Lacrosse — a team game, originally played by North American Indians, in which the ball is thrown, caught, and carried with a long-handled stick with a piece of shallow netting at one end. Versions include Field Lacrosse, Box Lacrosse, Women’s Lacrosse, Sixes Lacrosse.
Lagori — from Southern India, this game involves a ball and a pile of flat stones. A member of one team throws a soft ball at a pile of stones to knock them over, then tries to restore the pile of stones while the opposing team throws the ball at them (also known as Lingocha).
Land Sailing — racing in three-wheeled vehicles moving across land powered by wind through the use of a sail. Also known as sand yachting or land yachting.
Land Speed Records — in various vehicle classes, competitors attempt to create the fastest time over a fixed distance. Two runs are required in opposite directions within one hour to set a new mark.
Land Windsurfing — similar to traditional Windsurfing though performed on land rather than water, using a four-wheeled deck to travel across the surface. Also known as “Terrasailing”, “street sailing”, “land sailing” and “dirt windsurfing”.
Lapta — a Russian traditional bat and ball game. The aim of the game is to hit a ball, served by a player of the opposite team, with a bat as far as possible, then run across the field, and if possible back again.
Laser Run — four legs of laser pistol shooting followed by an 800m run.
Laser Tag — a skirmish sport in which players attempt to score points by tagging targets, typically with a hand-held infrared-emitting targeting device.
Lawn Bowls — the objective is to roll biased balls so that they stop close to a smaller ball called a “jack” or “kitty”.
Lawn Mower Racing — motorsport where participants use race-modified lawn mowers.
Lead Climbing — climbers attempt to get highest on challenging route on a vertical wall within a pre-determined timeframe.
Legends Car Racing — a racing sport using identical spec vehicles, with bodyshells made of 5/8-scale replicas of American automobiles from the 1930s and 1940s and powered by a Yamaha motorcycle engine.
Lelo Burti — a Georgian folk sport, a full-contact ball game very similar to rugby.
Lethwei — an unarmed Burmese martial art similar to other kickboxing styles from the region.
Letterboxing— an outdoor sport that combines orienteering, art, and puzzle solving. Small weatherproof boxes are hidden in publicly accessible places (like parks) and clues are distributed to find the box. Similar to GeoCaching.
Log Rolling — two challengers attempt to stay on a floating log the longest.
Longboarding — a skateboarding sport in which athletes use a longboard to compete in downhill races.
Long Drive — golf competition in which players attempt to hit the ball the longest distance.
Long Jump — a track and field event where the participant attempts to jump the longest into a sand pit. See also the similar Triple Jump.
Long Track Motorcycle Speedway — a version of motorcycle speedway, but taking place on longer tracks at much higher speeds.
Longue Paume — an outdoor version of the racket sport, jeu de paume, played without a net.
Luge — a Winter Olympic sport in which competitors race down an ice track in a small one- or two-person sled lying supine (face up) and feet-first.
Lumberjack — competitions involving many different events, including log rolling, chopping, timed hot (power) saw and bucksaw cutting, and pole climbing.
Mallakhamba — a traditional Indian sport, where athletes perform various types of gymnastics moves and hold various poses on a vertical wooden pole or a rope.
Marathon — a distance running athletics event over 42.2 km.
Marching Band — a large team of participants play musical instruments as they perform various routines while moving around on a huge outdoor field.
Mas Wrestling — participants sit and face each other with their feet braced against a board and each with both hands on a stick. The aim is to pull the other player over to your side.
Matkot — a beach paddle sport from Israel that is very similar to beach tennis. Also called Frescobol.
Metallic Silhouette Shooting — players compete to test their skills by shooting at silhouette metal targets.
Metro Footy — a modified version of Australian football played on a rectangular field, predominantly in the USA.
Middle Distance — a set of track and field running events over distances such as 800m, 1500m, not a sprint and not an endurance race.
Military Pentathlon — a competition involving a shooting phase, obstacle run, obstacle swimming, grenade throwing, and cross-country running.
Mind Sports — a family of sports in which the objective is to test mental strength rather than physical strength. Some may be considered actual sports such as speed cubing, while others not (memory, chess).
Minigolf or Miniature Golf — a game utilizing only the putting aspect of Golf, played on short holes on artificial putting surfaces often with obstacles. Officially called minigolf, but also can be called by the name miniature golf, mini-golf, midget golf, goofy golf, shorties, extreme golf, put-put, crazy golf, adventure golf, mini-putt and many others.
Mini Rugby — a modified version for Rugby Union, to make the sport suitable to be introduced to children.
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) — a full-contact individual combat sport that includes aspects of several other combat sports and martial arts.
Modern Pentathlon — an Olympic sport that comprises five events: fencing, 200m freestyle swimming, show jumping, and a combined event of pistol shooting and 3200m cross country run.
Mogul Skiing — snow skiers compete on a specially designed downhill course, in which the primary focus is on the technique used for turns, aerial maneuvers, and speed.
Mölkky — players use a wooden pin (also called “mölkky”) to try to knock over wooden pins.
Mongolian Wrestling — a folk wrestling style from the Mongolian region, in which the aim is to get your opponent to touch his upper body, knee or elbow to the ground.
Moscow Broomball — a variation of Broomball, an ice hockey type sport, played in Moscow and only by non-Russians.
Motoball — similar to football, except all players (except goalkeepers) are riding motorcycles, and the ball is much bigger (also called Motorcycle Polo).
Motocross — a form of motorcycle racing held on enclosed off-road circuits which include embankments and jumps. See also Freestyle Motocross.
Motorcycling Road Racing — a motorcycle sport involving racing motorcycles as teams or individuals around a circular track. At the elite level it is in the form of MotoGP racing. Also known as Moto racing and Bike racing.
Motorcycle Gymkhana — a motorcycle time trial sport around cones on a paved area. The winner is the competitor who completes the course in the shortest time. Time penalties are incurred by putting a foot down, hitting a cone, or going outside the designated area. It is similar to car Autocross.
Motorcycle Sidecar Racing — rider and a passenger compete in custom-built vehicles.
Motorcycle Speedway — a Motorsport in which the motorcycles have one gear and no brakes, and race around a circular track. Also commonly known by just Speedway. Variations include Ice Speedway.
Motorcycle Trials — a test of skill on a motorcycle whereby the rider attempts to cover rocky terrain without placing a foot on the ground. The winner is the rider with the least penalty points. Known in the USA as “Observed Trials”.
Motorsports — includes a wide range of sports, each linked with its use of a motor to propel a driver, and all have an element of thrill and danger for the driver and spectator.
Mountain Biking — held on steep and rough terrain, involving jumps, rock gardens, and other obstacles.
Mountain Unicycling — an adventure sport that consists of traversing rough terrain on a unicycle.
Mountainboarding — an action board sport like a snowboard with wheels or a cross-country skateboard. It is also known as Dirtboarding, Offroad Boarding, and All-Terrain Boarding (ATB).
Mountaineering — the sport of mountain climbing.
Mounted Orienteering — participants navigate from start to end through control points, usually on horseback.
Muay Thai — a full-contact fighting sport in which fighters try to defeat their opponents by using different techniques that make use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins.
Mud Bogging — an off-road motorsport that involves driving a vehicle through a muddy course.
Muggle Quidditch — the playable version of the sport of Quidditch invented for the Harry Potter books.
Naginatajutsu — a Japanese martial art of wielding the naginata, a weapon resembling the medieval European glaive.
Naval Pentathlon — comprises an obstacle race, life-saving swimming race, utility swimming race, seamanship race, and an amphibious cross-country race.
Netball — a team game with seven