List of professional sports leagues

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This is a list of professional sports leagues.

A sports league is a professional body that governs the competition of its teams.[ clarification needed ] They make the rules for competition and behavior and disciplines its members as necessary. This is done through a structure that varies by league. Some are made up of a board of governors that have a commissioner or president, while others are single entity organizations where the league owns the franchises and therefore does not have a board of governors.[ clarification needed ]

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This list attempts to show those sports leagues for which all players and teams are paid to play. In other words, these players can be considered to play their chosen sport as their profession. Some leagues do not pay well enough to allow players to use them as their primary or only source of income, but because the players are paid, it is still considered professional, or semi-professional. As such, some leagues listed here may not be fully professional.

Auto racing

Badminton

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Flag of India.svg India

Flag of Indonesia.svg Indonesia

Bandy

Flag of Finland.svg  Finland

Flag of Russia.svg Russia

Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden

Baseball

Northern Hemisphere Summer

Americas

Flag of the United States.svg  United States , Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada , Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba , Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela , and Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina

Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico

Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina

Asia-Pacific

Flag of Japan.svg  Japan

Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea

Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  People's Republic of China

Flag of the Republic of China.svg Taiwan

Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines

Europe

Flag of Italy.svg  Italy

Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland

Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands

Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic

Flag of France.svg  France

  • Division Élite (officially semi-professional but contains several professional teams)

Flag of Germany.svg  Germany

Flag of Spain.svg  Spain

Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden

Flag of Poland.svg  Poland

Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal

Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey

  • Turkish Baseball League (semi-professional)

Northern Hemisphere Winter

Americas

Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina

Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia

Flag of Curacao.svg  Curaçao

Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic

Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico

Flag of Nicaragua.svg  Nicaragua

Flag of Panama.svg  Panama

Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico

Flag of the United States.svg  United States

Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela

Asia-Pacific

Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia , Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand and Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea

Flag of Japan.svg  Japan , Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea and Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan

Basketball

Bowling

Boxing

Major promotions

Major sanctioning bodies

Flag of India.svg  India

Chess

Flag of the Philippines.svg Philippines

Cricket

Africa

North America

Canada

United States

West Indies

Asia

Europe

Oceania

Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia

Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand

Curling

Cycling

Flag of the United States.svg United States

Flag of India.svg India

Flag of Italy.svg Italy

Competitive eating

Gridiron football: American football, Indoor American football, Arena football, Canadian football, and Flag football

Americas

Flag of the United States.svg United States

Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil

Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada

Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico

Europe

Flag of Europe.svg Europe

Flag of Austria.svg Austria

Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium

Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia

Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic

Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark

Flag of Finland.svg Finland

Flag of France.svg France

Flag of Germany.svg Germany

Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary

Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland

Flag of Israel.svg Israel

Flag of Italy.svg Italy

Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands

Flag of Poland.svg Poland

Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal

Flag of Russia.svg Russia

Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia

Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia

Flag of Spain.svg Spain

Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden

Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland

Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg UK

Asia

Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China

Flag of India.svg  India

Flag of Japan.svg Japan

Oceania

Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia

Football: Association football

Football: Australian rules football

Asia

Europe

Oceania

Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia

International

Football: Beach Soccer

Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine

Football: Futsal

Flag of Austria.svg Austria

Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina

Flag of Belarus.svg Belarus

Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil

Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina

Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic

Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China

Flag of Germany.svg Germany

Flag of France.svg France

Flag of India.svg  India

Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia

Flag of Israel.svg  Israel

Flag of Iran.svg  Iran

Flag of Italy.svg Italy

Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia

Flag of Malaysia.svg Malaysia

Flag of Myanmar.svg Myanmar

Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan

Flag of Japan.svg  Japan

Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea

Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia

Flag of Poland.svg Poland

Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal

Flag of Spain.svg Spain

Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden

Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland

Flag of Russia.svg Russia

Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand

Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey

Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan

Flag of the United States.svg  United States

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom

Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam

Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine

Football: Indoor soccer

Flag of the United States.svg United States

Fencing

Field hockey

Asia

Europe

Australia

Golf

Men's

Top-level tours

Senior tours

Developmental tours

Women's

Top-level tours

Senior tours

Developmental tours

  • Symetra Tour (second-tier US tour, operated by the LPGA)
  • Ladies European Tour Access Series, LETAS, [20] the official feeder tour to the Ladies European Tour, has been formed to give players not part of a major tour an opportunity to compete and progress on to the Ladies European Tour.
  • Step Up Tour (second-tier Japanese tour, operated by the LPGA of Japan)
  • Swedish Golf Tour (women's version is a second-tier tour in Sweden, feeding to the Ladies European Tour)

Handball

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Ice hockey

North America

Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada and Flag of the United States.svg United States

Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada only

Flag of the United States.svg United States only

Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico

Asia

Flag of Japan.svg  Japan, Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea, and Flag of Russia.svg  Russia

Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan

Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia

Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan

Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China

Flag of Israel.svg  Israel

Europe

Flag of Austria.svg  Austria, Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia, Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia, Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary, Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic, and Flag of Italy.svg Italy

Flag of Austria.svg  Austria, Flag of Italy.svg  Italy, and Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia

Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania

Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium, Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands

Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus

Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria

Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Flag of Ireland.svg

Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic

Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia

Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia

Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark

Flag of France.svg France

Flag of Finland.svg  Finland

Flag of Germany.svg Germany

Flag of Austria.svg  Austria, Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary and Flag of Romania.svg  Romania

Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia

Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania

Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia

Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands and Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium

Flag of Norway.svg  Norway

Flag of Italy.svg  Italy

Flag of Poland.svg Poland

Flag of Romania.svg Romania

Flag of Russia.svg Russia, Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus, Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China, Flag of Finland.svg  Finland, Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan, Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia, and Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia

Flag of Russia.svg Russia only

Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia, Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary

Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia

Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland

Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden

Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey

Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom (Flag of England.svg England, Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland, Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales, and Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland)

Oceania

Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia

Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand

Indoor hockey

Inline hockey

Roller hockey (quad)/Rink hockey

Flag of Spain.svg  Spain

Kabaddi

International Tournaments

Kabaddi Leagues

Kickboxing

Korfball

Lacrosse

Box / Indoor lacrosse

Flag of the United States.svg United States and Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada

Field lacrosse

Mixed martial arts

Motorcycle racing

Netball

Pesäpallo

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Shooting

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Speedway

Professional wrestling

United States
India
Japan
Mexico

Racquetball

Roll Ball

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Flag of the United States.svg  United States

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom

Flag of Europe.svg  European Union

Rugby league

Americas

Europe

Oceania

Rugby union

Intercontinental

Africa

Americas

Asia-Pacific

Europe


Pro clubs in an amateur league

Snooker

Softball

Flag of India.svg  India

Flag of the United States.svg United States

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom

Table tennis

Tennis

Asia

Flag of India.svg  India

Track and field

Ultimate

Flag of the United States.svg United States

Video gaming/Electronic sports

Flag of the United States.svg United States

Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey

Asia

Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China

Flag of India.svg  India

Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea

Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan/Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong/Flag of Macau.svg  Macau

Flag of Japan.svg  Japan

Flag of the Philippines.svg Philippines

Southeast Asia

Multiple regions

Volleyball

Water polo

See also

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