We present the 10 best iPhone and iPod touch apps for football fans.
Sky Sports Live Football Score Centre, Free
With minute-by-minute commentary of live matches, fixture lists, league tables and news headlines, this app is essential for football fans. Better use of swipe navigation and more integration of the accelerometer would improve it from a design point of view but most fans will be too deep in stats to notice.
Nike Football+ presents: Master Control, Free
If you spend more time playing football than watching it, Nike’s Master Control app should be on your phone. The app offers a four-week program of training drills, including tips from some of Barcelona’s star players.
Even if you’re not a fan of Real Madrid, this app is worth a look just to get a sense of what can be accomplished. You can watch official video clips, follow matches live and even buy tickets from within the app but most unusual are the 3D goal animations.
Fifa 10, £5.99
You no longer have to wait until you get home for a quick game of Fifa. The iPhone version is surprisingly fully-featured, with 570 teams and a range of modes, including Fifa’s player creator, “Be A Pro”. The controls can be fiddly but it gets easier with practice.
Soccer Manager, £2.99
If your arcade skills aren’t up to Fifa 10 standards, try playing from the sidelines with Soccer Manager. It’s more expensive than Eidos’s better-known Championship Manager, and lacks real player names, but it’s more highly-rated by gamers and likely to keep you playing for longer.
UEFA Europe League Football on Five, £3.99
Live football on your iPhone or iPod touch is a pretty compelling proposition for any fan. It’s only the Europa League but for £3.99 you can get live streaming matches — or highlights if there are no matches being played — direct to your handset.
English Soccer Chants, 59p
Missing the stadium atmosphere while watching from your sofa? This app has a range of football chants from every Premier League club. You can even email them to friends, either to taunt them or to raise their spirits. Particularly lazy fans could take it to the matches and let it do their cheering for them.
My Football, £1.19
Like many apps, My Football offers live results and scores but it’s worth a look for its vast database. Covering more than 40 leagues worldwide, this app has historical data going back, in some cases, for almost a century. Handy for settling arguments.
Kick Football News Lite, Free
This football news reader pulls in stories from a range of sources. It has a built-in web browser, which saves you time. This is the ‘Lite’ version but you can pay for the full version which allows you to filter stories by club.
In the, admittedly unlikely, event that you have to referee a football match and you’ve forgotten your cards and whistle but remembered your iPhone, this app will sort you out. It displays a red or yellow screen if you need to show a card and you can shake it to whistle. It won’t improve your eyesight, unfortunately.
Top 10 football iPhone apps13 10 2009
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