Tablets and smartphones provide ever more ways for fans of Premier League football (European football, that is) to stay informed — and entertained — between matches, and also during them. There may not be many live matches on UK TV, but these apps will let you stay up to date wherever you are in the world. A few of them will even let you play some games of your own.
The Sky Sports Football Score Centre
Sky TV has long been something of a monopolist when it comes to televising Premier league games, but at least they put their access to good use, including putting out some quality apps. The Sky Sports Football Score Centre leaves out all the other sports and gives you just what you want: European football. It has all the domestic leagues, all the way to the Conference, and a few other European divisions as well. You’ll find FC Arsenal and many other teams — the only thing this app won’t do is let you buy tickets for Arsenal games. (Click here for that.) You can set up push notifications to alert you to your favorite teams, and there’s even a pub finder so you can locate a local establishment that’s showing live Sky Sports football.
ESPN FC is another excellent all-round app, featuring a simple layout and everything you’d want to follow on the Premier league and a variety of other leagues also. While it it isn’t the best designed ESPN app, it has everything that counts: push notifications, videos, and podcast.
The BBC Sport app is one of the must haves, not just for football. All BBC online content can be had via this app, including video highlights, interviews, live text commentary, “as it stands” tables with scores as matches are being played, and more. The BBC may not have the Premier League live via TV, but they do a superb job of covering it via their mobile app and online. Since it’s the BBC there are region restrictions, but if you can get it you should.
NBC Sports Live Extra
Since NBC is the rights holder for Premier League coverage in the United States, if you’re an American fan of Premier League football this is the app you should have. It features video on demand, push notifications, live events, and more.
The newest player in Premier League football coverage, BT Sport launched just in time for fans looking to enjoy the new season. The BT Sport pay TV channel just purchased the rights to show a live game in England’s top division each week, and they’ve put out a companion iPhone app to go with it. For subscribers of the channel, this app will let you watch on demand and live content which the channel puts out (including European football) but you must be a subscriber and therefore in the UK. When it comes to Premier League matches, this app can also be a “second screen” experience as a companion to the game you have on TV.
The big new app recently is Sun+ Goals, which offers “nearly live” mobile video highlights from Premier League matches while the matches are running. It does require a subscription, but you also get scores, videos, and a full highlights package for Saturday evening.