It’s the football world cup season again! That precious time, once in 4 years when 32 teams from around the world collide for that one trophy and compete for the title of the World Champions. The stadium jam-packed, the crowd, a cacophony of colors and the players with the dream of picking up the gold. The epitome of success, they thrive to be the best and that one eye for the prize makes the FIFA World Cup, the Mecca of footballers.
But being passionate about football is one thing and to follow it with passion is another, especially in this fast-paced workaholic life. And so here are the best apps to catch up with all the updates from the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, right on your iPhone or iPad.
1. 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
The official FIFA World Cup app wants to be your one-stop shop for all the FIFA updates. It will provide you with information about the teams, the winners, scores and everything to in between to keep you in the loop. You start off by picking your favorite team and the app will send you real-time notification about the relevant games and scores.
If you can’t stream the game live, FIFA World Cup app is the next best thing. The app has live coverage section where more than 32 reports bring you minute-by-minute reports of everything that’s happening. That stretches from score updates to championship analysis.
Download: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Onefootball the unofficial app for following soccer around the world. And it’s the community’s favorite app. With a design similar to FIFA’s official app, it allows you to follow passionately about the football matches, statistics, team updates and more so you never miss out on anything no matter where you are.
The best thing about Onefootball is the in-depth evaluation of the past matches offered in a clean and simplified interface.
It has a special feature or a FanZone where all football fanatics can comment and review amongst each other about their own teams and matches. It will give you that feeling of watching the match with your pals, down at the neighborhood pub, even when you’re at work.
If you want to keep things simple, go with LiveScore. The app does one thing but it does it really well. It nails the entire experience of experiencing the game live from your iPhone or iPad.
The app has a cool dark interface where you can follow a game live, get real-time alerts, see the schedule of upcoming games with the same team and a lot more.
The app’s real-time notification system is also quite exhaustive. You’ll get notifications about your favorite team and also updates from specific players that you follow!
There is also a live commentary feed on the matches. Also, there it gives a rating on each player’s performance in the match.
Eurosport is an all in one sports tracking app, especially the ones popular in Europe. The app brings together live updates, schedules, rich notifications and news updates in one convenient interface. And if you’re a fan of reading, Eurosport is one of the few apps that brings you video updates as well!
This allows you to choose your favorite team and set your date for the match. It is a diverse app which gives you both the pre-match and post-match reaction of the world cup matches taking place.
The ESPN app is the big daddy of all sports apps on iPhone and iPad. You’ll get the same consistent ESPN experience no matter which sport you’re following.
While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of something like OneFootball, it does give you the basics. Live scores, schedules, favorite team picks, notifications and so on. The biggest reason to use ESPN to follow FIFA World Cup is the fact that you might already be using it to follow every other sports game on the planet.
6. Forza Football
The best thing about Forza Football is that it is lightweight and lightning fast. Some of the bigger apps (like ESPN) can sometimes take 2-3 minutes to update live scores. But with Forza, the updates are almost instant!
Forza’s clean and straightforward interface provides you with detailed and structured information about each player with their routine information like average height and weight and from where they belong originally. It also shows previous match scores between rival teams and provides information about the referees. This data might be overlooked by casual fans but is a must for enthusiasts following football devotedly.
Download: Forza Football
365Scores works best as a highlights reel for past matches you might have missed out on. This app, in particular, provides you with Video links to highlights and goals of the matches. It’s the easiest way to stay in the loop.
Along with basic information about the scores, rankings, and analysis of the matches, It also lets you chat with other football fans real-time.
8. Stats Zone
Stats Zone is a must-have app for this 2018 FIFA World Cup season as it uses OptaData to provide with statistics even of the future matches to be held in full length which not only keeps you ahead in the game but also ahead of time. It also gives you access to news articles from their main website.
Download: Stats Zone
How To Sync FIFA World Cup 2018 Schedule With Your Calendar
If you just want to stay updated with every game in the World Cup, you don’t need anything more than the Calendar app on your iPhone. Using a third party calendar, you can add the event times of all the World Cup games to your calendar app on the iPhone and iPad.
It’s quite easy to do with iCalShare. The service will automatically add quarter, semi and final matches to your calendar as they’re added to the schedule. And it does support local time zones. So no need to do mental mathematics for every match!
Step 1: Open the iCalShare FIFA Football World Cup 2018 Russia calendar page on your iPhone or iPad.
Step 2: Click on the Subscribe to Calendar button.
Step 3: iOS will ask you if you want to subscribe to the calendar. Tap on Subscribe.
Step 4: From the next popup, tap on Done to confirm.
Step 5: Now go to the Calendar app and you’ll find all the vents listed here. Tap on the Calendars button in the bottom and you’ll see the FIFA World Cup 2018 calendar in your subscribed list. Tap on the “i” icon and you can change the title of the calendar and its color.
Step 6: When the world cup is over, you can get rid of the calendar easily. Open the Settings app, go to Accounts & Passwords -> Subscribed Calendars -> FIFA World Cup 2018 -> Delete Account.
Making Football Time Zone Independent
As a Football Enthusiast, it is very important to be ahead of the game in terms of time of matches which vary according to the different time zones, the team line-ups, the Scores, the Pre-and post-match reactions, to follow your favorite players for new updates about them, team strategies of your favorite teams, read news analysis, rivalries, roster trends and rankings.
These well integrated and user-friendly apps help you to follow everything related to football devotedly and help you to escape with any tinge of guilt for not following your favorite sport due to any of your work restriction or demanding schedule.
Don’t miss out on the FIFA World Cup this season and catch all the feeds and updates with these specialized apps on your iPhone and iPad.
Which apps, websites or streaming services are you using to stay updated with FIFA World Cup 2018? Share with us in the comments below.