If you are a football fan, and chance is you are if you are not from the US, then you have probably your favorite local team and a favorite league that you follow, as well as an interest in international leagues like the Champions League and the World Cup.
While it is certainly possible to read about major matches and events in the newspaper or online, mobile apps can add a lot to the experience.
When it comes to football applications for Android, Live Score Addicts - Soccer is without doubt the most popular in the niche.
One of the main reasons for that is support for a wide variety of teams, leagues and cups that you can follow using the app.
When you start the application for the first time it walks you through a setup process where you can pick leagues, teams and cups that you want to follow.
Support for teams and leagues is excellent. When you open the add teams dialog, you find options to add teams from dozens of countries.
While you find all major football nations for selection, you will also discover that you can add -- at the very least - the national teams of other nations such as Senegal, Haiti or Faroe Islands to the app so that you can follow them.
For many countries, you get options to follow a lot of different leagues. If you take England as an example: you can follow the English national team, the Premier League, League One and Two, the Championship, the FA Women's Super League, Conference National, North or South, the Premier Reserve League, the U21 Premier League, the Isthmian, Northern or Southern Football League, the Capital One Cup, the FA Cup and Trophy, Community Shield or the Football League Trophy.
Not only can you follow those leagues and cups, you can also follow individual teams that play in them. If you are a fan of York City, you can follow that team using the app and get notifications about its matches next to those of Barcelona, Munich or Arsenal.
Once you have made the initial selection -- you can always go back to the settings to add or remove teams, leagues or cups -- you are presented with a daily view of events. You can swipe left or right to check up on upcoming or past games.
Each game is listed with the competing teams, the time of kick off, and the league or cup the match is taking place under. The teams and leagues you follow are displayed prominently at the top so that you can't miss them easily on big match days.
A tap on a match opens pages full of details. Match events for example highlights statistics about the two competing teams, their form, average height and age, where the match takes place, and who is managing the teams. You can swipe to the right for media, lineups, statistics and live table information.
Not all are available prior to the match, and depending on the match type, some may not be available at all.
The application will notify you about important match details. From goals and assists to cards and substitutions.
Note: Ads are displayed on the match event pages.
If you are a football fan, you will certainly like this application a lot, especially if you like to follow different leagues and teams, or want to keep in touch while you are on the go.
The notifications and updates arrive fast, and it is possible to increase the update check frequency from the default ten second period even further, or slow it down if you prefer less frequent updates.
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