Leadership And Sport

What Are the Different Types of Sports?

Want to know about the different types of sports?

On this page, we have categorised the different types of sports, broken these into categories even further and then provided a list of the different types of sports that are accepted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Most sports are organised and run by National or International Governing Bodies and more sports are also being included in the Olympics In Tokyo. Find out all the different Olympic sports that are now included at the bottom of this article. You can also view all of our resources and articles here.

What are the different types of sports?

The different types of sports categories are:

Types of Sports Partner Sports Extreme Sports Team Sports Individual Sports Categories of sports

Team sports can then be broken down into four categories:

What is an invasion game?

An invasion game is any game a team has to attack another teams area and to score a point. For example, Football is an invasion game as one team has to maintain the position of the ball, take the ball into the other teams half and then try and score a goal in the opponents net (invade another teams area).

What is a net game?

A net game is when a net is involved in the sport and keeps players separated. For example, Badminton is a net game as there is a net in the middle of the court and two players remain opposite the net at all times.

What is a Fielding and Striking game?

A fielding and striking game is when a game involves a set of fielders and one person striking an object at one time (such as a ball) and running a set course. For example in cricket, a Batter strikes a cricket ball and has to run from one crease to another to score a run. There are also fielders form the opposite team around the cricket field.

What is a Target game?

A target game is when a player has to aim and project an object to a designated area. For example, golf is a target game as a player has to hit a golf ball to a set area aiming to putt the ball into a set hole.

Below, we have included lists of individual sports, partner sports, team sports and extreme sports across the world. If you feel any have been missed out please comment below:

Individual Sports

Partner Sports

Team sports

List of Team Sports:

Extreme Sports

Extreme sports normally have a risk of danger involved and can also be called adventure sports.

A list of extreme sports

List of Official Olympic Sports (Tokyo 2020)

You can view all of the Official One Minute sport videos here. These videos explain each Olympic sport in one minute.

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