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]

See also the full List of association football competitions

This section lists a number of leagues regarded as being professional to some degree, although sources are not provided, in-keeping with the other sports leagues listed. A list of football leagues regarded as being fully professional (as per the WP:Athlete guidance) can be found at Wikipedia:WikiProject Football/Fully professional leagues, and this list is largely sourced.

 Albania

 Algeria

 Argentina

 Armenia

 Australia and  New Zealand

 Austria

 Azerbaijan

 Bangladesh

 Belarus

 Belgium

 Bolivia

 Bosnia and Herzegovina

 Brazil

 Bulgaria

 Chile

 China

 Colombia

 Costa Rica

 Croatia

 Cyprus

 Czech Republic

 Denmark

 Ecuador

 El Salvador

 Egypt

 England

 Estonia

 France and  Monaco

 Finland

 Germany

 Georgia

 Ghana

 Greece

 Honduras

 Hong Kong

 Hungary

 India

 Indonesia

 Iran

 Iraq

 Israel

 Italy

 Japan

 Kazakhstan

 South Korea

 Kuwait

 Kyrgyzstan

 Latvia

 Lithuania

 Luxembourg

 Malaysia

 Macedonia

 Mexico

 Moldova

 Montenegro

 Netherlands

 Northern Cyprus

 Norway

 Pakistan

 Paraguay

 Peru

 Poland

 Portugal

 Philippines + Leagues

 Qatar

 Romania

 Russia

 Saudi Arabia

 Scotland

 Singapore

 Slovakia

 Slovenia

 Serbia

 South Africa

 Spain

 Sweden

  Switzerland and  Liechtenstein

 Syria

 Trinidad and Tobago

 Turkey

 Ukraine

 Uruguay

 United Arab Emirates

 United States,  Canada

 Uzbekistan

 Venezuela

 Vietnam

 Wales

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 Disc[edit]

 United States

Asia[edit]

 South Korea

Video Gaming/Electronic sports[edit]

 United States

Volleyball[edit]

Water polo[edit]

Wrestling[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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