List of Team Sports

list of team sports

All around the world, people of all ages and all backgrounds join together to play team sports. It allows people to escape from their lives for a little while and come together in comradery, fun, and exercise. Each sport has different rules and equipment, but shares the purpose of bringing people together to play a game. Below is a list of team sports to choose from.


American Gridiron Football

american gridiron football

American football is a physical contact sport that includes 22 athletes on the field, 11 on each team, and up to 50-60 players on the roster. Football demands toughness, and the intensity of the game helps develop a strong bond between teammates. It is an exciting and physical sport that involves thorough communication between players on and off the field.

Baseball

Baseball

Baseball involves two teams composed of nine starting players. However, only one team is on the field while the other team is at-bat at any given point in the game. Each team will switch from offense to defense every inning. Baseball is a slower-paced sport, with no actual game clock to track time restraints, and requires players to concentrate and have consistent performances. Every player has a role to play in the game, with each requiring a different set of skills and abilities.

Basketball

Basketball

The sport of basketball is a quick and fast-paced game that involves thorough communication and unity between the players on the court. Each player must be able to shoot, pass, dribble, and have substantial endurance. It takes daily practice and patience in order to master this sport. Basketball features five players on the court for each team and requires constant communication, dedication to learning plays, and trust in your teammates to succeed.

Cheerleading

cheerleading

Cheerleading teams can feature anywhere from five to thirty-five athletes. The sport involves team competitions and supporting other athletes by energizing the crowds at sporting events. Cheerleaders embody well-rounded athleticism, regularly displaying flexibility, endurance, stability, strength (to catch and hold teammates), and concentration. Additionally, cheerleading requires an extreme reliance on teammates; therefore, if one teammate is slacking or distracted, it can derail the rhythm of the entire team. Cheering is an intriguing mix of athleticism, creativity, collaboration, and competition.

Cricket

Cricket

While cricket requires many of the same basic intangibles featured in other sports, such as teamwork and athleticism, there are also some notable differences in the way the sport is played. For example, in cricket, the sub can only be used when another player is injured during a game. The game involves 11 players on each team, and the twelfth member only participates when the umpire allows the sub to enter the field of play. To play cricket, the equipment you will need includes a cricket bat, padding, gloves, balls, helmets, stumps, and wickets. The goal of cricket is to score the most runs. The rules of cricket may take some time to grasp, but with practice, diligence, and hard work, cricket is an extremely engaging sport.

Futsal

Futsal

Futsal is a sport somewhat similar to soccer that is played on an indoor court. Over time, futsal has developed into a unique spin-off of indoor soccer. There are five players from each team on the court at once in futsal, one of which is the goalie. Similar to soccer, the goalie is the only player who can touch the ball with their hands. Unlike soccer, futsal has walls and a much smaller court, making the game faster and more demanding. Futsal is played on many levels, from recreational leagues to the Youth Olympics.

Handball

Handball

In handball, two teams of seven players face off on a court in a fast and mentally strategic game. While handball incorporates many attributes that other sports have, a goalie, defense, offense, and the goal of getting the ball into a net, it is unique in its skills and tactics. Each teammate is obligated to think quickly and have confidence in the players on the court with them. This game is easy to pick up but difficult to master. With time and diligence, players will have fun, build relationships, and create mental toughness that can be used in many aspects of life.

Ice Hockey

Ice Hockey

Ice hockey is a sport that originated in Canada and involves two teams trying to score goals on one another. Each team has five skaters and one goalie on the ice at a time. Players use a stick to pass and shoot a puck at the other team's net. Competitive ice hockey requires a fair amount of equipment, but can be played recreationally with simply a stick, skates and a puck.

Lacrosse

Lacrosse

Lacrosse uses equipment different from any sport, a lacrosse stick (or Crosse); this adds another dimension to the intensity and artistry of the game. For men, this game has ten players on the field for each team; however, for women, it has twelve players on the field for each team. Lacrosse teams include a goalie, attackmen, midfielders, and defensemen. Since each player has a different role, it takes communication and practice to develop proper skills in this fast-paced game.

Rowing

rowing

This team sport revolves around collaboration and partnership. Usually involving eight people in one boat, rowing requires conditioning, coordination, and hard work from all teammates. It is different from many other team sports due to its field of play (the water), and its equipment (an oar and boat). Furthermore, the crew is constantly sitting during this sport, so it focuses on arm and core strength more than anything.

Rugby

Rugby

Rugby is a rough and aggressive sport that takes both confidence and fearlessness on the pitch. Rugby requires that players support one another and remain level-headed due to the passion that goes into playing this sport. This game requires rapid decision-making, strategic tackling, and intense practice in order for players to prepare for competition properly. The most important skills to hone for playing rugby are kicking, catching, tackling, and an overall knowledge of the game. Rugby features either seven or fifteen players on the pitch at any given time, with each having a unique set of skills and responsibilities.

Soccer (Association Football)

soccer association football

With 11 players on each team, soccer is a popular sport worldwide. It demands multi-tasking and leg coordination, while also being attentive to both your teammates and the opposition. Soccer uses minimal equipment, with only the ball and goals being essential. However, cleats, shin guards, and uniforms are required at organized levels of play. The main objective of the game is to get the ball in the goal. While the idea is simplistic, the execution takes intense practice and discipline. When playing soccer, players are guaranteed to learn teamwork, perseverance, endurance, and persistence.

Softball

Softball

Like baseball, softball is composed of nine players for each team and features an innings format instead of a game clock. However, softball uses a larger ball and requires that all pitchers throw underhand. Conventional softball fields also have shorter basepaths and the outfield fences are typically far closer to home plate, which can prove to be a substantial difference in regard to offensive play. Softball takes mental toughness, constant awareness on the field, and a keen knowledge of the strike zone when hitting.

Swimming

Softball

Swimming can be done individually; however, there are four people to a team in swimming relay races. Each member will swim a different stroke and perform individually. Similar to on-land relay races, swimming demands support and optimum performance from all athletes. Swimming does not involve much equipment, focusing more on physical strength and mental toughness.

Tennis

Tennis

Tennis can be played as either a singles game or a doubles game. As a team sport, tennis is played with a doubles partner. This means there are two players on each side of the court working together to field their opponent's shots. It requires minimal equipment to play; you'll need a tennis racquet and a can of tennis balls, as well as access to a tennis court with a net. The rules of tennis are easy to understand, but mastering the many strokes of the game can be demanding and require many hours of practice. If you choose to play this team sport, you will learn patience, trust (in your partner), and discipline.

Track And Field

Track And Field

Track and field can include up to 12 athletes on a team. Although this is a team sport, track and field requires each teammate to perform at a high level individually. Considering this sport only has one athlete running at a time, having consistent support from all members is crucial. This helps teammates push one another to achieve their common goal of winning.

Volleyball

volleyball

Depending on the type of volleyball game, this sport can have anywhere from two to six players on the court for each team. This game involves quick decision making and constant attentiveness to all players on the court. It takes extreme hand-eye coordination and steady communication between teammates at all times.

Water Polo

Water Polo

Done solely in the water with seven players "in the field" (six players, one goalie), water polo incorporates common athletic skills in a far more rigorous environment. Outside of the basic goal to score the most points, water polo requires remarkable endurance due to the need for players to tread water constantly. Communication is imperative in this game and forces players to multi-task by swimming, talking, shooting, and defending.

FAQ

Association football, also known as soccer, is the most popular team sport in the world. Over 250 million people play soccer worldwide, and the sport has over three billion fans who watch games on television and in-person every day.

The team sports featured in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo were soccer, basketball, water polo, field hockey, rugby, volleyball, and handball. Swimming, diving, and beach volleyball, as well as track and field also included team relay or synchronized events of small two to four person teams. In the Winter Olympics, team sports include ice hockey, bobsled, curling, figure skating, and alpine skiing. Small team relay events for luge and speed skating will also be present at the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Which team sport has the most players?

Out of all the popular team sports, football (American gridiron football) features the most players on any given team. In the NFL, the most popular football league in the world, rosters consist of 53 total players. While only eleven players man the field at any given time, football far and away has the most players involved on any given gameday.