Sports Balls: List of 25 Popular Ball Games Around the World

List of Sports Balls in English! Looking for the names of common sports balls in English? The following are useful vocabulary about names of balls used in sports games with ESL pictures and example sentences.

Learn more about useful idioms related to sports in English. 

Sports Balls

List of Ball Games

This list is an excellent starting point for building up your vocabulary about sports topic. Let’s get started:

  • American Football
  • Basketball
  • Tennis Ball
  • Baseball
  • Soccer Ball
  • Volleyball
  • Bowling Ball
  • Golf Ball
  • Beach Ball
  • Pool Ball
  • Hockey Puck
  • Playground Ball
  • Badminton
  • Bossaball
  • Water Polo
  • Lawn Bowls
  • Squash
  • Paddle Ball
  • Wiffleball
  • Cricket
  • Hurling
  • Rugby
  • Handball
  • Sepak Takraw
  • Table Tennis Ball

Ball Sports with Examples

American Football

  • In American football, you have to try to bring down your opponent.


  • They went on with their basketball match in spite of the rain.

Tennis Ball

  • He spent hours throwing a tennis ball against a wall.


  • Our baseball team chalked up another victory.

Soccer Ball

  • There’s a male and female couple kicking a soccer ball around.


  • Tim plays for the national volleyball team.

Bowling Ball

  • This bowling ball is too heavy for me.

Golf Ball

  • I accept that a golf ball is inanimate.

Beach Ball

  • The beach ball bounced up and hit him in the face.

Pool Ball

  • In the original version of the photoelectric effect, one photon kicks out one electron, like one pool ball smacking into another.

Hockey Puck

  • It looks like a giant hockey puck and hums like a hot rod.


  • Badminton can be played by two or four people.

Water Polo

  • I am not familiar with water polo.


  • I enjoy playing tennis and squash.


  • Wiffle ball is a variation of the sport of baseball designed for indoor or outdoor play in confined areas.


  • Football and cricket are outdoor games.


  • Hurling is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic and Irish origin.


  • Kids from six years old play mini rugby at the club.


  • The replay shows that it was a handball.

Sepak Takraw

  • Sepak takraw or kick volleyball is a sport native to Southeast Asia.

Table Tennis Ball

  • The one in blue vest who smashed table tennis ball is me.

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Ani Bermudez
Ani Bermudez
11 months ago

Would it be possible to buy this photo with all the sports balls? Please let me know..

Robert W.
Robert W.
9 months ago

You omitted racket ball

Robert W. Johnson
Robert W. Johnson
8 months ago
Reply to  Robert W.

Yes, age related memory loss. I’ve played racket ball many times, even have the scars from falling on court. Great game for most everyone!!

6 months ago


2 months ago

You omitted pickleball

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