The genre of fiction that places the focus on {{sports}}, usually following a player, coach, or team as they challenge themselves to rise to the top of the sport in question.

Sports Stories can span a single game, a tournament, or an entire career. While the rules of the game, training, and the rivalry between players is the most common source of drama in these types of works, it is often the protagonist team that must learn something important about themselves to overcome the odds.

For related tropes, see SportsStoryTropes.
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See also:
+GamingAndSportsAnimeAndManga
+ProfessionalWrestling
+SportsGame
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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]

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[[folder: American Football ]]

* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''

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[[folder: Association Football ]]

* ''Manga/AreaNoKishi''
* ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''
* ''Manga/GiantKilling''
* ''Anime/GingaEKickoff''
* ''Anime/HungryHeartWildStriker''
* ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven''
* Manga/{{Whistle}}

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[[folder: Baseball ]]

* ''DiamondNoAce''
* ''Manga/{{Dorabase}}''
* ''{{H2}}''
* ''KyojinNoHoshi''
* ''Manga/{{Major}}''
* ''Manga/MisterFullswing''
* ''Anime/PrincessNine''
* ''Manga/OokikuFurikabutte''
* ''{{OneOuts}}''
* ''Anime/TaishouYakyuuMusume'', a Girl gets angry a [[ArrangedMarriage fiancé's]] sexist views and decides to BeatHimAtHisOwnGame at baseball.
* ''Manga/{{Touch}}''
* Manga/{{Rookies}}

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[[folder: Basketball ]]

* ''AhiruNoSora''
* ''BuzzerBeater''
* ''DearBoys''
* ''Manga/HarlemBeat''
* ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke''
* ''LightNovel/RoKyuBu''
* ''Manga/SlamDunk''

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[[folder: Bicycling ]]

* Manga/{{Yowamushi Pedal}}

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[[folder: Boxing ]]

* ''Manga/AshitaNoJoe''
* ''HajimeNoIppo''
* ''Manga/OnePoundGospel''
* ''Manga/RingNiKakero''

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[[folder: Figure Skating ]]

* ''TheCherryProject''
* ''LightNovel/GinbanKaleidoscope''
* Manga/IceRevolution
* Blizzard Axel

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[[folder: Gymnastics ]]

* ''HikariNoDensetsu''

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[[folder: Judo ]]

* ''{{Dokaben}}''
* ''Manga/YawaraAFashionableJudoGirl''

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[[folder: Kendo ]]

* ''BambooBlade''
* Manga/{{Kurogane 2011}}

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[[folder: Lacrosse ]]

* Manga/{{Cross Manage}}

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[[folder: Mahjong (Hey, if chess counts as a sport, this probably does too) ]]

* ''{{Akagi}}''
* ''TheLegendOfKoizumi''
* ''Manga/{{Saki}}''
** ''Manga/{{Saki Achiga-hen}}''
** ''Manga/{{Saki Shinohayu Dawn of Age}}''

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[[folder: Mixed Martial Arts ]]

* ''Manga/AllRounderMeguru''
* Manga/{{Teppu}}
* Manga/{{Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru}}
* Ultra Red

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[[folder: Ping Pong/Table Tennis ]]

* ''Manga/PingPong''

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[[folder: Racing ]]

* ''ArrowEmblemGrandPrixNoTaka''
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula''
* ''Manga/InitialD''
* ''Anime/SpeedRacer''

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[[folder: Rugby ]]

* 15: Meisetsu Kougyou Koukou Rugby Bu

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[[folder: Ski Jumping ]]

* ''Manga/{{Nononono}}''

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[[folder: Swimming ]]

* ''Anime/{{Free}}''

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[[folder: Tennis ]]

* ''Manga/AimForTheAce''
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis''
* Manga/{{Baby Steps}}
* Shanimuni Go

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[[folder: Volleyball ]]

* ''Manga/AttackNumberOne''
* ''Anime/AttackerYou''
* ''BeachStars''
* {{Manga/Haikyuu}}
* Shoujo Fight

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[[folder: Wrestling ]]

* ''BattleClub''

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[[folder: [[Fictional Sport Tank Combat ]]
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* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'': In this series tank combat is a traditional ladies' sport.

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[[folder: Comic Books]]

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[[folder: American Football ]]

* ''{{NFL Superpro}}''
* ''Kickers, Inc.''

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[[folder: Racing ]]

* ''MichelVaillant''

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[[folder: Multiple Sports ]]

* The classic British comic ''Tiger'' consisted entirely of sports stories, including Association Football (Roy of the Rovers, Billy's Boots, Hotshot Hamish), Boxing (Blackjack, Fisty Flynn), Rally driving (Martin's Marvellous Mini), Pro Wrestling (Johnny Cougar), Formula One (Skid Solo) and many more.

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[[folder: Film]]

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[[folder: American Football ]]

* ''Film/AnyGivenSunday''
* ''TheBlindSide''
* ''Film/BriansSong''
* ''Film/DraftDay'' — The general manager of the Cleveland Browns tries to make a big splash in the NFL Draft.
* ''Film/FacingTheGiants''
* ''Film/FridayNightLights'': The [[FilmOfTheBook film based on the book]] of the same name.
* ''Film/{{Gus}}''
* ''Film/{{Leatherheads}}''
* ''Film/LittleGiants''
* ''Film/TheLongestYard'': Prisoners play football against their guards.
* ''Film/NecessaryRoughness''
* ''NorthDallasForty'': about the Dallas Cowboys
* ''Film/{{Radio}}''
* ''Film/RememberTheTitans''
* ''Film/TheReplacements''
* ''Film/{{Rudy}}'': The classic college football movie about the titular character and his struggle to play football for Notre Dame.
* ''Film/VarsityBlues''
* ''Film/{{Wildcats}}''
* ''Film/TheWaterboy''
* ''Film/WeAreMarshall'' is about rebuilding an American Football team after a plane crash.

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[[folder: Australian Rules Football ]]

* ''Australian Rules''
* ''The Club'' (originally a play)
* ''The Great Macarthy''

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[[folder: Baseball ]]

* ''Film/FortyTwo'': The RealLife biopic of Jackie Robinson.
* ''[[Film/SixtyOne 61*]]''
* ''Film/AngelsInTheOutfield''
* ''Film/TheBadNewsBears''
* ''Film/{{Benchwarmers}}''
* ''Film/BullDurham'': Starring Creator/KevinCostner
* ''Theatre/DamnYankees''
* ''Film/FieldOfDreams'': Creator/KevinCostner's other baseball movie
* ''FeverPitch'' (US remake)
* ''ForLoveOfTheGame'': Creator/KevinCostner's ''other'' other baseball movie, about an aging pitcher who tries to throw a perfect game.
* ''Film/ALeagueOfTheirOwn'' is about women playing professional baseball.
* ''Film/MajorLeague''
* ''Film/{{Moneyball}}''
* ''Mr. 3000''
* ''Mr. Baseball''
* ''Film/TheNatural''
* ''Film/ThePrideOfTheYankees'' Gary Cooper plays Lou Gehrig in one of the most popular biopics ever made.
* ''Film/RookieOfTheYear'': A 12-year-old with a freak arm joins the Cubs.
* ''Film/TheRookie'': A 40-year-old coach tries out for the Majors on a bet to the high school team he coaches.
* ''Film/TheSandlot'': Kids playing baseball and having big adventures.

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[[folder: Basketball ]]

* ''AboveTheRim''
* ''TheAirUpThere'': Film starring Kevin Bacon as a college coach who goes to recruit a player in Africa to play at his college.
* ''BlueChips'': Film starring Nick Nolte who is a college coach recruiting players to his program, but has to utilize shady means to do so.
* ''Film/CoachCarter''
* ''{{Eddie}}'': WhoopiGoldberg becomes head coach of the New York Knicks.
* ''TheFishThatSavedPittsburgh'': A failing pro team uses astrology to build a winning roster.
* ''Film/GloryRoad'': Based on the true story of the 1965–66 Texas Western[[note]]now known as UTEP, or Texas–El Paso[[/note]] team that became the first team ever to win an NCAA title with an all-black starting lineup.
* ''HeGotGame''
* ''HoopDreams'': a basketball documentary.
* ''Film/{{Hoosiers}}'': A disgraced college coach gets a fresh start in 1950s small-town Indiana. [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory ''Very'' loosely based]] on the small-town Indiana team that won the real 1954 state title.
* ''Film/TheMightyMacs'': A fact-based basketball documentary.Underdog Immaculata comes out of nowhere to win several AIAW[[note]]The AIAW (Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) governed U.S. college women's sports until the NCAA began organizing women's championships in 1981. The AIAW could not compete against the much better-funded NCAA; it no longer sponsored championships after the 1981–82 school year, and formally dissolved in 1983.[[/note]] titles.
* ''{{Rebound}}'': A coach gets kicked out of coaching college basketball and down to Junior Varsity.
* ''Film/SpaceJam'': BugsBunny and Michael Jordan play basket ball against space aliens.
* ''Film/WhiteMenCantJump'': Street hustling games in L.A.

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[[folder: Boxing ]]

* ''Film/TheChamp'' (1931 original and 1979 remake)
* ''Film/CinderellaMan''
* ''Film/{{Diggstown}}''
* ''Film/TheFighter''
* ''Film/MillionDollarBaby'' an Oscar winning film about a female boxer.
* ''Film/RagingBull''
* ''Film/RealSteel''
* ''Film/RequiemForAHeavyweight''
* ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' and all of its sequels.
** ''Film/RockyV''

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[[folder: Cricket ]]

* ''Bollywood/{{Lagaan}}''

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[[folder: Figure Skating ]]

* ''Film/BladesOfGlory'': Two men explore the world of couples figure skating.
* ''TheCuttingEdge'': An ex-hockey player pairs up with a stuck-up figure skater to compete in couples competition.
* ''IcePrincess'': The story of a Math Genius who wants to compete as a figure skater.

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[[folder: Football/Soccer ]]

* ''Film/AShotAtGlory''
* ''Film/BendItLikeBeckham'' is the story of the daughter of a conservative Indian immigrant family in UsefulNotes/{{London}}, who dreams of becoming a football player against her parents' wishes.
* ''Film/TheBigGreen''
* ''FeverPitch'' (UK film more directly based on Nick Hornby's book)
* ''Film/TheDamnedUnited''
* ''Film/EscapeToVictory'' (AKA ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escape_to_Victory Victory]]'')
* ''TheFootballFactory''
* ''MeanMachine'', the British version of ''TheLongestYard'', with a different kind of football involved.
* ''MikeBassetEnglandManager''
* ''TheMiracleOfBern''
* ''Film/NextGoalWins'' is a documentary about the worst team in international soccer and their attempts to win one game.
* ''ShesTheMan''
* ''WhenSaturdayComes''
* ''Film/{{Will}}'' — An orphaned 12-year-old boy teams with a Serbian refugee in an attempt to reach UsefulNotes/{{Istanbul}} for the 2005 UsefulNotes/UEFAChampionsLeague Final, featuring the boy's favorite team, Liverpool.

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[[folder: Golf ]]

* ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'' -- a 1980 golf comedy.
* ''Film/HappyGilmore''
* ''Film/TheLegendOfBaggerVance'' -- MagicalNegro helps win golf game.
* ''Film/TinCup''

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[[folder: Ice Hockey ]]

* ''Film/{{Goon}}''
* ''Film/LesBoys''
* ''Film/TheMightyDucks''
* ''Film/{{Miracle}}'': The USA defeats Russia in Olympic Hockey.
* ''[[MysteryAlaska Mystery, Alaska]]'': A small town hockey team plays the New York Rangers.
* ''Film/SlapShot'': A failing small town team resorts to violent play to draw spectators.

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[[folder: Martial Arts (Traditional) ]]

* ''Film/BestOfTheBest''
* ''Film/TheKarateKid''
* ''Film/MortalKombat'' is based upon an (albeit highly fantastical) martial arts tournament.
* ''OnlyTheStrong'': An Green Beret teaches Capoeira to underprivileged youth.

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[[folder: Mixed Martial Arts ]]

* ''Film/HereComesTheBoom''
* ''Film/NeverBackDown''
* ''Film/{{Redbelt}}''
* ''Film/{{Warrior}}''

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[[folder: Racing ]]

* ''DaysOfThunder'', the NASCAR racing film starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
* ''Film/{{Driven}}''
* ''Film/LeMans''
* ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' series highlights the world of illegal street racing.
* ''Film/{{Rush}}''
* ''Film/SpeedRacer''
* ''Film/TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby'' is a parody of NASCAR racing.
* ''GrandPrix''
* ''Film/TheLoveBug'' series
* ''{{Senna}}'' is a documentary about legendary Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna.
* ''GreasedLightning'' Biopic about the first successful Negro NASCAR driver

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[[folder: Roller Derby ]]

* ''Film/{{Rollerball}}''
* ''WhipIt'' is about a beauty pageant contestant turned roller derby girl.

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[[folder: Skateboarding ]]

* ''{{Grind}}'': A film about skateboarders trying to go pro.
* ''LordsOfDogtown'': A biographical skateboarding film.

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[[folder: Tennis ]]

* ''Film/{{Wimbledon}}''

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[[folder: Other Sports ]]

* ''Film/{{Airborne}}'': Rollerblading
* ''Film/BlueCrush'' and ''Blue Crush 2'': Surfing
* ''Film/BringItOn'': A series of films that focus on high-school cheerleading competitions.
* ''Film/ByTheSword'': A film centered around a fencing school.
* ''Film/ChariotsOfFire'': 1924 Olympic Runners.
* ''Film/CoolRunnings'' a film about the Jamaican bobsled team.
* ''Film/CrookedArrows'': Lacrosse
* ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory''
* ''Film/{{Gutterballs}}'': I warned you not to bowl tonight.
* ''Film/TheHustler'' and its sequel ''Film/TheColorOfMoney'': pool.
* ''Film/{{Invictus}}'': a film about South Africa's campaign during the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
* ''Film/{{Kingpin}}'' a bowling comedy with Bill Murray
* ''Film/AKnightsTale'': Jousting
* ''Film/MenWithBrooms'': A RomanticComedy about curling.
* ''Film/PingPongPlaya'': A story about an immature NBA wannabe who is forced to teach ping pong to a RagtagBunchofMisfits.
* ''Film/SearchingForBobbyFischer'': Chess. It counts, dammit.
* ''Film/SoulSurfer'': Fact-based story about teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton and her life after losing her left arm to a shark.
* ''Film/{{Swimfan}}'': Someone likes swimmers just a bit too much.
* ''Film/StickIt'': A film about gymnasts and rebellion.
* ''Film/{{Waterboys}}'': a film (and two spin-off television shows) about synchronised swimming

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[[folder: Multiple Sports ]]

* ''Film/AirBud'' and its sequels are about a Golden Retriever playing sports.
* ''CheerleaderNinjas''
* ''ShaolinSoccer'' is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* ''{{Baseketball}}'' a comedy that plays with most common sports movie tropes.
* ''Film/TheWorldsGreatestAthlete'' a comedy about two coaches who recruit a {{Tarzan}} {{Expy}} to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Championship
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[[folder:Literature]]
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[[folder: American Football ]]

* ''Literature/TheBlindSide'': Part chronicle of the teenage years of future NFL offensive tackle Michael Oher, and part chronicle of the evolution of the left tackle position which he plays. Spawned a film concentrating more on Oher; Creator/SandraBullock won an Oscar for portraying Oher's adoptive mother Leigh Anne Tuohy,
* ''FridayNightLights'': The chronicle of the [[UsefulNotes/OtherCitiesInTexas Odessa, Texas]] high-school football team, the Permian Panthers. Spawned [[Film/FridayNightLights a movie]], largely based on the real Permian team, and a more fictionalized [[Series/FridayNightLights TV series]].

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[[folder: Australian Rules Football ]]

* ''Speccy Magee'' series

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[[folder: Baseball ]]

* ''Literature/CaseyAtTheBat''

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[[folder: Football/Soccer ]]

* ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' chronicles the exploits of wizards playing football.
* ''FeverPitch''
* ''Girls FC'' series

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[[folder: Ice Hockey ]]

* ''Literature/HeartInHand''

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[[folder: Racing ]]

* The ''{{SERRAted Edge}}'' series by MercedesLackey is about elves who race cars.

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[[folder: Mulitple Sports ]]

* The ''ChipHilton'' series
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
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[[folder: American Football ]]

* ''Series/BlueMountainState'' is about college football. And beer.
* ''Series/{{Coach}}'', a sitcom about the coaching staff of the Minnesota State University Screaming Eagles.
* ''Series/FirstAndTen'', a sitcom starring Delta Burke and OJ Simpson.
* ''Series/FridayNightLights''
* ''Series/TheGame'', though it focuses more on the relationships between football players and their wives than the game.
* ''Series/NecessaryRoughness''
* ''{{Playmakers}}''

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[[folder: Baseball ]]

* ''Series/BackInTheGame''
* ''Series/BallFour'', a short-lived 1970's sitcom based on Jim Bouton's book of the same name.
* ''{{Clubhouse}}''
* ''EastboundAndDown''
* ''Series/WildRomance''
* ''Series/TheBronxIsBurning'': about the 1977 New York Yankees in the midst of upheval, both within the team and out in TheBigRottenApple.

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[[folder: Cricket ]]

* ''Series/{{Bodyline}}''

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[[folder: Football/Soccer ]]

* ''DeKampioenen'' is a Flemish comedy series about a highly incompetent local league soccer team. Well known in the Flanders for its LongRunner status with 21 seasons.

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[[folder: Martial Arts ]]

* ''Series/WMACMasters'': Martial arts [[ProWrestlingIsReal soap opera]].

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[[folder: Other Sports ]]

* ''AmericanGladiators''
* ''BackyardWrestling''
* ''MakeItOrBreakIt'' focuses on gymnastics.
* ''Series/SchoolWars'' was a Japanese TV series during TheEighties about [[SaveOurStudents a high school teacher coaching rugby to his students to combat delinquency]]. It was BasedOnATrueStory, and the rugby team of this high school remains a strong competitor to this day.
* ''[[Series/{{Wipeout2008}} Wipeout]]'' centres around obstacle courses.

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[[folder: Multiple Sports ]]

* ''SportsNight'': A bit more meta than some of the examples, this show is about sports anchors and the games that they cover.
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[[folder:Manhua And Manhwa]]
* ''Manhua/BowlingKing'' is about ten-pin bowling.
* ''[[http://www.webtoonlive.com/description/My+Heart+is+Beating/ My Heart Is Beating]]'' is about a boy blackmailed into joining the girls' water polo team.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
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[[folder: Football/Soccer ]]

* ''[[FCKnudde F.C. Knudde]]'' is a Dutch gag-strip about another highly incompetent soccer team.
* ''BillyTheFish'' is a football/soccer-themed comic strip which parodies this kind of stories, starring a half-man half-fish who is a star goalkeeper.
* ''[[BritishNewspapers The Sun]]'' has a long running story called ''ComicStrip/{{Striker}}'', though that's an ArtifactTitle now as the title character, Nick Jarvis, retired years ago and is now a manager.
** ''The Mirror'' also had a football comic strip, called ''Scorer''.

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[[folder: Multiple Sports ]]

* ''{{Tank McNamara}}'' is a comic strip about a former (American) football player who is now a sportscaster.
* ''{{Gil Thorpe}}'' is about a high-school coach and his players. He is the head coach of the football, boys basketball and baseball teams and coaches golf in the summer. Often mocked on TheComicCurmudgeon for losing in the "playdowns" every season.
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[[folder: Visual Novels]]

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[[folder: Football/Soccer ]]

* ''Franchise/TokimekiMemorial Drama Series Vol.1: Nijiiro no Seishun'' is a VisualNovel telling the story of a Soccer Club player aiming at becoming a regular in his team, all while being cheered by [[CuteSportsClubManager the club's cute manager]] and developing a romance with her.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
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[[folder: Football/Soccer ]]

* ''WebOriginal/AHWorldCup'' is a ScrapbookStory following an alternate world FIFAWorldCup. Unlike most of the other examples, it follows the entire tournament instead of a single player or team.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]

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[[folder: American Football ]]

* ''NFL Rush Zone: Guardians of the Core''

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[[folder: Baseball ]]

* "WesternAnimation/BaseballBugs", a famous WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon
* ''D'Myna Leagues'', about baseball leagues with FunnyAnimal bird players

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[[folder: Basketball ]]

* ''TheSuperHarlemGlobetrotters''

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[[folder: Football/Soccer ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/Foot2Rue''
* ''WesternAnimation/GalactikFootball''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Hurricanes}}''

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[[folder: Hockey ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks''

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[[folder: Racing ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''
* ''HotWheels''
* ''WesternAnimation/PolePosition''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metajets}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/MichelVaillant'' cited above had an AnimatedAdaptation titled ''Hot Wheels'' in the US.
* ''WesternAnimation/NASCARRacers'' is about two rival racing teams.
* ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces''

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[[folder: Mulitple Sports ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animalympics}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/MutantLeague''
* ''WesternAnimation/ProStars''
* ''WesternAnimation/SportsCartoons''
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