The four most popular European Sports other than Soccer are Olympic Handball (invented in Germany or Denmark, also known as Team Handball or European Handball), Water Polo (invented in Scotland), and Volleyball (invented in Massachusetts). All of these sports were invented in the late 19th to early 20th Century, and are among the most popular sports in the many Arenas around Europe. Indoor Soccer (also Arena Soccer and Futsal) can be included in this section. European Countries are frequent winnersof the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals in these sports in the Olympics and World Championships.
European Traditional Sports include many versions of Traditional or Medieval Handball, Pelota, Football, Hockey, and Baseball. Calcio Fiorentino is a Renaissance Football Game first played by workers in breaks between work, and is the oldest organised sport. Lelo is a Georgian version of Football or Rugby and is perhaps the reason why Rugby Union is so popular in the country. Team Handball variations include Pelota a Mano and Jai Alai in Spain and the Basque Country, and Kaatsen (Frisian Handball in the Netherlands). Palla Tamburello / Jeu de Tambourine is a team racquet sport played with a tambourine-like racquet, and is popular in most Italy and France. Traditional Handball and Basque Pelota are to be found under the GAA Menu in Navigation Bar.
There are also versions of Ice Hockey (Bandy in Russia and Scandinavia), Roller Hockey (Portugal’s National Sport), and Ball Hockey (Unihoc Floorball) which are like Ice Hockey but played on hard floors with runners and a puck (Unihoc) or ball (Floorball) which originate in Europe.
Basketball variations include Korfball, popular in Netherlands and Belgium. Baseball varieties include Pesapallo (Finland’s National sport where players run in zig-zags through the bases), Branboll in Sweden and Denmark.
Traditional European Football
Calcio Storico Fiorentino (Overviews):
Traditional Team Handball
CIJB Pelota a Mano (World Championships):
European Baseball Variations
European Team Racquet Sports
Palla Tamburello /Jeu de Tambourine
Federazione Italiana Palla Tamburello – Open Serie A Men & Women (Seasons): 2019