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Popular English Game Names

Last updated date: 17th Apr 2024
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An Introduction

Are you a sports enthusiast? Do you love playing games with your friends and family? Have you watched the Olympic Games? There are a variety of sports events held in the Olympics. If you’ve ever wondered about these games or wish to know their names, we are here to enlighten you. We have prepared a list of some English game names with pictures and examples, some of which you can play with your friends.

Playing sports is important for a healthy life. It helps us relieve stress and makes us healthy and energetic. Other than having fun with friends and playmates, one can also learn about the values of discipline, teamwork, unity, and hard work through sports. This list of English game names will not only make your game time exciting and fun but also strengthen your speaking and listening abilities as you add new words to your vocabulary.

A collection of different sports

A collection of different sports

Types of Sports or Games

The definition of games states, 'a physical or mental competition conducted according to rules with the participants in direct opposition to each other'.

Let’s classify the different types of games based on the use of primary equipment or the setting of the game.

  • Air Sports: As the name suggests, these sports activities are usually conducted in the air or above the ground. Eg: Drone racing, paragliding, skydiving, etc.

  • Athletics: This category comprises all gaming events involving competitive running, jumping, throwing, and walking. Eg: sprints, hurdles, relays, jumps (high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault), throws (shot put, javelin, discus throw, hammer), etc.

  • Ball Sports: You might have guessed already, ball sports include all games involving a ball. Eg: cricket, football, hockey, volleyball, tennis, baseball, rugby, etc.

  • Board Sports: These games require a board or board-like object as the primary equipment. Eg: skateboarding and surfing among others.

  • Combat Sports: Combat sports or fighting sports are competitive games involving contact between the opponents and a one-on-one fight. Eg: martial arts, boxing, kickboxing, karate, taekwondo, etc.

  • Cycling Sports: As obvious, cycle sports include races involving bicycles or can also be a display of tricks and skills on a bicycle.

  • Gymnastics: This category of sports involves performing systematic exercises while exhibiting balance, strength, flexibility, coordination, and overall physical conditioning, with the help of rings, beams, or bars.

  • Ice Sports: Commonly held during winters, these games are usually played on ice. Eg: ice hockey, ringette, broomball, speed skating, curling, skiing, etc.

  • Indoor Games: These games are specially designed to be played indoors, within the four walls of an auditorium-like area, or at home. Eg: table tennis, chess, indoor soccer and cricket, billiards, etc.

  • Mind Sports: Mind sports require a high level of concentration and fine intellectual ability. The player should have the acumen to strategize their moves in order to win the competition. Eg: chess, sudoku, checkers, etc.

  • Motorsports: This category of sports competitions requires motorised vehicles that compete in racing events. Eg: car racing, motorcycle racing, oval track racing, etc.

  • Racket Sports: Racket sports require the player to hit a ball or an object such as a shuttlecock with a racket in an outdoor set-up. A net is usually displayed to demarcate the areas of the opponents. Eg: badminton, lawn tennis, squash.

  • Strength Sports: These sporting activities test the muscular strength and endurance of the player. Eg: weightlifting, powerlifting, and bodybuilding.

  • Target Sports: These games necessitate a high level of focus and concentration. The player participating in these events throws or shoots a piece of equipment to hit a target. Eg: air rifle shooting, archery, bowling, golf, billiards, darts, etc.

  • Water Sports: As the name suggests, all sports events that are performed or played in waterfall fall under the category of water sports. Eg: surfing, swimming, diving, rowing, rafting, water polo, etc.

List of English Game Names

In alphabetical order, here is a list of some popular sports.

  • Acrobatics

  • Aerobic Gymnastics

  • Archery

  • Arnis

  • Artistic Gymnastics

  • Artistic Swimming

  • Badminton

  • Baseball

  • Basketball

  • Baton Twirling

  • Bicycle Motocross (BMX)

  • Billiards/ Pool (U.S.)

  • Bobsleigh

  • Bodybuilding

  • Bowling

  • Boxing

  • Canoeing

  • Car Racing

  • Cheerleading

  • Chess

  • Cricket

  • Croquet

  • Curling

  • Dance Sport

  • Darts

  • Diving

  • Dodgeball

  • Fencing

  • Figure Skating

  • Football (U.K)/ Soccer (U.S., Australia)

  • Frisbee

  • Golf

  • Handball

  • Hang Gliding

  • Hockey

  • Horseback Riding

  • Horse Racing

  • Ice Hockey

  • Ice Skating

  • Jet Ski Racing

  • Judo

  • Karate

  • Kayaking

  • Kendo

  • Kickboxing

  • Kite Surfing

  • Lacrosse

  • Luge

  • Mixed Martial Arts

  • Motocross

  • Muay Thai

  • Paintball

  • Parachuting

  • Paragliding

  • Parkour

  • Polo

  • Pool/Billiards

  • Powerlifting

  • Rafting

  • Rhythmic Gymnastics

  • Rock Climbing

  • Rowing

  • Rugby

  • Sailing

  • Sandboarding

  • Scuba Diving

  • Shooting

  • Skateboarding

  • Skeleton

  • Skiing

  • Snowboarding

  • Softball

  • Speed Skating

  • Sport Climbing

  • Squash

  • Sumo Wrestling

  • Surfing

  • Swimming

  • Synchronised Skating

  • Synchronised Swimming

  • Table Tennis

  • Taekwondo

  • Tennis

  • Track and Field

  • Trampolining

  • Triathlon (Tetrathlon, etc.)

  • Tug of War

  • Volleyball

  • Water Polo

  • Weightlifting

  • Windsurfing

  • Wrestling

  • Wu Shu

Some of the English game names

Some of the English game names

Some more English game names

Some more English game names


So, we hope you have learned something new and interesting today. Make a list of the games you would like to play with your friends or siblings. Also, you can do some research on your own and find out more information about the different national and international sports competitions, such as the Asian Games, Olympics, Commonwealth Games, FIFA, Cricket World Cup, etc.

FAQs on Popular English Game Names

1. Why should kids be encouraged to play sports?

Sports and games bring along a variety of benefits for people of all ages. Children, especially, should be encouraged to play games. It helps in physical development, improvement of motor skills, concentration and ensures a healthy mind and body. Moreover, playing sports and games teaches kids about the importance of unity, teamwork, discipline, and sportsmanship.

2. Mention a few examples of sports covered under athletics.

Athletics encompasses all kinds of physical sports involving competitive running, jumping, throwing, and walking. Some of the common examples include sprints, hurdles, relays, jumps (high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault), throws (shot put, javelin, discus throw, hammer), etc.