Spanish Phrases: Names of sports in Spanish

The good news is that many names of sports in Spanish are essentially the same as in English, though often with Hispanicised spellings. Variation is found in the pronunciation and use of accents on some of these sport names.

Genders: sport names are generally masculine, unless obviously feminine (lucha, esgrima).

See also: the section on board games and and card games in Spanish.

Team games

baloncesto-basketball
balonpié-football/soccer
béisbol1-baseball
fútbol2-football/soccer
fútbol americano-American football
hockey-hockey
rugby-rugby
sóquer-(English) football, soccer
voleibol-volleyball
voley-playa-beach volleyball
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1. You could use the term "béisbol inglés" to describe rounders.
2. Just like the English term football, the Spanish word fútbol implies a different game depending on the country. In Latin America, it generally implies American football. In Spain, you can specify fúbol americano.

Other ball games

boliche-bowling
crícket-cricket
bádminton-badminton
golf-golf
ping-pong-pingpong, table tennis
squash(e)skwɔs, skwɔʃsquash
tenis-tennis
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Other types of sport

On the following pages, we look at other types of sport in Spanish:

 Winter and water sports
 Combat sports, martial arts and extreme sports
 Football (soccer) vocabulary
 Sportsmen and sportswomen in Spanish


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