The introduction of web sockets makes it possible for web applications to handle near real-time data without resorting to "hacks" such as long-polling. One example of an application requiring up-to-the-minute data is sports scores.
Whether you follow the Premier League, Major League Soccer, Champions League, or local non-league teams, the right iPhone app can make all the difference. Here are our favorite iPhone apps for soccer fever. Here's how to make notifications useful again.
Read More. You can choose to follow teams, competitions, and players to get a personalized feed of what matters to you.
The app manages to pack in a lot of information in a concise matter, which makes it easy to follow and catch up on news. Notifications let you follow all the action from your favorite teams, which makes this a great match day companion.
Download: Onefootball Free 2. Almost every semi-professional league is included, from top flight European soccer to leagues across Africa, Asia, and beyond. Download: LiveScore Free 3.
The app claims to provide the fastest goal alerts, but in my experience most of the apps on this list that offer this functionality are pretty punctual. One neat feature worth mentioning is the head-to-head data analysis, which delves into the history of previous matches between two clubs.
Download: Goal Live Scores Free 4. Bleacher Report The official app for the website of the same name, Bleacher Report approaches sports coverage from a distinctly social angle. In addition to soccer, the app covers a variety of sports including hockey, MMA, Olympics, AFL, and college soccer among many, many others.
This draws on a huge number of sources to deliver every tiny bit of news or rumor relating to your team. This includes gossip and drama, as well as the usual fitness reports, transfer news, and post-game reactions from players and coaches. Download: Bleacher Report Free 5.
The app is fairly barebones and not particularly pretty to look at, but the data is all there.
You can follow individual teams and competitions, and opt to get notifications on a per-match basis. The statistic reporting is on a par with LiveScore, with a huge number of obscure clubs and competitions to choose from.
You can also quickly look up individual players to see a wealth of information, from birthplace to current form, weight, and height. Forza Football Forza Football might just have the slickest interface of any app on this list.
You can tap on teams to get more information about their current standing, transfer news, and current squad.
Notifications are entirely customizable, with ten metrics to choose from including goals, match start, and video highlights where applicable.
For ease of use and aesthetics, Forza rivals Onefootball in overall user friendliness.
Download: Forza Football Free 7. Here are the best sports management games you can play today. This app delves into every pass, shot, and on-field play with all the detailed statistics and dizzying graphics you could hope for.
Download: Stats Zone Free, subscription available 8. The app also makes a great match companion, with detailed updates about in-game happenings, statistic breakdowns, and lineup information.
The overall user experience is excellent, and it even integrates with the official EPL fantasy soccer game.