It’s football season! The 94th season of the NFL is about to kick off here in a few days the most beloved sport in the United States will be back until January. That means those of us who are football fans will be looking for apps to put on our Android phones to keep us up on the latest events, check scores, play some games, and even look over our fantasy football league. So let’s check out the best football apps for Android. If you’d rather watch than read, the video is at the bottom.
Of course the first on our list today is the official app of the NFL, called NFL Mobile. This app contains pretty much everything an NFL fan needs for a full season. This includes news, NFL.com fantasy, schedules, standings, and even a shop for merchandise and tickets.
It’s a solid app and a good all-in-one solution for your NFL needs. The news is only from NFL.com so you don’t get opinions from bloggers around the league. Also, some of the functionality, like watching live games, is limited only to Verizon Wireless customers. So you can only get its true value if you subscribe to big red. If this what you want, click the Google Play button below.
Next up is the official app for The Score. The Score is known as a reliable source of sports news and even though their official app covers all sports, they’re still a great option for football fans. You can look at scores, standings, league leaders in various categories, and schedules.
This is actually a very well done app. It’s very clean and easy to use so if you don’t want something complicated, this is a great option. Also, a big plus is that this covers other sports as well so if you’re not just a football fan, you can find news from other sports. Use the Google Play button below to download it.
ScoreCenter is number 7 and if you’re a fan of ESPN, this is the app you’re looking for. It’s a well done app that delivers scores and news from all sports, including NFL and NCAA football. You can find scores, schedules, standings, and all the news you need to keep up to date.
The only downside is you have to create an account to get all the fun customization features. You can assign a favorite sport, a favorite team, and even add notifications for those things if you want them. It’s a great app on its own, but it’s much better if you feel like taking the time to sign up. If you want to check it out, use the Google Play button below.
Number 6 on our list is called NFL Matchups and it’s the first game on our list. If you need to kill a few minutes between quarters or commercials, then this could be a fun little app for you. It’s essentially a simulation game with a few mini games to make your team better.
The game requires Facebook login, which we know isn’t a great feature to have anymore. Also, it’s a little cheesy in terms of content and graphics. So it’s not the best game ever made. That said, if you just need something to kill a few minutes, it’s not that bad. To play, click the Google Play button below.
For most, football is football but we know there are some people who enjoy college football more. Number 5 on our list are for those people and it’s called College Football Scoreboard. As you can imagine, it’s an app that revolves around college football.
The app contains pretty much everything you need for an NCAA season. This includes news from a number of sources, standings, scores, and more for over a dozen conferences in multiple divisions. The schedules haven’t been updated for the 2013 season yet, but the news has been so we assume an update is coming soon. If you want to try it out, the download button is below.
Yahoo! is known for having one of the best fantasy sports platforms available and clocking in at number 4 is their fantasy football app. As you can imagine, it allows you to have complete control over your teams in multiple leagues so you don’t need a computer to play fantasy football.
Using this app, you can create or join a league, join a mock draft or the actual draft for your league, and pretty much everything else you need to do in a fantasy league. There is also access to a fantasy oriented football blog. If you plan on doing fantasy football on Yahoo! this season, this app is a must have. Do note, it only supports Yahoo! fantasy sports, not ESPN or NFL.com. If you want it, click the Google Play button below.
The first in our top 3 is another game called NFL Kicker 13. In this simple game, you’ll create a simple character and kick field goals. The premise of NFL Kicker 13 is very simple and it doesn’t take long to master, so if you need something more in depth, you won’t find it here.
As stated the game doesn’t take long to figure out. This is a great little game you can use to get through some commercials or any other time you want to kill a few minutes with some football. The controls are easy, the graphics aren’t terrible, and it’s free. Can’t ask for much more than that. If this seems up your alley, download it using the button below.
Number 2 on our list is far and wide the best football game for mobile devices. Currently, your only option is NFL Pro 13 by Gameloft, but as we reported last week, NFL Pro 14 is well on its way. The good news is both games are free so you’re not losing out on anything to play one while you wait for the other.
The graphics and gameplay were surprisingly good for a mobile device and that’s probably why people like this game so much. The controls take some getting used to but that’s pretty much how it works for all video games. If you need a football game to keep you busy during the week, this is a great one to have. If you want NFL Pro 2014, you’ll have to wait a little longer, but you can pick up 2013 using the button below.
Here it is, our number 1 rated app for football and it’s NFL Trash Talk. As you can imagine, trash talking is practically a pastime when it comes to sports and now there is an app where you can let out the rage during a game. For people who get vocal during games, this app can be a great way to let off some steam.
This app is actually really fun. Upon opening you’re asked to select your favorite team. You’re then connected to two chat rooms. One is a private chat for just fans of your favorite team. The other is a chatroom you share with fans of the team your team faces that week. It’s a great way to communicate with fellow football fans and trash talk the other guys. If you’re ready to start trash talking, use the button below.
If you check out the leaderboard you can see how these apps stack up against one another. As per the norm, this is how you rated them, not us. You’ll find no bias here. If you want to try these apps out, the links are in the video description.
This list has all the essentials for an NFL or NCAA fan. You can find news, standings, scores, chatrooms with other fans, and even games. So it was hard to put a value on them since most of them do different things. For best results, we recommend downloading a few to get the full experience. If there’s a great app we missed, let us know in the comments.
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You guys didn’t list the official NFL Fantasy 2013 app.
That being said, I hate when some high-profile apps like NFL Mobile and NFL Fantasy 2013 are just web wrappers and not proper apps. NFL Mobile is plain ugly, doesn’t support swipes, it’s poorly design and lacks countless features that it should have.
Between the ads and the “other stories” menu you have only 3/5 of the screen to read news or articles. It’s that bad.
With that disaster of apps from the NFL, I just have a bookmark for their website, which opens in mobile version. It’s much better than using these two apps.
In the NFL Fantasy 2013 app you can’t even see the home of your league(s) to read posts from your friends or post your own.
The only reason the official NFL app made it at all on this list was because the Bleacher Report app is terrible with keywords so didn’t appear at all in my searches of “sports” “NFL” “NCAA football” “college football” “football” “national football league” or any of my other ones. Those people need to work on their keywords soooo bad lol. But yes I agree. In general, the official apps of most sports (NHL, NBA, NFL, etc) are pretty terrible. For being multi billion dollar organizations, you’d think they could find and hire an app dev with some design talent, eh?
Next do 9 best Football apps ^_^
Got to say Yahoo and ESPN have decent mobile web sites and I’ll be checking a few others this weekend. I’ll take a browser shortcut over another app for this kind of thing.
here we go brownies, here we go!
Good to know about this football games in the mobile. Why are the ad network companies like appnext or adcolony remaining mum? Do they have such mobile games based on football?
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