Sports in Spanish: 86 Essential Vocabulary Words for Fans and Athletes [With Audio]
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
Natación – Swimming
Atletismo – Athletics/Track and Field
Ciclismo – Cycling
Esgrima – Fencing
Boxeo – Boxing
Voleibol – Volleyball
Hockey – Hockey
Rugby – Rugby
Patinaje – Skating
Equitación – Horseback riding
Gimnasia – Gymnastics
Lucha – Wrestling
Surf – Surfing
Patinaje artístico – Figure skating
Taekwondo – Taekwondo
Judo – Judo
Karate – Karate
Pádel – Paddle tennis
Bádminton – Badminton
Escalada – Climbing
Arquería – Archery
Triatlón – Triathlon
Polo – Polo
Squash – Squash
Tiro con arco – Archery
Tiro al blanco – Shooting
Pesca – Fishing
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
Automovilismo – Motorsport
Lacrosse – Lacrosse
Softbol – Softball
Carreras de caballos – Horse racing
Esquí acuático – Water skiing
Canotaje – Canoeing
Rapel – Rappelling
Paddle surf – Paddleboarding
Parkour – Parkour
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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