Best Apps For Soccer Fans
Sometimes you just can’t get to a TV to watch the game. Sometimes, you don’t have time to take in the full soccer experience, and want to just flick through the highlights. Or you might be such a soccer nut that you absolutely need to be checking out what’s going on in your leagues wherever you are. Luckily, the rise of the internet means that the are are plenty of apps out there which can help you to do this – or help you to while away boring commutes with soccer based games! Here’s a run through of a few of the best.
NBC Sports Live Extra
Let’s face it, the best soccer leagues are in Europe, and English speakers will probably want to get their soccer fix through the hugely professional English Premier League. Doing so can, however, be tough if you live in the United States. NBC Sports Live Extra lets you watch every Premier League match – for free! Ok, so the games are shown live, meaning that you’re probably better off watching on a tablet than on a cell screen. Time differences may also be an issue. But the highlights are posted on Mondays, along with some of the interviews. All in all, it’s a great way to get the best league soccer for free on your mobile devices. Available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
Goal has been described as ‘the best soccer news app’, and it’s up against some pretty stiff competition. The app certainly does its level best to provide the most comprehensive and fully integrated soccer news available, across a number of leagues. If you’re having trouble finding out about something, chances are that the Goal app will be able to help you out.
Bleacher Report Team Stream
Bleacher Report Team Stream covers all major sports. If you like your apps pretty, this is probably the most aesthetically appealing app on our list. You can easily customize it to track your favorite sports and teams, after which it will give you all the info, news, scores, and alerts you could possibly wish for. It’s available on iOS and Android.
theScore brings a social dimension to your soccer obsession. Not only does it give you reports, scores and so on (with a pretty high degree of customization – you can get it to track individual players for you should you so wish), it also lets you chat with your friends about what’s going on in the sports world. That’s pretty important for those of us who like the social element of following a sport. The interface isn’t perhaps as intuitive as with some of the other apps on this list, but you get used to it pretty quickly.
World Soccer Talk
World Soccer Talk is another news and info app which provides a pretty comprehensive view of everything going on in (you guessed it) the world of soccer. It’s great for finding some more in-depth analysis of particular matches, events, and leagues, as well as predictions, podcasts, and a live score ticker. The interface is also clean and pretty easy to use.
This is the official app for Major League Soccer, and it has to be said, they’ve done a pretty good job. While you’ll have to proffer a subscription fee for live streamed matches or on-demand vids, it will give you scores, news etc for free. And they’re adding new features all the time. You can add filters to ensure that your app doesn’t get cluttered up with extraneous detail you don’t care about (something many other soccer apps could really do with!).
If you like a keep a full overview of the entire league you’re following, FotMob is the way forward. You can compare tables with ease, including statistics like top scorers and current standings, along with news and statistical breakdowns. Great if you want to know how the league as a whole is playing out rather than just to hone in on one particular team. Like many of these apps, it comes with ads, but a reasonably priced upgrade will banish them for good.
This one’s more a bit of fun than a serious soccer-following app. It’s a flick-kick game in which players must score against targets during a given timescale. It’s a nicely made game, with good graphics, realistic physics, and an all-round accomplished aesthetic. While it (probably) won’t improve your real-world soccer scoring abilities, it is pretty enjoyable!