In South America, you will find an outstanding love of sports that is unmatched by most countries. This country enjoys a wide range of sports. However, much the same as Europe and other areas, Association Football is the most popular. Even though it is similar to the sport most of us call, “soccer”. In fact, South America is also home to the longest running football tournament ever, which started in the early 1900s.

Beyond Association Football, or soccer, basketball is also hugely popular in South America. It holds the most fans in Venezuela, but other areas also love this sport. The country as a whole, has won medals in men’s basketball and been home to several titles for their basketball achievements.

If you visit Brazil, you may need to find a new love for volleyball as well as mixed martial arts. Argentina loves baseball and all different types of hockey. However, they have held the title of best team in Polo since early in the 1900s. Other areas love motor sports and there are several big name drivers that got their start in South America.

In South America, it all depends on where you are located as to what your favorite sport may be. In the Southern most area of South America, there is a lot of popularity in cricket. There is even a space for golf in the heart of the people who live here, although it is a newer sport in this area, it is rapidly gaining massive popularity throughout the whole country. There is also a golf tournament that tours around all of this beautiful country.

Basically, in South America, the biggest sport series is anything that brings competition to the game. They seem to enjoy competition and being the very best in all that they do. This leaves them open to have a variety of different sports that stand out and any one of them could be considered the most popular sport around. It simply depends on where you visit, where you live, and your personal preferences regarding sports.

Considering that football is popular in virtually every part of the world, it should not come as a surprise that it is also the most popular sport in Europe. However, World Football, or Association Football, is more what most people in America consider Soccer. In Europe players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands while playing football. It is still a rough and tumble sport, but usually not as rough as our football games.

The way players dress and the amount of players on the field at one time are very different. In Europe, there are 11 players on the field battling it out at one time. They are all wearing shorts and tee-shirts. The only person allowed to touch the ball with arms or hands during game play is the goalkeeper however they must be in their penalty area when doing it.

A game is played by the team on the field kicking or passing the ball to the other players on their team. There are no passes or times when you can throw the ball. This does make scoring is a bit hard to deal with and there are some games that have no score at the end of it. This is a major downfall, according to most American’s who enjoy seeing scores climb high during a game.
It is a game that also allows women to play, whereas American football is only played professionally by men. Women’s football is not easy and it has faced struggles to maintain its popularity, but in 1971 it became recognized as a true sport for women players. Even though women do not play against men, it still ensures that they are respectable players who are not afraid to get dirty, the same as the male players.

Cricket is the next best game according to some. It is very similar to what we know as baseball. However, the field is slightly larger in cricket. Cricket is also played over several days and through three different parts. There is the Test phase, there is the One Day and the Twenty20. The only one that compares in time to baseball is the Twenty20 which takes approximately three and a half hours.

If you live in Australia, you already know what the number one sport is. However, if you are just now moving to Australia or hoping to visit there, you may not be certain of the most popular. It is a relatively new game, which was developed in the 19th century. It is the AFL (Australian Football League) and everyone, no matter which part of Australia you are going, loves watching or participating in it.

Melbourne was the first area of Australia to come up with this now very beloved game. It is very popular in Victoria, where people practically live for the months between March and September when this game is being played.

The ALF has 18 separate teams and they each play 23 games per season at home and away. At the end of that 23 game set, the top eight teams are then put up against one another in the final series, which consists of only four rounds. This takes it down to only two teams playing in the AFL Grand Final. The Grand Final is held in Melbourne each year.

Even though the AFL is very similar to America’s NFL, there are still some pretty extreme differences between the two sports. One of the first things a football lover may notice is that the field is much shorter in Australia. The field size is only 85 feet wide and 50 yards long. This also means that the goal posts are shortened from 18 1/2 feet wide to 9ft. However, the cross bar is 5ft higher up. There are rebound nets that are in use and if a kick off or passing play hits one, the ball is still in play.

During gameplay, there are only 20 men to a team and eight players on the field from one team at a time. Scoring works basically the same as in the NFL, but if you have successful drop kicks, you get two extra points. Four if it is done during a field goal. There is no punting allowed in the AFL and overtime is 15 minutes during, which both teams get at least one possession of the ball.

In Australian football, there is also a lack of safety gear. Even though the game is played during the winter months, players wear shirts and shorts. There are no helmets and no padding to protect them from injuries. How is that for a rough and rowdy game of football?