What is a Team Sport?

Team sport

Team sport is a type of physical activity in which participants act together toward a common goal. Some examples of team sports are basketball, volleyball, handball, football, lacrosse, cricket and water polo.

American sport teams compete in leagues, tournaments and championship games. Most major professional sports leagues use a regular season and a playoff tournament to determine champions.

High school and college athletics are governed by state and national associations. The most prominent collegiate association is the NCAA.

Some community colleges have their own governing bodies. In most of the country, junior college athletics are governed by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Unlike European team sports which use a separate cup competition after the regular season, American sports are structured around a single, eight-week season and the top 10-16 teams advance to a playoff tournament.

Australian Rules Football

Australian rules football is a popular sport in the United States and has both men’s and women’s national teams that regularly play international matches. The United States men’s national team has won many international matches and the women’s national team has won five national titles.


Invented by James Naismith in 1891, basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world and is played by more than 26 million Americans. It is a fast-paced sport that requires good hand-eye coordination and stamina.

Tracking data analysis has become increasingly prevalent in many professional team sports, with the aim of identifying and quantifying training and competition characteristics. Despite the growing availability of tracking technology, practitioners must ensure that it is being used in the appropriate context to maximise its impact.