Top 5 Essential iPhone Apps for Soccer Fans

iphone apps soccer Top 5 Essential iPhone Apps for Soccer Fans

This week, Apple expects to hit the magic number of one billion downloads in its App Store. An incredible achievement by any means in addition to the 3.9 million iPhones that have been sold that have revolutionized the cellular phone industry.

With so many apps available on the App Store, the choice can be overwhelming, which is why we’ve put together a list of what we consider the top 5 essential iPhone apps for soccer fans. Enjoy:

  1. Tunin.FM. This one isn’t a soccer app specifically, but it’s without a doubt my favorite. The app allows you to listen to live streaming audio on your Apple iPhone no matter where you are — which is perfect for those of you, like me, who listen to BBC Radio Five live for sports news, the World Football Phone-In Show. In addition to BBC Five Live, there are tons of other radio stations focusing on news, music, talk and more. And there’s even a FC Twente radio station for those of you who love your Steve McClaren. I recommend the Lite version of Tunin.FM, which is free.
  2. English Premier League Live! If you’re on the go, like me and want to follow Premier League matches live via your iPhone, EPL Live is your ticket. The app allows you to follow text commentary for matches. Plus you can get match statistics, team lineups, the league table and more. The $4.99 price tag is well worth it (read EPL Talk’s review of EPL Live).
  3. Real Soccer 2009. It’s incredible how the Apple iPhone has turned into a gaming platform. The best of the lot in action soccer games on the iPhones is Real Soccer 2009 which features amazing graphics and is relatively easy to pick up (although the controls will take some time getting used to). If you love the FIFA 2009 or Pro Evolution Soccer, this is the next best thing to it on the iPhone. Price: $5.99
  4. TVU Player. Just like Tunin.FM, this isn’t a soccer app but it does feature soccer programming now and again. TVU Player allows you to watch live television on your iPhone as long as you’re hooked up to a wireless connection. There are a few sports related channels and, from time to time, you can also watch Fox Soccer Channel on it. Price: free.
  5. Soccer Manager. The newest soccer game on the block will be appreciated by fans of Football Manager and Championship Manager, which feature a lot of similarities to Soccer Manager. There’s the typical features as you manage the budget and pick the squad each week. The creators of Soccer Manager weren’t able to get the license rights to the team names, so Wolves become Walverhampton, Swansea becomes Swensea, and so on. Price: $4.99

What iPhone soccer apps do you recommend that aren’t on the list? Click the comments link below and share your advice.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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25 Responses to Top 5 Essential iPhone Apps for Soccer Fans

  1. Pedro says:

    Can you listen to 5 live when the game is on. Because I get a message about “due to contractual restrictions, blah blah blah (or something like that)”. I cannot stream the broadcast live to my laptop once outside the UK.

  2. The Gaffer says:

    Hi Pedro, unfortunately yes, you still get to hear the cruel “due to contractual restrictions” message while games are on. It’s a shame really because we get to miss out on a lot of quality commentary from people like Mike Ingham.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  3. eplnfl says:

    You may find sports and soccer related video on the .tv watch app which gives you the ustream video. The ESPN mobile app links you quickly to ESPNsoccernet ans the various services that it provides. A lot of sites including our very own MLS Talk will on Twitter give you direct links to new posting and podcasts. There is small army of Twitter apps on the market. The larger capacity of the i-phone allows you to download enough podcasts on Monday to last you for a whole week. The i-phone has greatly improved by ability to follow the sport we love.

  4. Jordan says:

    I can’t find EPL live in the AppStore, and the webpage you linked to no longer exists. Is the app only available in the UK, or has it been removed?

  5. The Gaffer says:

    Jordan, good catch. The company has now changed the name of the EPL Live app to “English Premier League Live Score” and it’s now available on the App Store from a company called Infindo Technology. More info in the App Store or at http://m.macupdate.com/info.php/id/29092/epl-live!

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  6. Daniel says:

    Have none of you guys tried ‘Wunder Radio’? It’s a worldwide internet radio application and i have never had any problems listening to any games (Usually on BBC Radio London 94.9) so far apart from very rarely losing connection for a few seconds. Best Fiver i’ve spent on the iphone so far. And how could you leave out iFooty? Sounds like it gives you everything EPL live gives you except that it’s FREEEEEEEEEEEE! :-)

  7. Eddy says:

    Paper Soccer is also a pretty cool app, kind of a strategy puzzle game with the combination of Soccer, for all the fans out there.

  8. Richard says:

    Kickswerve is a newly released freekick soccer game, well worth a look if you want a pick up and play addictive football game!

  9. firstpixel says:

    Just uploaded my first game:

    It’s also a soccer game, but based on the famous brazilian button soccer:

    http://www.soccervirtualcup.com

    Not as realistic, but real fun on multiplayer.

  10. Chris says:

    Is there an app that i can watch live matches from the Mexican Primera Division,international games,or EPL matches on?

  11. Kosta says:

    Hey there, thanks alot dude. Only one thing: TVU Player isn’t free, it’s just a LITE version wich costs 4,99$. Not that much, but not free :)

  12. Mark Roberts says:

    If you are soccer coach or stat fan, check out Apps at http://www.itunes.com/statzpack

  13. soccergal says:

    Hey World Cup fans, here’s the coolest app I’ve seen for my iPhone. I’m using it to figure out where to watch the games on TV. It works anywhere in the world. And, I can find fans from every country. I can post my own location and events too!!!!!

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soccer-near-me/id374095651?mt=8&uo=6

  14. Engerland says:

    One more to add to the list. The beautiful app!!! Cool app to keep keep fans laughing, talking and sharing their World Cup 2010 experiences. Fun stuff!!
    http://www.thebeautifulapp.com

  15. Mark says:

    Here’s an app you’ve got to add to your list. Just out….

    Check out this new iPhone app. It’s really cool. It allows you to find fellow fans of the world cup and also shows you where you can watch the games (bars, cafes, etc) all over the world. Very cool.

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soccer-near-me/id374095651?mt=8&uo=6

  16. Jignesh says:

    I want Best Application to see footaball on iphone.

  17. Wulli says:

    There is one more to add to the list:

    Soccer 2010: a lot of fun with four soccer games in one App

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soccer-2010/id350079190?mt=8

    Cheerio

  18. alex sabonge says:

    rith now number 11, check it out with live radio in english and spanish.

    http://itunes.apple.com/app/icup-live-scores/id376849083?mt=8

  19. Paul says:

    We’ve just launched Premier All time Stats – features over 21,460 goals, 7086 matches 2,700 players and 60,000 pages of accurate, detailed stats since the start of the English Premier League in 1992.

    Not just all the past games, follow your team’s progress through every new game- live! Premier All Time Stats lets you track your team every step of the way.

    With all the info right at your fingertips you’ll impress your mates, resolve an argument or win the pub quiz. You might even beat the bookie using these stats as your betting guide!

    http://itunes.apple.com/app/premier-alltime-stats/id387591257?mt=8

  20. Joy says:

    I think Go Soccer is an awesome app to kill time. http://itunes.apple.com/app/go-soccer/id374244689?mt=8

  21. Enrico says:

    A new football app is coming soon!
    http://www.players-app.com

  22. Benjamin quaye says:

    It will feel very satisfactory to us soccer fans if an app to watch live sporting events is developed for iPhones and iPad.we badly need it to enjoy the product to the fullest.

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