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8 insanely popular sports that are rarely played in the U.S.

By: Josh Lew on July 2, 2014, 10:35 a.m.
Sepak takraw

Photo: Norhendra Ruslan/Flickr

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Sepak takraw

This Southeast Asian sport has gained a following all over the world thanks to the acrobatic moves of its top players. The game, which has its roots on the Malay Peninsula, can best be described as foot-volleyball. Players primarily use their feet to move a small ball made of woven rattan over a net roughly 5 feet tall. 

Sepak takraw is played recreationally all over Southeast Asia and is a part of major athletic competitions such as the Commonwealth Games and SEA Games. In the U.S., it is played recreationally by members of Southeast Asian immigrant communities.