List of sports

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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]

Contents

Physical sports[edit]

Air sports[edit]

Lima Lima aerobatics team performing over Louisville.
Main article: Air sports
Wingsuit flying

Archery[edit]

Members of the Gotemba Kyūdō Association demonstrate Kyūdō.
Main article: Archery

Ball over net games[edit]

An international match of Volleyball.

Basketball family[edit]

Basketball player Dwight Howard making a slam dunk at 2008 Summer Olympic Games

Bat-and-ball (Safe haven)[edit]

Awaiting a pitch: batter, catcher, and umpire in Baseball
Main article: Bat-and-ball

Baton twirling[edit]

Main article: Baton twirling

Board sports[edit]

Skateboard vert jump at the Sprite urban games 2006 in London.
Snowboard figure at the 2008 Shakedown
Surfing in Hawaii
Main article: Board sports

Sports that are played with some sort of board as the primary equipment.

Catch games[edit]

Climbing[edit]

Main article: Climbing

Cycling[edit]

Main article: Cycling

Sports using bicycles or unicycles.

Bicycle[edit]

Main article: Bicycle

Skibob[edit]

Unicycle[edit]

Main article: Unicycle

Combat sports: Wrestling & Martial arts[edit]

Main articles: Combat sports and Martial arts

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

Grappling[edit]

Main article: Grappling
Two men compete in Freestyle wrestling.

Striking[edit]

Main article: Strike (attack)
A kick in Kickboxing.

Mixed or hybrid[edit]

Further information: Mixed martial arts
Ground fighting in MMA.

Weapons[edit]

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

Cue sports[edit]

Pool balls
Snooker.
Main article: Cue sports

Dance[edit]

Equine Sports[edit]

Horse racing at Arlington Park, 2007

Sports using a horse.

Fishing[edit]

Main article: Fishing

Flying disc sports[edit]

Australia vs Canada ultimate players WUGC 2012 in Japan. Ultimate Canada
Main article: Flying disc games

Football family[edit]

Main article: Football

Golf[edit]

Main article: Golf

Gymnastics[edit]

Trampoline gymnast Jason Burnett at 2008 Canadian National Championships
Main article: Gymnastics

Handball Family[edit]

A 7-meter throw in Team handball.
Main article: Team handball

Hunting[edit]

Main article: Hunting

Sometimes considered blood sports.

Ice sports[edit]

Kite Sports[edit]

Mixed discipline[edit]

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[edit]

Pilota family[edit]

Racquet (or racket) sports[edit]

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[edit]

Running[edit]

200 meters sprint
Main article: Running

Sailing[edit]

Windsurfing
Main article: Sailing

Snow sports[edit]

Skiing[edit]

Main article: Skiing

Sled sports[edit]

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

Shooting sports[edit]

Main article: Shooting sports

Sports using a firearm.

Stacking[edit]

Stick and ball games[edit]

Hockey[edit]

Hurling and shinty[edit]

Lacrosse[edit]

Polo[edit]

Street Sports[edit]

Tag games[edit]

Main article: Tag games

Walking[edit]

Wall-and-ball[edit]

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[edit]

These sports use water (a river, pool, etc.).

Main article: Water sports

Canoeing[edit]

Kayaking[edit]

Main article: Kayaking

Rafting[edit]

Rafting

Rowing[edit]

Other paddling sports[edit]

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

Ball sports[edit]

Netball football basketball

Surface[edit]
Michael Phelps swimming breaststroke at the 2008 Missouri Grand Prix.
Underwater[edit]

Competitive swimming[edit]

Main article: Competitive swimming
Kindred activities[edit]

Subsurface and recreational[edit]

Diving[edit]

Main article: Diving

Weightlifting[edit]

North Korean weightlifter Pak Hyon-Suk performing the snatch, one of the two lifts in the sport of Olympic weightlifting.

Motorized sports[edit]

Auto racing[edit]

The start of a Formula One race in 2008
Main article: Auto racing

Motorboat racing[edit]

Motorcycle racing[edit]

MotoGP racing
Main article: Motorcycle racing

ATV racing[edit]

ATV racing on a motocross track

Other[edit]

Mind sports[edit]

Main article: 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[edit]

Main articles: Card Games and List of card games

Other[edit]

Speedcubing[edit]

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

Strategy board games[edit]

A game of mahjong being played in Hangzhou, China
Main article: Board Games

Competitive video games[edit]

Main article: Electronic sports

Although there is some disagreement, some consider playing competitive video games a mind sport and in some cases a team sport.

Different classification[edit]

  • potentially other sports are listed here.

Air sports[edit]

Athletics (track and field)[edit]

Pole vault

Electronic sports[edit]

Sports played using electronic devices.

Endurance sports[edit]

Skating sports[edit]

Snowsports[edit]

A snowboarder and a skier
A ski jumper using the V-style
Freestyle skiing

See #Skiing

Strength sports[edit]

Sports mainly based on sheer power.

Arm Wrestling

Tables sports[edit]

Target sports[edit]

Sports where the main objective is to hit a certain target.

Team sports[edit]

Sports that involve teams.

Match of Lacrosse
Jack and Jill competition, Lumberjack World Championships, Hayward, Wisconsin, 2007.

Windsports[edit]

Sports which use the wind (apart from sailing):

Fictional sports[edit]

Miscellaneous sports[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]