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. See also ProfessionalWrestling and SportsGame.


+ GamingAndSportsAnimeAndManga


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]

[[AC: American Football]]
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''

[[AC:Association Football]]
* ''[[Manga/AreaNoKishi Area no Kishi]]''
* ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''
* ''Manga/{{DAYS}}''
* ''Manga/GanbareKickers''
* ''Manga/GiantKilling''
* ''Anime/GingaEKickoff''
* ''Anime/HungryHeartWildStriker''
* ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven''
* ''Manga/MaiBall''
* ''Manga/{{Whistle}}''

* ''Manga/BigWindup''
* ''Manga/DiamondNoAce''
* ''Manga/{{Dorabase}}''
* ''Manga/{{H2}}''
* ''[[Manga/KyojinNoHoshi Kyojin no Hoshi]]''
* ''Manga/{{Major}}''
* ''Manga/MisterFullswing''
* ''Manga/OneOuts''
* ''Anime/PrincessNine''
* ''Manga/{{Rookies}}''
* ''LightNovel/TaishoBaseballGirls''
* ''Manga/{{Touch}}''

* ''[[Manga/AhiruNoSora Ahiru no Sora]]''
* ''Manga/BuzzerBeater''
* ''Manga/DashKappei''
* ''Manga/DearBoys''
* ''Manga/HarlemBeat''
* ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke''
* ''Manga/{{Real}}'', about wheelchair basketball
* ''[[LightNovel/RoKyuBu Ro-Kyu-Bu]]''
* ''Manga/SlamDunk''

[[AC: Bicycling]]
* ''Manga/{{Yowamushi Pedal}}''
* ''Anime/{{Overdrive}}''
* ''Manga/LongRiders''
* ''Manga/MinamiKamakuraHighSchoolGirlsCyclingClub''

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

[[AC:Figure Skating]]
* ''Blizzard Axel''
* ''Manga/TheCherryProject''
* ''LightNovel/GinbanKaleidoscope''
* ''Manga/IceRevolution''
* ''Anime/YuriOnIce''

[[AC: Gymnastics]]
* ''[[Manga/HikariNoDensetsu Hikari no Densetsu]]''

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

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

* ''Manga/{{Cross Manage}}''

[[AC:Mahjong (Hey, if chess counts as a sport, this probably does too)]]
* ''Manga/{{Akagi}}''
* ''Manga/TheLegendOfKoizumi''
* ''Manga/{{Saki}}''
** ''Manga/SakiAchigaHen''
** ''Manga/SakiShinohayuDawnOfAge''

[[AC:Mixed Martial Arts]]
* ''Manga/AllRounderMeguru''
* ''Manga/{{Teppu}}''
* ''Manga/{{Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru}}''
* ''Ultra Red''

[[AC:Ping Pong/Table Tennis]]
* ''Manga/PingPong''
* ''Manga/ThePingPongClub''
* ''Manga/ScorchingPingPongGirls''

[[AC: Racing]]
* ''[[Anime/ArrowEmblemGrandPrixNoTaka Arrow Emblem Grand Prix no Taka]]''
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula''
* ''Anime/IGPXImmortalGrandPrix''
* ''Manga/InitialD''
* ''Anime/MachineHayabusa''
* ''Anime/SpeedRacer''
* ''Anime/TwoCar''

[[AC: Rugby]]
* ''15: Meisetsu Kougyou Koukou Rugby Bu''
* ''Manga/AllOut''

[[AC:Ski Jumping]]
* ''Manga/{{Nononono}}''

* ''Anime/{{Free}}''
* ''Manga/KenkoZenrakeiSuieibuUmisho''

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

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

* ''Battle Club''

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


[[folder: Comic Books]]

[[AC: American Football]]
* ''Kickers, Inc.''
* ''NFL Superpro''

[[AC: Baseball]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Slugger Slackers}}'': From Webcomic/{{The Dynamite Twins and Friends}}, a CrossOver feature comic that satirizes Sports Stories.

[[AC: Racing]]
* ''Michel Vaillant''

[[AC: 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.


[[folder: Film]]

[[AC: American Football]]
* ''Film/AnyGivenSunday''
* ''Literature/TheBlindSide''
* ''Film/BriansSong''
* ''Film/{{Concussion}}'' - About [[ the pathologist]] who diagnosed chronic brain damage in former NFL players, and how the NFL had tried to cover it up for years.
* ''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]] [[Literature/FridayNightLights of the same name]].
* ''Film/TheGarbagePickingFieldGoalKickingPhiladelphiaPhenomenon''
* ''Film/{{Gus}}''
* ''Film/{{Invincible}}''
* ''Film/KnuteRockneAllAmerican''
* ''Film/{{Leatherheads}}''
* ''Film/LittleGiants''
* ''Film/TheLongestYard'': Prisoners play football against their guards.
* ''Film/NecessaryRoughness''
* ''Film/NorthDallasForty'': Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys.
* ''Film/OJMadeInAmerica'': Documentary series (three parts in theaters, five on TV) about the life, career, and criminal cases of O. J. Simpson. UsefulNotes/AcademyAwardForBestDocumentaryFeature winner.
* ''Film/TheProgram''
* ''Film/{{Radio}}''
* ''Film/RememberTheTitans''
* ''Film/TheReplacements2000''
* ''Film/{{Rudy}}'': The classic college football movie about the titular character and his struggle to play football for Notre Dame.
* ''Film/SecondString''
* ''Film/VarsityBlues''
* ''Film/{{Wildcats}}''
* ''Film/TheWaterboy''
* ''Film/WeAreMarshall'' is about rebuilding a [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]] team after a plane crash.

[[AC: Association Football]]
* ''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''
* ''Literature/TheDamnedUnited'' – British film based on the book ''The Damned Utd''
* ''Film/EscapeToVictory'' (AKA ''[[ Victory]]'')
* ''Film/FeverPitch'' (UK film based on Nick Hornby's book)
* ''Film/TheFootballFactory'' -- movie about FootballHooligans that meet up to brawl in the streets of London.
* ''Film/{{Goal}}'', a movie series about the trajectory of a Mexican soccer player, from his humble beginnings to UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup.
* ''Film/GregorysGirl''
* ''Film/KickingAndScreaming''
* ''Film/{{Ladybugs}}''
* ''Film/MeanMachine'', the British version of ''The Longest Yard'', with a different kind of football involved.
* ''Film/MikeBassettEnglandManager''
* ''Film/TheMiracleOfBern''
* ''Film/NextGoalWins'' is a documentary about the worst team in international soccer and their attempts to win one game.
* ''Film/ShaolinSoccer''
* ''Film/ShesTheMan''
* ''Film/AShotAtGlory''
* ''Film/UnitedPassions'' - a FIFA-funded drama about the founding and history of the World Cup. It was produced in 2014 to counter accusations of corruption, and was released in 2015 [[EpicFail a week after FIFA executives were arrested for corruption]].
* ''Film/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.

[[AC: UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball]]
* ''Film/AustralianRules''
* ''The Club'' (originally a play)
* ''The Great Macarthy''

[[AC: Auto Racing/Motorsport]]
* ''Film/{{Burning}}''
* ''Film/DaysOfThunder'', the NASCAR racing film starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
* ''Film/TheDevilsHairpin''
* ''Film/{{Driven}}''
* ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' series highlights the world of illegal street racing.
* ''Film/GrandPrix''
* ''Film/GreasedLightning'' Biopic about the first successful black NASCAR driver.
* ''Film/LeMans''
* ''Film/TheLoveBug'' series
* ''Film/{{Rush 2013}}''
* ''Film/{{Senna}}'' is a documentary about legendary Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna.
* ''Film/SpeedRacer''
* ''Film/TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby'' is a parody of NASCAR racing.

[[AC: Baseball]]
* ''Film/FortyTwo'': The RealLife biopic of UsefulNotes/JackieRobinson.
* ''[[Film/SixtyOne 61*]]''
* ''Film/AngelsInTheOutfield''
* ''Film/TheBadNewsBears''
* ''Film/{{Benchwarmers}}''
* ''Film/BullDurham'': Starring Creator/KevinCostner
* ''Theatre/DamnYankees''
* ''Film/DeathOnTheDiamond'', about a serial killer stalking the St. Louis Cardinals. Really!
* ''Film/TheFan''
* ''Film/FeverPitch'' (US remake)
* ''Film/FieldOfDreams'': Creator/KevinCostner's other baseball movie.
* ''Film/ForLoveOfTheGame'': Creator/KevinCostner's ''other'' other baseball movie, about an aging pitcher who tries to throw a perfect game.
* ''Film/ALeagueOfTheirOwn'': During WWII, women flourish as professional baseball makes room for both genders.
* ''Film/LittleBigLeague'': A 12-year-old boy is given ownership of the Minnesota Twins after his grandfather dies.
* ''Film/MajorLeague''
* ''Film/MillionDollarArm'': The journey of agent J.B. Bernstein to open up the market of India, traditionally a fanbase for cricket, to the sport of baseball, and find himself some athletic prospects for his failing agency.
* ''Film/{{Moneyball}}'': Follows both the Oakland Athletics history-making 20-game winning streak, and Billy Beane's use of sabermetrics[[note]]for those who don't follow baseball, advanced statistics[[/note]] to assemble a successful team (on paper) that didn't cost as much as higher ranked teams'.
* ''[[Film/MrThreeThousand Mr. 3000]]''
* ''Film/MrBaseball'': After a disappointing season towards the end of his American career, a veteran Major Leaguer must settle for a spot on a Japanese team or retire before he's ready.
* ''Film/TheNatural''
* ''Film/ThePrideOfTheYankees'' Gary Cooper plays Lou Gehrig in one of the most popular biopics ever made.
* ''Film/{{The Rookie|2002}}'': A 40-year-old coach tries out for the Majors on a bet to the high school team he coaches.
* ''Film/RookieOfTheYear'': A 12-year-old with a freak arm joins the Cubs.
* ''Film/TheSandlot'': Kids playing baseball and having big adventures.
* ''Film/TroubleWithTheCurve''

[[AC: Basketball]]
* ''Film/AboveTheRim''
* ''Film/TheAirUpThere'': Film starring Creator/KevinBacon as a college coach who goes to recruit a player in Africa to play at his college.
* ''Film/BlueChips'': Film starring Creator/NickNolte who is a college coach recruiting players to his program, but has to utilize shady means to do so.
* ''Film/CoachCarter''
* ''Film/{{Eddie}}'': Creator/WhoopiGoldberg becomes head coach of the New York Knicks.
* ''Film/EdgeOfAmerica''
* ''Film/FastBreak''
* ''Film/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.
* ''Film/HeGotGame''
* ''Film/HoopDreams'': Documentary on the development and college recruitment of two Chicago high-school stars.
* ''Film/{{Hoosiers}}'': A disgraced college coach gets a fresh start in 1950s small-town Indiana. ''[[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory Very]]'' [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory loosely based]] on the small-town Indiana team that [[ won the real 1954 state title]].
* ''Film/LoveAndBasketball''
* ''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.
* ''Film/{{Rebound}}'': A coach gets kicked out of coaching college basketball and down to Junior Varsity.
* ''Film/SpaceJam'': WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan play basketball against space aliens.
* ''Film/WhiteMenCantJump'': Street hustling games in L.A.

[[AC: Bicycling]]
* ''Film/BreakingAway''
* ''Film/TourDePharmacy''

[[AC: Boxing]]
* ''Film/TheChamp'' (1931 original and 1979 remake)
* ''Film/CinderellaMan''
* ''Film/{{Diggstown}}''
* ''Film/TheFighter''
* ''Film/{{Golden Boy|1939}}''
* ''Film/GrudgeMatch''
* ''Film/HandsOfStone''
* ''Film/TheHarderTheyFall'' - RomanAClef about the highly controversial career of Primo Carnera.
* ''Film/TheMilkyWay''
* ''Film/MillionDollarBaby'' an Oscar winning film about a female boxer.
* ''Film/RagingBull''
* ''Film/RealSteel'' – A science fiction version of boxing, where humans have been replaced by robots.
* ''Film/RequiemForAHeavyweight''
* ''Film/{{The Ring|1927}}''
* ''Film/ResurrectingTheChamp''
* ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}''
** ''Film/{{Rocky}}''
** ''Film/RockyII''
** ''Film/RockyIII''
** ''Film/RockyIV''
** ''Film/RockyV''
** ''Film/RockyBalboa''
** ''Film/{{Creed}}''
* ''Film/{{Southpaw}}''

[[AC: Chess (It counts, dammit)]]
* ''Film/PawnSacrifice''
* ''Film/QueenOfKatwe''
* ''Film/SearchingForBobbyFischer''

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

[[AC: Golf]]
* ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'' -- a 1980 golf comedy.
* ''The Greatest Game Ever Played''
* ''Film/HappyGilmore''
* ''Film/TheLegendOfBaggerVance'' -- MagicalNegro helps win golf game.
* ''Film/TinCup''
* ''Tommy's Honour'' – Biopic about 19th-century father-and-son golf pioneers Old Tom and Young Tom Morris.

[[AC: Horse Racing]]
* ''Film/{{Saratoga}}''
* ''Film/{{Seabiscuit}}''
* ''Film/{{Secretariat}}''

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

[[AC:Martial Arts (Traditional)]]
* ''Film/BestOfTheBest''
* ''Film/TheKarateKid''
** ''Film/TheKarateKid1984''
** ''Film/TheKarateKidPartII''
** ''Film/TheKarateKidPartIII''
** ''Film/TheNextKarateKid''
** ''Film/TheKarateKid2010''
* ''Film/MortalKombat'' is based upon an (albeit highly fantastical) martial arts tournament.
* ''Film/OnlyTheStrong'': A Green Beret teaches Capoeira to underprivileged youth.

[[AC:Mixed Martial Arts]]
* ''Film/HereComesTheBoom''
* ''Film/NeverBackDown''
* ''Film/{{Redbelt}}''
* ''Film/{{Warrior}}''

[[AC: Roller Derby]]
* ''Film/{{Rollerball}}''
* ''Film/WhipIt'' is about a beauty pageant contestant turned roller derby girl.

* ''Film/ChariotsOfFire'': 1924 Olympic Runners.
* ''Film/McFarlandUSA'': a film about a cross-country running team.
* ''Film/{{Race}}'': About Jesse Owens competing in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
* ''Film/ReverseRunner''

[[AC: Skateboarding]]
* ''{{Grind}}'': A film about skateboarders trying to go pro.
* ''Film/LordsOfDogtown'': A biographical skateboarding film.

[[AC: Table Tennis]]
* ''Film/AsOne''
* ''Film/BallsOfFury''
* ''Film/PingPongPlaya'': A story about an immature NBA wannabe who is forced to teach ping pong to a RagtagBunchOfMisfits.

[[AC: Tennis]]
* ''Film/SevenDaysInHell'': A Creator/{{HBO}} {{Mockumentary}} about two tennis players locked in the longest tennis match of all time, unable to score a match point.
* ''Film/BattleOfTheSexes''
* ''Film/{{Wimbledon}}''

[[AC: 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/CoolRunnings'' a film about the Jamaican bobsled team.
* ''Film/CrookedArrows'': Lacrosse
* ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'': Self-explanatory.
* ''Film/DownhillRacer'': Skiing
* ''Film/EddieTheEagle'': About the real life Olympic ski jumper of the same name.
* ''Film/EndlessSummer'': Classic surfing documentary.
* ''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/KevinOfTheNorth'': Sled dog racing
* ''Film/{{Kingpin}}'' a bowling comedy with Bill Murray
* ''Film/AKnightsTale'': Jousting
* ''Bollywood/{{Lagaan}}'': Cricket
* ''Film/MenWithBrooms'': A RomanticComedy about curling.
* ''Film/PoolhallJunkies'': Pool
* ''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/ThisSportingLife'': Rugby league
* ''Film/{{Waterboys}}'': a film (and two spin-off television shows) about synchronised swimming

[[AC: Multiple Sports]]
* ''Film/AirBud'' and its sequels are about a Golden Retriever playing sports.
* ''Film/CheerleaderNinjas''
* ''Film/{{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

[[AC: 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,
* ''Literature/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]].
* Scott Sigler's ''[[ Galactic Football League]]'' series of YA novels. In the distant future, [[GalacticConqueror Galactic Conquerors]] (the Creterakians) use this sport to help keep the other races (including but not limited to Humanity) in line. Described by many as ''Star Wars'' meets ''The Godfather'' meets ''Any Given Sunday''.

[[AC: Association Football]]
* ''Literature/FeverPitch''
* ''Girls FC'' series
* ''Literature/{{The Damned U|nited}}td'' – fictionalised version of Brian Clough's real-life tenure as manager of [[UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague Leeds United]]; spawned a film whose title spells out "United".
* ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' chronicles the exploits of wizards playing football.

[[AC: Australian Rules Football]]
* ''Speccy Magee'' series

[[AC: Baseball]]
* ''Literature/CaseyAtTheBat''
* ''[[Film/{{Moneyball}} Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game]]'': Before ''Moneyball'' was a film, it was a best-selling book by Michael Lewis, who also brought us ''The Blind Side''.
* ''Literature/TheManWhoBroughtTheDodgersBackToBrooklyn''

[[AC: Diving]]
* ''Literature/{{Dive}}''

[[AC:Horse Racing]]
* ''Literature/NationalVelvet''

[[AC:Ice Hockey]]
* ''Literature/HeartInHand''

[[AC: Racing]]
* The ''{{SERRAted Edge}}'' series by Creator/MercedesLackey is about elves who race cars.

[[AC:Multiple Sports]]
* The ''ChipHilton'' series

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
[[AC: 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/TheGame2006'', though it focuses more on the relationships between football players and their wives than the game.
* ''Series/NecessaryRoughness''
* ''Series/{{Playmakers}}'': An acclaimed ESPN original series about the lives of football players on and off the field and in and out the locker room. Lasted only a single season; disappearing under pressure from the National Football League.

[[AC: Association Football]]
* ''Series/TheKicks''
* ''Series/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.

[[AC: Baseball]]
* ''Series/BackInTheGame''
* ''Series/BallFour'', a short-lived 1970's sitcom based on Jim Bouton's book of the same name.
* ''Series/TheBronxIsBurning'': about the 1977 New York Yankees in the midst of upheval, both within the team and out in TheBigRottenApple.
* ''Series/{{Clubhouse}}''
* ''Series/EastboundAndDown''
* ''Series/Pitch2016''
* ''Series/WildRomance''

[[AC: Cricket]]
* ''Series/{{Bodyline}}''

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

[[AC: Other Sports]]
* ''Series/AmericanGladiators''
* ''BackyardWrestling''
* ''Series/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.

[[AC: Racing]]
* ''Series/HarleyAndTheDavidsons'': A DocuDrama about the origins of motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson, albeit focusing on racing in the first act of the three-part miniseries.

[[AC: Multiple Sports]]
* ''Series/SportsNight'': A bit more meta than some of the examples, this show is about sports anchors and the games that they cover.

[[folder:Manhua And Manhwa]]
* ''Manhua/BowlingKing'' is about ten-pin bowling.
* ''[[ My Heart Is Beating]]'' is about a boy blackmailed into joining the girls' water polo team.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
[[AC:Association Football]]
* ''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.
* ''[[FCKnudde F.C. Knudde]]'' is a Dutch gag-strip about another highly incompetent soccer team.
* ''[[UsefulNotes/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''.

[[AC:Multiple Sports]]
* ''{{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.
* ''{{Tank McNamara}}'' is a comic strip about a former (American) football player who is now a sportscaster.

[[folder: Video Games]]
[[AC:Association Football]]
* "The Journey" in ''[[VideoGame/FIFASoccer FIFA 17]]'' is a Story Mode about aspiring talent Alex Hunter's rise through the ranks of the UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague.

* One of the main features of the ''VideoGame/NBA2K'' series is the [=MyCareer=] mode, which has been featuring a backstory for your created player since ''[=2K14=]''.

[[folder: Visual Novels]]

[[AC: Association Football]]
* ''VisualNovel/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.

[[AC: Running]]
* ''VisualNovel/PrinceOfStride'' tells about the adventures of the Honan Stride Club. Stride is a fictional sport invented by the game that mixes relay races with parkour.

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

[[folder:Western Animation]]

[[AC:American Football]]
* ''NFL Rush Zone: Guardians of the Core''

[[AC: Association Football]]
* ''WesternAnimation/Foot2Rue''
* ''WesternAnimation/GalactikFootball''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Hurricanes}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metegol}}''

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

* ''WesternAnimation/BaskupTonyParker''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHarlemGlobetrotters''

* ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' has little to do with the films of the same name, instead focusing on a team of anthropomorphic ducks who fight crime and play hockey on the side.

[[AC:Pro Wrestling]]
* "WesternAnimation/BunnyHugged", a Bugs Bunny cartoon listed here because in the cartoon at least ProWrestlingIsReal

* ''Franchise/{{Cars}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 3}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/HotWheelsAcceleracers''
* ''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''

[[AC:Multiple Sports]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animalympics}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics''
* ''WesternAnimation/MutantLeague''
* ''WesternAnimation/ProStars'' features three of the biggest athletes in the early 90s helping kids and battling bad guys across the globe.
* ''WesternAnimation/SportsCartoons''