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Sports play an integral role in society and have for thousands of years. Cave paintings in France indicate wrestling may be the oldest sport in the world. Although wrestling is still popular today, it's lost the scrimmage for spectators to newer arrivals that make up our list of the most popular sports in the world. Millions of people globally play or watch at least one sport every day. Over time, the rules change and new sports are invented to capture the interest and passion of the modern fan.

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1. Soccer

Soccer is easily the most popular sport, with four billion fans around the globe. England developed the modern version of soccer, which they call football, in 1863, and today the sport hosts 250 million players across more than 200 countries and territories. Men's soccer has been part of the Olympics since 1900, and women's soccer joined in 1996.

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