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List of Sports

There are many different sports disciplines around the world. Here you'll find a list of sports names in English to help improve your little one's language skills!

From ancient Egypt to the first Olympic Games in Greece, sports are one of the most valuable activities for humanity and, for children especially, it’s one of the foundations of a positive physical and mental development throughout their lives. Whether it’s running, playing tennis, or doing gymnastics, sports are a great asset for kids’ education. In this list of sports, you’ll find all the vocabulary in English related to the main disciplines, competitions, and games, so your little ones can start learning right away about this essential topic.

 

What Is A Sport?

There are many different sports disciplines around the world, some more known than others. However, to learn about these it could be a good idea to first answer the main question “What is a sport?” A sport is an activity that is competitive and athletic, and which requires some particular set of skills or physical abilities to be carried out.

There are several types of sports, usually divided by four main categories according to the types of skills required: physical sports (swimming, gymnastics), motorized sports (these often involve vehicles like cars or motorbikes), mind sports (like chess, which needs a lot of attention and critical thinking skills), and sports with animals (horseback riding, for example). Some of these activities can be individual, and others may be performed in couples or even teams. Now, let’s take a look at the main sports there are and some vocabulary about sports in English

 

Why Are Sports Important?

Sports are deeply ingrained in the different cultures found around the world. Learning about sports helps the little ones get to know more about their surroundings, breaking down language and cultural barriers as they get to know new vocabulary and expressions as they practice their favorite disciplines. Moreover, practicing a sport is the perfect way for children to learn about sportsmanship, and also to grasp the importance that teamwork has in a person’s life.

Additionally, children that grow up practicing a sport develop great physical skills, are more inclined to make new friends have improved self-esteem and lower levels of stress, which in turn is quite beneficial for their mental health. So, sports are not only great for the body, but also for the child’s mind.

 

 

Sports Names

Let’s take a look at some sports vocabulary in English, from the name of sports to items related to them.

 

Adventure Sports ⛷️

Kayaking - List of sports

kayaking

 

bobsleigh - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

bobsleigh

 

canoe - english for kids - lingokids

canoeing

 

ELLIOT_Skiing

cross-country skiing

 

raft - english for kids - lingokids

rafting

 

skeleton - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

skeleton

 

 

 

Aquatic Sports 🌊

Snorkeling - List of sports

snorkeling

 

Olympic swimming - List of sports

olympic swimming

 

bodysurfing - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

bodyboarding

 

diving - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

diving

free diving - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

freediving

 

 

paddle boarding - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

paddle boarding

 

rowing - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

rowing

 

scuba diving - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

scuba diving

 

surfing - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

surfing

 

synchronise swimming - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

synchronized swimming

 

 

 

Strength and Agility Sports 🚴‍♀️

 

aerobics

 

aikido - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

aikido

 

archery - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

archery

 

artistic gymnastics - names of sports - english for kids - lingokidsartistic gymnastics

 

 

baton twirling - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

baton twirling

 

 

bodybuilding - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

bodybuilding

 

boxing - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

boxing

 

cross country equestrian - names of sports - english for kids - lingokidscross-country riding

 

cross-country running

 

cycling - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

cycling

 

  discus throw - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

discus throw

 

fencing - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

fencing

 

 

figure skating - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

figure skating

 

 

horseback riding - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

horseback riding

 

 

horse racing - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

horse racing

 

 

judo - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

judo 

 

 

karate - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

karate 

 

 

kendo - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

 

kendo

 

 

kickboxing - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

kickboxing

 

kung fu - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

kung fu

 

long jump - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

long jump

 

marathon - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

marathon 

 

mixed martial arts - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

mixed martial arts

 

muay thai - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

Muay Thai

 

 

pole vault - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

pole vault

 

power lifting - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

powerlifting

 

 

race walking - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

racewalking

 

rhythmic gymnastics - names of sports - english for kids - lingokidsrhythmic gymnastics

 

 

sprint - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

sprint

 

 

sumo - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

sumo

 

sword fighting - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

sword-fighting

 

trail running - names of sports - english for kids - lingokidstrail running 

 

trampolining - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

trampolining

 

tumbling - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

tumbling

 

ultimate frisbee - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

ultimate frisbee

 

walking - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

walking

 

weightlifting - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

weightlifting

 

wrestling - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

wrestling

 

Ball Sports

 

Baseball - List of sports

baseball

 

 

Basketball - List of sports

basketball

 

 

Tennis - List of sports

tennis

 

badminton - names of sports - english for kids - lingokidsbadminton

 

bowling - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

bowling

 

cricket - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

cricket

 

curling - names of sports - english for kids - lingokidscurling 

 

dodgeball - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

dodgeball

 

football - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

football 

 

golf - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

golf

 

handball- names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

handball 

 

hockey - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

hockey

hurling - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

 hurling

 

ice hockey - names of sports - english for kids - lingokidsice hockey

 

lacrosse - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

lacrosse

 

padel - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

padel

 

 

polo - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

polo 

 

 

racquetball - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

racquetball 

 

 

rounders - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

rounders

 

rugby - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

rugby 

 

 

football - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

soccer 

 

 

softball - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

softball

 

 

squash - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

squash

 

table tennis - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

table tennis

 

unicycling - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

unicycling basketball

unicycling handball / unicycling hockey

 

volleyball - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

volleyball

 

 water polo- names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

water polo

 

 

Extreme Sports

 

base jumping- names of sports - english for kids - lingokidsBASE jumping

 

abseiling- names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

abseiling

 

 

bouldering- names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

bouldering

 

kite surfing- names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

kiteboarding / kitesurfing

 

parachuting- names of sports - english for kids - lingokidsparachuting / skydiving

 

gliding- names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

paragliding / gliding

 

parasailing- names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

parasailing

 

skateboarding - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

skateboarding 

 

Lisa Skiiing - List of Sports in English - Lingokidsskiing

skysurfing - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

skysurfing

 

snowboarding - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

snowboarding

 

 

wakeboarding - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

wakeboarding

 

windsurfing - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

windsurfing

 

 

 

 

Mountain Sports

climbing - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

climbing

 

cross country cycling - names of sports - english for kids - lingokidscross-country cycling

 

hiking - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

hiking

 

Climbing - List of Sportsmountaineering

 

 

 

 

Motorised Sports

 

drifting - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

drifting

 

formula racing - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

formula racing

 

kart racing - names of sports - english

kart racing

 

rallycross - names of sports - english

rallycross

 

 

Mind Sports

Minds Sports and Activities - List of Sports in English - Lingokids

 

Go - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

Go

 

bridge - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

bridge

 

checkers - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

checkers

 

chess - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

chess

 

mahjong - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

mahjong

 

 

 

Sport Activities

Even though a sport is -in general- a physical activity, there is also another type of activity that isn’t considered sports. These, despite requiring a physical effort to be performed, aren’t regulated and organized, unlike sports. Moreover, some sports activities like the decathlon, also aren’t sports, but instead, they are formed by various events and challenges of different sports.

Let’s check out the most common ones.

Sports Activities Running - Lists of Sports in English - Lingokids

 

airsoft - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

airsoft

ballooning - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

ballooning

 

barrel racing - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

barrel racing

 

biathlon - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

biathlon

 

capoeira - names of sports - english for kids - lingokidscapoeira

 

 

cheerleading - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

cheerleading 

 

crossfit - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

CrossFit

dancing - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

dancing

 

darts - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

darts

 

decathlon - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

decathlon

 

foosball - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

foosball

 

gymkhana - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

gymkhana 

 

heptathlon

 

jogging

 

laser tag - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

laser tag

 

paintball - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

paintball

 

parkour - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

parkour

 

pentaque - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

petanque 

 

pool - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

pool 

 

triathlon - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

triathlon

 

 

Sports vocabulary

Now, let’s take a look at some vocabulary that’s frequently used in different sports and disciplines.

 

backstroke - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

backstroke 

 

butterfly stroke - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

butterfly stroke

 

freestyle stroke - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

freestyle swimming

 

winter sports - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

winter sports

 

water sports - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

water sports

 

ball - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

ball

 

racetrack - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

racetrack

 

jockey - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

jockey

 

 

olympics - names of sports - english for kids - lingokidsolympics

 

olympic games - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

olympic games

 

player - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

player

 

racer - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

racer 

 

swimmer - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

swimmer

 

track - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

track

 

ring- names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

ring

 

velodrome - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

velodrome

 

stadium - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

stadium

 

coach - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

coach 

 

team - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

 team

 

olympic pool - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

olympic pool

 

court - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

court

 

field - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

field

 

arena - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

arena

 

athlete - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

athlete

 

 

gym - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

gym

 

medal - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

medal 

 

referee - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids referee

 

score - names of sports - english for kids - lingokidsscore

sportsmanship - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

sportsmanship

 

tournament - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

tournament

 

whistle - names of sports - english for kids - lingokidswhistle

 

javelin - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

javelin

 

lane - names of sports - english for kids - lingokidslane

 

 

lap - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

lap 

 

record - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

record 

 

basket - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

basket / hoop 

 

 

pass - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

pass 

 

dribbling - names of sports - english for kids - lingokidsdribble 

 

free throw - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

free throw

 

 

slam dunk - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

slam dunk

 

foul - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

foul

 

time out - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

time-out

 

goal - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

goal 

 

goalkeeper - names of sports - english for kids - lingokidsgoalkeeper

 

volleyball - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

volleyball 

 

penalty - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

penalty 

 

skates - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

skates

 

skateboard - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

skateboard

 

ski boot - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

ski boot

 

racquet - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

racquet

 

baseball bat - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

baseball bat

 

catcher - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

catcher 

 

pitcher - names of sports - english for kids - lingokidspitcher

 

base hit - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

base hit

 

homerun - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

home run 

 

 

defeat - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

defeat

 

defense - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

defense

 

fitness - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

fitness

 

tie - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

tie

 

puck - names of sports - english for kids - lingokids

puck

 

 

 

👉 How to use play, do, and go?

Now that your little one is learning vocabulary about sports, there’s another important issue related to this topic: how to talk about sports in English. In this language, there are three different verbs in English that can be used to talk about sports. Let’s take a look at these.

 

Play

When talking about team sports, ‘play’ is the verb to use. Usually, the sports that go with ‘play’ are those that need a ball or some other similar equipment to be played.

For example: “Let’s play football!” or “Do you want to play volleyball tomorrow?”

Some of the most common sports that go with play are tennis, football, golf, cricket, basketball, volleyball, chess.

 

Do

This verb is used when talking about a sport that’s done individually instead of in a team. Some examples of these sports are aerobics or martial arts.

“I do martial arts on Sundays.”

The most common sports in this group are karate, athletics, archery, gymnastics.

 

Go

This is the correct option to refer to a sport that ends in -ing, like swimming or skating.

For example, “Marcia and Alex are going swimming on Saturday.”, or “The girls go skiing in the winter.”

Among the most common sports in this category are cycling, swimming, dancing, snowboarding, running, fencing.

 

 

Sports Vocabulary Printable Flashcards 🖍️

Flashcards: Sports Vocabulary

 

Playlearn with Lingokids!

In the Lingokids App, your little ones will have a blast learning about different sports in english and playing all of our fun games! Here’s a sneak peek:

 

Sports Memory Cards

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