Did you know that there are thousands of different sports around the world? While we may know some of the most popular global sports, there are countless others you have likely never heard of.

For example, soccer (known as football in the UK) is, without a doubt, one of the most popular sports in the world. Many countries participate in events and competitions. Fewer people have heard of cricket, and even fewer know how to play it. And then there are the sports that are only played in their tiny region of the world, leaving a vacuum of knowledge waiting to be shared.

Bog Snorkeling

Have you ever heard of bog snorkeling? Didn’t think so. Bog snorkeling originates from Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, and was first invented in 1976. That makes bog snorkeling a relatively new sport, but it’s popular with locals. The goal is to swim 120-yards in a trench in a peat bog using only snorkeling equipment. Additionally, one can only use their flippers for momentum – no arms allowed.

Arnis

Nearly every culture has its form of self-defense and martial arts. In the Philippines, one such style is known as Arnis, aka Eskrima. This style is famous for using open hands and improvised weapons while fighting.

Kabaddi

Have you ever played Red Rover as a kid? If so, then you already understand the base rules for Kabaddi. Kabaddi is popular in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Iran. Players take turns running across the court to the other team, where they get points for every opposing teammate they tag – but only if the player makes it safely back to their team’s side of the court. Tackling is allowed (and encouraged).

Bossaball

Bossaball is essentially a combination of volleyball, soccer (football), gymnastics, and music. Yes, you read that right. “Bossa” means style in Brazilian Portuguese. Filip Eyckmans invented the game with the hope of capturing the famous beach vibes of the area. 

Cheese Rolling

Cheese Rolling may not seem like a sport, but it has been a finely crafted sport in Gloucester, England, since the fifteenth century. Each participant brings a cheese roll (weighing between seven and nine pounds) down Cooper’s Hill, England. The catch is that the wheels of cheese can go surprisingly fast (around seventy miles per hour, if done right), making them easy to lose control of.