Review of SofaScore — better than Ceefax

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We get our hands on the SofaScore live football scores app and bring you a review of the excellent features it provides the modern football fan.


When I was nine years old I remember watching the infamous 1995/96 Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle Utd. I think it was Ceefax page 303. You’d have to wait a minute or so for the screen to refresh with hot anticipation something would have changed — a goal, or at the very least a substitution.

There were alternatives. The rich kids had Rupert Murdoch’s new Sky beaming via their massive satellite dishes, and BBC Radio 5 Live provided commentary. There was something quite romantic about watching on Ceefax though. It’s a scene many football fans can relate to in one way or another.

Behind the rose-tinted glasses and longing for nostalgia which naturally encompasses us as football fans, watching a match on Ceefax was a pretty feeble way of watching football. You description of Stan Collymore’s injury time winner at school the next day was pure fiction.

Fast forward 18 years and I’m in my late-20s. I’ve grown up. I’ve got a job. I’ve got Murdoch’s Sky Sports (albeit spitefully). As it happens I’ve got a season ticket now and will be at Liverpool v Newcastle on the last day of the season when Liverpool lift the Premier League title.

But I’m out. A lot. Naturally I have responsibilities and don’t fancy spending my whole evening refreshing the TV screen for the latest scores. There’s now more football than ever to be interested in too — the Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 are all very accessible. I even keep an eye out for Almelo Hercules’ results in the Dutch Eredivisie (long story).

SofaScore allows me to do just that. I’m on the go and it keeps me updated with the scores I want to know. As the goals go in, SofaScores has them up within seconds — goalscorer and assist. It’s even got the starting lien-ups, substitutions, yellow cards, red cards, live statistics for the football hipsters, a live league table. That would take up at least five pages on old-school Ceefax!

Then there’s the best bit. With SofaScore, I can watch the goals. Not instantly, but not long after the ball has made the net ripple. Basically, the nice people at SofaScores scour the internet for YouTube, Daily Motion etc clips of the goals, and then make them easily available for you to watch on your phone over 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi.

I sit in the Lower Centenary at Anfield. At half-time in Liverpool’s 5-1 demolition of Arsenal last weekend, I got SofaScore up on my phone, mates and a few other faces gathered round and we watched the Reds’ first four goals back again and again and again.

Furthermore, SofaScore lets me choose my favourite leagues and matches to make them easier to monitor over the course of a match day. It doesn’t just stop at football either — basketball, ice hockey, tennis, baseball, rugby, NFL, handball, volleyball, snooker, darts, Aussie Rules, waterpolo and futsal are all covered too.

To put it simply, SofaScore is a must have app for fans who are on the move and have busy lives, but want to keep up with the football scores as they happen and want to watch the goals as they go in.

For more information about the SofaScore app, visit their website here.

SofaScore is available on Android, iPhone and Windows Phone.

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