Sports in Spanish: 50+ Useful Spanish Sports Vocabulary + Audio

TALK ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS IN SPANISH

Ready to go to a soccer match in Argentina? Do you prefer to see some tennis or basketball in Spain? How about a Caribbean baseball game? Well, if you really want to blend into a Hispanic country or community, learn your chunks about sports in Spanish!

First, let’s explore this list of the most popular sports in Spanish speaking countries:

SpanishEnglish
el deporte
sport
el fútbol
soccer
el fútbol americano
American football
el béisbol
baseball
el baloncesto
basketball
el boxeo
boxing
el tenis
tennis
Tenis de mesa
Ping Pong

1. List of the most common Sports in Spanish

Big topic in Latin America: We talk about sports like our life depends on it! Everyone has a favorite sport and team, and speaking about it in Spanish will help you make native new speaker friends or impress the ones you already have.

¡Primero lo primero! (first things first!) Let’s learn some Spanish vocabulary for the most popular sports:

sports in spanish examples with male teacher
  • el deporte (sports) —In Spanish, we talk about sports in singular.
  • el fútbol (soccer) —When it comes to American football, we call it el fútbol americano
  • el béisbol (baseball)
  • el baloncesto (basketball) —We sometimes also say básquetbol or just plain basquet
  • el boxeo (boxing)
  • el tenis (scuba diving) ¡Es broma! (JOKING!) Tenis is Tennis! But we may refer to Ping Pong as Tenis de mesa. So, remember that!
sports in spanish examples of sports with male teacher

2. What are the popular Sports in Spanish-speaking countries?

Some of the most popular sports in Spanish-speaking countries around the world include soccer, basketball, bullfighting, and volleyball.

Soccer is particularly popular in most countries across Latin America, while basketball has gained more popularity in recent years. Bullfighting is traditional in certain regions of Spain and certain Latin American countries such as Mexico. (It’s always good to learn more about these traditions if you’re planning on visiting these countries.) Volleyball also has a large fan base throughout the regions, and its specific form – beach volleyball is also entertaining.

For sports like basketball or soccer, where the ball is bigger than your hand, the ball is called balón.

  • el balón de fútbol (the soccer ball)
  • el balón de voleibol (the volley ball)

For sports like tennis, baseball and golf, the ball is called la bola or la pelota.  

sports in spanish talking about sport balls with male teacher on the right side

3. Learn Spanish sports vocabulary by playing!

Let’s learn some chunks you can use when talking about practicing or playing sports with your Spanish-speaking friends:

  • Me gusta jugar tenis los fines de semana. (I like to play tennis on weekends.)
  • ¿Te gustaría jugar fútbol con nosotros el domingo? (Would you like to play soccer with us on Sunday?)
  • ¿Qué deportes te gusta practicar? (Which sports do you like to practice?)
  • Soy bueno en béisbol, pero no tan bueno en voleibol. (I’m good at baseball, but not that good at volleyball.)

4. Talk about sports in Spanish while watching it!

Now, let’s suppose you’re with your friends and family watching el superclásico entre el Boca y el River (the superderby between Boca Juniors and Riverplate) or el último juego de la serie del caribe entre Los Tomateros de Culiacán y Los Cardenales de Lara (the Caribbean Baseball series finale between Culiacán Tomateers and The Lara Cardinals)?

If you want to share the passion and excitement that come with watching sports in Spanish, let’s learn some chunks about it:

  • ¿Quién crees que gane hoy? (Who —or which team— do you think is going to win today?)
  • ¿Cómo va el juego de béisbol? (How’s the baseball game going?)
  • El equipo azul ganó el partido. (The blue team won the match.)
  • ¡GOLAZOOOOO(GOAAAAL!) 
  • ¡Joooonrón! (Hoooome run!)

Verbs and terms to talk about sports in Spanish

In the next table, you can see a bunch of verbs and other sport-related terms that you can use in real conversations!

SpanishEnglish
el balón de fútbol
the soccer ball
el balón de voleibol
the volleyball
la bola
the ball (smaller sports)
la pelota
the ball (alternative term)
jugar tenis
to play tennis
jugar fútbol
to play soccer
practicar
to practice
el partido
the match
GOLAZO
GOAL (emphasized)
Joooonrón
HOOOOME RUN
Mi deporte favorito es
My favorite sport is
Mi equipo favorito es
My favorite team is
Mi atleta favorito/favorita es
My favorite athlete is
la selección nacional
the national team
delantera
attacker (in soccer)
el récord
the record

5. The challenge – Examples of sports-related chunks!

Here’s a little challenge for you: Let’s talk about favorite sports, teams and athletes!

First, let’s see some chunks to use:

  • Mi deporte favorito es ______ (My favorite sport is _______)
  • Mi equipo favorito es ________ (My favorite team is ______)
  • Mi atleta favorito o favorita es _______ (My favorite athlete is ________)
sports in spanish my favorite athlete is examples

So, what I want you to do is to use these chunks to talk about YOUR favorite. To be fair, I’ll start:

  • En mi país, Venezuela, el deporte más popular es el béisbol, pero mi deporte favorito es el fútbol. (In my country, Venezuela, the most popular sport is baseball, but my favorite sport is soccer.) 
  • Mi equipo favorito es La Vinotinto, el equipo de Fútbol Nacional de Venezuela. (My favorite team is La Vinotinto, the Venezuelan national Soccer Team.)
    Tal vez no somos los mejores, ¡pero le ponemos corazón en la cancha! (Maybe we’re not the best, but we pour our hearts into the field!)

By the way, Vinotinto means Red Wine. We call the national team like that because of the colors we wear. ¡Vamos, Vinotinto! (Go, Vinotinto!)

  • Mi atleta favorita se llama Deyna Castellanos. ((My favorite athlete is Deyna Castellanos.)
  • Es delantera de la selección nacional y tiene el récord de más goles en un campeonato sudamericano. (She’s the national selection attacker and she has the record of most goals scored in a South American championship.)
  • ¡Cómo juega esa chama! (Boy can that girl play!) 

6. Full list of Sports in Spanish

Hey, who says you’re only fan of the most popular sports?!

This is why I’ll give you a full list of sports in Spanish with these examples. I listed everything I could think of:

SpanishEnglish
FútbolSoccer
BaloncestoBasketball
TenisTennis
GolfGolf
BéisbolBaseball
VoleibolVolleyball
RugbyRugby
NataciónSwimming
Tenis de mesaTable Tennis
BádmintonBadminton
BoxeoBoxing
CiclismoCycling
Hockey sobre hieloIce Hockey
EsquíSkiing
SnowboardSnowboarding
PatinetaSkateboarding
Artes MarcialesMartial Arts
AtletismoAthletics
Carreras de caballosHorse Racing
EsgrimaFencing
GimnasiaGymnastics
SurfSurfing
EscaladaRock Climbing
Tiro con arcoArchery
PiragüismoCanoeing
VelaSailing
TriatlónTriathlon
WaterpoloWater Polo
Clavados/BuceoDiving
BalonmanoHandball
SquashSquash
JudoJudo
KarateKarate
TaekwondoTaekwondo
Lucha libreWrestling
PoloPolo
PescaFishing
KitesurfKite Surfing
ParapenteParagliding
RemoRowing
TiroShooting
BillarSnooker/Pool
AutomovilismoRacing
MotociclismoMotorcycle Racing
BMXBMX
Montañismo/AlpinismoMountaineering
SenderismoHiking

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