The new season of the English Premier League is upon us. There are so many ways to follow the world’s biggest soccer league, from TV, to the web, to any of the countless football games and apps in the Play Store.
But which apps are actually worth downloading? We’ve separated the title challengers from the relegation contenders to bring you our all-star team of 11 top apps to follow the EPL.
1. Premier League
Official apps usually pale in comparison to third-party offerings, but the Premier League app is actually surprisingly decent. It offers a good overview of all the main information you’ll need, like the table, fixture list, and stats on players, managers, and referees. The news section also includes a number of original articles and features you won’t find elsewhere.
Best of all, the app is home to one of the most popular Fantasy League games. This is your chance to try your hand at management, pitting your skill and judgment against friends and fellow fans.
Download: Premier League (Free)
There are lots of soccer scores apps in the Play Store, and FotMob is our pick of the best.
It isn’t just limited to coverage of the EPL, with pretty much every professional football league in the world supported to some degree. By using the filter function, you can hone in on your favorite teams and leagues, and control what notifications you’ll get relating to them.
As well as scores, tables, and basic stats about each game you get a host of extras. These include news stories pulled from a host of sources (and you can configure them so that you only see ones that are relevant to you), TV schedules for all countries, and even betting odds.
If you only pick one app to follow this football season, this should be it.
Download: Soccer Scores — FotMob (Free)
3. Forza Football
If FotMob is a bit more than what you need, then Forza Football might be a better option. It’s focused much more on the individual games, rather than trying to be a single, all-encompassing soccer app. You get updates on team selections and injuries, plus real-time stats on the games, but news and other extras are more limited and pushed well into the background.
Forza’s one of the better-looking soccer apps, and it’s easy to get set up. The community angle, inviting you to vote on who you think will win, or whether you have confidence in your team’s manager, makes it fun and involving too.
Download: Forza Football (Free)
4. Bleacher Report
Why use several different apps when you can follow all your favorite sports in a single one? With Bleacher Report you can track the EPL alongside the likes of the NBA, MLB, MMA, and F1.
The app combines scores and schedules with news and facts, and you can configure the notifications so that you’re alerted to only the stuff that’s most relevant. You can also keep up to date with what’s going viral on social media through the excellent Fire section, which also makes it easy for you to share popular videos yourself.
Download: Bleacher Report (Free)
5. Sync for reddit
Reddit is a fantastic place to follow the EPL. Its main football sub, /r/soccer, has match threads for every game, and — most importantly — it’s the first place you should go to see videos of goals, saves, fouls, and any other discussion point.
On top of that, there are subreddits for most teams. Their popularity tends to vary based on the size of the club, but they are a good way to discuss more niche topics while dodging the banter and memes of rival fans.
You might already have a favorite Reddit app, in which case carry on. If not, Sync for reddit is a worthy recommendation. It’s fast, powerful, and easy to use. Just beware of how addictive and time-wasting Reddit can become!
Download: Sync for reddit (Free)
6. Sky Sports Football Score Centre / NBC Sports App
Whether you call it football or soccer, there are apps you can use to watch games live, as long as you’re subscribed to the right service. In the U.K. the Sky Go and BT Sport apps offer live coverage of select matches. You can also get the Sky Sports Football Score Centre app, which shows goals and highlights straight after the games have finished.
In the U.S., you need the NBC Sports App, and in Australia, Optus Sport. The latter two support casting to your TV via a Chromecast.
In all cases you’ll never be short of games to watch.
7. WhoScored Football App
WhoScored.com is the best free website for EPL data. If you want to get the lowdown on your team’s latest signing, or find out who’s leading the league in pass completion, this is where you go. The WhoScored Football App brings much of that data direct to your phone.
Everything you want to know about the performance of a team, or any individual player, is here. And if you find the raw data overwhelming, WhoScored also uses an algorithm to convert it into a more easily digestible rating out of ten.
Download: WhoScored Football App (Free)
8. Stats Zone
Stats Zone describes itself as the most comprehensive football stats app in the world, and it’s hard to argue with that. It offers more than 1,500 pieces of data for every game. Every shot, every pass, every foul, and much more are recorded, and you can compare it all across teams and players.
It’s mindbogglingly detailed, and it gives you a level of insight that would previously have been impossible. Why does your team keep losing? The answer’s in here somewhere.
Stats Zone covers all matches played in the EPL, plus the top divisions in Spain, Italy, Germany, and France — and the Champions League.
Download: Stats Zone (Free)
If you join in the conversations on fan forums and Twitter, you’ll often see people sharing images illustrating what line-up and formation they’d pick for their team’s next game. Lineup11 is the app you need to do this.
Just create a team, pick a shirt style (from over 2,000 designs), a formation, and then add your players. When done, save your selection and you’ll be able to upload it instantly to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Download: Lineup11 (Free)
10. Football Prediction
Football Prediction takes a statistical approach to answering the age old question: Who’s going to win the big game this weekend?
By combining things like form data, historical results, and news on injuries and suspensions, the app gives you a forecast for each match. The probability of the home team winning, or the away team, or the game ending in a draw is shown as a percentage, and you can drill down into a more detailed analysis for greater context.
Download: Football Prediction (Free)
11. FM Mobile 2017
Finally, see if you can guide your team to glory in a soccer management game. The Jose Mourinho-approved Top Eleven is free to get started, but the cost of in-app purchases soon racks up. A better option is FM Mobile 2017.
Based on the legendary Football Manager game for desktop computers, it is the most realistic management simulator imaginable. It gives you complete control of your club, choosing the tactics, managing the budget, and taking care of your surly, overpaid players. FM Mobile 2017 is undoubtedly one of the best football games for Android.
Download: FM Mobile 2017 (Free)
Ready for Kick-Off
You’re now ready for kick-off. With all these apps you’ve got everything you need to follow the scores, chat with fans, crunch the numbers, and play along.
How do you like our list? Do you have any favorite apps of your own that we’ve missed? Leave your recommendations in the comments below.