Sports in Switzerland

Sport in Switzerland


In Switzerland, most of the people have a regular sport activity and one in four is an active member of a sports club.  The most important all-embracing organizations for sports in Switzerland are the Federal Office of Sport, and the Swiss Olympic Committee (Swiss Olympic).

Because of its varied landscape and climate, Switzerland offers a large variety of sports to its inhabitants and visitors. While winter sports are enjoyed throughout the country, football and ice hockey remain the most popular sports.


Major sport events in Switzerland include the Olympic Games, which were held two times in St. Moritz in Winter 1928 and Winter 1948, and, the 1954 FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria.

In Switzerland it is very common for people to make sport and it is said that one in four people are members of one or another sports clubs.

The country is run by the Federal office for Sport and the famous Swiss Olympic committee.


Obviously the most common sport Switzerland is renowned for is their Winter sports. While downhill skiing attracts many locals and foreigners to the mountains, there are many other sports that are popular from cross country skiing, snow boarding, Ice skating, Ice hockey, Ice Polo

Most Swiss people also follow ice hockeyand support one of the 12 clubs in the National League A, which, as of 2013, is the most-attended European ice hockey league

France’s Jonathan Zwikel (L) vies for the puck with Switzerland’s Mark Streit during their game at the 2009 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Bern on April 24, 2009. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Rugby Union is also very popular in Switzerland, more so towards the French borders. The Swiss rugby association has been going for over a century and the Swiss National side seems to get better by the year.


Tennis is also very popular in Switzerland due to the success of Rodger Federer as he is an idol for many young fans he has especially from Basel where he grew up.

And lastly the popular Swingen, (Not what you first think it means) which translates to wrestling is an old tradition from the rural central cantons and considered the national sport by some.