When it comes to global appeal, there’s one sport that captures the imagination of the masses more than any other and that’s football (or soccer, depending on where you live in the world).
Although it’s virtually impossible to estimate how many people around the world actually watch, play and enjoy the game, it’s safe to say that it’s a lot. In fact, according to FIFA, a jaw dropping 3.2 billion people tuned in to see the 2012 and 2014 World Cup finals and more than 2 billion people watched at least 20 minutes of action in both tournaments.
With so much interest in the game, it’s little wonder that mobile app developers have been fighting for a slice of the market with an array of clever and quirky mobile offerings. Of course, as with all things mobile, the industry’s app stores are crammed full of options and, unsurprisingly, some are better than others.
Football Apps All Fans Should Download
As ever, we’ve got our heads together and come up with a list of top options that should allow you to experience the best the football app market has to offer.
Sky Sports Live Scores
When you’re out of the house and can’t keep in touch with the Soccer Saturday boys, what’s the best way to get the latest scores? Download the app, of course. Packed with features, including a personalised score centre which allows you to track the progress of four teams in real time, this app is great for those who want the latest football results on the move. Not only that, but if want an insight into the latest fixtures, news updates and where to find a pub showing the action, this app is a must.
Stats Zone by FourFourTwo
Sky Sports’ live score centre is a great way to keep abreast of the latest results, but what if you want something a little more in-depth? Thanks to FourFourTwo magazine and the Opta database, you can now unlock a host of data relating to everything football. Broken down by games, teams and individuals, the app allows you to reviews stats including: shots on target, where the shots landed, passes completed, distance covered and the top rated players. Basically, if you want to know more about the game, this app is for you.
The bet365 App
Another way to keep in touch with the latest football news and place bets on all the action is to download the bet365 app. Within this app you’ll be able to get an overview of forthcoming fixtures from around the world, review the latest results and, of course, place a bet. Naturally, before you ante-up you’ll want to familiarise yourself with the latest football and betting news. Whether you’re looking for the latest La Liga betting news, interested in the Premier League’s top scores or hungry for the latest Champions League updates, bet365 has all the information you need inside its online platform. Accessible through your mobile, this information can then be used to place a bet using the company’s dedicated app.
Football Addict’s Forza Football
Once you’ve had enough of reviewing the stats and placing bets via your mobile, New Star Games’ New Star Soccer is on hand to offer you a break in the form of a quirky mobile game. Although the styling is a little bit retro, this managerial game allows you to pass, shoot and build up the life of a pro in order to become a footballing great. The touch and swipe control system makes it easy to play on the move and the combination of game play and football administration make it a great little game for football fans of all persuasions.