With the new football season upon us, we deliver you a preview of the best apps for your smartphones and tablets. Having already covered the best android apps for the World Cup, we thought we’d take a shot at more general apps, for all platforms. Plenty of them are not tied to any one phone platform in particular, so get up, take your device and download your favourite.
ESPN FC Football
Official page: ESPNfc.com
One of the best apps out there is the ESPN FC Football app. It covers all the most popular football leagues around the world, features the news and videos from their own sources, and even has a live twitter feed which show news updates directly from official team pages (such as Manchester City, Juventus, Liverpool and PSG).
There is an option to set notifications for different events, but you need to sign up for an ESPN account first. After sign up, you’ll be able to create a list of your favourite teams and receive updates automatically without any additional effort.
The app doesn’t give as much options for personalization like other ones from this list, but all in all, it’s really simple and works really well.
Official page: SofaScore.com
SofaScore is another great app for keeping track on football scores. Not only because of the football coverage, which is probably the most extensive on the list, but the app also supports additional sports like tennis, basketball, rugby and so on (we counted 14). Football from Gibraltar, Luxembourg or Malta? Not a problem for SofaScore.
Similar to the ESPN FC app, you can set notifications for your favourites, either for the single match (My games), or every time your favorite team is playing (My teams). If you sign up for a SofaScore account, your favourites will be synced across multiple devices (and the web).
Match stats are comprehensive, tables are updated live, and bunch of information about the previous matches are available. SofaScore even supports video highlights from Youtube and Dailymotion, which come in really fast, usually in 5-10 minutes after the goal is scored. The only thing we miss in the app is the news section, but if you don’t care so much about that, SofaScore is one of the best choices around.
Official page: Onefootball.com
Onefootball (formerly known as The Football app) is another comprehensive app for football lovers. It’s a little different than previously mentioned apps, as it doesn’t support so many leagues. But where it lacks in coverage, it makes up with all the extra stuff which has been built in, and new leagues are being added all the time.
When you first install Onefootball, you’ll be prompted about your favourite Club and National team. When you open the team page, all the latest news and information from the club’s official twitter page and related media will come up.
Feed with minute by minute textual comments (live ticker as they call it) is one thing that sets this app above the others. Also, really entertaining fan chat is included, a place where you can share your opinion about the ongoing game.
Onefootball supports push notifications too, and for the Premier League matches they offer audio coverage (powered by TalkSport radio). If you don’t mind some league missing here or there, Onefootball is one app which is worth considering.
Official page: FootballAddicts.com
Formerly known as Live Score Addicts, Forza say their mission is to liberate football and make voices of the fans to be heard. Forza is a football app which delivers the scores from a great number of football leagues, but also wants you to share your opinion about your club, confidence in your team, manager and chairman through their interactive polls.
Matches in Forza are separated in several lists. One global, named All Matches, and several ones like My Competitions which can be completely customized to your likings. You are able to change the priorities of competitions and teams, you can filter live and non-live games, or sort the leagues by their name or World class.
Forza also supports different kinds of notifications. Match stats are laid out nicely and the user interface is quite easy to use. The only thing we miss are the club logos in match preview, but this is not a deal-breaker in an otherwise great app.
Official page: Fotmob.com
Fotmob was one of the first developed apps completely dedicated to football. The UI is pretty straightforward with 3 tabs displaying matches from yesterday, today and tomorrow. Pressing on the bell icon will give you option to receive notifications for the events, and pressing on the star will put it on top of the screen.
There are options to sort leagues by priority, to minimize and maximize list of the games to save up screen space, and to filter out all the leagues you don’t want to see. Coverage is good, and the app is sitting somewhere between SofaScore and Onefootball. An interesting feature for sure is the TV schedule with the channels which are broadcasting the games. For now, Sweden and USA are supported. Similar to ESPN and Onefootball, Fotmob’s app has it’s own dedicated news section.
Our only gripe is that there are no real push notifications with the free version since the app relies on pulling the information from server every few minutes. But despite that, Fotmob is another viable choice for every football fan.