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The Bulgaria national football team in 2011
Two teams, black and blue, compete in a field hockey match

A sports team is a group of individuals who play a team sport together.[1] The number of players in the group depends on the sport. The highest level of a sports team is a professional sports team. In professional sports, the athletes are very talented and are paid to compete in their sport.[2]

Historically, sports teams and the people who play sports have been amateurs. However, by the 20th century, some sports teams and their associated leagues became extremely valuable with net worth in the millions. In 2017 the Dallas Cowboys were rated by Forbes as the world's most valuable sports team at US$4.2 billion.[3] Some individual sports have modified rules that allow them to be played by teams.

Team identities can be formed from a number of sources, most often a type of geographic location, e.g., the Dallas Cowboys are named after Dallas, Texas, US.[4] Some teams can also be named after an institution, such as the Alabama Crimson Tide, who represent the University of Alabama, or the Yomiuri Giants, who are named after the Yomiuri Group, a Japanese media conglomerate.[5]

Sports teams often have numbered jerseys for fans to identify players. Players wear jerseys for different reasons. It may depend on the position of the player, the history of the number, traditions that are specific to the league, and more.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Sports team". Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  2. ^ "Sports professional | Explore careers | National Careers Service". Retrieved 2024-04-25.
  3. ^ Badenhausen, Kurt (July 5, 2018). "The World's 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams 2017". Forbes. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "Dallas Cowboys | Official Site of the Dallas Cowboys". Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  5. ^ "About the Yomiuri Shimbun Group : Corporate Profile of The Yomiuri Shimbun". Corporate Profile of The Yomiuri Shimbun (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  6. ^ "Why Do Athletes Wear Numbered Jerseys? | Britannica". Retrieved 2024-04-25.