Best Football iPhone apps: Essential 2012-13 season downloads
Looking for the best football apps for your iPhone 4S, 4 or 3GS? These are the apps to help you follow the new 2012/13 football season on your Apple smartphone
Yes, it's that time again. Football is back, so prepare to swap Wiggins, Hoy and the Team GB crew for Super Mario, Wazza and company for a 2012/13 Premier League campaign we hope is as dramatic as last season.
While you put the finishing touches to this year's fantasy league team and mentally prepare yourself for the Monday morning football banter, we've picked our starting iPhone app eleven to get you through the entire season, whether it's the best place to watch a massive 'six-pointer' or simply the best footy games to play en-route to the stadium. Now get downloading...
1. Live Score Addicts
The slickest football scores app on the App Store already covers over 400 leagues and has been tracking the Premier League action since last season. As well as offering video highlights during and after the match, Live Score Addicts now offers live tables, starting line-ups, match statistics and key head-to-head information. The push notification service will let you know as soon as the matches kick off and when the goals begin to pour in.
2. Sky Go
Sky's live TV app gives you access to Sky Sports 1 and 2, bringing you all the Premier League football action you could want. Oh, and there's Sky Sports News - so you can keep on an eye on all the transfer deadline day drama.
Platform: iPhone, iPad, Android | Price: Free | Link: Download Sky Go iPhone app now
3. FourFourTwo Football Stats Zone
After taking care of stat-related matters at the EUROS, the Opta Sports-powered app turns its attention back to the Premier League providing the same detailed insight into tracking match data. From pass completion to player influence, you’ll be able to share it all on Twitter and Facebook so you can back up your booze-fuelled assessment that Mario Balotelli spent more time sulking than he did trying to get into dangerous positions in the box.
Platform: iPhone | Price: Free (no-in app purchase required) | Link: Download FourFourTwo Football Stats Zone iPhone app now
4. ESPN Goals
Whether a Saturday night out means missing Match of the Day, or you are desperate to see the action on a Saturday, ESPN Goals delivers, well, goals, and a whole seasons worth of them. There's also live stats and goal updates, but this app is all about getting access to the goalmouth action quicker than you can sink that last pint, and now it's free.
Platform: iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone 7 | Price: Free | Link:: Download ESPN Goals iPhone app now
Trying to find the perfect place to watch the season opener? This pub finder app will help you find the perfect place to watch the game, letting you know how many screens are available, whether the sound will be turned up and even if the food is up to scratch. So you don’t have to pack an extra round of sandwiches in your bag that day…
6. New Star Soccer
One of the biggest iOS gaming hits of 2012, this simple but epic uber-addictive footie sim is like Football Manager, Sensible Soccer and Be A Pro mode from FIFA all beautifully moulded into a Spectrum-esque touch romp that you will truly struggle to put back down. In-app purchases will make the beautiful game go longer, but it is well worth the money.
Platform: iPhone, iPad | Price: Free | Link: Download New Star Soccer iPhone app
7. Sky Sports Live Football Score Centre
When you can't enjoy the Saturday afternoon's entertainment with Stelling, Le Tiss and the rest of the boys, you can stay up to date with live results from every match in England, Scotland and from across Europe.
Platform: iPhone, iPad and Android | Price: Free | Link: Download Sky Sports Live Football Score Centre iPhone app now
8. FIFA 12
Until FIFA 13 lands, this is still comfortably the best footy sim to get on your iPhone. Sporting sharper graphics (courtesy of the new Retina display), refined virtual controls to make it easier to play on a touchscreen, instant replays now means you can re-live the most memorable sweeping counter-attacking moves or simply pulling off a Cruyff turn.
Platform: iPhone, iPad and Android | Price: £3.99 | Link: Download FIFA 12 iPhone app now
9. Football Manager Handheld 2012
To the dismay of wannabe wags everywhere, Football Manager steps out onto hallowed iPhone turf every much as addictive as the PC and MAC versions. A new real world stadium finder means you can find you way around the San Siro or Alexandra Stadium, home to the mighty Crewe Alexandra.
Platform: iPhone, iPad | Price £6.99 | Link: Download Football Manager Handheld 2011 iPhone app now
10. Live Football on the TV
Making sure you know everything there is to know about fixtures on the box whether it's Premier League action, a European match or even a reserve game, this app will ensure armchair fans never miss a game that is being televised in the UK. Our condolences go out to football-hating spouses everywhere.
Platform: iPhone, iPad | Price: Free | Link: Download Live Football on the TV iPhone app now
11. iFooty World Plus
From the Bundesliga to the deepest depths of South American football, get league tables, post match results, minute by minute commentary and find out whether the other Ronaldo is still doing the business in front of goal.
Platform: iPhone, iPad | Price: £1.99 | Link: Download iFooty World Plus iPhone app now