11 Great Resources For Soccer Fans
I should first start off by saying to always check out WorldSoccerTalk.com and the World Soccer Talk podcast for all of your soccer analysis, news, notes, opinions and scores. Now that the preambles are over, here are the remaining top soccer resources everyone should check out:
1. WhoScored.com – WhoScored is a great website to visit for detailed statistics on 14 different leagues and competitions. The website keeps track of everything from goals and assists to what position a certain player was deployed at and player ratings (and everything in between).
2. Transfermarkt.com – While some, perhaps most, truly despise the transfer market, Transfermarkt (that’s right, without the e in market) is your go-to website for all things transfer related. The website gives estimated player values, contract information, transfer history and allows you to compare players.
3. Squawka.com – Squawka is a good site for player and team rankings, but best of all, their comparison matrix lets users compare players side by side from most of the major leagues around the world.
4. Statto.com – If you are looking for a site that features in depth statistics, ratings, results, and odds, then Statto is a good place to start. The website compiles information from most of the European soccer leagues and international tournaments as well.
5. Soccerway.com – Much like Whoscored, Squawka, and Statto, Soccerway.com compiles scores and stats from many different leagues and competitions around the world. This website also has a very thorough transfer page for teams in over 40 leagues worldwide.
6. FIFA.com – Whether you want to check out a calendar of upcoming matches, look up a rule, or view official FIFA documents, FIFA.com is the place to go. You can also view detailed information on official FIFA tournaments.
7. Match of the Day (UK) – The legendary television program has been on the air for over 50 years in the UK. MotD, as it is widely known as, is filled with commentary and analysis from presenter Gary Lineker and lead pundit Alan Shearer. MotD can be seen on BBC in the UK and BBC iPlayer.
8. Match of the Day (USA) – Based on the UK version, NBCSN’s MotD is hosted by Rebecca Lowe, and features pundits Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe, and Kyle Martino. MotD is aired on Saturdays at 11:00 p.m. (ET), Sundays at 10:30 p.m. (ET), and Mondays at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on NBCSN.
9. ESPN FC (TV Show) – Cable sports giant ESPN created ESPN FC as both a website and a soccer highlight television show. The show airs on ESPN weeknights at 6:00 p.m. (ET) on ESPNEWS and features highlights, analysis, power rankings, and bloopers from Tommy Smyth.
10. YouTube.com – If your team is rumored to be signing a youngster that you are not quite fully aware of, then YouTube is the place to go to see video of him. Teams and players can also have their own YouTube channels that you can subscribe to and receive behind the scenes videos, bloopers, and interviews.
11. League websites – Finally, depending on what league(s) you might follow, specific league websites (such as Ligabbva.com (La Liga), PremierLeague.com (Premier League), Bundesliga.com.en (Bundesliga), Legaseriea.it/en/ (Serie A), and MLSSoccer.com (MLS) are always a good place to go to for specialized information pertaining to that certain league.