I’ve been compiling a list of sports teams based on sport and country for a project I am working on for Fan History. The selection of teams now is around 33,000 teams. This information has come from FIFA, the NCAA, Wikipedia, sports federations and league websites. I think it could easily hit 40,000 if I spent some more time building the list. This list includes professional, semi-professional and some amateur teams that play in collegiate, national and international competitions.
Given all that, I was kind of curious… What countries are the most popular team sports? Based on this sample, I got created the following chart:
There are a couple of issues with this list, especially when it comes to bicycling. I’m not familiar enough with the sport to understand the different versions or standard spellings for those variations.