Sports are big business globally, and just like that competitive world, your sports website needs to be ready to play in the big leagues, and stand out from the competition. Whether for a sports team, association, club, or even a sports news site, you want your website to represent you well.
There are thousands of themes available for download, but there are benefits and drawbacks to having so much choice. Naturally, there are many WordPress themes that make it easy to create and manage a sports website, but you may not find them among the vast options available.
Fortunately, we’ve done the hard work for you, and this article will look at 15+ of the the best sports WordPress themes available to make your sports website run circles around the competition.
As we said, there are many themes available for you to choose from, but we’ve had to keep the list manageable. These are some of the best themes we found for sports websites, in our opinion.
1. Uplands Golf
If you are looking to create a website for your golf course, driving range, tennis courts, country club, pro lessons, or really any other sports repeated site Uplands is an excellent choice. Loaded with premium features such as an intuitive drag and drop page builder, customizable page block, powerful appointment booking, live customizer styling options, WooCommerce compatibility, responsive sliders and more it’s easy to see why Uplands is a perfect fit for just about any website. Just look at the incredible sample demos to see what you can create with this golf WordPress theme. This elegantly styled and professional theme is also localized and translation ready – so you can easily create translated pages with the plugin of your choice.
To create a website for a specific team, take a look at Sporty. This responsive theme includes built-in fixtures and results for keeping your fans updated, as well as the DV Team plugin and TablePress, making it simple to showcase team members, league and cup information, and more. The theme is also e-commerce and multi-language ready, for selling merchandise and reaching your non-native speaking fans, respectively.
Club Sports is another solid option for a sports club website. It has built-in functionality for fixtures, results, player and team management, and points tables, making it a complete solution for managing your sports club data. This responsive theme is compatible with both WooCommerce and WPML, for further interaction with your fans.
Sportsline is a responsive sports news website theme, originally built to coincide with the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It can be used for sports other than soccer, and includes built-in functionality for match fixtures and results, as well as custom widgets for elements such as your recent results. This powerful theme is both WooCommerce compatible and translation-ready.
Soccer Club is another sport team theme from the makers of Club Sports, with the same functionality for managing fixtures, results, players, teams, and points tables. Again, the theme is both WooCommerce and WPML compatible, but Soccer Club includes an advanced page builder to really make your site shine.
6. Real Soccer
Up next is Real Soccer, which as the name suggests, is designed for soccer clubs. It clearly serves its intended use well, given its Envato prize as a micro niche theme. The theme includes built-in functionality to manage match fixtures and results, player lists and profiles, league tables, and match reports. Real Soccer is a powerful and customizable theme that will make your club look world class.
7. MH SportsMagazine
The first free theme on our list is the magazine-style sports WordPress theme MH SportsMagazine. Originally designed for sports fans and bloggers, it will serve you well if your budget is limited. With plenty of magazine-specific features (like flexible layout options, additional widget areas, custom widgets, color scheme, typography, etc.), it will give you a solid customizable look if you’re just starting out.
This next theme is also free, but is designed specifically to work with the SportsPress plugin. Rookie is a clean and responsive starter theme that, combined with the free version of SportsPress, will provide you with easy club and league management, including teams, players and staff, events, schedules, statistics, and standings. If you’re on a budget, this full-featured combo is a great start.
Osage is a multipurpose magazine theme, but does include some sports-specific features (such as a custom-built scoreboard) that make it a theme you could consider for your sports team or league. The theme is responsive, and comes with multiple ad units, including wallpaper ads for your major sponsors. If you plan to work on building your fan base, Osage is also WooCommerce and bbPress ready.
10. SportsMag (Free)
SportsMag is another free theme you should check out. It’s actually a child theme of AccessPress Mag, a free magazine theme. SportsMag offers a bold, cutting-edge design which is perfect for a sports news or magazine site, and includes multiple page layouts, ad units, and video lists. The theme doesn’t include any sports-specific features, but is still great for a sports content site.
From the makers of Osage comes another sports theme we like. Gameday is a sports and news media theme with a heavy focus on slideshows, video, and audio posts. Like Osage, it also features a custom-built scoreboard. The drag-and-drop homepage means you can customize the layout to suit your content.
The KickOff theme is, as you might have guessed, designed for soccer clubs, teams, and leagues. With full-featured player, team, and fixture management, along with points tables, this theme is a good option for teams wanting to manage their events on their website. KickOff also enables you to fully customize the look and feel of your site.
AllStar is a simple and flexible theme designed for use by clubs, teams, and individual athletes. The built-in page builder and wide range of customizable options means you can create a unique looking site to represent your side. This theme includes several plugins and custom widgets to showcase all types of information about your team.
14. FC Champion
Champion is a great looking theme created especially for sport clubs, football clubs, soccer news, and sport organizations. It includes built-in team and fixtures managers, but is also designed to work smoothly with the SportsPress plugin for more full-featured sports management functionality. It also includes the popular WP Bakery Visual page builder plugin to customize page layouts further.
15. Goal Klub
Designed to work for various sports clubs and societies, this themes is full of awesome premium features. Goal Club provides customizable team and player management, match fixtures, results, and league points tables. The advanced page builder makes it easy to create your desired layout via a drag-and-drop interface, and the theme is both WooCommerce and translation ready.
16. Catch Wheels (Free)
The last theme on our list of best sports WordPress themes is Catch Wheels – a free theme intended for motosports bloggers and vloggers. This theme includes a responsive design, layout options, custom post types for portfolio and services. The extra wide layout and dark color scheme is eye-catching,. Plus added gallery support makes it easy to share your event photos.
The Alchemists is a super complete sports team club, league and magazine wordpress theme! This theme was designed to have everything you need to build your dream sports site. Among others, you’ll find features like different news post styles, super detailed match reviews (big and small versions), featured player widget, player stats, team and player overviews, statistics, team leaders, standings, infographics, latest results, merchandise store, and many, many more!
Get started easily with our one click demo installation, get it up and ready with just a click! Import all elements, widgets, pages, icons and more to make it easier to start your own website. The theme also includes the Visual Composer plugin for FREE so you can add, replace or customize elements in seconds. You’ll also get unlimited colors, custom SVG icons for each sport version, plus thousands of options from Simple Line Icons and FontAwesome. Alchemists also comes integrated with Google Fonts, so you can choose from 700+ fonts to create your unique design. Having in mind all the different devices and resolutions that are used in this days, the theme is fully optimized for high resolution (retina) devices and fully responsive.
To provide you with the best elements for each sport, the developers designed specific widgets, features, icons and styles for each sport to fulfill your specific needs, for example, a team leaders widget with points, assists, steals and rebounds for the basketball version, and a top goalscorer chart for the soccer one. The developers are always working to update the theme to bring you the best elements and features, so be sure to check out the versions log of the description page so you can see what versions are already released, and what versions are coming next!
Alchemists was built with the Sportspress plugin, so that you can transform your site into a super customizable team, club or league website. With this you’ll be able to easily manage your site with tons of sports functionality options like fixtures, players ranking, automated standings, player profiles, events calendar, game overviews, club profiles, venue information and maps, sport presets and many more!
The Alchemists has a flexible layout, designed with three main columns in mind so that the elements can be easily rearranged. Most of the elements and widgets, like the standings, news posts, last match results or info boxes are blocks of 1/3, 2/3 or 3/3 of the grid, that way you can easily replace one block of information for the another without worrying about breaking the design layout.
18. Sports Club
Sports Club is a premium WordPress theme for sports teams, associations & clubs, sporting news, fantasy leagues and other similar websites. This theme would be great for setting up a website before the Super Bowl, Olympics, World Cup, Wimbledon, the Masters or for simply sharing your enthusiasm for the sport you love.
Can’t wait for the next big sporting event? Or are you a diehard fan of a team/individual? Or do you just love the camaraderie of fantasy leagues? Whatever your sporting interest, Sports Club is a great theme to bring your passion to the web. And with easy options for colors, content building, layouts and more it’s a great option for anyone using WordPress.
This theme comes with special shortcodes specific to sports – like team profiles, statistics, events and more. And since the theme is fully integrated with the Events Calendar and WooCommerce you can share upcoming events and tournaments or sell sports gear (or event tickets) right from your own website! Other awesome features include translation files, custom shortcodes and widgets, premium sliders and more.
Concluding Our Picks for the Best Sports WordPress Themes
A sports website – whether for a league, team, or general sports news – needs to stand out to compete in the big leagues. With the myriad of themes available, however, it can be tough to find the right one.
In this article, we’ve attempted to help you out by sorting through thousands of themes available, to end up with a manageable number of the very best sports WordPress themes. From our list above, you should be able to find the perfect theme to create your sports website, so pick one and get started today!
Do any of these themes look suitable for your next website, and if not, what functionality would you like to see? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!