Great apps are a big part of what makes for a great mobile (or even desktop) device. As iPad users, we’ve been fortunate that right from the start there have been rich pickings when it comes to great iPad apps – and we continue to be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding excellent apps for just about any purpose. Our weekly picks for iPad App of the Week celebrate some of these, and appear here every Saturday.
This week’s pick is FIFA Official App. This is of course the official app from football’s governing body, FIFA, freshly updated yesterday for the 2014 World Cup. The World Cup is the world’s biggest sporting event and my long-time co-favorite sporting event alongside the summer Olympics – and the FIFA Official App should serve as the perfect companion app to enjoy the tournament with.
Here are some of the highlights and features of the app:
News: All the latest news and stories leading up to and during the tournament. This section is already packed with the latest information on teams, players, injuries, and plenty more.
The full schedule for the entire tournament:
The Global Stadium: The closest the app offers to live coverage of the matches, described like so: follow minute-by-minute action, live from all 64 games, Joinin and share your excitement with your friends, players, coaches and celebrities.
World Rankings & Standings: the rankings coming into the tournament and group standings as play progresses.
You can get match alerts for your favorite team/s and for all final results, and vote for Man of the Match.
There’s a Games section too where it looks like you can make picks on who will win and choose your own sort of fantasy team. I wanted to get into this section but my 5 minute exploration of it found way too much sponsor advertising and no easy way to just dive into the games – so I gave up pretty quickly.
For those of use who love the World Cup but sadly can’t take a month off to sit in pubs and enjoy every minute of it, this FIFA app is a must-have to keep up with all the details and news.
Here’s an App Store link for FIFA Official App; it’s a free app.
If you’re after more great iPad apps, check out our Best iPad Apps section.