Did you know that some of the sports and activities we do in PE are popular other places in the world too? Here are the top 6 sports around the globe. With a little of your own research, can you find some other popular sports in other cultures?
Football – (Soccer ) association football, commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries, making it the world’s most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by using any part of the body besides the arms and hands to get the football into the opposing goal. The goalkeepers are the only players allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play and then only in their penalty area.
Table Tennis- Also known as ping pong, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth using table tennis rackets. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. Except for the initial serve, players must allow a ball played toward them to only bounce once on their side of the table and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side.
Cricket - A bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on a field at the center of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. Each team takes it in turn to bat, attempting to score runs, while the other team fields. Each turn is known as an innings. Cricket is hugely popular in India, Pakistan, Australia, England, South Africa, Srilanka, New Zealand, West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe
American Football – A sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field 120 yards long by 53.3 yards wide with goalposts at each end. The offense attempts to advance an oval ball (the football) down the field by running with or passing it. They must advance it at least ten yards in four downs to receive a new set of four downs and continue the drive; if not, they turn over the ball to the opposing team. This sport is mainly popular in the USA.
Hockey - A family of sports in which two teams play against each other by trying to maneuver a ball or a puck into the opponent’s goal using a hockey stick. In many areas, one sport (typically field hockey or ice hockey is generally referred to simply as hockey). Both forms of hockey are very popular in the world. Field Hockey is the National game of Pakistan and India. Ice Hockey is lot more popular in Europe especially in Canada, USA, Latvia and Sweden.
Wrestling - A combat sport involving grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds. A wrestling bout is a physical competition, between two (occasionally more) competitors or sparring partners, who attempt to gain and maintain a superior position. There are a wide range of styles with varying rules with both traditional historic and modern styles. Wrestling techniques have been incorporated into other martial arts as well as military hand-to-hand combat systems.