11 World Cup apps you need on your iPhone & iPad

Macworld’s Vuvuzela-free guide to the best Apple iPhone, iPad apps for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

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Best apps for the World Cup

In the four years since the last World Cup, we've seen significant changes in both Apple's hardware, from first generation iPad to iPad Air, and software, with the ability to easily watch live and catch-up TV almost anywhere. In terms of viewing, it's likely to be the most mobile final ever, despite football's impact being reduced watching on an iPhone or even iPad. With many games starting at 11pm and one at 2am UK time, it might be the sensible option to watch in bed with your iPad close to hand.

How to watch World Cup 2014 football on your iPad or iPhone

Here we round up some of the best World Cup themed apps to get you safely through the next month, heading to the final on Sunday 13 July. It's worth remembering that those apps with Push Notifications switched on will give live updates throughout each game, so if you plan to catch up later best switch these off. Feel free to add your favourite World Cup related iPhone apps in the comments below, we'll likely add them as the tournament progresses.

[If you are bored of the football, there's another sporting event taking place that might entertain you. Wimbledon 2014 - find out how to watch Wimbledon on your iPhone, iPad or Mac here.]

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In the four years since the last World Cup, we've seen significant changes in both Apple's hardware, from first generation iPad to iPad Air, and software, with the ability to easily watch live and catch-up TV almost anywhere. In terms of viewing, it's likely to be the most mobile final ever, despite football's impact being reduced watching on an iPhone or even iPad. With many games starting at 11pm and one at 2am UK time, it might be the sensible option to watch in bed with your iPad close to hand.

How to watch World Cup 2014 football on your iPad or iPhone

Here we round up some of the best World Cup themed apps to get you safely through the next month, heading to the final on Sunday 13 July. It's worth remembering that those apps with Push Notifications switched on will give live updates throughout each game, so if you plan to catch up later best switch these off. Feel free to add your favourite World Cup related iPhone apps in the comments below, we'll likely add them as the tournament progresses.

[If you are bored of the football, there's another sporting event taking place that might entertain you. Wimbledon 2014 - find out how to watch Wimbledon on your iPhone, iPad or Mac here.]

 

BBC Sport

BBC Sport - Free - Requires iOS 5.0 or later

bbc.co.uk 

BBC Sport, despite the backing of the BBC, performed poorly when it first launched on iTunes, although it has thankfully improved with age, now offering the ability to listen to live commentary even when you close the app. Dedicated World Cup and Commonwealth Games sections have been added, both offering comprehensive coverage, with news, analysis, live scores, match stats and more currently available from Brazil. While the BBC will show 31 games live on television and online, there will be live text commentary on all 64 games available within the app. BBC Sport also offers a decent amount of video, including some memorable moments from previous World Cup finals, along with a World Cup Final.

 

Caught Offside

Caught Offside - Free (Plus Top In-App Purchases) - Requires iOS 6.0 or later

caughtoffside.com

The well regarded Caught Offside app offers football news, gossip and transfer rumours with the ability to select favourite teams, including those competing in the World Cup in Brazil. It's this focus on football alone that makes Caught Offside an attractive proposition to fans, while a new emphasis on sharing your views could add to the apps appeal. The new Huddle feature allows users to connect with friends and family watching the same game, while you can now make new friends with fans around the world caught up in the action. Caught Offside adds the option to removes ads for £2.99, which helps focus on the football.

 

Eurosport

Eurosport - Free - Requires iOS 6.0 or later. 

uk.eurosport.yahoo.com

Newly updated with "enriched live comment feed for the World Cup,"  Eurosport is generally a good all-rounder when it comes to sports coverage. Part of Yahoo! Sport, Eurosport offers over 100 stories and features every day, along with around 30 videos and the opportunity to comment on content, which occasionally gets heated. The app has a good selection of blog posts and analysis, opinions worth sharing via support for Twitter, Facebook, email and more. We like the fact that Eurosport doesn't take the pomp of the World Cup too seriously, including 'crazy things' you might have missed from the month long event.

 

FIFA

FIFA - Free - Requires iOS 6.0 or later.

fifa.com

While the official FIFA World Cup app promises wall to wall coverage from Brazil, along with live-match updates for 197 of the world's top leagues, it lacks the insightful commentary you will find elsewhere. This is very much the official version of events, free of controversy. The FIFA app excels in providing exclusive, yet hardly ground breaking interviews and a wonderful selection of photos. The app also offers the endless stats on players, teams and venues, chances to vote for the Man of the Match in each game, win prizes and participate in FIFA themed games, including Fantasy, Dream Team, Your XI and Predictor.

 

FIFA 14 by EA SPORTS

FIFA 14 by EA SPORTS - Free (Plus Top In-App Purchases) - Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later.

ea.com

Although FIFA 14 has been around for sometime, this latest update comes with officially licensed World Cup national teams, kits and Adidas Brazuca ball for added authenticity. Although some way from the heat of Brazil, it does add topicality to what is already a fun, if sometimes tricky, game. To add to the World Cup experience, the app promises real-world football results with a built-in Football Club Match Day. FIFA 14 offers a range of Top In-App Purchases, which soon add up should you become carried away with the thrill of chasing gold, although as developers EA Sports point out you can disable these in settings.

 

Forza Football

Forza Football - Free (Plus Top In-App Purchases) - Requires iOS 6.0 or later.

footballaddicts.com

Another good all-rounder, Forza Football (formerly Live Score Addicts) offers live scores, opinion polls and video highlights for more than 420 football leagues and cups around the world, including the World Cup. Users can edit which leagues and tournaments they wish to follow and set the frequency of live score updates up to every 20 seconds for real addicts, although this will hurt battery life. Companion app Forza 90' adds to the drama and fun by allowing users to share reactions as they happen. Forza Football comes with a selection of 'Top In-App Purchases,' though these are barely essential, consisting of themes and the ability to remove all banner ads.

 

SofaScore LiveScore

SofaScore LiveScore - Free (Plus Top In-App Purchases) - Requires iOS 7.0 or later.

sofascore.com

Well reviewed by users, SofaScore LiveScore offers an almost overwhelming amount of scores and results covering 14 sports, including updates via Push Notifications, which thankfully are easily customised in settings. Despite a clean iOS 7 look, SofaScore isn't the easiest app to initially navigate, but a regularly updated blog helps explain how to get the most of the app. To make things easier, those who sign up for a free account can sync different devices, including iOS, Android, Windows Phone and the browser based version to good effect. The developers offer an ad-free version for a few pounds, although if your invite three friends to install SofaScore via a unique link those ads will apparently be removed for free.

 

talkSPORT

talkSPORT - Free - Requires iOS 4.3 or later. 

talksport.com

Opinion led, occasionally controversial, talkSPORT has a strong presence in Brazil, including a range of footballing ex-pros headlined by the fortunately named Alan Brazil. An official broadcaster of the World Cup tournament, the station will broadcast live commentary of every match during the tournament, backed by a range of phone-in shows to instantly gauge opinion. Away from the World Cup, the app includes live radio coverage alongside the 'best bits' of popular shows in bite sized podcasts, including the always fun 'Clips of the Week.' Dedicated sports sections covering other popular sports help fill out what is already a decent app.

 

Team Stream

Team Stream - Free - Requires iOS 7.0 or later.

bleacherreport.com

While seemingly US sports focused, Team Stream by Bleacher Report offers plenty of customisation to highlight your favourite sports and teams from the UK. Newly updated, the Team Stream World Cup stream offers an exhaustive list of news and opinion both from Bleacher Report, along with 'hand-picked, curated sports stories,' including reports from Sky Sports. This potentially saves time searching online as each story opens within the app, although not all are perfectly legible. Sharing options include Twitter, Facebook, email and WhatsApp, the latter of which makes sharing stories more spontaneous and informal.

 

TuneIn Radio

TuneIn Radio - Free - Requires iOS 7.0 or later.

tunein.com

Impressively, TuneIn Radio currently offers over 100,000 radio stations and more than four million podcasts from across the globe, including the sports centric BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and talkSPORT. Users can happily create a profile to share what they are listening to with friends, followers and the world via social networks. Alongside TuneIn Radio, the £2.49 TuneIn Radio Pro removes the ads and adds the ability to record streams for catch-up on your travels but is otherwise identical with the same number of channels and podcasts available.

 

TVGuide.co.uk and TVCatchup Live TV

TVGuide.co.uk TV Guide - Free - Requires iOS 6.0 or later

tvguide.co.uk

TVCatchup Live TV - Free - Requires iOS 5.1 or later.

tvcatchup.com

A choice of decent apps for watching live TV in the UK - with a TV licence - including BBC and ITV who recently won a new deal with FIFA to broadcast the 2018 World Cup and 2022 World Cup across TV, radio and online, ensuring the tournament is broadcast on free-to-air TV. While TVCatchup offers now and next listings, TVGuide comes with a 24-hour Electronic Programme Guide, useful for checking out those late night World Cup games. Both offer support for social media integration with support for Twitter, Facebook, email and more.  Should you miss the big game, TVGuide includes a limited catch-up service.

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