The new season is now well underway and weekend afternoons are back to their footy-filled best. In anticipation of more glorious games in the coming weeks, here’s our pick of the best free apps for football fans that no tech-savvy matchgoer should be without. They’re all available on iPhone and Android. Back of the net.
News & views
Steadfast and reliable, BBC Sport has everything you need when it comes to footy news. Live minute-by-minute commentary as matches unfold, with a stellar lineup of pundits sharing their views on the day’s events.
What would a lazy Saturday afternoon be without Jeff and the gang? If you’re out at the match, or busy doing something non-football related (God forbid), you can still get your dose of unrivalled coverage (minus the dubious banter) right to your phone.
Getting to the match
Finding parking near any ground can be a nightmare, especially before big games. JustPark lets you book a guaranteed space online, at a car park, hotel, church or even on someone’s driveway. Perfect for avoiding the mad rush and making a quick getaway after the final whistle.
If you’re taking the train, there’s no better handheld resource than The Trainline’s mobile app. Buy tickets on the go, check live departure times and keep abreast of any delays to make sure you’re in your seat before kick-off.
Food & drink
If you’re not actually going to the game, this handy app will point you to the nearest pub screening it. Just select the match you want to watch, choose from a variety of venues where you can grab a couple of beverages, and settle in front of the footy.
Brilliant for finding good grub in the local area, the Yelp app lets you search by category (cafes, pubs, restaurants…) and food type (pizza, burgers, Chinese…). You can sort search results by distance, price and rating to find the perfect spot for a pre-match bite.
Stats & scores
This self-proclaimed ‘best mobile football platform’ does plenty to live up to its claim. Bringing you extensive coverage of footballing action across the world, and regular updates for your favourite teams via push notifications, Onefootball is an ideal companion for any footy fan.
A treasure trove for stats geeks, footy mag FourFourTwo’s app gives you the insight into how your team really performed. Impress fellow football freaks with your sharp post-match analysis – top tacklers, pass percentages, you name it – using its data on every kick of the game.
Fun & games
Are you a mastermind like Mourinho? A visionary like Van Gaal? Put yourself to the test with this football manager app, which boasts a recommendation from the Special One himself. Pit your team against 12 million others and challenge your mates in online games.
Possibly the greatest free football game on mobile, New Star Soccer is the perfect accompaniment to any long journey to an away match. With a career mode that provides bags of action on and off the pitch, you can pretend you’re Cristiano Ronaldo with all the thrills and spills that go with it.