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List of professional sports leagues

This is a list of professional sports leagues.

A sports league is a professional body that governs the competition of its teams.[clarification needed] They make the rules for competition and behavior and disciplines its members as necessary. This is done through a structure that varies by league. Some are made up of a board of governors that have a commissioner or president, while others are single entity organizations where the league owns the franchises and therefore does not have a board of governors.[clarification needed]

This list attempts to show those sports leagues for which all players and teams are paid to play. In other words, these players can be considered to play their chosen sport as their profession. Some leagues don't pay well enough to allow players to use them as their primary or only source of income, but because the players are paid, it's still considered professional, or semi-professional. As such, some leagues listed here may not be fully professional.

Auto racing

Badminton

 England

 India

Bandy

 Finland

 Russia

 Sweden

Baseball

Americas

Multinational

 Argentina

 Canada and  United States

 Colombia

 Cuba

 Curaçao

  • Liga Aqualectra

 Dominican Republic

 Mexico

 Nicaragua

 Panama

 Puerto Rico

 Venezuela

Asia/Oceania

Multinational

 Australia and  New Zealand

 South Korea:

 Japan:

Taiwan Taiwan:

Europe

 Italy

 Netherlands

Basketball

Bowling

Boxing

Major promotions

Major sanctioning bodies

 India

Cricket

Africa

North America

Canada

West Indies

Asia

Europe

Oceania

 Australia

 New Zealand

Curling

Cycling

 United States

 India

  • International Cycling League
  • Pro Cycle Cycling

 Italy

International

Gridiron football: American football & Canadian football

 United States

 Canada

 Japan

 India

 Germany

 Mexico

Football: Association football

Football: Australian rules football

Football: Futsal

 Argentina

 Brazil

 India

 Indonesia

 Iran

 Italy

 Kyrgyzstan

 Japan

 South Korea

 Portugal

 Spain

 Russia

 Thailand

 Turkey

 Uzbekistan

Fencing

Field hockey

Asia

Europe

Australia

Golf

Men's

Top-level tours

Senior tours

Developmental tours

Women's

Top-level tours

Senior tours

Developmental tours

  • Symetra Tour (second-tier US tour, operated by the LPGA)
  • Ladies European Tour Access Series, LETAS,[12] the official feeder tour to the Ladies European Tour, has been formed to give players not part of a major tour an opportunity to compete and progress on to the Ladies European Tour.
  • Step Up Tour (second-tier Japanese tour, operated by the LPGA of Japan)
  • Swedish Golf Tour (women's version is a second-tier tour in Sweden, feeding to the Ladies European Tour)

Ice hockey

North America

 Canada and  United States

 United States only

Asia

 Japan,  South Korea, and  Russia

 Kazakhstan

 Turkey

Europe

 Austria,  Croatia,  Hungary,  Czech Republic, and  Italy

 Austria,  Italy, and  Slovenia

 Belarus

 Czech Republic

 Denmark

 France

 Finland

 Germany

 Hungary and  Romania

 Latvia

 Lithuania

 Netherlands and  Belgium

 Norway

 Poland

 Russia,  Belarus,  China,  Finland,  Kazakhstan,  Latvia, and  Slovakia

 Russia only

 Slovakia

  Switzerland

 Sweden

 Ukraine

 United Kingdom ( England,  Scotland,  Wales, and  Northern Ireland)

Oceania

 Australia

Inline hockey

Kabaddi

International Tournaments

 Russia,  Maldives,  North Korea,  New Zealand,  Philippines,  Spain,  Guyana,  Chile,  Cambodia,  Indonesia,  Malaysia,  Israel,  Sri Lanka,  Canada,  Argentina,  Kenya,  Saudi Arabia,  Japan and  UAE)

Kabaddi Leagues

Kickboxing

Lacrosse

Box / Indoor lacrosse

 United States and  Canada

Field lacrosse

Mixed martial arts

Motorcycle racing

Netball

Speedway

Professional wrestling

United States
India
Japan
Mexico

Racquetball

Roll Ball

 India

 United States

  • Roll Ball One

 United Kingdom

  • Pro Roll Ball One

 European Union

  • Roll Ball League

Rugby league

 Australia

 France

 England

 India

  • Indo Rugby League Championship
  • League One Staz

 New Zealand

 Papua New Guinea

 Russia

 United States

Rugby union

United Nations Multinational

 Australia and  Fiji

 Canada and  United States

 England

 France

 Italy

  • Top12 (semi-professional)

Ireland Ireland

 Japan

 Namibia and  South Africa

 New Zealand

 Russia

 Wales

Snooker

Softball

 India

  • Bad Bull Softball League[19]

 United States

 United Kingdom

Table tennis

Team handball

Tennis

Asia

 India

Track and field

Ultimate

 United States

Video gaming/Electronic sports

 United States

Asia

 China

 India

  • ESL India Premiership
  • Bangalore eSports League[22]
  • UCypher (upcoming major league)[23]

 South Korea

 Taiwan/ Hong Kong/ Macau

Southeast Asia

Multiple regions

Volleyball

Water polo

See also

References

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