Sports (or physical sport) is any form of generally competitive physical action that, though not necessarily competitive, aim to employ, enhance or develop specific physical aptitude and skills while also providing participants, spectators and/or competitors with entertainment. There are many types of sports. Most people think of a few, such as American football, rugby, ice hockey and soccer, while many more exist around the world. There are various ways to compete in sports, including organized competitions, matches, and matches between two or more teams. Sports can be competitive or non-competitive.


In America, American football has been the most popular sport for children since the 1920s, and recreational sports are extremely popular in America. Recreational sport is generally defined as a sport that a person participates in for leisure or exercise without the use of athletic equipment and/or participation in competitive contact sports. The most common recreational sports in the United States include baseball, softball, swimming, golf, tennis, surfing, skiing, bicycle racing and horseback riding. Numerous colleges and universities offer a variety of recreational sports programs for students. The college level American football championship is considered to be one of the most prestigious and competitive sporting events in the world.

In the United Kingdom, rugby is the most popular and well known recreational sport. It has a number of clubs and organizations for players, coaches, and fans. Rugby can either be played actively by individuals or in a team environment. The game is similar to that of American football, with different variations such as passing, kicking, and running being used.

In Japan, table tennis was introduced as a recreation sport that became popular among the Japanese men and women. As popularity increased, sports enthusiasts started to play the game on an international level, including the 1996 Olympics in Japan. Other sports in the country include baseball, handball, basketball, ice skating, soccer, motor-bicycle racing, sailing, and the National Hockey Stadium.

France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom are a few countries that have a rich tradition in sports and physical fitness. Most notable athletes and sports personalities have been French, British, or Italian. The most common sports names come from these countries. Paris Hilton, Wayne Gretzky, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pele, Jones, John Wall, and David Beckham are just a few of the top athletes who have originated from these countries.

Australia, Canada, and the United States each have their own unique names for sports. Canadian hockey player is “verage” while American football is “American football.” Rugby, Australian rules soccer, and soccer in the United States are similar to that of the English game. The most famous sports names come from North America. Names such as NASCAR, or auto racing, or baseball and basketball in the United States, or football and hockey in Canada, are well known to the world.