List of professional sports leagues

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]

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 racingEdit

BadmintonEdit

  England

  India

  Indonesia

BandyEdit

  Finland

  Russia

  Sweden

BaseballEdit

Northern Hemisphere SummerEdit

AmericasEdit

  United States,   Canada,   Cuba,   Venezuela, and   Argentina

  Mexico

  Argentina

Asia-PacificEdit

  Japan

  South Korea

  People's Republic of China

  Taiwan

  Philippines

EuropeEdit

  Italy

  Ireland

  Netherlands

  Czech Republic

  France

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

  Germany

  Spain

  Sweden

  Poland

  Portugal

Northern Hemisphere WinterEdit

AmericasEdit

  Argentina

  Colombia

  Curaçao

  Dominican Republic

  Mexico

  Nicaragua

  Panama

  Puerto Rico

  United States

  Venezuela

Asia-PacificEdit

  Australia,   New Zealand and   South Korea

  Japan,   South Korea and   Taiwan

BasketballEdit

BowlingEdit

BoxingEdit

Major promotions

Major sanctioning bodies

  India

ChessEdit

  Philippines

CricketEdit

AfricaEdit

North AmericaEdit

Canada

United States

West Indies

AsiaEdit

EuropeEdit

OceaniaEdit

  Australia

  New Zealand

CurlingEdit

CyclingEdit

  United States

  India

  • International Cycling League
  • Pro Cycle Cycling

  Italy

Competitive eatingEdit

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

  United States

  Australia

  Brazil

  Canada

  China

  Croatia

  Japan

  India

  Austria

  Germany

  Czech Republic

  France

  Italy

  Mexico

  Poland

  Turkey

  UK

  Russia

  Russia

  • Slovak Football League

  Sweden

Football: Association footballEdit

Football: Australian rules footballEdit

Football: Beach SoccerEdit

  Ukraine

Football: FutsalEdit

  Austria

  Australia

  Argentina

  Belarus

  Brazil

  Bosnia and Herzegovina

  Czech Republic

  China

  Germany

  France

  India

  Indonesia

  Israel

  Iran

  Italy

  Latvia

  Malaysia

  Myanmar

  Kyrgyzstan

  Japan

  South Korea

  Serbia

  Poland

  Portugal

  Spain

  Sweden

   Switzerland

  Russia

  Thailand

  Turkey

  Uzbekistan

  United States

  United Kingdom

  Vietnam

  Ukraine

Football: Indoor soccerEdit

  United States

FencingEdit

Field hockeyEdit

AsiaEdit

EuropeEdit

AustraliaEdit

GolfEdit

Men'sEdit

Top-level toursEdit

Senior toursEdit

Developmental toursEdit

Women'sEdit

Top-level toursEdit

Senior toursEdit

Developmental toursEdit

  • Symetra Tour (second-tier US tour, operated by the LPGA)
  • Ladies European Tour Access Series, LETAS,[12] 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)

HandballEdit

  Belgium   Netherlands

Ice hockeyEdit

North AmericaEdit

  Canada and   United States

  Canada only

  United States only

  Mexico

AsiaEdit

  Japan,   South Korea, and   Russia

  Kazakhstan

  Mongolia

  Taiwan

  China

  Israel

EuropeEdit

  Austria,   Croatia,   Slovakia,   Hungary,   Czech Republic, and   Italy

  Austria,   Italy, and   Slovenia

  Estonia   Latvia   Lithuania

  Belgium,   Netherlands

  Belarus

  Bulgaria

  Scotland  

  Czech Republic

  Croatia

  Serbia

  Denmark

  France

  Finland

  Germany

  Austria,   Hungary and   Romania

  Latvia

  Lithuania

  Estonia

  Netherlands and   Belgium

  Norway

  Italy

  Poland

  Romania

  Russia,   Belarus,   China,   Finland,   Kazakhstan,   Latvia, and   Slovakia

  Russia only

  Slovakia,   Hungary

  Slovenia

   Switzerland

  Sweden

  Turkey

  Ukraine

  United Kingdom (  England,   Scotland,   Wales, and   Northern Ireland)

OceaniaEdit

  Australia

  New Zealand

Indoor hockeyEdit

Inline hockeyEdit

Roller hockey (quad)/Rink hockeyEdit

  Spain

KabaddiEdit

International Tournaments

  Russia,   Maldives,   North Korea,   New Zealand,   Philippines,   Spain,   Guyana,   Chile,   Cambodia,   Indonesia,   Malaysia,   Israel,   Sri Lanka,   Canada,   Argentina,   Kenya,   Saudi Arabia,   Japan and   UAE)

Kabaddi Leagues

KickboxingEdit

KorfballEdit

LacrosseEdit

Box / Indoor lacrosseEdit

  United States and   Canada

Field lacrosseEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Motorcycle racingEdit

NetballEdit

PesäpalloEdit

  Finland:

ShootingEdit

  Germany

SpeedwayEdit

Professional wrestlingEdit

United States
India
Japan
Mexico

RacquetballEdit

Roll BallEdit

  India

  United States

  • Roll Ball One

  United Kingdom

  • Pro Roll Ball One

  European Union

  • Roll Ball League

Rugby leagueEdit

Northern HemisphereEdit

Southern HemisphereEdit

Rugby unionEdit

Intercontinental

Africa

Americas

Asia-Pacific

Europe

Pro clubs in an amateur league

SnookerEdit

SoftballEdit

  India

  United States

  United Kingdom

Table tennisEdit

TennisEdit

AsiaEdit

  India

Track and fieldEdit

UltimateEdit

  United States

Video gaming/Electronic sportsEdit

  United States

AsiaEdit

  China

  India

  South Korea

  Taiwan/  Hong Kong/  Macau

  Japan

  Philippines

Southeast Asia

Multiple regionsEdit

VolleyballEdit

Water poloEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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