All over the world, with few exceptions, soccer is king. But it's not the only sport being played in countries spanning the globe. Not by a long shot.
On six out of the seven continents (sorry, Antarctica), vibrant sports cultures have thrived for centuries. Sometimes it’s with ancient (and dangerous) games that the rest of the world might not understand anymore. Sometimes the games evolved into something we recognize today.
Sometimes the sport might be familiar, but we just didn't know how well a particular country plays it.
Here’s a look at the most unique sports around the world — some unique for the sport itself, some unique for finding a way to thrive.
Note: All populations are according to 2019 projections, and all GDP numbers are according to the World Monetary Fund.