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FN List: Most Popular Team Sports

Affordable activities see most long-term growth.

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Sports make up an extensive part of the culture of our country, whether outdoor, indoor, organized or casual. Over the past eight years, team sports participation has fluctuated up and down, affected both by social trends and economic headwinds. Below, the most popular team sports among athletes six years and older and their changes since the start of the decade.

  • 01

    Basketball

    Participation 26.3 million

  • 02

    Baseball

    Participation 15 million

  • 03

    Outdoor Soccer

    Participation 14.2 million

  • 04

    Volleyball

    Participation 8.2 million

  • 05

    Football

    Participation 7.7 million

  • 06

    Ultimate Frisbee

    Participation 4.9 million

  • 07

    Paintball

    Participation 4.9 million

  • 08

    Track & Field

    Participation 4.5 million

  • 09

    Gymnastics

    Participation 3.9 million

  • 10

    Wrestling

    Participation 3.4 million

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