While soccer season is well underway, it’s not always possible to tune in to your favorite team. But if you own a smartphone, there’s nothing to stop you from getting score updates when you’ve been dragged away for a family gathering. You can follow near-live action mid-week while you’re at work, and even watch the live weekend games while you dine at a fancy restaurant (and refuse to meet your partner’s glare). There are several great apps for soccer fans on the iPhone or iPad and here is a roundup of what we consider the must-haves.
Sky Sports Live Football Score Centre
Since Sky Sports has the rights to cover the Premier League and a number of other European league and cup competitions, this app should definitely be on your device. This is especially true if you, like millions of others around UK, would prefer to spend your Saturdays before the TV but can’t because of other commitments. The Live Football Score Centre brings you Jeff Stelling and his gang right to your pocket. You can get minute-by-minute action, live commentary, fixtures, stats and more for every game from the EPL to the Serie A and the Evo-Stick games. The app is free to download via iTunes, is frequently updated and works on iPhone, iPad and the iPod touch. We also know that soccer has no borders – if you’re more comfortable getting your scores in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Simplified or Traditional Chinese, the app will make you feel right at home.
Complement the Live Score Centre with this fine app that brings you the best goals of the week soon after they happen. You will need to subscribe to the app, but it’s free and gives you access to the clips of gorgeous goals at critical moments of the games you missed and the games you want to relive. Watch highlights from every FA Cup, Barclays Premier League, Ranger or Scottish Premiership game on the go with this app. It also lets you set up notifications so that you’re always close to the action no matter where you are.
The next best thing to finding Manchester United tickets available for top matches is finding a pub showing live games to hang out in with a pint. MatchPint is the best-looking and easiest-to-use of the many apps that help you match games and pubs for the evening, regardless of which city you’re in the UK. Never miss the first-half of any game with the app that finds the current games on TV, locates the pubs showing these games, reviews the places for you and even guides you to them with Google Maps. The Guardian has called it a Godsend, and it is especially so when you get real rewards for using the app, like a 2 for 1 on a pint of Guinness.
There are other iPhone and iPad apps that deserve an honorable mention as well. These include the free FourFourTwo Stats Zone for in-depth analysis (and maybe weekend sports betting if you’re so inclined), Sky Go (for live games, but requires Sky subscription) and if you’re trying to develop your own team, Coach it Soccer. Download these smartphone apps today and never miss any soccer action, ever again.