College athletics or sports in the US primarily refer to those athletic competition and sports that are funded as well as organized by colleges or universities. The college sports have a double tired system in the United States. The first one is inclusive of all those games and sports that have been sanctioned by any of those bodies that govern college sport. The major covering bodies are NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA. The second one consists of those sports that are not governed or regulated by these umbrella organizations.
The first section is open for only selective participation. It is because only those athletes, who are elite in their game, are eligible for participation. The second section includes those sports club that are intramural as well as recreational. Such clubs are available towards a greater section of the various student bodies. These unidentified student bodies can organize various sport events. However, they do not represent the academic institutions or any of their facilities. Such events are normally referred to as college sports.
College Sports are extremely famous in the US, which is not the case with the rest of the world. The popularity of the college sports is equal at both the national and regional level. Any average university or college in the US generally encourages at least 20 different sports to be played. The wide option of intramural sports is also available with these educational institutions. An approximate count of 400,000 male and female student-athletes participates in these sanctioned athletics annually.