Boys playing soccer in Madrid, Spain

Common Spanish Sports Vocabulary

When it comes to sports, the Spanish-speaking world is truly in a league of its own.

Spain and Latin America are famous worldwide for their legendary soccer teams.

If you’ve ever dreamed of playing a pick-up game of béisbol in the Dominican Republic or watching fútbol at a bar in Spain, we’re confident these words and phrases will help you reach your goooooool in no time.


Popular Sports in Spanish

Fútbol Football/Soccer

Baloncesto – Basketball

Béisbol – Baseball

Tenis – Tennis

Golf – Golf

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Natación – Swimming

Atletismo – Athletics/Track and Field

Ciclismo – Cycling

Esgrima – Fencing

Boxeo – Boxing

Voleibol – Volleyball

Hockey – Hockey

Rugby – Rugby

Patinaje – Skating

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Equitación – Horseback riding

Gimnasia – Gymnastics

Lucha – Wrestling

Surf – Surfing

Patinaje artístico – Figure skating

Taekwondo – Taekwondo

Judo – Judo

Karate – Karate

Pádel – Paddle tennis

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Bádminton – Badminton

Escalada – Climbing

Arquería – Archery

Triatlón – Triathlon

Polo – Polo

Squash – Squash

Tiro con arco – Archery

Tiro al blanco – Shooting

Pesca – Fishing

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Esquí – Skiing

Snowboard – Snowboarding

Motocross – Motocross

Rally – Rally car racing

Fórmula 1 – Formula 1

Patines en línea – Inline skating

Vela – Sailing

Buceo – Scuba diving

Motociclismo – Motorcycling

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Automovilismo – Motorsport

Lacrosse – Lacrosse

Softbol – Softball

Carreras de caballos – Horse racing

Esquí acuático – Water skiing

Canotaje – Canoeing

Rapel – Rappelling

Paddle surf – Paddleboarding

Parkour – Parkour

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Yoga – Yoga

Ski acrobático – Freestyle skiing

Kitesurf – Kitesurfing

Ultra maratón – Ultra marathon

Carrera de obstáculos – Obstacle course racing

Paddle tenis – Paddle tennis

Kárate – Karate

Polo acuático – Water polo

Paracaidismo – Parachuting/Skydiving

Patinaje sobre hielo – Ice skating

Bolos – Bowling

Espeleología – Spelunking/Caving

Pentatlón – Pentathlon

Fútbol americano – American football

Bádminton – Badminton

Carreras de bicicletas – Bicycle racing

Curling – Curling

Esquí de fondo – Cross-country skiing

Questions for Talking About Sports in Spanish

If you love to play or watch sports, then you’ll likely want to have a conversation about them. These Spanish questions can get you started.

¿Con qué equipo vas? — Which team are you rooting for?

¿Cómo van? — What’s the score?

¿Quién va ganando? — Who’s winning?

¿Cuál es tu deporte favorito? – What is your favorite sport?

¿Has practicado algún deporte? – Have you practiced any sport?

¿Qué deporte te gustaría aprender a jugar? – What sport would you like to learn to play?

¿Cuál es el deporte más popular en tu país? – What is the most popular sport in your country?

¿Prefieres deportes individuales o en equipo? – Do you prefer individual sports or team sports?

¿Cuál es el deporte más emocionante para ti? – What is the most exciting sport for you?

¿Has asistido a algún evento deportivo en vivo? – Have you attended any live sports events?

¿Cuál es el deporte más desafiante en tu opinión? – What is the most challenging sport in your opinion?

¿Qué deporte practicas con regularidad? – What sport do you practice regularly?

¿Has ganado alguna vez una competencia deportiva? – Have you ever won a sports competition?

¿Cuál es el deporte más popular a nivel mundial? – What is the most popular sport worldwide?

¿Qué deporte te parece más divertido de ver? – What sport do you find most fun to watch?

¿Qué deporte te gustaría practicar si tuvieras la oportunidad? – What sport would you like to practice if you had the chance?

¿Cuál es tu deportista o equipo favorito? – Who is your favorite athlete or team?

¿Has tenido alguna lesión deportiva? – Have you ever had a sports injury?


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