have you got the skills required to play welcome to watchmojo.com and today we're counting down our picks for the top 10 most difficult sports before we begin we publish new content every day so be sure to subscribe to our channel and ring the bell to get notified about our latest videos for this list we're looking at some of the most challenging popular sports as ranked by ESPN and its panelists these are based on a balanced evaluation of the endurance strength power speed agility flexibility nerve durability hand-eye coordination and analytical aptitude required to excel in the sport number 10 football also known as soccer requiring little equipment and with basics that are easy to learn football has unsurprisingly become the most played sport in the world that being said while it might be easy to get involved mastering the nuances and techniques of this game is anything but otherwise known as soccer it's all about speed and control it actually requires a higher level of agility than any other sport we'll be discussing today considering the size of the field and long periods of often continuous play it also demands extreme endurance add to that the analytical aptitude necessary to coordinate with your teammates and navigate your opponent's and you've got a game that is both physical and cerebral number 9 baseball softball it might involve a lot of standing around but don't let that fool you baseball and softball are both seriously tough while the endurance required is marginal compared to other sports the level of hand-eye coordination they demand is off the charts and apart from those two outliers baseball and its variants softball requires a mid to high level of performance and pretty much every other one of the categories discussed analytical aptitude and raw power are both essential as the sport is rooted in careful planning split-second decisions and short but powerful bursts of energy so yeah there is a fair amount of downtime but players never stop thinking and when they're active these athletes are giving it their all number eight gymnastics we've got one word for you flexibility as baseball is too analytical aptitude gymnastics is to flexibility and then some considering the fact that flexibility seemingly becomes an issue by default as we age you can only imagine the sort of rigorous training that professional gymnasts go through to maintain the on inspiring range of movement essential to their sport of course while professional gymnastics would be literally impossible without a high level of flexibility that's far from being the only factor just look at the sort of positions these athletes put themselves into that requires power to achieve strength to maintain hit nerves of steel to even attempt number seven tennis like baseball this racket sport requires wicked hand-eye coordination when being served tennis balls are regularly traveling at well over a hundred miles per hour the WTA recognized world-record is one hundred and fifty seven point eight miles per hour for men and 131 miles per hour for women now imagine the sort of hand-eye coordination and reflexes required to not only hit a tennis ball traveling at those speeds but also accurately redirect it then there's the power necessary to hit them at that speed to begin with if you've ever played tennis before you'll know that endurance is also a major factor it takes excellent cardio to be able to keep moving around the court like that agility to number six martial arts this one should come as a surprise to no one to be involved in martial arts at a professional level involves extreme levels of dedication physical fortitude self-awareness and control regardless of which form of martial arts you're talking about specifically you're gonna need power speed agility and durability to make it through a bout of course the analytical aptitude also needs to be there since you're going toe-to-toe with an opponent both physically and mentally meaning that you've got to be able to analyze and adapt your approach as you go number five wrestling on the subject of combat sports how about this long practiced form of grappling it's an interesting one because like martial arts it requires a fair amount of power and flexibility but it differs from the former and that it demands significantly more strength unlike in most sports when wrestling your muscles are exerting force for long periods of time rather than in short powerful bursts the specifics vary depending on the type of wrestling you're doing put in all forms of competition a wrestler is grappling for superiority over their opponent or to push them out of the ring both of which require tremendous strength to accomplish number four basketball there are few professional sports that demand a more varied performance from their athletes than basketball this relatively young sport invented in 1891 is second only to football in terms of agility but in almost every other regard it is more taxing on the players the style of play requires a high level of endurance and analytical aptitude while the physicality of the sport demands strength power and speed where it really stands out however even within the context of other ball based sports is the hand-eye coordination involved the target is incredibly small considering the distance from which the athletes are often shooting number three American football evolving out of traditional football meaning soccer and rugby this distinctly American game takes a serious toll on its athletes protective equipment and all the extreme physicality of the game is devastating and injuries are very common meaning that it requires a high level of durability the game is truly explosive in nature while it may have a lot of stopping and starting from the moment that the quarterback gets the ball every player on the field defense and offense alike is giving 100% to the task they've been assigned as such the sport demands both strength and power of a level rarely seen in other sports number two ice hockey requiring only marginally less durability than football but still a whole lot of it hockey is arguably the most technically complex team sport that an athlete can play professionally the speed and style of game play require an incredible level of analytical aptitude and the often lengthy periods of uninterrupted play demand an exceptional level of coordination between players of course because of the physical nature of the game strength power endurance agility and speed are all prerequisites really there are few aspects of athleticism in which hockey players can afford to not excel number one boxing this long popular combat sport requires an off-the-charts level of performance in more ways than one the length of each round requires a high level of endurance while the nature of the competition demands peak power and strength speed and agility might not be quite as crucial as in some of the other sports discussed today but depending on a boxers fighting style they are still major factors boxing requires comparable durability to American football but admittedly more nerve and significantly greater hand-eye coordination in many ways a boxer is an athlete operating at peak competitive physical performance you

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25 thoughts on “Top 10 Most Difficult Sports

  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    Baseball should be number 1 it's a lot harder then the other sports but if you don't play it you think it's easy but it's not it's hard and takes a long time to get good at

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    Gymnastics only On number 8? Strength, agility, flexibility, endurance, body awareness, coordination, and remembering you have to do everything in a clean form

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    What About waterpolo

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    PROOF BASEBALL IS HARDER THAN LAX

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    Baseball should be #1 cause try hitting my 99mph Fast ball btw I’m a high school varsity player so yea

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    What about swim and dive ?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    So….. kickflips and mctwist are easy

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    So basketball at 4 and football over rubgy aight and American made this

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    Did you really put BASEBALL at number 9? That’s actual bull

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    Ok just saying Formula 1 racing is pretty fucking hard

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    How did basketball and football beat wrestling? I've done all 3 of these sports and wrestling is way harder than basketball and football. I guess I could see how boxing could be more difficult but not football and basketball.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    I’m a football player and even with all the pads and even if you the one hitting the other person it puts a beating on your body no matter what any football player would agree

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    What about rugby

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    Football isn’t hard for me

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    Try and play water polo 1 time. Bet.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    Clearly these people haven’t played soccer.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    All wrestlers right now: 😱😰🤭🤯

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    Whoever made this list clearly has never played more than half of these sports

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    Whoever made this list has clearly never wrestled

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    Alright I’ll just fix this for you:
    1. Wrestling
    2. Boxing
    3. Martial Arts
    4. Swimming
    5. Rugby 7’s (specifically 7’s tho)
    6. Soccer
    7. Football
    Baseball, basketball, tennis, and hockey don’t deserve to be on this list. You could make a fair argument for certain gymnastics tho.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    Baseball shouldn’t be on this list at all

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    And where is ballet?

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