It's been a LONG summer. Last year we had the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil to savor. A whole glorious month of pure, unadulterated soccer action to tide us over between domestic seasons. This year... not so much as a Euro Cup. Thank the Lord for small mercies, at least we've had the Women's World Cup in Canada to keep us going... which has actually been brilliant (and has laughed in the face of sneering critics who think that football isn't for girls).
But none of that matters now. Nothing matters now. The football season is back. And we're looking forward to the 2015-2016 season like never before (not least because my own little team was promoted to the Championship last season).
To celebrate football coming home, we've got 11 iPhone apps that'll help feed your footie addiction with all the news, goals, stats, video highlights, and banter you'll need to make this soccer season your best yet.
Official sources are always the most trustworthy (even more-so now Sepp Blatter's out the way), and the official FIFA app brings you news straight from the horse's mouth. With a neat and polished design, its news section summarizes and highlights key ongoing events about every competition in the beautiful game.
This solid app from the Beeb is one of the best all-rounders for sporting events, and its footie coverage is second to none. Use BBC Sport to add cool notifications widgets to your home screen (so you don't miss any of the action), get audio and video replays, match analysis, and all the latest touchline gossip.
Football Score Centre ought to be a solid regular in your football app line-up. With instant alerts for your favorite team, live game text commentary, Champions League video highlights, and live photos, you'll never give Sky Sports Live the red card.
Onefootball is one of the most comprehensive soccer apps out there. As well as news, scores, and tables from more than 100 leagues and competitions, it also boasts minute-by-minute commentaries, videos, and tweakable alerts. Plus, the Friends feature lets you chat with fellow footie fanatics.
LiveScore by SofaScore is a veteran to the sports news genre, and a pro at providing more technical team info, match details, and stats. If you're more interested in reading articles and match reports, LiveScore is probably not for you.
If you want great summaries, including video highlights of goals and controversial match moments, then ESPN FC Soccer is the app you were dreaming of. See all the important stats at a glance, thanks to a user-friendly layout and well-curated info.
Romeo and Juliet. Bacon and eggs. Football and a pint. Classic pairings that no mere mortal should ever put asunder. MatchPint is an absolute godsend for footie fans in the UK. Pick your match, find out which pubs are showing the game, and invite your pals along. Checking in earns you points redeemable for... more beer! Back of the net!
FotMob is understandably one of the most popular apps for keeping tabs on soccer scores across the leagues. See league tables and top scorers at a glance, and news from sources like the Associated Press and Goal.com. There’s also a neat home screen widget for upcoming matches.
"Got. Got. Got. Not got." Did you spend your school days in the playground, swapping your entire squad, all for that oh-so-rare striker? Relive the good times with KICK 2016, a neat football trading card app for the Barclays Premier League, Bundesliga, and Major League Soccer. Earn real-time points based on how players perform on the pitch, and make mega-deals with traders across the globe.
Instead of offering sections (news, fixtures, results, etc.) that are browsable via separate windows, Team Stream has one giant news feed, fixed on one team only. So if you're City 'til you die, you'll have all the related Tweets, latest news, Instagram posts, videos, and all manner of multimedia content on the Sky Blues you could ever hope for.