15 Best Sports Anime like Haikyuu!

Haikyuu! has been one of the best sports anime series that I watched, but with the season 4 part 2 last episode, ‘The Promised Land’ aired on 20 December 2020, there was nothing to watch so I googled ” Anime like Haikyuu ” as anyone would do and to make it easy for you guys.

We have compiled the list of the 15 best sports anime like Haikyuu you can watch to keep your heart pumping till the new episode of Haikyuu’s latest season drops.


1. Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club

Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club

  • MAL Score: 7.36
  • Seasons/ Episodes: Season 1,3 with 12 Episodes and second 2 with 13 Episodes

Haruka Nanase has a love for water and ardor for swimming. In standard faculty, he competed in and gained a relay race together along with his 3 pals Rin Matsuoka, Nagisa Hazuki, and Makoto Tachibana. After claiming victory in the tournament, the 4 pals went their separate ways.


Years later, they reunite as excessive faculty students; however, Rin could not care much less approximately returning to the manner matters used to be. Not simplest does he attend a distinctive faculty, however, the sole element crucial to him is proving that he’s a higher swimmer than Haruka.


After the sour reunion, Haruka, Nagisa, and Makoto determine to shape the Iwatobi High School Swim Club, however, they may want a fourth member in the event that they desire to participate in the approaching tournament.


Enter Rei Ryuugazaki, a former member of the music group whom Nagisa recruits. As the time to competitions attracts near, the 4 broaden a near bond whilst schooling intensely to pop out on pinnacle and settle matters among Haruka and Rin as soon as and for all.


Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club is available on Crunchyroll.


2. Kuroko’s Basketball

Kuroko no Basket Kuroko's Basketball

Kuroko no Basket

  • MAL Score: 8.11
  • Seasons/ Episodes: Seasons 1, 2, and 3 with 25 Episodes

Teikou Junior High School’s basketball team is crowned champion three years in a row thanks to five outstanding players who, with their breathtaking and unique skills, leave opponents in despair and fans in admiration. However, after graduating, these teammates, known as “The Generation of Miracles”, go their separate ways and now consider each other as rivals.

At Seirin High School, two newly recruited freshmen prove that they are not ordinary basketball players: Taiga Kagami, a promising player returning from the US, and Tetsuya Kuroko, a seemingly ordinary student whose lack of presence allows him to move around unnoticed. Although Kuroko is neither athletic nor able to score any points, he was a member of Teikou’s basketball team, where he played as the “Phantom Sixth Man,” who easily passed the ball and assisted his teammates.

Kuroko no Basket follows the journey of Seirin’s players as they attempt to become the best Japanese high school team by winning the Interhigh Championship. To reach their goal, they have to cross pathways with several powerful teams, some of which have one of the five players with godlike abilities, whom Kuroko and Taiga make a pact to defeat.


Kuroko no Basket ( Kuroko’s Basketball ) is available on Crunchyroll, Netflix.


3. Cheer Boys!!

Cheer danshi cheer Boys

Cheer Danshi

  • MAL Score: 6.69
  • Seasons/ Episodes: Season 1 with 12 Episodes

After suffering from a shoulder injury, shy first-year university student Haruki Bandou gladly takes the opportunity to give up judo, failing to find happiness in the sport regardless of his family owning a dojo. He did not expect, however, that his best friend Kazuma Hashimoto would also decide to leave their university’s judo club at the same time as him.

Despite Haruki’s protests, Kazuma already has plans for a new and revolutionary activity: a cheerleading team made up of only men. Although heavily reluctant, Haruki ends up helping his friend set up the team. Through sheer determination, and with support from their newfound club members, Haruki and Kazuma persist in founding the Breakers, the first-ever all-male cheerleading team of Meishiin University, slowly making history in spite of the feminine tag attached to the sport of cheerleading and the prejudices, physical challenges, and self-doubts that inevitably follow.


Cheer Danshi! ( Cheer Boys! ) is available on Crunchyroll.


4. Chihayafuru


  • MAL Score: 8.22
  • Seasons/ Episodes: Season 1 with 25 Ep, Season 2 with 26 Ep, and Season 3 with 24 Episodes

Chihaya Ayase, a strong-willed and tomboyish girl, grows up under the shadow of her older sister. With no dreams of her own, she is contented with her share in life till she meets Arata Wataya. The quiet transfer student in her elementary class introduces her to competitive karuta, a physically and mentally demanding card game inspired by the classic Japanese anthology of Hundred Poets. Captivated by Arata’s passion for the game and inspired by the possibility of becoming the best in Japan, Chihaya quickly falls in love with the world of karuta. Along with the prodigy Arata and her haughty but hard-working friend Taichi Mashima, she joins the local Shiranami Society. The trio spends their idyllic childhood days playing together until circumstances split them up.

Now in high school, Chihaya has grown into a karuta freak. She aims to establish the Municipal Mizusawa High Competitive Karuta Club, setting her sights on the national championship at Omi Jingu. Reunited with the now indifferent Taichi, Chihaya’s dream of establishing a karuta team is only one step away from becoming true: she must bring together members with a passion for the game that matches her own.


Chihayafuru is available on Crunchyroll.


5. Baby Steps

baby steps anime

  • MAL Score: 7.83
  • Seasons/ Episodes: Season 1 and 2 with 25 Episode Each

Diligent and methodical honor student Eiichirou Maruo decides to exercise more during the little free time he has available because he is worried about his health. For this reason, after seeing a flyer, he joins the Southern Tennis Club at the beginning of his freshman year.

During his free trial at the club, he meets Natsu Takasaki, another first-year student, who is determined on becoming a professional tennis player due to her love for the sport. In contrast, Eiichirou’s study-oriented life exists because he believes that it is what he has to do, not because he enjoys it. However, his monotonous days come to an end as the more he plays tennis, the more he becomes fascinated by it.

Baby Steps is the story of a boy who makes the most of his hard-working and perfectionist nature to develop his own unique playing style. Little by little, Eiichirou’s skills begin to improve, and he hopes to stand on equal footing with tennis’ best players.


Baby Steps is available on Crunchyroll.


6. Yuri On Ice

Yuri!!! On Ice Sports Anime

  • MAL Score: 7.91
  • Seasons/ Episodes: Season 1 with 12 Episodes

Reeling from his crushing defeat at the Grand Prix Finale, Yuuri Katsuki, once Japan’s most promising figure skater, returns to his family home to assess his options for the future. At age 23, Yuuri’s window for success in skating is closing rapidly, and his love of pork cutlets and aptitude for gaining weight are not helping either.

However, Yuuri finds himself in the spotlight when a video of him performing a routine previously executed by the five-time world champion, Victor Nikiforov, suddenly goes viral. In fact, Victor himself abruptly appears at Yuuri’s house and offers to be his mentor. As one of his biggest fans, Yuuri eagerly accepts, kicking off his journey to make it back onto the world stage. But the competition is fierce, as the rising star from Russia, Yuri Plisetsky, is relentlessly determined to defeat Yuuri and win back Victor’s tutelage.


Yuri On Ice is available on Crunchyroll.


7. Yowamushi Pedal

Yowamushi Pedal Sports Anime

  • MAL Score: 7.97
  • Seasons/ Episodes: Season 1 with 38 Ep, Season 2 with 24 Episode, Season 3 and 4 with 25 Episode each

Sakamichi Onoda is a cheerful otaku looking to join his new school’s anime club, eager to finally make some friends. Unfortunately, the club has been disbanded and he takes it upon himself to revive it by finding students who are willing to join. Without much luck, Onoda decides to make a round trip to Akihabara on his old, bulky city bicycle, a weekly 90-kilometer ride he has been completing since fourth grade.

This is when he meets fellow first-year student, Shunsuke Imaizumi, a determined cyclist who is using the school’s steep incline for practice. Surprised by Onoda’s ability to climb the hill with his specific type of bicycle, Imaizumi challenges him to a race, with the proposition of joining the anime club should Onoda win. And thus begins the young boy’s first foray into the world of high school bicycle racing!


Yowamushi Pedal is available on Crunchyroll.


8. Ace of Diamond

Ace of Diamond Sports Anime

Diamond no Ace

  • MAL Score: 8.11
  • Seasons/ Episodes: Season 1 with 75 Episode, Season 2 and 3 with 51 and 52 Episode respectively

With a stray pitch that completely missed the batter, Eijun Sawamura loses his final middle school baseball game. Frustrated by this defeat, Eijun and his teammates vow to reach the national tournament once they are in high school. But everything changes when a scout unexpectedly invites him to Tokyo’s prestigious Seidou High School after seeing the potential in his unusual pitching style. Encouraged by his teammates, Eijun accepts the offer, ready to improve his skills and play at a much more competitive level of baseball.

However, now surrounded by a large number of skilled players, Eijun struggles to find his place on the team. He declares that he will one day become the team’s ace, but that’s only if fellow first-year Satoru Furuya doesn’t take the title first, with his breakneck fastballs that earn him a coveted spot on the starting roster. With the addition of these talented new players to an already powerful lineup, the Seidou baseball team aims to become the best in Japan, facing off against a number of formidable foes that stand in their way.


Ace Of Diamond ( Diamond no Ace) is available on Crunchyroll.


9. Run With The Wind 

Run With The Wind ( Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru)

Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru

  • MAL Score: 8.42
  • Seasons/ Episodes: Season 1 with 23 Episodes

Former ace runner of Sendai Josei High School, Kakeru Kurahara is chased away from a convenience store for shoplifting. Shaking off his pursuer, he runs into Haiji Kiyose, another student from his university. Haiji is impressed by Kakeru’s agility and persuades him to live in Chikusei-sou, the run-down apartment where Haiji resides along with eight other students. Having lost his entire apartment deposit at a mahjong parlor, Kakeru accepts the offer reluctantly.

However, Haiji reveals a secret during Kakeru’s welcoming party: the apartment is actually the dormitory of the Kansei University Track Club. He unveils his ultimate goal of participating in the Hakone Ekiden—one of the most prominent university marathon relay races in Japan. Unfortunately, all the residents apart from Haiji and Kakeru are complete running novices. Worse still, none of the inhabitants are even remotely interested in being involved with Haiji’s ridiculous plan! With only months before the deadline, will the fourth-year student be able to convince them otherwise and realize his elusive dream of running in the Hakone Ekiden?


Run With The Wind ( Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru) is available on Crunchyroll.


10. Backflip!!

Backflip!! Bakuten!! Sports Anime


  • MAL Score: 7.61
  • Seasons/ Episodes: Season 1 with 12 Episodes

Shoutarou Futaba has always loved sports, but he never became more than a benchwarmer on his middle school baseball team. After noticing a group of gymnasts practicing in the park, he decides to watch a rhythmic gymnastics tournament on a whim. Although displaying an exhilarating performance at the competition, the Shoushukan High School’s Rhythmic Gymnastics Club places second-to-last due to penalties acquired from not fielding a full six-man roster.

The demonstration of skill captivates Shoutarou, and he decides to enroll at Shoushukan in hopes of joining the team despite having no background in the sport. The club recruits him alongside Ryouya Misato, a prodigal gymnast who was the runner-up in a junior tournament.

Now with a full six-man roster, the team sets out to compete in the upcoming Inter-High tournament. As he strives to accomplish this ambitious endeavor, Shoutarou must learn and master the basics of rhythmic gymnastics all while working in tandem with his new teammates if Shoushukan wants to stand a chance at claiming the title.


Backflip!! ( Bakuten!! ) is available on Crunchyroll.


11. Big Windup!

Big Windup! ( Ookiku Furikabutte ) Sports Anime

Ookiku Furikabutte

  • MAL Score: 7.93
  • Seasons/ Episodes: Season 1 with 25 Episodes and Season 2 with 13 Episodes

Ren Mihashi was the ace of his middle school’s baseball team, but due to his poor pitching, they could never win. Constant losses eventually lead to his teammates bullying him and reaching the point where his teammates no longer tried to win, causing Mihashi to graduate with little self-esteem. As a result, Mihashi decides to go to a high school in a different prefecture where he has no intention of playing baseball. Unfortunately, upon his arrival at Nishiura High, he is dragged into joining their new team as the starting pitcher.

Although unwilling at first, Mihashi realizes that this is a place where he will be accepted for who he is; with help from the catcher Takaya Abe, he starts to have more confidence in his own abilities. Abe, seeing the potential in Mihashi, makes it a goal to help him become a pitcher worthy of being called an ace.


Big Windup! ( Ookiku Furikabutte ) is available on Crunchyroll.


12. Ahiru no Sora

Ahiru no Sora Sports Anime

  • MAL Score: 7.31
  • Seasons/ Episodes: Season 1 With 50 Episodes

Sora kurumatani is a high school student, despite being short in height he has an unwavering drive to play basketball, and in order to fulfill his mom’s desires, kurumatani enters Kuzuryuu High School to turn into an individual from the boy’s basketball club and contend sincerely in competitions.

Nonetheless, Kurumatani was frustrated to discover that the boy’s basketball group is only a retreat for troublemakers who have no interest in the game. but he is determined to revive the basketball team, So Kurumatani challenges the boy’s basketball group to a match against him, where his skills overwhelm the group.

The boys are gradually affected by Kurumatani’s skills and his devotion to basketball, the boys unexpectedly find their spirit rekindling the lost motivation to play.


Ahiru no Sora is available on Crunchyroll.


13. Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk Sports Anime

  • MAL Score: 8.53
  • Episodes: 101 Episodes

Hanamichi Sakuragi, infamous for his temper, massive height, and fire-red hair, enrolls in Shohoku High, hoping to finally get a girlfriend and break his record of being rejected 50 consecutive times in middle school. His notoriety precedes him, however, leading to him being avoided by most students. Soon, after certain events, Hanamichi is left with two unwavering thoughts: “I hate basketball,” and “I desperately need a girlfriend.”

One day, a girl named Haruko Akagi approaches him without any knowledge of his troublemaking ways and asks him if he likes basketball. Hanamichi immediately falls head over heels in love with her, blurting out a fervent affirmative. She then leads him to the gymnasium, where she asks him if he can do a slam dunk. In an attempt to impress Haruko, he makes the leap, but overshoots, instead of slamming his head straight into the blackboard. When Haruko informs the basketball team’s captain of Hanamichi’s near-inhuman physical capabilities, he slowly finds himself drawn into the camaraderie and competition of the sport he had previously held resentment for.


Slam Dunk is available on Crunchyroll.


14. All Out!

All Out! Sports Anime

  • MAL Score: 7.07
  • Seasons/ Episodes: Season 1 with 25 Episodes

Rugby is a sport where anybody can be a star when they hold the ball. The rules are simple: one player has to carry the ball past the goalposts across the field while avoiding the other team, who are allowed to use all their force to knock the enemy down. However, the player can pass to a teammate behind them or kick the ball before they are tackled. Unlike other sports, the game continues even when the person holding the ball is taken down.

Kenji Gion is a short but feisty high school freshman at Kanagawa High School. Right after the school’s opening ceremony, he meets the tall and timid Sumiaki Iwashimizu, and the two of them get an invitation to observe the rugby club.

When Gion watches the match, he realizes that even though big and tall guys have an advantage, there are positions for people of all shapes and sizes. Immediately convinced that he has found a sport he can excel at despite his short stature, he signs up, though Iwashimizu declines. Gion is unable to accept Iwashimizu’s excuses and drags him back into the sport. Their training becomes intense as they aim to become the champions of Hanazono, the national high school rugby championships.


All Out!! is available on Crunchyroll.


15. Prince of Tennis 

The Prince of Tennis ( Tennis no Ouji-sama ) Sports Anime

Tennis no Ouji-Sama

  • MAL Score: 7.89
  • Seasons/ Episodes: Season 1 -7 with 178 Episodes

Ryouma Echizen is a Tennis Prodigy, who is aiming to become the top tennis player in the country, he enrolls in Seishun Academy, home to one of the best middle school tennis teams in japan.

At the request of his father, tennis prodigy Ryouma Echizen has returned from America and is ready to take the Japanese tennis scene by storm. Aiming to become the best tennis player in the country, he enrolls in Seishun Academy—home to one of the best middle school tennis teams in Japan.

After Ryouma catches the captain’s eye, he finds himself playing for a spot on the starting lineup in the intra-school ranking matches despite only being a freshman. Due to his age, the rest of the Seishun Boys’ Tennis Team are initially reluctant to accept him, but his skill and determination convince them to let him in.

Armed with their new “super rookie,” Seishun sets out to claim a spot in the National Tournament, hoping to take the coveted title for themselves. In order to do so, the team must qualify by playing through the Tokyo Prefectural and Kanto Regionals. Yet, the road ahead of them is shared by a plethora of strong schools, each playing tennis in unique ways for their own reasons. Ryouma and his teammates must learn to cooperate if they want to become the champions they aspire to be.


The Prince of Tennis ( Tennis no Ouji-Sama ) is available on Hulu.


Conclusion: 15 Best Sports Anime like Haikyuu!


These are the 15 Best Sports Animes like Haikyuu! which you can watch. My personal favorite is Ahiru no Sora, Kuroko’s Basketball, and Run with the wind. You can watch these sports anime on Crunchyroll, Netflix, or Hulu. If you can’t find any of these anime you ask for the links on our Anime Discord.


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