is widely popular in Goa, particularly around Margao where
the main football stadium, Fatorda, is located. Football is
also played in local fields, during the non-monsoon, non-planting
season, particularly in central coastal Goa. Many of the country's
top NFL clubs such as the Vasco, Salgaocar, Dempo, Sporting
Clube de Goa, Fransa-Pax Football Club and Churchill Brothers
are based in Goa.
In recent decades, a growing influence of cricket is visible,
in large part fuelled by the massive coverage this sport gets
on national television, thus making an impact even in a part
of South Asia which hardly had any contact with the British
Empire. Goa now has its own cricket team.
Field Hockey is the third most popular sport.