Soccer season is here: the must have apps to enjoy the beautiful game


I can’t even begin to describe how much I love soccer. I have spent nearly every weekend evening for the past decade, if not more, in front of the TV watching the English Premier League matches. In fact, the summer is my least favorite time of the year, and I am so excited for the matches to begin.

Understandably, there are far too many games to keep track of yourself. What do I use? Read on.

Google Now sportsGoogle Now

Kind of obvious, but I like it for a couple of reasons. One: the widget. I often forget when my favorite team (Manchester United, for those who care) are playing. Google Now starts showing the match card one day in advance, with my local time for the game visible. While it also shares score updates, they aren’t good enough for fans.

One really important, and probably overlooked, feature is the combination of the News Update and Research Topics card. Whenever any big news comes through, it’s right there for me to see. That’s also where I learnt of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, having earlier searched about him when the rumors started circulating.


The oldest and most well known of the live score apps available, ScoreMobile really needs some attention from its developers. I still like their homescreen widget, though, and is probably worth the download just for that.


Some claim that the app provides the fastest notifications. Despite a few head-to-head tests with Live Score Addicts (more about it below), I’m yet to see a noticeable difference, and the UI is pretty bad, too. What FotMob has going for it is their widget: it’s clean, and allows you to keep track of a large number of games. Die-hard fans are going to want this, particularly once the crazy Christmas phase kicks off.

Screenshot_2013-08-12-01-39-44Live Score Addicts

This is one of my “must-have apps”. The notifications are extremely quick, and can be personalized to your needs quite well. For example, while I like to keep track of all notifications for Manchester United, I also track goals and final scores from games involving rival clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City. The additional details, such as line-ups, formations, match events and, my personal favorite, live statistics, means I often use the app even when I’m watching the matches.

If I’m right, the Live Score team went without any revenue source the entirety of last season. This year, they’ve added live betting odds from, which makes a lot of sense for them and also adds to the experience of a large chunk of the soccer audience.

Are there any apps that you highly recommend? Let us know in the comments!

Raveesh Bhalla

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  1. Google Now ignores my club (Portsmouth) :(

    1. Because Portsmouth don’t have money… Google like AND want money… Simple as that

  2. Football… Just sayin’ ;)

    1. You’re right, Football season is here… preseason started this weekend. Hope the Panthers do better this year. Newton seems to be hot or cold…

      1. It’s spelt “Portsmouth” and “Nottingham”.

      2. If it’s only preseason then then it’s not the season is it? If your going to be cocky, at least get it right.

      3. American ball should never be called football, but handball.

        1. more like eggball if you ask me..:-)

          1. Stalker du meg? ;)

          2. what? I don’t understand ? Please speak English

          3. Seriøst, du har VIRKELIG lite å gjøre. For en idiot.

          4. Did you just call me an idiot? Why???

        2. Nah, we’ll stick with football. Soccer on the other hand should never be called football.

          1. You’re right because American ball is not played with the hand 98% of the time, while “soccer” is.

          2. Except it is so you will have to deal with it lol Handegg should never be called football though, because you play with neither foot nor an actuall ball; hence handegg :)

      4. Yeah, it’s much more logical to call a game where basically black obese dudes run around the park with ehh… a giant egg-ish thigy in their hands, no feet involved.. for FOOTBALL then to call a game where players actully kick a round ball with their feet for..well, football, the beautiful game. Only in America

  3. Football season started last weekend. Love from Scotland!

  4. GGMU, Raveesh! :)

  5. FourFourTwo’s ‘Stats Zone’ app is the only reason I use my iPod. Once that’s on Android it will undoubtedly be near the top.

    1. I wonder why they stil haven’t changed their name to FourTwoThreeOne…

  6. Google Now ignores the Mexican league :-(

  7. How did “The Football App” not make the list?

  8. For 99% of the world it’s FOOTBALL!!!! not soccer

    1. Actually, last time I checked the US of A was the third most populated nation in the world.

      And its Soccer to us.

      And lets admit it, our’s is the only opinion that matters :P

      1. Out of around 193 nations..Most of which call it football.

        Your argument is invalid.

        Go play your ‘world’ series with yourself lol

        1. I think he was making a joke but yes true. Could never understand why its called the world series. Though Canada, Mexico, Japan, Puetro Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and until the cold war Cuba do participate in the world series. Except that title winner is called World Baseball cup.

          edit Baseball world cup

        2. world series? that’s baseball genius. Over here in ‘Murica we watch the Superbowl. Its where real men play and not a bunch little man running around kicking a ball back and forth.
          “oh hey kick the soccer ball to me so I can kick it right back to you” Lame!

          1. Real men? They wear body armour.

      2. Nobody cares about USA, it’s fotball, not soccer, US is not the emperor of the world even dough you try your very best… Who are you to rename the name of the beautiful game, the unviresal game, with its universal language and also demand EVERYONE else in the world to adapt to you? Please go away. AND Please don’t bomb my house, when I go to sleep, because I said this ^^

      3. Ok, soccer… let’s forget that the “other” 6.5 billons called it football and that it’s the most popular game in the world.
        Even rugby (the base for american hand-egg-ball) is more popular worldwide and have a “real” world cup.

      4. This is why no one likes America.

    2. I agree, but since this is more of an American site he was trying not to make it confusing. Go Manchester united!

    3. All spectator sports are for lazy couch potatoes.

      Here’s an idea: How ’bout instead of watching other people enjoying a sport, you actually go outside and play one?

      Better yet, just read a book and discuss it with your family. Or learn to program and sell your own app. Or take a class. Or find a woman. Or do just about anything that doesn’t involve sitting on your ass and watching other people engage in fun activities.

      1. Who says we don’t?

  9. Live Score Addicts rocks. It keeps up with club and international level football

  10. Only football I care about is the American kind.

    1. Nevertheless i still don’t get y it’s called football as it is played to 99% with the hands ain’t it? Should have been called handball or whatever :D

      1. American hand egg.

  11. Check out 365scores. Amazing app with notifications and video highlights! missing a widget though

  12. Good article. Way more exciting than your average soccer match.

    1. MLS match, yes.

      1. Maybe watch it.

  13. its all about Chelsea FC!!!!!! F U C K Manchester United!!

    1. bandwagoner.

  14. For the shame..!! You didn’t even mention Sky Sports Football Score Centre…

    1. Doesn’t offer alerts, well didn’t last time I looked.

      1. “Tis not the point. It wasn’t even mentioned at all.

  15. What’s the best way for cord cutters like myself to watch soccer on the Internet? Any free or pay services that have a decent resolution stream? It seems like the only way to watch sports on this planet is to subscribe to a shitty cable or satellite service :'(

    1. aljazeera.TV. HD streams and every game ever weekend from across Europe. all for $135 per season


    3. vipbox is hit or miss (as far as resolution), but I’ve caught several of the pre-season matches there.

  16. Score Mobile FC…

  17. Have to agree, ‘The Football App’ is the best by far.

    The amount of detail it gives is unparalleled.

    1. Probably not in the list as it doesn’t provide push alerts for goals etc.

  18. the football app.

    the best app of scores.

    1. It’s not the best if it doesn’t provide push alerts for goals etc.

  19. ALL bend down to the best team in the world, Bayern Munchen !

  20. Fotmob for sure has leagues that I thought wouldn’t be there. Plus let’s me choose more teams than expected as well.

  21. Google now needs to add National teams. Especially with the World Cup coming up this year.

    1. I’m pretty certain they’d have it in time for the World Cup.

      1. Yea i think the outcry for it will get strong enough for the world cup that they will add it.

    2. Google Now needs to cover friendly matches for your team too.

  22. Who cares if Americans call it soccer, its still the same amazing sport

  23. Live Score Addicts seems to follow the same UI as the FotMob Pro version of the App, so I’m not sure why you say it is pretty bad. I quite like it.

    I’ve just setup Live Score Addicts and will try it in a head to head with FotMob Pro which is my present goals alert engine.

    Biggest concern with Live Score Addicts is the Alerts process, it seems to rely on the App polling the LSA cloud to find out who scored, whereas FotMob pro uses push alerts. As I have all the premiership teams in my favorites, requesting goal alerts via a polling method is likely to be a huge battery drain which will result in me uninstalling the app.

  24. No mention of ‘365Scores’ ?? Awesome app to keep tabs on soccer matches ..

  25. sofascore is the best!

  26. Glory, Glory Manchester United!!

  27. How about an article comparing universal sports apps that aim to cover as many sports as possible? I miss when Phandroid did app showdowns to help people figure out the best-in-class apps.

  28. “I can’t even begin to describe how much I love soccer.”

    If you really loved it, you’d call it by it’s proper name.

    1. He didn’t want to confuse North Americans. I think he was being nice. Also, even though I was raised on football, *United as well ;)* I still call it soccer in public because I don’t want to be “that” guy.

      Try talking to an average Canadian/American about football, then drop in “united” or “FC” and watch their brains melt trying to comprehend what happened. ^_^

  29. Check out the ESPN FC app for news and scores as well.

  30. First of all GGMANU. Google’s “interesting calendars” is another great way to keep track of the matches. I’ve got over 10 calendars set up that keep me up-to-date on not only when the matches happen, but it also keeps track of the score. There aren’t any notifications (which kind of sucks), but I have my calendar open in a tab all day anyway…. Glad to see footie getting some proper attention from a tech blog. Cheers, Raveesh. Thanks for tips, this coming from an American with limited access to DFB-Pokal, Champions League, and Premier League.

  31. Too bad that my latest team AS Monaco is not on Google Now. I’ll be sticking to ESPN Score center for now.

  32. 365score! It also gives you video highlight.

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