20 Sports Most Americans Have Never Heard Of

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6. Chess boxing
> Most popular in: Europe

As the name would suggest, chess boxing combines the board game of chess with a physical competition of boxing. Competitors must be ready to duke it out physically and mentally — and quickly be able to switch between the two — in order to be successful. The players compete in alternating three minute rounds of chess and then boxing. The players can win either by checkmating or knocking out their opponent.

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7. Futsal
> Most popular in: Europe, South America

Futsal, sometimes called indoor soccer or indoor football, has spread in popularity around the world and is popular in South America and Europe. Futsal is played indoors and in a much smaller space than the traditional soccer field, and is usually played in a five on five format.

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8. Gaelic football
> Most popular in: Ireland

Gaelic football is reportedly the most commonly played sport in Ireland. The game is similar to Aussie rules football, which is closely related to Rugby. Unlike Aussie rules football, in Gaelic football, the ball is round and the field is rectangular.

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9. Handball
> Most popular in: Europe

No, not that handball. While Americans might be familiar with the game similar to squash or racquetball, played in parks against a cement wall, much of the world knows handball as a different sport altogether. Sometimes called team handball, the sport is a hybrid of soccer and basketball, with players carrying and dribbling the ball. The game is most popular in Scandinavia.

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10. Hornussen
> Most popular in: Switzerland

Similar to golf, Hornussen is played by hitting a small rubber disk with a long and flexible club with the goal of getting the disk to a certain destination. There are nearly 300 Hornussen clubs throughout Switzerland.