From the Premier League to pole vaulting, sports trivia must be one of the most contested categories in the quizzing world. The favourite of armchair trivia enthusiasts and avid pub quizzers alike, we’ve tried to put together a compelling collection of slightly challenging sports quiz questions and answers.
Covering everything from great general knowledge questions to slightly more obscure facts about the Olympics, we’ve covered ten sections with ten pub quiz questions each, all easily delivered in an actual or virtual pub quiz from home, and used for your participants on platforms like Zoom, House Party or Skype.
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Funny Sports Quiz Questions
Kick off your epic sports trivia night with these weird and wonderful sports quiz questions and answers, some of which are sure to get your contestants giggling.
1. True or False: In the Finnish Wife Carrying Competition men’s race, where the husband has to carry his wife the length of the course, the winner gets the lady’s weight in reindeer meat.
2. Which US superstar said ‘I’ve never lost a game I just ran out of time’?
3. What is the first name of Phil and Gary Neville’s father?
4. What nickname is given to the New Zealand men’s basketball team?
5. Which sport has a finishing line that isn’t crossed?
6. Mark Twain is commonly said to have described what sport as “A good walk, spoiled”?
7. Fill in the blank: Gary Player once said ‘the harder I practice, the ….. I get’.
8. What is the fictional sport played in the Harry Potter novels and films?
9. Where was it, in 1971, that Alan B. Shepard’s golf shot went for “miles and miles and miles”?
10. What sport has various versions of the rules such as Skins, Bingo Bango Bongo, and Stableford?
Funny Sports Quiz Answers
- False, they get their partner’s weight in beer!
- Michael Jordan
- Neville (yes his name really was Neville Neville)
- Tall Blacks
- The moon
Interesting fact: In Bingo Bango Bongo, three types of achievements are rewarded with a point: first player to get their ball on the green (bingo), closest to the hole once all balls are on the green (bango), first to hole out (bongo).
General Knowledge Sports Quiz Questions (Round 1)
Got everyone laughing? We’d suggest moving on to a more general quiz round, with some easy and a sprinkling of hard sports quiz questions to keep ‘em guessing:
1. At which UK horse racing course did Frankie Dettori win all seven races in 1995?
2. What is Muhammad Ali’s real name?
3. In the Indian sport Kabaddi, what do the participants take it in turn to hold?
4. Jan Železný was a three times Olympic champion at what event?
5. What ‘sport’ uses the terms ‘dummy’, ‘ruff’, and ‘trumps’?
6. Which sport’s playing area is precisely nine feet long by five feet wide?
7. What colour is the centre of an archery target?
8. How many balls are there in snooker?
9. Which annual sporting event attracts the most live spectators?
10. Which sport can only be played right-handed? Clue: you tend to have to be rich to play it.
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General Knowledge Sports Quiz (Round 1) Answers
- Cassius Clay
- Their breath
- Table Tennis
- The Tour de France
Soccer / Football Quiz Questions
Whether you’re fixed on the idea of calling it football, or it’s known as soccer in your country, the beautiful game is a quiz category that divides many, with a raft of great football quiz questions and answers to get even the most avid supporter scratching their head. Definitely include a specialist round of soccer know-how with ten potential questions below.
1. In what year was the Football World Cup first held?
2. How old was Pele when he scored in his first Football World Cup final?
3. Which team lost their first three World Cup finals?
4. At the 2010 Football World Cup, only three squads were made up entirely of players from their own domestic league. Name those nations.
5. Name any of the first three men to have won the Football World Cup as both player and manager
6. Who was the first player to win three Football World Cups and holds the Guinness world record for the feat?
7. I’ve played in Germany, Italy, Austria and France. I have won Serie A and scored the first ever Golden Goal in international football. Who am I?
8. Name the Dutch footballer who was voted ‘European Player of the Century’ in 1999.
9. Who was the first player to score five goals in a single World Cup match?
10. Which country won the first ever Football World Cup?
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Soccer / Football Quiz Answers
- Holland (The Netherlands)
- Germany, Italy and England
- Mario Zagallo, Dino Zoff and Didier Deschamps
- Oliver Bierhoff
- Johan Cruyff
- Oleg Salenko (for Russia)
English Football Quiz Questions
Okay, we’ll admit – we’re biased. The writers of this particular quiz are all die-hard English Premier League supporters and we just had to include another football related round. So here’s our take on ten awesome quiz questions about the Premier League, as an extra round.
1. Who was the first player to reach 100 Premier League assists?
2. What links the following teams – Sheffield, Preston, Crewe, Plymouth, and Aston?
3. Who was the first player to reach 100 Premier League goals?
4. What was significant about Mario Balotelli’s only assist in the Premier League for Manchester City?
5. Which two non-English clubs have played in the Premier League?
6. What bitter fact links England Managers Alf Ramsey, Don Revie, Graham Taylor and Steve McClaren?
7. Who was the first Italian manager to win the Premier League?
8. Which team conceded 100 goals on their way to being relegated from the Premier League in 1993/4?
9. Why did Arsenal win a golden premier league trophy?
10. Which Swedish midfielder had a clause in his contract banning him from traveling into space?
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English Football Quiz Answers
- Ryan Giggs
- Unique suffixes – Wednesday, North End, Alexandra, Argyle and Villa
- Alan Shearer
- It set up the famous late goal for Sergio Aguero that won Manchester City their first premier league title in 2012
- Cardiff and Swansea
- They all failed to qualify for a tournament with England
- Carlo Ancelotti
- Swindon Town
- They went through the 2003-04 season unbeaten
- Stefan Schwarz
Interesting fact: The club, Sunderland, was worried that Schwarz would take advantage of a seat on a commercial passenger flight to space, as one of his advisers had already secured a place.
Cricket Quiz Questions
Your contestants will be bowled over (sorry, we love a pun), by a round focussed just on cricket, the game that began as a kids pursuit but quickly became very serious business for grown-ups, who love this bat and ball game. Test your contestants’ cricket knowledge with these cricket questions and answers:
1. Who won the 1996 Cricket World Cup?
2. What did England Captain Bob Willis once neglect to bring with him when going out to bat?
3. In which country did T20 cricket begin?
4. Name any of the ‘three Ws’ from the great West Indies cricket team.
5. In 1987, which Indian became the first player to pass 10,000 runs in test cricket?
6. What is the least common method of dismissal in Test cricket?
7. Which team won the country championship for the first time in 2008, sixteen years after being admitted to the division?
8. Out or not out? The umpire miscounts and mistakenly allows a seventh delivery to be bowled; the fair delivery skittles middle stump.
9. What was notable about Ashwell Prince becoming a South Africa Test Captain?
10. What is the more commonly used name for the Brisbane Cricket Ground?
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Cricket Quiz Round Answers
- Sri Lanka
- His bat
- Sir Everton Weekes, Clyde Walcott and Sir Frank Worrell
- Sunil Gavaskar
- Timed out
- Out (bowled)
- It was the first time a non-white player had been given the job
- The Gabba
Sporting Nicknames Quiz Questions
From Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield to the ‘Red Devils’, most great athletes and teams have a sporting nickname, either said fondly after a win or uttered under your breath as you curse their poor performance. Let’s see if your participants know their famous nicknames in this round – watch out, some of these are pretty difficult!
1. What was the nickname of Welsh rugby player Dai Young?
2. What was the nickname of footballer Fitz Hall?
3. Which prolific German striker was nicknamed ‘Der Bomber’?
4. How was the British ski jumper Eddie Edwards known?
5. Which basketballer was known as The Round Mound of Rebound?
6. Duncan Ferguson’s reputation for drinking and aggression lent him what name?
7. What cinematic nickname was given to British Rugby League great Martin Offiah?
8. How was OJ Simpson known?
9. In what sport has The Power played The King?
10. What was the exemplary Australian rugby forward John Eales also called?
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Sporting Nicknames Quiz Answers
- Live Fast
- One Size
- Gerd Muller
- The Eagle
- Charles Barkley
- Duncan Disorderly
- Darts. Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor and Mervyn ‘The King’ King
- Nobody, as in ‘Nobody’s Perfect’
Interesting fact: No-one really knows how the nickname for John Eales arose and it’s a myth that any of his friends call him that.
Basketball Quiz Questions
With more Americans playing basketball than any other sports, there is obviously a lot of interest (and so a lot of trivia) about this high-energy game. We’ve put together ten solid questions on the sport to challenge your contestants – let’s see how they do!
1. Who was the first player to win eleven NBA championships?
2. Which player’s Wikipedia page then became its most viewed single article in history on 26 January 2020?
3. The United States men’s Olympic basketball team, nicknamed the “Dream Team”, competed in which year at the Olympics?
4. Who won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player a record six times, between 1971 and 1980, while playing for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers?
5. Who scored 100 points in a game for the Philadelphia Warriors in 1962?
6. Name the 90s film featuring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny?
7. Who was known for his fierce defensive and rebounding abilities, and was nicknamed ‘The Worm’?
8. Magic Johnson announced his retirement in 1991 after testing positive for HIV. What is his first name?
9. New York’s team are commonly referred to as the Knicks. What is ‘Knicks’ short for?
10. What were the Washington Wizard’s formally known as?
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Basketball Quiz Round Answers
- Bill Russell
- Kobe Bryant
- 1992 in Barcelona
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
- Wilt Chamberlain
- Space Jam
- Dennis Rodman
- Washington Bullets
Interesting fact: They changed their name in 1997. They were known as the Bullets because Washington had the highest murder rate from gun crime in the US at the time.
Rugby Quiz Questions
From the moment William Webb Ellis picked up that ball and started running, the game of rugby has fascinated millions. To keep your contestants guessing, we’ve compiled a list of great questions and answers about rugby union.
1. Who won the first Rugby World Cup, in 1987?
2. Which Welshman was the first player to score 1000 international points?
3. Who is said to have invented the game of rugby as a schoolboy?
4. Which Australian was the first player to score fifty international tries?
5. Which ‘set piece’ is used in Rugby Union but does not feature in Rugby League?
6. The Calcutta Cup is contested between which two countries?
7. Who was the first player to score fifteen tries over a single Rugby World Cup?
8. Which international rugby team has the nickname Los Pumas?
9. At least how many metres must the ball travel from kick-off?
10. Which England Rugby Union World Cup winner has the middle names Bruno Nero?
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Rugby Quiz Round Answers
- New Zealand
- Neil Jenkins
- William Webb Ellis
- David Campese
- Scotland and England
- Jonah Lomu
- 10 metres
- Lawrence Dallaglio
General Knowledge Sports Quiz Questions and Answers (Round 2)
After all those specialist sports subjects, it might be worth trying to insert another General Knowledge round which includes an array of easier questions fit for any audience. We’ve got ten general knowledge questions about sport for this round for you to offer:
1. Who was the first boxer to defeat Muhammed Ali?
2. What three types of swords are used in fencing competitions?
3. What are the four types of stroke in swimming?
4. What is the maximum number of clubs a golfer can use in a single round?
5. On a darts board, what number is directly next to and left of the ’20’?
6. In which sport would you aim rocks at a house on ice?
7. Which Grand Slam tennis tournament is held at Flushing Meadows?
8. Chankonabe is a protein rich pot dish regularly eaten by which sportsmen?
9. Who became the first British team to win football’s European Cup in 1967?
10. Other than skiing, what other sport takes place on a piste?
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General Knowledge Sports Quiz Answers (Round 2)
- Joe Frazier
- Sabre, foil and epee
- Freestyle (front crawl), Butterfly, Backstroke and Breaststroke
- The US Open
- Sumo wrestlers
Olympics Quiz Questions
Last, but definitely not least, is a closing round dedicated to the pinnacle of sporting glory: the Olympics. From marvellous medal tallies to questions on the world’s finest athletes, complete your quiz in style with these ten Olympic-themed questions:
1. Which swimmer won seven gold medals in the 1972 Olympics?
2. What are the five colours of the Olympic rings?
3. Who won four golds in front of the furious Führer?
4. Who lit the Olympic Torch at the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta?
5. What is the name of Greece’s highest mountain?
6. Who won the 100 metres, 200m, long jump and 4x100m relay at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics?
7. In 1976, gymnast Nadia Comaneci had notable performance in the uneven bar discipline and the scoreboard displayed a score of 1.00. What had happened?
8. What was pioneering about the gold medal winning high jump performance of 1968?
9. After winning a gold in Atlanta, who declared “If anyone sees me go near a boat, you’ve got my permission to shoot me”, before going on to win a gold at the next Games?
10. Which woman, who won the 400m at the same Olympics, lit the torch at the Sydney Olympics?
Olympics Quiz Answers
- Mark Spitz
- Blue, yellow, black, green and red
- Jesse Owens
- Muhammad Ali
- Carl Lewis
- She had actually been the first person to gain a perfect score of 10 and the scoreboard couldn’t cope
- Dick Fosbury demonstrated the new technique of going over the pole horizontally with an arched back. It was named the Fosbury Flop
- Steve Redgrave
- Cathy Freeman
Interesting fact: Freeman was the first Australian Indigenous person to become a Commonwealth Games gold medallist, doing so at age 16 in 1990.
Did your participants knock this quiz for six? Or was it a knockout? We hope you’ve loved running this sports quiz with your family, friends or even co-workers, as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together.
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7. “In 1972, gymnast Nadia Comaneci had notable performance in the uneven bar discipline and the scoreboard displayed a score of 1.00. What had happened? .”
This was actually in 1976, not 1972.
Hi Andrew, thanks for spotting this mistake – we have now updated it! Much appreciated, but we hope you enjoyed the rest of the quiz 🙂
The Quiz Master
Jesse Owens won 4 Gold medals at Berlin Olympics 1936 not 5
Thanks Carol! Yes, totally right, we have updated that now.