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Ready for football season? Here are a few Windows Phone apps to help you keep up with all the Gridiron action

Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Football Apps
Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Football Apps

Our Windows Phones are great tools to keep up with life while on the go.  Be it checking your email, making calls, surfing the internet or checking in on your favorite social network.  With football season being right around the corner, many will be turning to their Windows Phones to keep tabs with all the scores, standings and stats from their favorite College or Professional football team.

To help you get ready for some football, this week's app roundup, we take a peak at four football oriented apps for our Windows Phone. 

 

Football Pro 14

Football Pro '14 (free): Billed as the ultimate football app for our Windows Phone, Football Pro has been around for a few seasons and the 2014 version landed in the Windows Phone Store just the other day.  Football Pro '14 is nicely laid out to help you keep track of all the scores, stats and standings from the National Football League.

Key features for Football Pro '14 include live streaming radio broadcasts of games, the latest news from every team, full rosters and detailed information about all players (including a player comparison tool and stat leaders), a sports talk chat area, access to various NFL podcasts and a Fantasy Playoff Prediction game for bragging rights.

With Football Pro '14 you can also tag your favorite team for quick and easy access on stats, standings, scores and news on that team.

Football Pro '14 is a free, ad supported app for your Windows Phone 7.x and 8 devices. You can pick up Football Pro '14 here in the Windows Phone Store.  Please note that if you're already enjoying Football Pro '13, an update is available that will refresh the app to the 2014 version.

NFL Mobile

NFL Mobile (free): NFL Mobile was recently re-released for Windows Phone 8 and is the official app of the NFL. You can use NFL Mobile to tap into your NFL.com account or skip all that and just enjoy a well laid out football app.

When you first launch NFL Mobile you'll be asked to tag a favorite team and choose which alerts you want active. From there you are taken to the main pages that covers NFL news in general, news from your favorite team, NFL videos, and a menu page that will take you to news, scores, your team page, your fantasy team page, schedules, standings, other team pages, access to the NFL shop, find tickets to the game (via TicketMaster), and access NFL Mobile's settings.

Settings cover everything from your profile information, a help section, alert settings, and NFL.com subscriptions. As an added bonus, Verizon Wireless subscribers can upgrade to premium features for access to the NFL RedZone on Sunday, live NFL games on Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights and live game audio and the NFL Network 24/7.

One nice feature on NFL Mobile is a one touch button that sits at the bottom of the screen throughout the app that will take you straight to scores. It's handy way to stay on top of all the games in progress.

NFL Mobile is only available for Windows Phone 8 devices, it's a free app and you can pick it up here in the Windows Phone Store.

College Football Scoreboard

College Football Scoreboard (free): For those who follow the college games closer than you do the pro league, we have the Windows Phone app, College Football Scoreboard.

There's not much to College Football Scoreboard but it does offer a respectable amount of information on NCAA football. Main pages cover news stories, schedules and scores. You can view the information for all FBS and FCS teams or tap the "change" link towards the top of the page to filter things down to your favorite league or the top 25 teams.

College Football Scoreboard has Live Tile support with scores updated every thirty minutes and you can update scores within the app automatically as quickly as every thirty seconds. Need to conserve your data? College Football Scoreboard will let you limit when news images can be downloaded (over WiFi only, data or WiFi, and never).

Lastly College Football Scoreboard has lockscreen support to throw out the scores on your Windows Phone lockscreen. It may not have many bells and whistles but if prefer game day being on Saturdays, College Football Scoreboard is worth checking out.

College Football Scoreboard is a free, ad supported app for both Windows Phone 8 and 7.x devices that you can find here at the Windows Phone Store.

ESPN Fantasy Football

ESPN Fantasy Football (free): Fantasy football has grown by leaps and bounds over the years and is an integral part of the NFL experience. It should be no surprise that ESPN is one of the leading sources for fantasy football leagues.

With that being said, the ESPN Fantasy Football app for our Windows Phones is a great way to keep track of and manage your ESPN fantasy football teams. You'll still need to go to ESPN.com and create your fantasy team but once you have your lineup set, the Windows Phone app kicks into gear.

The ESPN Fantasy Football app will let you manage your team by starting or benching players; add, drop and claim players off waivers; and propose, accept or reject trades with other owners in your fantasy league. You also have access to ESPN's Fantasy League news, videos and tweets from ESPN analysts.

Scoring is provided through the FantasyCast Live Scoring that provides real-time player and matchup scoring updates. ESPN Insiders can also manage push notifications for the Fantasy Football app.

All totaled, if you are participating in an ESPN fantasy football league, you need the ESPN Fantasy Football app on your Windows Phone. It's a free app that you can download here in the Windows Phone Store.


There are still tons of football apps in the Windows Phone Store. You have the heavy weights such as ScoreMobile, ESPN Scorecenter, and the ESPN Hub but these cover the full spectrum of sporting events. Then there are the team apps that focus solely on College or Professional teams.

Football season is just around the corner and if you have a favorite Windows Phone app to help you keep up with the news, stats, scores and standings... sound off in the comments below.

Oh...and I can't resist...WAR EAGLE!

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Cubeddd says:

Sigh. I thought you meant Soccer. I forgot where wpc resides. Maybe try 'American football' next time? Also you should do one for the Barclays Premier League season. And shouldn't the Bing sports app be included in this list?

Dirett says:

^ so true.. this isn't football!

bguy_1986 says:

BULL SQUEEZE!!!!!  This is football!!! hahaha

DeriQuan says:

Sigh~ How to call it football when you can run with the ball on your hand.,..

True....football is meant to play with your footbal not hand

Josh Harman says:

So why do goalies get to use their hands?

TechJunkie81 says:

"What you call football we call soccer, and what you call war crimes we call football".

Dan Strong1 says:

Football? You mean American Rugby?

Tragic says:

I love Rugby and I'm American :) I don't like American Football though. "Handegg"

topleya says:

Real football doesn't involve hands ;)

rahulthewall says:

Next time please specify that you meant American football.

kivancio says:

oh my god, football ? you mean american football ? please refer to the correct terminology. In football hand play is not allowed.

gwinegarden says:

I prefer to call it "hand egg". 

rd_nest says:

Maybe they should change the name of this website to wpcentral for 'mericans'

I also thought you were referring to European Football, we could use a proper app, but I'll refrain from making semantic consideration about what one and other should be called, it's getting old.

TheDarKnight says:

Football already started, BPL!

TheDarKnight says:

Guys try "the football app", its the best out there, live scores toast notifications for teams you pick.

DJCBS says:

Sorry, America. This is NOT football. Stop trying to be different from the rest of the world! =P

But yeah...next time, if you don't want to call it American Rudby, at least write "American football". That way many of us won't be mislead. ;)

wpguy says:

I don't even like football (American football, for those of you who are context-challenged), but the more apps with big names behind them the better.

TheZuneLune says:

You should have Pro Football. Many of us are college football fanatics. And American football is football as God intended it.

drkgrss says:

No he doesn't mean "American football" or "American rugby". He means football. This is an american site so you're going to get american terminology. Maybe George will be nice enough to do an article on soccer for you.

kivancio says:

since there is more people non-american here, this site should use "football" in real meaning.

jay_max says:

As an American, I disagree.  NFL is American Football.  Soccer is football.
I have a feeling that most of the 67,000 fans at this weekend's Seattle Sounders-Portland Timbers match will agree with me.  Go Sounders!

gwinegarden says:

The British were calling their game football a few hundred years before The US  even existed. 

Ther british were also the ones that started calling it soccer in the first place, they invented the phrase, chew on that.

firehouse31 says:

Where is the yahoo fantasy football app???

bguy_1986 says:

I'd like one of those..

TechJunkie81 says:

Would be very nice to have.

toph36 says:

Switch to ESPN or NFL.com!  At least they are supporting WP.  2 of my leagues are on ESPN.  Unfortunately, the third is on CBS, but that league is going into something like its 15th season on CBS, and its 20th season overall.  So I am stuck using the browswer with the full site.  At least they could do is have a good mobile app.

nizzon says:

To all the haters of American football... especially the euros like myself... Take a few minutes to learn the rules of this sport and you will realize how awesome it is. Once you learn the rules it doesn't seem that slow paced anymore. Few sports utilizes sportsmen with such varied physics and talents.

BonzeUK says:

Anything described as "awesome" (twice) usually isn't. ;-)

nizzon says:

Lol that looks so bad I need to edit it, thanks :)

gwinegarden says:

Average minutes of actual play in an NFL game............12.

jay_max says:

That made me laugh.  I also like American Football (Huskies and Seahawks fan), but who are we kidding.  Those guys couldn't put in a Full 90 without a rest.

average amout of time spent just kicking a ball around in soccer.....all of it.

There is also an Official Green Bay Packers app. It is a brand new app that actually released on all phone plateforms at once (I'd like to see more people do that!) Check it out here.

Aryan Angel says:

Oh, it's hand egg... I thought you were talking about real football.

BK-one says:

Can anyone recommend a yahoo fantasy football managing app for windows phone 8?

NurzeScott says:

Try StatGnome.....it is the only one I know of.  I don't believe it lets you manage the roster though, but don't hold me to that.

Oakdale Dude says:

There's actually a couple of other apps to manage Yahoo FF Leagues besides StatGnome

I can't really give a fair evaluation or opinion on them though until the season starts and I see what thy can do.
 

cannon#WP says:

Fantasy Ferret lets you view your teams and matchups but it doesn't let you manage the roster either. I also don't know if it was updated for WP8.

graboskyc says:

I use fantasy ferret. Its WP7.5 but works fine on WP8. Nothing special, hasn't been updated in a long time, but gets the job done.

Tahiti Bob says:

This isn't football, football is what you call soccer.

nizzon says:

You mean that spectacle where so called sportsmen fall like a leaf just by the thought of contact and cry like babies? Yeah that is usually the sport called football.
This is indeed something else.

dkxs says:

I thought it's about foot-ball as the new season just got started in Europe. Even we Asians call that football.

Oakdale Dude says:

Ok, let's not call it football. Instead it can be referred to the "American Legal Money Printing Machine" Cause basically that's what it is

...And for the record, not mentioned here but the best Football App IMO, err, I mean American Football App....OH! F**K it..The best  NFL App is "Football Live" it's way more useful then the NFL or ESPN versions.

But don't mistake Football Live with American Football Live.

The later does not exist yet.

wpguy says:

Football refers to a number of sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball with the foot to score a goal. The most popular of these sports worldwide is association football, more commonly known as just "football" or "soccer". Unqualified, the word football applies to whichever form of football is the most popular in the regional context in which the word appears, including association football, as well as American football, Australian rules football, Canadian football, Gaelic football, rugby league, rugby union,[1] and other related games. These variations of football are known as football codes.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football
 
Could you please continue with the petty bickering? I find it most intriguing.

Oakdale Dude says:

Since we're on the topic of titles, I think the sport of cricket should change its name too. Maybe add an extra "T" or call it Cricket...The Game!

That way it won't be confused with those little buggers that like to rub their legs together and chirp and who were actually here before the sport.

Team Tiles - SEC will be going "free" this season. It is currently awaiting MS approval in the store...
http://www.wpcentral.com/team-tiles-sec-windows-phone-8-woo-pig-sooie-or-geaux-tigers

cannon#WP says:

I have a sneaking suspicion that, while a lot of you are outside of the US, that a majority of the traffic to this site is from inside of the US. Therefore, to the supposed majority, "Football" instantly connects us with the grid iron. I'm sure the WPC UK site that doesn't exist, but maybe should, would have called it "American Football".
 
Thanks for the roundup George!

Mr.Moonlight says:

"American Football" is simply called "Football" in the USA (logically, as they know what country they're living in). WPCentral, being an American website, calls it what they know it as.
If they were talking about soccer/football, they would have written "Soccer".
This pissing and moaning about semantics is stupid...I don't see any comments from Canadians complaining "Shucks, I thought you were talking about Canadian Football."
Get a grip, people. It would be like me going to a Premiere League site from the UK
and demanding they change the word "football" to "soccer". How stupid is that?

Roll Tide!!!!!!!!! #16 is otw!!! Dynasty!!!!!!!

Josh Harman says:

War Eagle, really?
Just lost so much respect for th author.
GO DAWGS!

Chi28n2k says:

Cracking up at the whining soccer fans! A better ef glance throught the article would tell anyone that this is "American" football.

blegs38552 says:

Do any of these provide live tiles for individual games, and for custom alerts? I have NFL Scores and Alerts installed which does both of these.

how1ard says:

Football is a sport played around the world by a multitude of nations and many professional leagues. American football is so called because it's only played at any meaningful level in the United States., Canada and Germany. 
The world game is football, the numbers tell their own story, both recreationally and professionally football is so much bigger than American Football to mention them in the same sentence is ridiculous. 
Call it semantics if you like, I call it fact. 
Having said all of that, I couldn't care less about the headline of this article I learned a long time ago that this site is based in the USA and caters to those residing there. Such is life, jog on, nothing to see here. 

Josh Harman says:

In America, most of the people who play soccer are immigrants and children too young for football. It's a small group.

Aryan Angel says:

And by immigrants, you mean Europeans who arrived late to America?

jay_max says:

Not true at all.  Just saw a report the other day, that 150,000 kids in the State of Washington play soccer, far outstripping every other sport.  Just one of the adult soccer leagues in Seattle (there are more than one) has over 400 teams.

fahad kazi says:

Guys I came here for football and you give me handball that isn't fair :P

Josh Harman says:

Ever played handball?

Tegument says:

the bing sports app is pretty good too and you can pin your favorite team to the home screen ;)

locokip says:

Only issue I've found with the Bing app is that if I go to my favorite team thru the team pin, I can't go from there back to the entire league without having to go ba k to the home screen and then going into the regular Bing sports app and drilling back into NFL, BPL, MLB, etc.

locokip says:

Note to our Red-coated friends that I spelled "favorite" correctly!

locokip says:

In case you are looking for an International Football app (American Soccer), Rich Edmunds did a post last year with some good suggestions. http://www.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-central-app-roundup-soccer-apps

how1ard says:

@Josh. What's that got to do with anything? The world football population dwarfs American Football many times over.

Yet the Super Bowl as of late consistently draws as many, if not more, viewers on average than say the UEFA Champions League Final. People around the world may not be wearing the jerseys and sporting the apparel, but they are at least curious.

How do you upgrade to football pro 14 from the paid version of 13? I don't see any update in the store?

how1ard says:

@person of interest. That's funny. The biggest single sporting event in the world? The olympics, second The world cup, third? The European Championships. Played by countries, you can't do that with American football.
The Superbowl is impressive, don't get me wrong, it's just not even in the same league as a game played country versus country. That I'm afraid is a stone cold fact not a point of view.

slap0rama says:

Why do non-Americans come to an American site and complain about what is football? In the US, football is football, we call that other sport "soccer". No one cares about "soccer" in the US.

danarj says:

this stupid american  football they do not even use thier feet in the game.

scdkad says:

Maybe because it's against the rules.

how1ard says:

SlapOrama = Because you don't own the world or language.

how1ard says:

Or the internet, which was invented by a Brit.

Mr.Moonlight says:

I thought Al Gore invented the internet. I'm confused :-S

scdkad says:

Surprised that Lunosoftware's apps are not mentioed. The best use of live tiles and scoring updates and alert notifications are almost instantaneous. Note that their apps just give score and standings-no news or any other info. Just great tiles that show progress of games..

Neil Katz says:

yep...and that's why I have their NFL and MLB apps on my phone. For news, I can always go to ESPN or Bing apps.

Yeah! And Rugby doesn't even use rugs!!! What's up with that???