Soccer currently stands as the world’s most popular sport. With 3 billion fans around the globe (and growing), the game has certainly garnered quite a bit of fame. On most of the major continents, football is the uncontested favorite. The only deviation from the norm is North America.
In the United States, the four major league sports dominated the popular consciousness for a long time. Football, basketball, baseball, and ice hockey are largely considered to be the most popular sports in the country. However, in 2022, soccer crept up on hockey, and cemented itself as the US’s 4th favorite sport.
Currently, soccer is among the top four in the USA, and only growing. American fans and bettors are becoming increasingly interested in the sport. This is reflected in the numerous US betting websites, found here, covering the sport with increasing frequency. So, with many new fans coming from the USA, we thought we would go over the most popular soccer leagues in the world, apart from the American Major League Soccer.
English Premier League (EPL)
Many would argue that the English Premier League is the best football league in the world. Whether you agree or not, one thing is certain: it is the most popular, by far. The top tier of English football, the Premier League is home to some of the most notable clubs in the world. What football fan hasn’t heard of Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, or Liverpool?
The EPL was formed in 1992, as a rebrand of the earlier English league, which had become marred by controversy and hooliganism. Originally, 22 teams competed for the title of England’s champion, though slowly over time, the number was whittled down to 20, as it currently remains.
The most successful clubs in the Premier League are the following:
- Manchester United (13 titles)
- Manchester City (6 titles)
- Chelsea (5 titles)
- Arsenal (3 titles)
Primera Division or La Liga
The Spanish Campeonato Nacional de Liga de Primera Division is certainly one of the most popular football leagues in the world. Commonly known as La Liga in most countries, the Spanish league is home to some of the most beloved clubs, like Real Madrid, which is currently the most popular club in the world, Barcelona, which are the most successful club in the league, and many others, all worth their salt.
La Liga is the seventh wealthiest sports league in the world, at least by revenue, and the third wealthiest soccer league in the world, next to the English Premier League, and the German Bundesliga, which we shall discuss next.
Germany’s Bundesliga is the footballer’s soccer league. Known worldwide for their technical football, dedication to skill, and high level of entertainment. The Bundesliga is also home to some incredible clubs, the most notable of which are Bayern Munich. Bayern Munich is the current Bundesliga champions, and thus far, they have won an astonishing 31 titles.
The Bundesliga is comprised of 18 clubs, and in the ongoing league, Bayern Munich is, once again, on top. Dortmund and Union Berlin are ranked 2nd and 3rd respectively, with RB Leipzig coming in fourth place. So, if you are interested in jumping in, now you know the standings.