WITH THE GAA season about to hit its climax and the English football season about to take pride of place on the back pages, it’s a good time of the year to have a look at the various sporting apps on offer.
Top of the list has to be Total Football (79c), an astonishing Irish-made app goes a step further and is an absolute must for any stat-obsessive fan.
This app, taking stats supplied by Opta Sports, tracks every single pass made in a game and can compare any two players’ performances in pretty much any two games you can think of. It even produces cloud-map style visualisations showing where individual players from any single team have been most effective on the pitch.
- Livescore (free): From the makers of the popular LiveScore.com updates service. Updated every minute (or even more quickly – you can change the settings accordingly), the app carries the latest scores from every conceivable league – including the Airtricity League – to keep fans updated on the move. Clicking into any individual league, you can even watch live updates of the league tables based on the results as they stand – a feature that could come in very handy towards the business end of the season.
- Hill16.ie (free) – For those more inclined to follow the fate of our own domestic brand of football, especially given Dublin’s continued involvement at the semi-final stage, comes this free app from Dublin’s sponsors Vodafone. Essentially an App edition of the Dublin County Board‘s website – traditionally one of the best among the counties – the app carries fixtures, news and results not just for the senior county team, but for club games too.
- Fantasy Football Manager (€1.59) – Players of the official Fantasy Premier League game, of which there are likely to be three million this year, might find this app handy for keeping track of their squad on the go. This nifty and elegant app works with the official game, allowing you to manage teams, substitutions, captaincy, mini-leagues and all the rest on the go. It even manages multiple accounts.
- Betfair (free) – Finally, for those more inclined to have a financial interest in sporting goings-on, comes the long-awaited official app from the Betfair betting exchange website. The app allows you to view live prices from any and all markets available on the site – from typical sports like soccer and horse racing down to fishing (seriously. fishing.) and even lets you withdraw your winnings – fingers crossed – on the go.
Appy Monday is TheJournal.ie’s weekly round-up of the latest and greatest in iPhone apps.
All links in this post open the appropriate app’s page on the iTunes Preview website.