About 3.2 billion people watched at least a minute of the World Cup in 2010, and preliminary numbers from this year all say the 2014 Cup’s numbers are going to be way higher. That means about half, if not more, of the world’s population will have watched this year’s cup.
But, after taking a look at this map of the most popular sports around the world, that shouldn’t surprise us all that much. Soccer dominates the global sports scene, in a way that’s almost impossible to appreciate in the abstract.
Here’s the map of the most popular sport in each country — notice how much green, representing places where soccer dominates and how much grey (cricket) area, there is:
Sure, there’s a few other interesting tidbits in here. The English speaking world loves the ball-carrying sports like American football, rugby, and Gaelic football. Cold places like hockey. And we are so much into Cricket. Though Cricket is 2 highest watched game in the world it has less reach as compare to Football.