What Are the Most Popular Sports in South Africa?

The most popular sports in South Africa are rugby, cricket and soccer. However, the fan bases of each sport are largely divided across racial lines. Most fans of rugby and cricket are white, while black South Africans are primarily fans of soccer.

Soccer has long been the most popular sport among black South Africans. However, when the country hosted the 2010 World Cup, the sport was embraced by the entire country. Cricket has traditionally been enjoyed in South Africa by white South Africans of British descent, as well as the Indian communities in South Africa. Rugby is most popular in South Africa among people of Afrikaner descent.