National sports

Football, skiing and ice hockey are Switzerland's favourite sports. The Swiss national sport of skiing attracts many enthusiasts to the slopes during the winter months. Swiss ice hockey is guaranteed to fill stadiums, attracting thousands of spectators. Football is one of the most played and most-watched sports, with thousands of matches taking place every weekend. 

Skiing down a mountain
Fun on the piste: enjoying one of Switzerland's national sports in the Bernese Oberland resort of Meiringen-Hasliberg. © / Christian Perret

Football is the number one sporting activity and spectator sport among Swiss people, both young and old. With some 300,000 members, the Swiss Football Association is the sports association with the largest membership.

Skiing is Switzerland's national sport. Imbued with alpine symbolism, skiing is an intrinsic part of the country's national identity. Switzerland is one of the most popular ski destinations in the world. About one third of Swiss residents say they ski regularly – making Switzerland the European country with the second-highest proportion of skiers.

Ice hockey is one of the most popular sports in Switzerland. Ice hockey matches are guaranteed to fill stadiums and keep fans at home glued to their screens. Attendance at National League matches is among the highest in Europe.


A player tackles another player for the ball.
FC Basel, Young Boys Bern and FC Zurich are some of the most successful Swiss clubs of recent decades. © FC Basel 1893


A skier at the finish of the Adelboden giant slalom is greeted by hundreds of spectators waving Swiss flags.
Every winter, one of the most popular ski races with the world's toughest giant slalom takes place on the 'Chuenisbärgli' in Adelboden. © Ski World Cup Adelboden

Ice hockey

The Swiss national ice hockey team confers during a match.
Ice hockey fills Swiss stadiums and attracts thousands of spectators. © SIHF / Jonathan Vallat