FIFA World Cup trophy
FIFA World Cup trophy displayed in Sao Paulo.Reuters

The much awaited FIFA World Cup 2014 is about to kick-off at the Samba nation, Brazil, in just few hours time with host taking on the lesser fancied challengers Croatia (they do have a talented bunch to pull off an upset) at São Paulo on Thursday (12 June) 4:00 P.M. ET (1:30 AM IST, 13 June, India)

All fans will be eager to catch every bit of updates (live scores, team composition, match schedules) of their favorite team, but it's not possible for everybody to be in front of the TV to witness live action, some will be working late, travelling, commuting back to home/or going to work (late shift), and considering the Football's uncertainty factor where in the dynamics of the game can change in few minutes (even seconds do count), no die-hard fans wants to miss any action on the field, fret not there are tools to bring live action right into your palms (via smartphones).

As more than 80 percent smartphones (smart devices) in the world are powered by Android mobile operating system, we have compiled a list of top rated live Football score update apps available in the Google Play store.

[Note: The list is based on the ratings of the users provided to the Google Play store, the ratings are bound to change with time and increase in app downloads, this list is based on current statistics available at the time of reporting]

Top 10 FIFA World Cup 2014 Football Score Update Android Applications:

FIFA (developed by FIFA):

Key features:

  • This is the official 2014 Football world cup app released by the FIFA(Fédération Internationale de Football Association).
  • It brings live scores, new updates, match schedule details (all 64 matches), new points table, daily Live Blog, exclusive text, photo and video coverage.
  • Updates on host nation Brazil (cities and stadium details).
  • Variety of games in the Club, including Fantasy, Dream Team, Your XI, Predictor and more.
  • Get info on favorite players and coaches from all 32 competing teams.

Jalvasco World Cup 2014 (developed by Jalvasco Apps)

Key features:

  • Full data customization - tracking chosen teams, groups, matches and conferences- schedule of all matches in the championship.
  • Users can check out results in off line mode (without Internet connection) as well.
  • App keeps track of match details including scorers, line-up, substitute players, cards, the list of substitutions.
  • Users can set the application to specific time zone.

ESPN FC Soccer & World Cup (developed by ESPN Inc.):

Key features:

  • ESPN is the exclusive FIFA Official U.S. Broadcaster, the app have live match video highlights showing goals and key plays, moments after the action.
  • App will provide reaction and analysis on the ground in Brazil from authorities such as Gabriele Marcotti, Sid Lowe, Jeff Carlisle, Roger Bennett, Raphael Honigstein, Tim Vickery Fernando Duarte and Men in Blazers.
  • Users can also read in-depth reports on the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, England, Germany, Spain and other national teams.
  • Once FIFA World cup is finished, users can continue to use the app to get updates on major premier leagues matches, transfer news and more.

World Cup Brazil 2014 (developed by HSL Software):

Key features:

  • Customization options lets user to track individual team and player statistics.
  • App gives you countdown and display the next games on the home screen.
  • News on players summoned.
  • Real-time updates on match scores.
  • Another paid 'Pro' app is available in the Google play with same name offering more interactive features (interested users, click here).

FotMob - World Cup 2014 Brazil (developed by NorApps):

Key features:

  • The app gives Match stats (lineup, goals, cards, penalties, missed penalties, assists and substitutions).
  • Points table and fixtures.
  • Livescores with alerts.
  • Customization options lets user to track individual team and player statistics.
  • New updated app is optimized with news layout for 7.0-inch and 10.0-inch tablets.

Soccer Livescores World Cup (developed by firstrow RIA):

Key features:

  • New customization option lets user to add games to watchlist and get push notifications (GCM) on games start, half time, full time, red cards, goals and line-ups when available.
  • Match Fixtures and historical results.
  • User can get access to individual player profile, picture, statistics.
  • Get up-to-date game details, lineups, statistics, last results of teams, Head 2 Head, form and momentum chart!, Team / Squad profile, team / squad statistics.

SofaScore World Cup 2014 LIVE (developed by LiveScore):

Key features:

  • User will get live score results, groups, match schedule, top scorers, videos, goal highlights, points table and more information.
  • Optimized for tablet devices as well
  • Users can customize to create a list of favorite teams and games which will enable your phone to receive notifications and video highlights of the football match.

365Scores: World cup edition (developed by 365Scores):

  • Special world cup section gives users a personalization option to get favorite team match scores, aggregated sports news, alerts and videos in real time.
  • The app will provide live sport TV guide - like which TV channels you can watch your game.
  • App also gives information on points tables and fixtures.
  • Users can also watch video of the goal 5 minutes after it happens.
  • Once the world cup is finished, users can continue to use app to follow more than 1,000 Leagues covering 10 plus different sports.

theScore: Sports & Scores (developed by theScore, Inc.):

Key features:

  • Provides live score and schedule details.
  • User can set Feed option to create their own continuously updated stream of sports content, combining all the information on the leagues, teams and players you are following in one place.
  • My Score options lets user to customize the app to follow any team, player or event and also your fantasy teams in one app in real-time.
  • App will also provide real time data via push alerts related to goals, ends of quarters and key moments of all games.

FIFA 2014 Live scores (developed by angesoft, Note: not an official app developer of FIFA):

Key features:

  • As the name suggests, the app gives live score updates.
  • World Cup 2014 schedules and points table.
  • Users will also get RSS feed from FIFA.

Mobile System Requirements and Application Compatibility Details:

Mobile App (link via Google Play) Size Current version Android OS version compatibility *Ratings (Out of 5)
FIFA 36 MB v2.0 v2.3 and up 4.2
Jalvasco World Cup 2014 6.7 MB v3.0.1 v2.2 and up 4.5
ESPN FC Soccer & World Cup 9.4MB v3.0.1 v4.0 and up 4.3
World Cup Brazil 2014 2.7MB v1.8 v2.3 and up 4.6
FotMob - World Cup 2014 Brazil 7.5MB v18.5 v2.3 and up 4.6
Soccer Livescores World Cup 2.9MB v3.14.2 v2.2 and up 4.5
SofaScore World Cup 2014 LIVE 12MB v4.7.5 v2.3.3 and up 4.7
365Scores:World cup edition 10MB v2.14 v2.2 and up 4.5
theScore: Sports & Scores Varies with the device Varies with the device Varies with the device 4.4
FIFA 2014 Live scores 1.4MB v2.0 v2.2 and up 4.4

*Ratings are subject to change with time and number of users.