250 Sports Trivia Questions and Answers for Every Sport

Sports have been as much of a part of recorded history as other prominent recent historic events. Over time, each game has evolved into professional sports with governing bodies, official rules, and prestigious awards. The 250 sports trivia questions below cover the originating aspects of almost every sport known to man.

If you are a fan of sports, or need more trivia questions, these 250 sports trivia questions and answers will test your knowledge and certainly help you learn new facts about the topic of sports. I have researched to include as many sports as I could reasonably find.

So if you are looking for sports trivia questions, these 250 below include the answers and have all been double checked for accuracy. Please enjoy them for your next trivia night with friends and family or simply to test your sports trivia knowledge.

250 Sports Trivia Questions

American Football

1. Who is known as the father of American football, created the line of scrimmage and the system of downs?

Walter Camp

2. What was the Heisman Memorial Trophy called originally?

The Downtown Athletic Club Trophy or the DAC Trophy

3. In what year was the first legal forward pass thrown in American Football?

1906

4. What was the original name of the National Football League?

The American Professional Football Association or APFA

5. In what year were hashmarks introduced into the NFL?

1932

6. Who was the first player to ever be drafted in the NFL draft?

Jay Berwanger

7. Which two college teams played in the first ever televised football game?

The Fordham Rams & the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets

8. Which two 1958 NFL football teams played in what is widely known as “The Greatest Game Ever Played”?

The Baltimore Colts & the New York Giants

9. What rival football league to the National Football Association began in 1960?

The American Football League or AFL

10. What was the Super Bowl called originally?

The AFL–NFL World Championship Game

Archery

11. What is the name of the official governing body for all forms of archery in the UK?

Archery GB

12. What was the original name of the Archery GB?

The Grand National Archery Society

13. What is the name of the ceremonial archery unit that serves as the Sovereign’s bodyguard in Scotland?

The Queen’s Body Guard for Scotland, The Royal Company of Archers

14. Who was the American doctor, teacher, author and outdoorsman, most famously known as the father of modern bow hunting, and for his close relationship with Ishi, the last member of the Yahi tribe?

Saxton Temple Pope

15. Who first took up archery in 1845, and within four years won the Grand National Archery Meeting championships eleven consecutive times, making him known as one of the greatest target archers of all time?

Horace A. Ford

16. What is the title of Horace A. Ford’s 1856 all-time classic archery book?

Archery: Its Theory and Practice

17. For how many years was archery absent from Olympic competition?

52 Years

18. In what year was archery reintroduced to Olympic competition after ceasing in 1920?

1972

19. What is the name of the national governing body for the sport of archery in the United States?

USA Archery or USAA

20. What is the name of the international governing body for the Olympic sport of archery?

Archery Federations World Archery

Association Football (Soccer)

21. In what year was association football (soccer) introduced to Olympic competition?

1908

22. Which association football club (soccer) was recognized by FIFA as the oldest existing club still playing football in the world?

Sheffield Football Club or Sheffield F.C.

23. What is the name of the official codified rules of association football (soccer)?

Laws of the Game of LOTG

24. Who drafted the first Laws of the Game at his home in Barnes, London, that are today used in soccer (football) matches all over the world, making him known as the father of Association Football (soccer)?

Ebenezer Cobb Morley

25. What is the considered to be the highest governing body of association football (soccer)?

FIFA

26. What does the acronym FIFA stand for?

Fédération Internationale de Football Association or The International Federation of Association Football

27. What is the oldest active national association football (soccer) competition in world?

The Football Association Challenge Cup or the FA Cup

28. Which two countries participated in what is recognized by FIFA as the first international association football (soccer) match in history?

Scotland & England

29. Which national team won the first ever World Cup?

Uruguay

Australian Rules Football

30. Members from which football club codified the laws which became the rules of Australian football?

Melbourne Football Club

31. What two schools in 1858, played the earliest known record of a Victorian football match with modified rules?

St Kilda Grammar School & Melbourne Grammar School

32. What is the name of the historic private school Australian rules football competition which has been played annually between Melbourne Grammar School and the Scotch College since 1858?

The Cordner–Eggleston Cup

33. How many rules for Australian football were created and instituted by the Melbourne Football Club in 1859?

Ten Rules

34. What was the name of the indigenous Australian game involving a possum skin ball, which is believed by some to be the inspiration for Australian rules football?

Marngrook

35. In the 19th and 20th centuries, who was widely accepted as the father of Australian rules football?

H.C.A. Harrison

36. What was the Australian Football League’s original name?

The Victorian Football League or VFL

37. In what year was the AFL (originally the Victorian Football League or VFL) founded?

1877

38. What was the Australian football stadium Waverley Park formerly known as?

VFL Park

39. In what year was the VFL premiership trophy first awarded along with a pennant flag?

1959

Baseball

40. In 1903, sportswriter Henry Chadwick published an article speculating that baseball was derived from what English game?

Rounders

41. Who was declared by the Mills Commission to be the father of baseball, widely believed for years to have invented the game in 1839 but later disproven?

Abner Doubleday

42. Who was the first team believed to have played baseball under the modern rules of the game?

The New York Knickerbockers

43. What was the first organization governing American baseball called?

The National Association of Base Ball Players or the NABBP

44. In what year were the first baseball games charging admission played?

1858

45. In what year were baseball clubs allowed to begin compensating players and declare themselves “professional”?

1869

46. What was the first team in baseball history to declare themselves “professional”?

The Cincinnati Red Stockings

47. Who was the first African American baseball player to be open about his black heritage and to play in the 1884 major leagues?

Moses Fleetwood Walker

48. Which professional baseball team won the first World Series championship title?

The Boston Red Sox

Basketball

49. Who created the sport of basketball in 1891?

James Naismith

50. How many rules were in the original game of “basket ball”?

Thirteen

51. In what year were the first games of basketball organized outside of the United States in Paris, India, Japan, and Persia?

1893

52. What was the name of the first professional basketball league, founded in 1898?

The National Basketball League or NBL

53. Who won the first National Basketball League championship?

The Trenton Nationals

54. What was the name of the 1922 first all-black player basketball team?

The New York Renaissance, the Rens, or the Harlem Renaissance

55. What is the first known U.S. college to field a basketball team against an outside opponent?

Vanderbilt University

56. What was the original name of the National Basketball Association (NBA) before it absorbed most of the National Basketball League and rebranded?

The Basketball Association of America or BAA

57. In what year was the The Basketball Association of America formed (BAA)?

1946

58. Which team was the first ever BAA champion?

The Philadelphia Warriors

Chess

59. What is the name of the precursor game to chess, that originated in India in the 6th century?

Chaturanga

60. Who was the Spanish chess player and author of the first still existing book on chess, Repetición de Amores y Arte de Ajedrez (Repetition of Love and the Art of Playing Chess), published in 1497?

Luis Ramirez de Lucena

61. In 1843, what was the name of book published by Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa and Paul Rudolf von Bilguer, which was the first comprehensive manual of chess theory?

Handbuch des Schachspiels or Handbook of Chess

62. Who won the first modern chess tournament held in London 1851?

Adolf Anderssen

63. Who won what is considered to be the first official World Chess Championship, held in 1886?

Wilhelm Steinitz

64. What is the name of the 1958 authored work by Russian composer Vladimir Korolkov, in which the White side wins only by making six consecutive captures by a pawn in chess?

“Excelsior”

65. Who held the longest tenure ever as chess World Champion, for 27 years?

Emanuel Lasker

66. In what year was the Women’s World Chess Championship first held?

1927

67. What American chess player defeated the Russian Chess World Champion, finally ending the Soviet domination of the sport in 1972?

Bobby Fischer

68. What was the name of the IBM supercomputer that beat world chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997?

Deep Blue

Cricket

69. What was the name of the social club that is famous for its organization of 18th century cricket matches and by the late 1770s it was the foremost cricket club in England?

Hambledon Club

70. Who was the English Hambledon Club professional cricketer who had one of the longest careers on record, playing from about 1756 to 1798, and is generally regarded as the greatest batsman of the 18th century, having been the first to master the use of the modern straight bat?

John Small

71. What two countries participated in the first International cricket game in 1844?

Canada & the United States of America

72. In what year was the overarm style of bolwing in cricket made legal in match play?

1864

73. What is the form of cricket played between two individuals, who take turns at bat and bowl against each other, where the one bowling is assisted by a team of fielders, who remain as fielders at the change of innings, and the winner is the one who scores more runs?

Single Wicket Cricket

74. What is the highest-standard official classification of international or domestic cricket matches called?

First-class Cricket

75. What is the form of the sport of cricket with the longest match duration called?

Test Cricket

76. What is the version of the sport of cricket in which a match is generally completed in one day called?

Limited Overs Cricket or One-day Cricket

77. In what year was the first cricket World Cup played?

1975

Cue Sports (Billiard Sports)

78. Most cue sports are generally regarded to have evolved from what kind of games?

Lawn Games

79. What was the forerunner implement used prior to the cue for billiard sports?

The Mace

80. Who in 15th century history was known to have the first indoor billiard table?

King Louis XI of France

81. What is the woven wool or wool/nylon blend “felt” that covers most cue sport tables called?

Baize

82. What form of cue sports refers to the games played on tables without pockets, usually 10 feet in length?

Carom Billiards

83. What is the name of the cue sport that combines the aspects of carom billiards and pool?

English Billiards

84. What was English Billiards originally called?

The Winning and Losing Carambole Game

85. Which cue sport is played on a rectangular table covered by green cloth with six pockets, where the players take turn striking the cue ball to pot the other twenty-one balls in the correct sequence, accumulating points for each pot, and matches ending with one of the players having won a predetermined number of frames?

Snooker

86. What is the form of pocket billiards played on a modified snooker table with narrower pockets, that uses 16 white numbered balls, and a red or yellow cue ball called?

Russian Pyramid or Russian Billiards

87. In what year was the first World Nine-ball Championships held?

1990

Curling

88. Which curling club claims to be the first club in the world, having been formally constituted in 1716 and is still in existence today?

Kilsyth Curling Club

89. What is the name of the estate in Scotland that contains the oldest curling ponds in the world?

The Colzium House and Estate

90. Which curling club is recognized by the International Olympic Committee to have developed the first official rules for the sport in 1836?

The Grand Caledonian Curling Club or The Royal Caledonian

91. What country is the only known to have used irons rather than stones for curling until the early 1900s?

Canada

92. What is the world governing body for curling accreditation called?

The World Curling Federation or WCF

93. What was the original name of the World Curling Federation?

The International Curling Federation or ICF

94. What is the name of the oldest curling club in North America, established in 1807?

The Royal Montreal Curling Club

95. What was the name of the first curling championship, held in 1959 Scotland?

The Scotch Cup

96. What was the name of the skip who called the shots for the 1959 Canadian team Champions?

Ernie Richardson

97. In what year was curling established as a medal sport in the Winter Olympics?

1998

Cycling

98. In what year did the first documented cycling race take place?

1868

99. Who won the first documented cycling race that took plate at the Park of Saint Cloud, Paris?

James Moore

100. What is the name of the oldest established bicycle racing club in the United States?

The St. Louis Cycling Club

101. What is the name of the first woman to bicycle around the world?

Annie Londonderry

102. What is the name of the world governing body for cycling and international competitive cycling events?

The Union Cycliste Internationale or UCI

103. In what year was the first tour de France held?

1903

104. What is the most popular form of professional bike racing?

Road Bicycle Racing

105. Which form of cycle racing takes place in the autumn and winter consisting of many laps of 1–2 mile course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills, and obstacles requiring the rider to dismount, carry the bike and remount in one motion?

Cyclo-cross

106. What type of cycle racing takes place off road in sprints on purpose-built off-road single-lap tracks typically on single-gear bicycles where riders navigate a dirt course of jumps, banked, and flat corners?

BMX

107. What form of cycle racing is performed on short outdoor dirt tracks, 70–90 m in length?

Cycle Speedway

Hockey

108. What year did field hockey first appear at the Olympic Games as a men’s competition?

1908

109. What three countries were the only three to participate in the first Summer Olympic field hockey matches?

England, Ireland, and Scotland

110. What is the name of the first women’s field hockey club that was founded in 1887?

The Molesey Ladies Hockey Club

111. What is the name of the international governing body of field hockey and indoor field hockey, headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland?

The Fédération Internationale de Hockey or FIH

112. In what year was women’s field hockey brought to the Olympic Games?

1980

113. What is the name of the highest highest ranking professional hockey league in Russia?

The Kontinental Hockey League or the KHL

114. How many teams are currently in the National Hockey League?

31 Teams

115. How many Canadian teams are currently in the NHL?

7 Team

116. How many United States teams are currently in the NHL?

24 Teams

117. Who is the Stanley cup named after?

Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley

Figure Skating

118. In what year were the first European Championships of figure skating held?

1891

119. In what year were the first World Championships of figure skating held?

1896

120. In what year did figure skating become part of the first Winter Olympics?

1924

121. Where were the first Winter Olympics held?

Chamonix, France

122. What is the name of the American skater that invented the sit spin?

Jackson Haines

123. Where were the first European Figure Skating Championships held?

Hamburg, Germany

124. Where were the first Figure Skating World Championships held?

Saint Petersburg, Russia

125. Who developed his own ice skates with slightly serrated blades, giving enough traction on ice for long jumps?

Ulrich Salchow

126. What is the name of the jump created by German figure skater Werner Rittberger?

The Loop Jump

Formula One

127. What is the name of the governing body for many auto racing events, such as the Formula One?

Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile or FIA

128. In what year was modern formula one established?

1950

129. Who won the 1946 Turin Grand Prix?

Achille Varzi

130. What race team won the 1946 Turin Grand Prix?

Alfa Romeo

131. Who is the most successful female F1 driver that scored a half point in the 1975 Spanish GP?

Lella Lombardi

132. How many times has the number “13” been assigned in F1 history?

Twice

133. Who is the only driver to ever be black flagged and disqualified for driving too slowly?

Al Pease

134. What was the average age of the first world championship race car drivers?

39 Years Old

Lacrosse

135. What is the name of the first organized lacrosse club in the United States, established in 1868?

The Mohawk Lacrosse Club

136. In what year did lacrosse become a sport in the World Games?

1908

137. In what year did lacrosse become summer Olympic sport?

1904

138. What is another name for indoor lacrosse?

Box Lacrosse

139. In what year did lacrosse become a professional sport?

1987

140. What was the name of the professional indoor lacrosse league founded in 1987?

The Major Indoor Lacrosse League

141. What is the name of the professional lacrosse league founded in 2019?

The Premier Lacrosse League

Mixed Martial Arts

142. Who did Milo Savage fight in the first televised 1963 MMA bout in North America?

Gene Lebell

143. What is the name of the fighting style that Bruce Lee developed, used, and taught?

Jeet Kune Do

144. What organization hosted the first Vale Tudo Japan tournament in the summer of 1994?

Shooto

145. Who is the current President of the UFC?

Dana White

146. Who fought Antonio Inoki in Japan in 1976 in a mixed rules fight?

Muhammad Ali

147. Masakatsu Funaki and Minoru Suzuki founded what fighting organization in 1993?

Pancrase

148. Which Japanese mixed martial arts promotion began in 1997, going on to hold sixty MMA events until being sold in 2007?

Pride Fighting Championship

149. What MMA promotion purchased Pride in 2007?

The UFC

150. What company purchased the UFC in 2001 for $2 million?

Zuffa

151. What American mixed martial arts promotion, made up of the 135 lb, 145 lb, and 155 lb weight classes was purchased by Zuffa in 2006?

The WEC

Professional Wrestling

152. In what year did Vince McMahon purchase the WWF from his father?

1982

153. In what year was the first pay per view event WrestleMania televised?

1985

154. What was the name of the WCWs yearly pay per view broadcast event regarded as their version of WrestleMania?

Starrcade

155. Who purchased the majority of JCPs assets and formed the WCW?

Ted Turner

156. In what year did the WWF create their prime time cable TV Monday Night Raw program?

1993

157. What network aired the WWF program Monday Night Raw when it first came out?

The USA Network

158. What TV program was launched by the WCW to compete with Monday Night Raw in 1995?

Monday Nitro

159. What was the name of the wrestling stable led by former WWF wrestlers Hulk Hogan, Razor Ramon, and Diesel in the WCW?

The New World Order

160. Who did Bret Hart lose his title to at the “Montreal Screwjob”?

Shawn Michaels

161. What was the name of the 1997 attitude era group comprised of Shawn Michael, Triple H, Rick Rude, X-Pac, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn and Chyna?

D Generation X

Rodeo

162. In what year did the Rodeo Association of America form?

1929

163. What venue was the World Series Rodeo held in 1934?

Madison Square Garden

164. When rain spoiled the 1930 rodeo at Miller’s 101 Ranch, what animals were raced instead of horses?

Turtles

165. What did the Cowboy Turtle Association change their name to in 1945?

The Rodeo Cowboys Association

166. What did the Rodeo Cowboys Association change their name to in 1975?

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or PRCA

167. In what year was the Girl’s Rodeo Association started by a group of Texas ranch women?

1948

168. In what year did the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association form?

1949

169. What is the name of the premier rodeo event in the United States organized by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association?

The National Finals Rodeo

170. In what year did the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame open?

1975

Rugby League

171. In what year did the first international rugby league match take place?

1904

172. In what year was the first televised international rugby league match broadcast?

1951

173. In what year was the first rugby league World Cup held?

1954

174. What is the name of the series that is a best-of-three series of test matches between the English and Australian national rugby league football teams?

The Ashes

175. In what year was the first rugby league game in Australia televised?

1961

176. What was the name of the top division of rugby league in England between 1895 and 1996?

Rugby Football League Championship First Division

177. In what year did the Super League begin?

1996

178. Who do the Super League champions play in the World Club Challenge?

The National Rugby League Champions

Rugby Union

179. What was the governing body for rugby union called originally?

The International Rugby Football Board or IRFB

180. In what year was the Rugby World Cup men’s rugby union tournament first held?

1987

181. What is the name of the Cup that is awarded to the winner of the Rugby World Cup?

The Webb Ellis Cup

182. What is the name of the current world governing body for the sport of rugby union?

World Rugby

183. In what year was rugby declared an “open” game, finally sanctioning professional play?

1995

184. What place is considered the birthplace of Rugby football?

Rugby School

185. In what year were the first set of Rugby rules published by three boys at Rugby School?

1845

186. Who was the first man to score a try in international rugby?

Angus Buchanan

187. What was the first formal rugby team in Australia?

Sydney University Football Club

Skiing

188. Who was the first known ski jumper?

Olaf Rye

189. In what year was the first ski club founded?

1861

190. Where was the first public ski jumping competition held where the first-ever known female ski jumper participated in the competition?

Trysil, Norway

191. In what year was the first female ski jumper recorded?

1863

192. What is the oldest still existing ski club in North America?

The Nansen Ski Club

193. What is the annual long distance cross-country ski race held on the first Sunday of March that starts in the village of Sälen and ends in the town of Mora in northwestern Dalarna, Sweden?

Vasaloppet

194. In what year did the Winter Olympics begin to include the downhill race event?

1936

195. In what year was mogul skiing added to the Winter Olympics?

1992

196. In what year was women’s ski jumping included in the Winter Olympics?

2014

Snowboarding

197. In what year did snowboarding become a Winter Olympic sport?

1998

198. What was the name of the monoski predecessor to the snowboard?

The Snurfer

199. Who invented the snurfer, the predecessor to the snowboard?

Sherman Poppen

200. Who invented what become the modern day snowboard?

Jake Burton Carpenter

201. Who won the first US National Snowboard race in 1982?

Doug Bouton

202. In what year was the first World Championship halfpipe competition held?

1983

203. Where was the first snowboarding World Cup held?

Zürs, Austria

204. In what year did the first X Games debut?

1995

205. What is the name of the annual European snowboard contest first started in 1994 by Charly Weger and Andrew Hormont in Innsbruck, Austria?

The Air & Style

206. What company did Jake Burton Carpenter start in 1977?

Burton Snowboards

Surfing

207. In what year did professional surfing contests start?

1964

208. Who was the first female professional surfer?

Margo Oberg

209. In what year was surfing intended to be added to the summer olympics?

2020

210. Who added the first fin to a surf board in 1935?

Tom Blake

211. Who invented the modern wetsuit in 1952?

Hugh Bradner

212. Initially made of wood, what are surfboards made of today?

Polystyrene or Polyurethane

213. Who has won 11 world surfing championships and is regarded as the greatest professional surfer of all time?

Kelly Slater

Swimming

214. What was the name of the first indoor swimming pool that was opened to the public in 1828?

St. George’s Bath

215. Who was the first man to successfully swim the English Channel between England and France?

Captain Matthew Webb

216. In what year was the world’s first women’s swimming championship held in Scotland?

1892

217. In what year were the first swimming events held in olympic competition?

1896

218. How many swimming events were contested in the 1896 Athens Olympics?

Four

219. Who won the first gold medal in an olympic swimming event?

Alfréd Hajós

220. What is the name of the stroke most commonly used for the free style event in swimming?

The Front Crawl

221. In what year were women finally allowed to swim in the Summer Olympic Games?

1912

222. Who was the first female swimmer to break a men’s world record?

Sybil Bauer

Tennis

223. Who created the first professional tennis tour in 1926?

C. C. Pyle

224. What is the name of the premier international men’s tennis team event run by the International Tennis Federation?

The Davis Cup

225. What was the name of the premier international women’s tennis team competition when it was launched in 1963?

The Federation Cup

226. What did the name of the Federation Cup become eventually?

The Billie Jean King Cup

227. What is the name of the governing body of world tennis?

The International Tennis Federation or ITF

228. What is the name of the first known book about tennis?

Trattato Del Giuoco

229. Who wrote Trattato Del Giuoco in 1555?

Antonio Scaino da Salothe

230. Who wrote and published the first codification of the rules of tennis in 1599?

Forbet

231. What is the name of winning the four tournaments that include Wimbledon, the US Open, the French Open, and the Australian Open in the same year?

The Grand Slam

232. Who became the first Wimbledon champion?

Spencer Gore

Water Polo

233. Who originally developed the rules of water polo in the mid-nineteenth century?

William Wilson

234. Who was the sport that water polo originated from?

Rugby

235. What two countries participated in the first international water polo match?

England and Scotland

236. In what year were the first US water polo championships held?

1890

237. In what year was water polo added to the Olympics?

1900

238. What is the international federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee for administering international competitions in water sports called?

FINA

239. Who invented the air pass in 1928?

Béla Komjádi

240. Who developed the first water polo ball made with an inflatable bladder and rubber fabric cloth?

James R. Smith

241. In what year was women’s water polo included in the olympics?

2000

Wrestling

242. What are the two forms of regulated competitive styles in wrestling?

Freestyle and Greco-Roman

243. Who became the first Professional World Champion wrestler in 1898?

Paul Pons

244. When was Greco-Roman wrestling introduced the Olympic Games?

1896

245. When was women’s freestyle wrestling added to the Olympics?

2004

246. What were Ed Lewis, Billy Sandow, and Toots Mondt called due to their financial success?

The Gold Dust Trio

247. What was name of the international governing body for the sport of amateur wrestling founded in 1921?

The International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles

248. What is the name of the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles now?

United World Wrestling or UWW

249. Who published the rules for collegiate wrestling in 1927?

Dr. Raymond G. Clapp

250. In what year did the first NCAA Wrestling Team Championship take place?

1928

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