Best free apps for FIFA World Cup 2014

With the World Cup ongoing, your phone or tablet will become an essential tool for allowing you to follow and even join in with all the football action wherever you are. Here we list our favourite Android apps for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

5 Best free apps for FIFA World Cup 2014: Get exclusive coverage with the Official FIFA World Cup App 

Best free apps for FIFA World Cup 2014

The free Official FIFA World Cup App is an obvious place for football fans to start, offering exclusive coverage of the sporting event. You'll get match alerts from your favourite teams and can follow all the games live in the Global Stadium. A live blog offers up-to-the-minute information on what's happening, and you'll find exclusive text, photo and video coverage. There's detailed player profiles, and you can join in by voting on the Man of the Match. Plus, the Official FIFA World Cup App gives you the chance to win the kickoff ball from each match. What's not to like? See also Best World Cup 2014 TV deals. 

5 Best free apps for FIFA World Cup 2014: Follow the football live with TVCatchup, or on-demand through iPlayer and ITV Player 

Best free apps for FIFA World Cup 2014

All the FIFA World Cup 2014 matches will be broadcast over BBC and ITV, which means free TVCatchup is the perfect app for keeping tabs on the footie action, whether you're in the office or walking the dog. It's a great app for live-streaming content from other Freeview channels, too, but note that a TV Licence is required to use it (also see: Do I need a TV Licence?). Those without a TV Licence, or anyone who is looking to catch up on the World Cup matches they've missed, should instead turn to the free BBC iPlayer and ITV Player on-demand apps. The iPlayer app will even let you download content to your Android phone for viewing up to 30 days after it was broadcast. Just be careful you don't go over your data limit if you're watching over 3G. In this article we explain in more detail how to watch the World Cup, plus offer a World Cup match schedule. Also check out our TVCatchup, BBC iPlayer and ITV Player reviews. 

5 Best free apps for FIFA World Cup 2014: Tune in to the World Cup with BBC iPlayer Radio and TalkSport 

Best free apps for FIFA World Cup 2014

Sometimes, such as when you're at work, it won't be possible to follow the football onscreen, but you might just get away with donning a pair of headphones and tuning into World Cup radio broadcasts. BBC Five Live and TalkSport both promise to cover every match live, with the former available through the free BBC iPlayer Radio app and the latter through TalkSport's own app. In this article we explain in greater depth how to listen live to the FIFA World Cup 2014. 

5 Best free apps for FIFA World Cup 2014: Play your own game with EA Sport's FIFA 14 

Best free apps for FIFA World Cup 2014

Despite all those childhood dreams, you didn't make the cut for England's 2014 World Cup team. But that doesn't mean you can't join in the action. While the £29 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil game is available only on PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360, World Cup teams and matches are supported by EA Sports' free FIFA 14 game for Android and iOS phones and tablets. It requires 1.35GB of storage space on your device but, if you have the capacity, FIFA 14 is a great game, with intuitive touch controls that let you feel the excitement of every pass, shot and tackle, audible commentaries in multiple languages, and the ability to build your ultimate team. 

5 Best free apps for FIFA World Cup 2014: Just can't wait for 12 June? Check out ESPN's 2014 FIFA World Cup app 

Best free apps for FIFA World Cup 2014

ESPN has been getting ready for the World Cup to kick off for some weeks now. Its 32 Teams in 32 Days project has for the past few weeks been profiling all 32 teams competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with final team and World Cup host Brazil appearing today (11 June). Check out the app for in-depth analysis of key players, expectations and tactics, along with video and commentary, live scores, news and analysis. There's also a dedicated blog for each team, which will continue throughout the tournament. ESPN is drawing on the expert knowledge of its football coverage teams in the UK, US, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and more to provide interesting content such as World Cup Memories, Top 10 World Cup Moments, World Cup 2014: Everything You Need To Know, and more. Check it out.

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