List of professional sports leagues

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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 don't pay well enough to allow players to use them as their primary or only source of income, but because the players are paid, it's still considered professional, or semi-professional. As such, some leagues listed here may not be fully professional.

Auto racing

Badminton

 England

 India

 Indonesia

Bandy

 Finland

 Russia

 Sweden

Baseball

Northern Hemisphere Summer

Americas

 United States,  Canada,  Cuba, and  Venezuela

 Mexico

Asia-Pacific

 Japan

 South Korea

 People's Republic of China

Taiwan Taiwan

 Philippines

Europe

 Italy

 Ireland

 Netherlands

 Czech Republic

 France

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

 Germany

 Spain

 Sweden

 Poland

 Portugal

Northern Hemisphere Winter

Americas

 Argentina

 Colombia

 Curaçao

 Dominican Republic

 Mexico

 Nicaragua

 Panama

 Puerto Rico

 United States

 Venezuela

Asia-Pacific

 Australia,  New Zealand and  South Korea

 Japan,  South Korea and  Taiwan

Basketball

Beach Soccer

 Ukraine

Bowling

Boxing

Major promotions

Major sanctioning bodies

 India

Cricket

Africa

North America

Canada

United States

West Indies

Asia

Europe

Oceania

 Australia

 New Zealand

Curling

Cycling

 United States

 India

  • International Cycling League
  • Pro Cycle Cycling

 Italy

International

Competitive eating

Gridiron football: American football, Indoor American football, Arena football, Canadian football & Flag football

 United States

 Australia

 Brazil

 Canada

 China

 Croatia

 Japan

 India

 Austria

 Germany

 Czech Republic

 France

 Italy

 Mexico

 Poland

 UK

 Russia

 Russia

  • Slovak Football League

 Sweden

Football: Association football

Football: Australian rules football

Football: Futsal

 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

Fencing

Field hockey

Asia

Europe

Australia

Golf

Men's

Top-level tours

Senior tours

Developmental tours

Women's

Top-level tours

Senior tours

Developmental tours

  • 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)

Ice hockey

North America

 Canada and  United States

 Canada only

 United States only

 Mexico

Asia

 Japan,  South Korea, and  Russia

 Kazakhstan

 Mongolia

 Taiwan

 China

 Turkey

 Israel

Europe

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

 Austria,  Italy, and  Slovenia

 Belgium,  Netherlands

 Belarus

 Bulgaria

 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

 Ukraine

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

Oceania

 Australia

 New Zealand

Inline hockey

Kabaddi

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

Kickboxing

Lacrosse

Box / Indoor lacrosse

 United States and  Canada

Field lacrosse

Mixed martial arts

Motorcycle racing

Netball

Pesäpallo

 Finland:

Shooting

 Germany

Speedway

Professional wrestling

United States
India
Japan
Mexico

Racquetball

Roll Ball

 India

 United States

  • Roll Ball One

 United Kingdom

  • Pro Roll Ball One

 European Union

  • Roll Ball League

Rugby league

Northern Hemisphere

Southern Hemisphere

Rugby union

Intercontinental

Africa

Americas

Asia-Pacific

Europe

Pro clubs in an amateur league

Snooker

Softball

 India

 United States

 United Kingdom

Table tennis

Team handball

 Belgium  Netherlands

Tennis

Asia

 India

Track and field

Ultimate

 United States

Video gaming/Electronic sports

 United States

Asia

 China

 India

 South Korea

 Taiwan/ Hong Kong/ Macau

 Japan

Southeast Asia

Multiple regions

Volleyball

Water polo

See also

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