The 2014 FIFA World Cup is almost upon us, and the fever is starting to catch up with every football (or soccer, for y'all Americans) fan. Where I grew up, we take these competitions very seriously and passionately, to a point where it's a normal occurrence to see Italian flags attached to car windows, Brazilian flags draped over buildings, or German flags raised across the street. But we're not alone. For the next month, all around the world, this will be the number one topic in every conversation between adults, children, friends, coworkers, and even strangers.

In order to stay updated on the latest news and scores, whether you're watching the games live or catching them while at work or after you wake up, you will need the help of some of these twenty apps on your Android phone.


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I couldn't start this selection without mentioning the official FIFA app for Android, an elegant and native application that follows all football tournaments around the world. Front and center are the news, displayed in big thumbnail images. Sometimes, an overlay of a camera icon or play button will indicate that the story is a photo gallery or a video.

The World Cup section of FIFA lists the groups, match schedules, qualification matches, and some cool information about the host Brazil, its cities, and stadiums. When it comes to matches, FIFA will display the line-up, an overview, and a list of match events as they happen. The app isn't exactly the most detailed of this selection, but it's enough if you just want official scores and basic information to stay in the loop.

FotMob - World Cup 2014 Brazil

FotMob is one of my personal favorites in this list and may be the app I end up choosing for my World Cup fix. The landing page takes you straight to the point with three tabs listing yesterday's, today's, and tomorrow's matches. Tap the alarm button at the top, and you'll be able to pick the matches you want to receive notifications for.

Every match in FotMob has some facts (goals and substitutions), betting odds, and a live ticker with commentaries written by football experts. These are superbly detailed and could be the next best thing if you are unable to watch the matches live. FotMob also includes news, Brazil city guides, results from the qualification stages, team and tournament stats, and squad details.


Onefootball Brasil - World Cup

Onefootball Brasil is my other favorite app on this list thanks to its well-designed interface, stats, tweets, videos, and the handy "History" section for all the World Cup trivia you could want. It works really well as a news aggregator, getting stories from different sources like the Guardian, Goal.com, and SkySports, as well as tweets and YouTube videos for goals and match highlights. Its match section is highly detailed too, including the line-up, push notifications, a live ticker for commentary, a fan zone to share your thoughts with other supporters, and live statistics.

Compared to FotMob, Onefootball Brasil has more videos, the World Cup history, and the fan section, but lacks the detailed qualifiers and friendly matches that would help put things into perspective for different teams. Its player stats are also limited to the World Cup, so there is no easy way to get a player's track record. You may want to download the global Onefootball app to get those, but you will also get all the other football leagues too. Onefootball Brasil would have been an excellent tailored tournament app if it weren't for that limitation.


365Scores:World cup edition

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365Scores is an excellent all-around sports application for the NFL, NBA, tennis, Formula1, football, and more. However, its World Cup Zone is our focus point here. It includes squad details, standings, matches, stadiums, and the elusive friendlies section that a few other apps tend to forget.

365Scores is most commendable for its match section, with the lineups, goals, bookings, substitutions, other stats, highlights and goal videos, live comments from other fans, and even a chat area to share your thoughts with a specific friend. 365Scores also has push notifications for your starred teams results and a personalized home screen with the latest relevant scores, news, videos, and tweets. Its only fault is a rather clunky UI that feels like a mix of Holo and old Gingerbread elements, and the lack of live professional commentary during matches.


SofaScore World Cup 2014 LIVE

SofaScore is another general app that follows popular sports like football, tennis, baseball, and basketball, as well as lesser popular ones like darts and snooker. In terms of World Cup coverage, SofaScore will provide match event notifications for your starred teams matches, a detailed schedule, standings, outcome votes for each match, highlight videos, and stats sheets. These are also available for the past World Cup tournaments dating all the way back to 1998.

The app distinguishes itself by having one of the smoothest and cleanest UIs on this list, only matched by Onefootball and FotMob. Its live section lets you quickly see what matches are being played now, its graphs are simple yet informative, especially each team's performance and form, and its starting lineup for each match is beautiful to look at. If you're watching the matches live and don't care about detailed commentary or news, SofaScore is one of the best apps you can use to complement your experience.



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Although limited to the United States, WatchESPN earns its place on this list by being one of the few legit applications that will be streaming the World Cup 2014 to your phone or tablet and also supporting the Chromecast. Thanks to both features, football fans in America will be able to watch games live or catch them up later, enjoy analysis and highlights after each match, and stream everything to their television sets.

ESPN Live's features are available for free to subscribers of AT&T U-verse, Comcast XFINITY, DISH, Google Fiber, Verizon, and other cable providers. However, some videos in the app aren't locked and can be viewed by anyone, regardless of their subscriptions. This content is very limited in span and quantity though, and I wasn't able to find any unlocked football matches or highlights at all.

Sports Republic

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Made by MobilesRepublic, the same company that brought us the excellent news aggregator News Republic, Sports Republic is geared toward sports news articles. Once you pick a sport, league, or team, the app will curate articles, photos, and videos from multiple sources. These are then presented to you in a beautiful and intuitive interface that uses resizable cards, animations, and gestures.

Sports Republic isn't specifically tailored for the World Cup, but you can limit its content to only show you news from the competition and your favorite teams. The app even has a night mode, a "Moods" card where stories are organized based on how they made readers feel — astonished, delighted, indifferent, worried, or devastated — and a Tag Nav system that overlays a tag cloud and lets you pick the topic that interests you.



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Whether your team isn't playing as well as it should, or you think you can coach and control the players to win the World Cup, the official FIFA 14 for Android is the must-have game for any football fan. The game covers 33 leagues and 600 teams, with updated injury and suspension data from the real world. You can also trade players, pick a new play style, and change the formations to create an ultimate team.

FIFA 14 has better controls than its predecessors, live audio commentary, and realistic graphics with recognizable players from the various leagues. The game has a lot of IAP though, so you will have to dig into your wallet to unlock the tournament mode.

adidas 2014 FIFA World Cup LWP

Nothing says you are a die-hard football fan better than a live wallpaper with a stadium and your favorite country's flag in the center. This one takes things a few steps further with a 360 degree rotation of Maracanã Estádio, Rio de Janeiro's stadium where the World Cup final will take place, animations that take you from space to the center of the field when you unlock your device, and Brazuca, the official 2014 ball.

Other features include text, email, and missed call notifications, time and weather widgets, and a Brazuca mode where you can shoot and score the ball in the opposing goal.


Google Now, Search and Maps

Over the past week, Google has been adding a few World Cup features to some of its apps. If you want a simple way to enjoy the tournament without following every minute and every team, these may be just enough.

For starters, Google Search has added dedicated cards for match schedules, scores, and rosters. You can even pull these up on Google Now by asking, "when will Brazil play?" for example. Google Maps has also added Street View support for the different World Cup stadiums to give you a virtual tour of the matches' locations.


Honorable Mentions

  • ESPN FC: ESPN's football app has news, scores, tweets, some limited stats, text recaps and video highlights for some matches, all in a minimalistic interface.
  • theScore: An all-in-one sports app with a World Cup section that includes fixtures, news, alerts, match stats, and minute-by-minute match descriptions.
  • Yahoo! Sports: Another excellent application for sports fans, with World Cup news, scores and match details.
  • Goal Live Scores: A simple football app with several leagues, scores, and limited stats.
  • Super Scores (Football Scores): An excellent football app with news, stats, schedules, and a very useful preview and review section for every match.
  • LiveSoccer World Football Cup: Despite being a bit of a barebones application, LiveSoccer has the essentials, including alerts for your favorite competitions and teams, main match events, and statistics.
  • Brazil Cup 2014: A minimalistic app dedicated to the World Cup, with stadiums, team twitter accounts, a simple World Cup history section, and match schedules and results.
  • Jalvasco World Cup 2014: A personalized World Cup app with user-selected tabs, stadiums, news videos, and a history of the tournament section.
  • Travel Portuguese Futebol Ed: This is Rosetta Stone's language application for Portuguese, including a specific section for football, so you can talk in the host country's native language.

While there are hundreds of World Cup applications in the Play Store, the above selection contains some of the most popular and well executed apps. I'm still debating whether I should keep FotMob or OneFootball, but I will likely use both in tandem. And Força Brasil!

Rita El Khoury
Rita is a pharmacist by profession, a geek by passion. Her love story with Android started in 2009 and has been going stronger with every update, device, tip, app, and game. She lives in Lebanon, speaks three languages, and watches a lot of TV series.

  • Aravind Arsenal

    World Cup,please start soon,can't wait :-)

  • Murrax

    No Forza Soccer?
    Lovely interface, intant updates, videos, lineups before the game, alerts / reminders, standings and much more!


    • http://www.symbian-guru.com khouryrt

      Forza was on my pre-selection list. Unfortunately, the app force close on launch on both my Nexus 7 and LG G2. I have no idea why. I had to remove it because I couldn't get any hands-on.

      • adrianis

        N7 2013, N5, N4 not a single FC.

        • http://www.symbian-guru.com khouryrt

          Every single time. I uninstalled then reinstalled several times too. The furthest I got once was selecting a few competitions and teams only to see it crash when trying to switch to the Competitions tab. Got me quite annoyed because it seemed like a really promising app from the screenshots. If it works for you, enjoy!

    • Paul

      I agree, I checked it out after seeing it posted on reddit, its awesome. I have a Lg G2 and its been very good. I do think though a combination of apps is a good idea, as I recently had one (not forza) whose live scores back end provider died right when the game I was interested started (Aus vs Cro friendly)... so I had another app I could follow the game with.

  • BarKa

    Footmob is the best football app ever. I will rely only on it during WC.

    • rolo143

      It asks you to go premium so you can receive notifications. I suggest you ESPN FC it's better and you can receive notifications without spending a single penny.


      • BarKa

        I already paid for Pro version a year ago. It's worth it bro

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  • Ahmad Nadeem

    I was really quite surprised to see such an article on Android Police, being mostly US based and all.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Rita is from Lebanon, and I'm originally from Ukraine, so we didn't need convincing :-]

  • Aravind Arsenal

    Where's FTBPro

  • Andrei Markovits

    What about competitions for users, with predictions for example like TipExpert?


  • Javier

    Argentina FTW!!!

  • LJ

    Dat Touchwiz on Nexus 5 pic mad me gag for a minute...

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      • Swanson

        Remember you can watch it online at http://www.watchworldcup2014.tk/

    • Andre Qeen

      http://worldcup2014access.com/ watch online World CUP

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  • Ben

    Very comprehensive list. Good job, Rita! :)

  • mehim

    World cup is about the only football event I watch, something about how many teams in it is alluring

  • rolo143

    ESPN FC Soccer & Worldcup. I think it's one of the best out there.


    • http://www.symbian-guru.com khouryrt

      It's in the Honorable Mentions list ;)

      • rolo143

        Oh, you're right. My bad. :)

  • Ricardo

    LiveSoccer yay :)

    PS: you can receive all types of notifications (and customize them) for any World Cup team, absolutely for free!

  • Laurence

    I'm rapidly coming to enjoy these themed round-up articles of Rita's. It seems like a good way to find out about the best apps in any given category. What will she write about next, I wonder? The best Reddit clients? The best alternative camera apps? The best app for tracking television seasons? The possibilities are endless!

    • Laurence

      Oh, I forgot to add, but I hadn't heard of Onefootball Brasil before reading this article. It's fantastic. It's much faster and smoother than the official FIFA app, it has a really slick UI, and it provides just enough information to be useful without burying you in detail. I'm keeping it installed on my phone.

    • http://www.symbian-guru.com khouryrt

      Haha. I'll make sure to tackle many (if not all) of these :) They do take a lot of research time though so you will have to wait a week or more for a new roundup.

  • BehelitOutlaw

    LiveScore still the boss

  • Melissa Rojas Gantier

    Thanks Android Police! Exactly what I was looking for!! :)

  • Marcus

    Forza is the best!!

  • rimon

    FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil Theme Song Shakira/Pitbull With Fixture/Schedule & Live Streaming Online Link- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkVmn3wep9w&feature=youtu.be

  • soccer4xxmaniac

    How can u forget fifafy app!!

  • soccer4xxmaniac

    Ringtones are must !! So that's why fifafy app is must

  • David J

    Mission World Cup 2014 is a nice app as well, though not as popular as the others.


    • http://www.symbian-guru.com khouryrt

      Very simple and barebones from the looks of it. Only match results there, doesn't appear to be any details, notifications, videos, news, or any aspect that would make this worth trying even over Google Now's data.

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  • Sumeet Jaroliya

    Try this app to follow every minute of this world cup My Football: Live Newsstand includes live score, trivia, news from top blogs + twitter, facebook and youtube of players + more http://bit.ly/1ntBHGe

    • http://www.symbian-guru.com khouryrt

      Clunky UI, and Sports Republic (or any app on the list above that has a News section) has better curation.

  • http://www.mobilegeneration.eu/ Gioele SL Fierro

    In this list missing #TWorldCup to follow the "social" side of the world cup!

    • http://www.symbian-guru.com khouryrt

      Screenshots in Italian, and tiny fonts on tablets? Those are deal breakers when looking at an app to try.

  • Mis B Styles

    Live Streaming Here http://www.watchfifaonline.net/

  • Lucky Laxadhish

    Kickoff 2014

  • laurakelly

    Thanks for sharing superb apps lists. I really like it.
    I have launched game for kids & also FREE to Download from play store..!! I'm sure that kids really love this game. So download it and also give ratings.


  • http://gn2day.com/ Sanober Siddiqui

    Now you can see the live World Cup 2014 Brasil events online on Android and PC ,,,, on http://soccer-streaming-hd.blogspot.com/

  • http://bit.ly/khouryrt khouryrt

    Saw that recommended above as well. Seems like it has a really cool UI. I may give it a try later.

  • Nathan Friesen

    Hi Rita,
    I wanted to shout out for the Canadian CBC FIFA app. It lets you stream games live to your device and shows scores/news/standings. The CBC did a similar app for the Sochi olympics and it was very good. Not sure, if it is available outside of Canada.

  • Speak InCup

    Fantastic app: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=speakincup . It is the best app to communicate in Brazil with the most repeated phrases in Portuguese. And the best part is you do not need Wifi.

  • Speak InCup

    Fantastic app: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=speakincup. It is the best app to communicate in Brazil. It has the most repeated phrases in Portuguese, with audio and subtitle. And the best part is you do not need Wifi.

  • yoav bahat

    try this app for world cup and all other football leagues
    the best thing about it is that you get live videos of the goals !!!!

  • Christian Maglia

    I think that's one of the best to follow the World Cup and not only. Of course is free.
    Live football Mundial.

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  • Nex

    I tested most of the apps mentioned here for the world cup, but at the end I uninstalled most of them due to lack of features, foreclosures, slow and not intuitive UI and most of them request too many unnecessary permissions (FotMob, Forza, Onefootball, FIFA etc.) The best one I found so far is Vizoal which has the most intuitive, clean and complete UI, and is FREE!. and no ADS. It has all the features I need: videos for all goals on each match, notifications, great stats etc.. I would have even paid for it. Vizoal should be listed here. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vizoal I also tested, Brazil Cup 2014 has nice features too, and GoalTone has useful notifications and videos, but my favorite one is Vizoal.

  • Giulio Gabri Rigotti

    FIFA android app for review http://www.score-engine.co.za

  • FatNFurious

    You forgot to speak about Pulpo! I use it and it is a very cool app to bet with your friends.


  • Priti Sharma

    All of these apps are best and having good features. http://football2014wc.com/spain-vs-chile-highlights-world-cup-2014/4187/

  • Damir Kranjčec

    Check out this unique turn based soccer game:

    Fun Football World Cup

    Homepage: http://www.ubj3d.com/ff
    Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.dk.ff

  • Priti Sharma

    All of these apps are so beneficial for FIFA world Cup 2014. http://weappsforpc.com/hay-day-pc-play-windows-mac/

  • http://www.imarketingyou.com/ ANOOP K C

    Try this smart & simple app http://bit.ly/fifa2014wc. Enjoy world cup updates.

  • nemesis23

    Well, this is interesting, how Google starts to own the internet...


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  • Aleksandrs Solovjovs

    I concur, I inspected it out after viewing it uploaded on reddit, its remarkable. I have a Lg G2 and also its been excellent. I do assume though a combo of applications is a smart idea, as I just recently had one (not forza) whose real-time ratings backside carrier passed away straight when the video game I was interested begun (Aus vs Cro pleasant)... so I had one more application I could possibly adhere to the video game with.

    Oh, I neglected to include, yet I had not become aware of Onefootball Brasil prior to reviewing this short article. It's superb. It's much faster and also smoother compared to the main FIFA application, it has an actually glossy UI, as well as it offers simply sufficient info to be helpful without hiding you thoroughly. I'm keeping it mounted on my amazon fire phone.