Did you know that golf is one of the most popular sports in the world?From world rankings compiled by statistical magazines, we highlight the results of the most popular sports, with information on their popularity and, specifically, statistics on the game of golf:
1 – Football: Football is governed by simple rules, it is played only with a ball, but without special equipment and, given its ability to adapt to the most diverse places and situations, it has now become the most popular sport in the world both inas for the number of people playing it, both by number of spectators.The world championships have allowed this sport to become the most popular in the world.
2 – Basketball: Although basketball was born in a gym, it has proliferated in the United States, with new talents from the world of “Street basketball”, street basketball, played on city courts (playground).This sport, not forcing the player to purchase special equipment, (except for the “wedged” ball) was known all over the world and became the second most popular sport in the world.
3 – Cricket: Cricket, originally from the United Kingdom, where it is still practiced at high levels, is an internationally renowned sport in countries such as Australia, South Africa, India, Cambodia, Pakistan and other nations for a total of ten “Full Members “and thirty-four” Associate Members “and sixty” Affiliate Members “nations, for a total of one hundred and four countries where this sport is practiced.For this reason it has placed itself as 3 sports by popularity in the world.
4 – Golf: Scotland claims to have invented golf and since its inception, it has become an international phenomenon with the current 70 million players in the world (30 million in the USA and 7 million in Europe). These numbers place Golf in 4th place in the world by popularity. In Italy Golf is continuously growing, the number of 100,000 registered in 2017 has been exceeded and to give an idea of the numbers of players who practice golf, in our country, the 2016 statistics of the Italian Golf Federation are listed below (GO ) where there were over 90,000 members: Abruzzo (686), Basilicata (157), Calabria (185), Campania (406), Emilia Romagna (11.134), Friuli Venezia Giulia (1,693), Lazio (8,748), Liguria (3,708), Lombardy (23,754), Marche (2,381), Molise (103), Piedmont (13,454), Puglia (696), Sardinia (1,002), Sicily (696), n Tuscany (6175), Trentino Alto Adige (3,417), Umbria (739 ), Valle d’Aosta (886), Veneto (9,647), Various foreign countries (659), for an exact total of 90,259 members.
5 – Tennis: Coming from the Greco-Roman culture or in a game played by the Lombards (later called pallacorda), tennis had definitive regulation in 1888 when the English tennis association was formed.In Italy tennis was introduced together with football around 1880 in Liguria.In 1894 the Italian Federation was founded, but it remained an elite sport at least until the post-war period.Fundamental to the development of the game was the decision of 1883 to halve the height of the net, placing it today in fifth place of the most popular sports in the world.
6 – Ice Hockey: Ice hockey is the most popular sport in those countries with a cold climate with natural ice covers in outdoor environments, such as Canada, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Finland and Sweden, United States, Russia, Slovakia and Switzerland.With the advent of artificial ice rinks, it was possible to start practicing it even in the warm months and especially in countries with a warmer climate.Ice hockey is recognized as one of the four major American sports and is the national sport of Canada, where it enjoys a huge popularity.
7 – Volleyball: The merit of the invention of volleyball in modern form, officially born in 1895, goes to a physical education instructor at a college in Massachusetts (USA), William Morgan who called him “Mintonette”.A year later, his name was changed to volleyball (literally ball shot) managing to impose this sport in the colleges of the United States.Two years later, volleyball was also practiced in most of South America, in 1898 in Manila, in the Philippines, then in China and Japan and in Europe it arrived during the First World War, imported by American troops.Today it is a sport recognized worldwide considered the seventh as popularity in the world.
8 – Rugby: Rugby has always been considered an elitist and strictly amateur sport, that is practiced mostly by members of the wealthy classes;The Rugby League broke away from this model, creating a semi-professional discipline practiced by the middle and working classes.An overcoming of these ideological stereotypes took place very soon and in England sport was soon included in the system of independent private schools, while in the villages of Wales small clubs were born which associated workers, miners and petty bourgeoisie.From the nineties onwards, with the advent of professionalism, much has changed, the whole system is aimed at creating high-level professional players, the clubs have joined in franchises, media attention has come and demanding sponsors with it bringing itto become one of the most popular sports in the world.
9 – Pugilato: Il pugilato nacque come sport di difesa personale, e risulta essere il mezzo di difesa personale più antico al mondo, in quanto i pugni sono il primo istinto dell’uomo nella difesa personale stessa. Era praticato già nell’Antica Grecia e nell’Antica Roma; i pugni erano fasciati con lunghe strisce di cuoio per proteggere le nocche in cui a volte venivano inserite anche placche di metallo. Ha avuto svariate ristrutturazioni e cambi di regole che lo hanno trasformato in uno sport scientifico, meno violento ma con maggiore abilità, destrezza e velocità. Oggi questo sport è seguito in tutto il mondo e posizionato tra i 10 sport più popolari mondiali.
10 – Baseball: È uno sport che ha molti seguaci nel Nord e Centro America tra cui USA, Canada, Cuba, Venezuela, Repubblica Dominicana; in Asia orientale tra cui Giappone e Corea. In Europa il baseball è generalmente poco diffuso, ma in Italia, dove il massimo campionato italiano è denominato Italian Baseball League, e nei Paesi Bassi lo sport viene praticato a buoni livelli. Lo sport si sta particolarmente sviluppando in altre nazioni europee quali Francia, Germania, Repubblica Ceca, Spagna ed Austria.
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