In case it wasn’t already obvious from looking around you in the streets, cafes or even in your own home, Australia is a nation that loves its smartphones. Research carried out by Deloitte last year says we are the first nation to hit 90 per cent in terms of smartphone penetration – the rest of the world will take another five years. 

Of course, when it comes to smartphones, we don’t actually spend much time using them for making calls or even for surfing the net. It’s all about the apps. Given that smartphones seem to be rapidly becoming an extension of ourselves, here are four top football apps that you may want to download. 

1.  A good all rounder

Whether you’re wanting to follow the Socceroos, your favourite A-league team or something farther afield such as the Premier League or MLS, onefootball has you covered. It might sound like a mind-boggling wealth of information, but you can customise it to only send you push notifications on the leagues, tournaments or teams that matter to you. 

There’s all the information you would expect regarding latest scores, team news and gossip – and there’s even some video content that is aggregated from various Twitter feeds. If you were only going to download one football app, this would probably be the one to choose. But of course, why download only one? 

2.  A sporting wager

Putting your money where your mouth is to back your favourite team makes a game all the more exciting, even if it is just a dollar or two. These days, there are hundreds of sports betting apps around, but Unibet is one of the most popular and best-known. As well as constantly updated odds, the app has some useful extras such as live streams and in-play markets, which allow you to place bets on games that are actually in progress. 

It also covers a range of other sports, so if you are also into sports such as AFL, cricket, tennis and rugby it is all there at your fingertips. 

3.  A streaming app

There are those who say the age of conventional TV is coming to a close. When you think of the way we catch up with the news or watch movies and box sets, it certainly seems like they could have a point, and sport is no different. 

There are plenty of sports streaming apps available to Australian viewers, but one of the best ones in terms of content for football fans is Optus. It has 24/7 coverage of matches from across the globe, including the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League. There are also plenty of features, interviews and highlights to choose from.

4.  One for the statisticians 

If you love analysing football stats or are an avid fantasy league player, there are several apps that contain all the information you could ask for. Stats Zone is a good freemium option that will keep you occupied for hours, analysing every moment of every game in terms of passes, shots and possession. To get the very latest info from current tournaments, you will need to pay a subscription fee, which is either $4 for specific leagues or $11 for access to everything. 

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