (split into two divisions in 2011, but both remain fully professional)

 Russia

 Scotland

 South Africa

 Spain

 United States

 Wales

Softball[edit]

 United States

 United Kingdom:

Team Handball[edit]

Tennis[edit]

Track and field[edit]

IAAF Diamond League Official Website

Ultimate Frisbee[edit]

 United States

Video Gaming/Electronic sports[edit]

 United States

Asia[edit]

 South Korea

Volleyball[edit]

Water polo[edit]

Wrestling[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brown, Wendy (17 July 2012). "Soldiers share football skills with German semi-pro team". United States Army. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  2. ^ mll.com

External links[edit]