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Most Popular High School Sports, 2006–2007 & 2012–2013

In 2012–2013, high school sports participation reached an all-time high of 7,713,577, including 3,222,723 girls and 4,490,854 boys. See the table below to compare the ten most popular sports for the academic years beginning in 2006 and 2012.

2006–2007 2012–2013
Sex and sport Participants Sex and sport Participants
Male   Male  
 Football (11-player) 1,104,548  Football (11-player) 1,086,627
 Basketball 556,269  Track & Field (outdoor) 580,672
 Track & Field (outdoor) 544,180  Basketball 538,676
 Baseball 477,430  Baseball 474,791
 Soccer 377,999  Soccer 410,982
 Wrestling 257,246  Wrestling 270,163
 Cross Country 216,085  Cross Country 249,200
 Golf 159,747  Tennis 157,247
 Tennis 156,944  Golf 152,584
 Swimming & Diving 106,738  Swimming & Diving 138,177
Female   Female  
 Basketball 456,967  Track & Field (outdoor) 472,939
 Track & Field (outdoor) 444,181  Basketball 433,120
 Volleyball 405,832  Volleyball 420,208
 Softball (fast pitch) 373,448  Soccer 371,532
 Soccer 337,632  Softball (fast pitch) 362,488
 Cross Country 183,376  Cross Country 214,369
 Tennis 176,696  Tennis 181,116
 Swimming & Diving 143,639  Swimming & Diving 163,992
 Competitive Spirit Squads 95,177  Competitive Spirit Squads 116,508
 Golf 66,283  Lacrosse 77,258
Source: 2006-2007 High School Participation Survey; 2012-2013 High School Athletics Participation Survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

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