The 2018 World Cup has begun and soccer fans around the world are gearing up for an exciting month. Yesterday, Russia defeated Saudi Arabia in a 5-0 game that kicked off the Moscow festivities–and the competition is only going to heat up from here on out.
For those who are unable to stay glued to a TV, computer, or phone for every second a game is on, there are a few apps to help you stay abreast of the daily wins and losses. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the best ones out there:
- FIFA World Cup 2018: The official FIFA app is, of course, a good place to start for soccer fans. The app gives live updates, scores, and in-depth information about players and teams. It also will provide future game times so viewers can be prepared.
- ESPN: Any U.S. sports fan knows ESPN, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the media empire has an entire World Cup section on its app. The application lets users choose which teams they want to follow and gives live score updates. Additionally, the ESPN app provides helpful stats and commentary to make keeping track of the games more fun.
- OneFootball: For those who want an independent app, OneFootball is a fan favorite. Like ESPN, it provides real-time updates and lets users follow teams and matches. It’s also great for all-around soccer lovers who want to keep up with leagues beyond the World Cup. But its World Cup section is quite robust and provides all the tidbits any diehard soccer fan would want.
- NBC Sports: Want to watch the games via an app? NBC Sports and Telemundo are streaming every World Cup match on the app. It will also be a good language class because the games are being streamed in Spanish. (Telemundo owns the World Cup’s Spanish-language rights. For English-language streaming, head to Fox Sports.)
- BBC Sport: If you don’t trust U.S. coverage of soccer, you can turn to the BBC for a U.K. spin on the sport. The beloved broadcaster’s app has up-to-date information about matches, as well as analyses and game previews.
Any of these five choices will give you not only updates but in-depth information about the players and matches. With a month of games to go, soccer fans will have endless content at their fingertips. May the best team win!