Major League Soccer playoffs are right around the corner, and if you’re into this kind of football, it’s bound to be an exciting time. There are plenty of Android apps out there to help you keep tabs on scores, get in the spirit, and otherwise enjoy the last few matches.
Most of these are widely applicable to football all around the world too - even if you're not into MLS specifically, these apps can help you keep tabs on everything regardless of league. Of course, it's not all just scores and stats - we've got a few games kicked in there too just to keep you occupied once you're caught up on news.
MLS MatchDay is the official app for Major League Soccer. The usual stuff like scores and news is included, with additional filters and a club favoriting system to make sure you’re getting the information you’re keen about. Users can chip in for the subscription fee if they want to catch live streaming or on-demand video of their favorite matches.
Download: MLS MatchDay (Free, with subscription option)
FotMob is easily the most popular app for keeping tabs on soccer scores across many leagues. With FotMob, you can easily see the current standing, the top-scoring players, and latest news from sources like the Associated Press and Goal.com. There’s home screen widget support to see which matches are coming up next, and with an in-app upgrade, you can get push notifications and get rid of ads.
Download: FotMob (Free, $2.49 premium upgrade)
For a casual futbol game, Flick Soccer is great. It presents a variety of kicking games where players have to race against the clock, hit targets, and otherwise score some goals. The swipe recognition is highly polished and results in some very natural-feeling kicks. Even after the kick has landed, you can alter the trajectory with a quick swipe.
Download: Flick Soccer ($2.30)
Live Score Addicts
Live Score Addicts is another highly-regarded football app. The UI is a little more polished than FotMob, and you can get team notifications without a premium upgrade. Follow multiple leagues and teams, check current standings, and vote on the outcome for upcoming matches. If for whatever reason FotMob isn’t doing it for you, check out Live Score Addicts. With optional in-app purchases, you can buy new UI color schemes, too.
Download: Live Score Addicts (Free)
If you’re looking for something a little more intensive than Flick Soccer, FIFA 14 offers the full experience. Hand pick your team from across 33 leagues (including MLS), and play in stadiums from across the world. Smar new touch-optimized controls ditches the classic virtual control pad in favor of taps, swipes, and hold & drag controls. Over time you gather coins with which you can get new players and items for your team. Yes, you can buy those coins through in-app purchases if you're feeling lazy. A special Football Club Match Day mode reflects real-world news, such as suspensions and injuries, be reflected in-game.
Download: FIFA 14 (Free with IAPs)
That’s about it for our favorite soccer apps on Android, but what are yours? Which teams and leagues to you keep an eye on?