The College and Pro football season is officially underway, having kicked off (pun #1) over the last week. As we head into a new season of following our favorite teams and athletes, we thought it would be a good idea to share our favorite football-related Android apps as well. The AndroidGuys team huddled (pun #2) together and came up with a list of more than 30 apps worth checking out. You’ll find everything from official apps from big names to ways to track your fantasy players, and more. Okay, we tossed five killer games in the mix so that you have something to play during halftime, too. We hope you don’t consider it unsportsmanlike (pun #3).
Official NFL Apps
- NFL ’11 – Follow all the action from around the NFL including live scores, highlights, coach press conferences, breaking news, and much more. As official as it gets, next to having your own key to Roger Goodell’s office. (FREE, Android 1.6+)
- NFL ‘11 for Android Tablets – Follow all the action from around the NFL including live scores, highlights, coach press conferences, breaking news, and much more. Optimized for larger screens. (FREE, Android 3.0+)
- NFL ’11 International – Official way for those living abroad who want to keep up-to-date with scores, stats, highlights, breaking news, and more. (FREE, Android 1.6+)
- NFL Game Pass – Lets fans outside the United States watch live NFL games, providing they have an NFL Game Pass subscription. Includes live streaming video, archives, full schedules, scores, and more. (FREE, Android 2.1+)
- NFL Game Pass for Tablet – Lets fans outside the United States watch live NFL games, providing they have an NFL Game Pass subscription. Includes live streaming video, archives, full schedules, scores, and more. Optimized for the Honeycomb tablet experience. (FREE, Android 3.0+)
- ESPN Fantasy Football 2011 – Manage multiple teams and leagues, follow matchups in real-time, add/drop/trade players, and make last-second lineup changes. Features personalized push notifications for injuries, substitutions, and scoring updates. View and post messages to your league’s message board from your mobile device. Works well on phone or tablet display sizes. (FREE, Android 1.6+)
- ESPN ScoreCenter – Provides personalized scoreboards, live game details, in-game stats, boxscores, game summaries and standings. Read up on breaking news and analysis, watch video clips, and more for NFL, NCAA, and more. (FREE, Android 2.1+)
- ESPN Bowl Bound 2011 – Designed for college football fans who want access to it all. Live game streaming through the Watch ESPN app (separate app). Provides news, columns, blogs, daily chats, video analysis, interviews with top players and coaches, aggregated Twitter feed featuring ESPN college football talent. Get the latest weekly standings and polls, follow your team’s Twitter feeds, and talk trash with the Conversation feature. (FREE, Android 2.1+)
- ESPN Radio – Listen to every college football game that ESPN Radio broadcasts as well as more than 35 ESPN Radio podcasts. Also includes On-Demand access to SportsCenter, live scores and news feeds of your favorite college and professional sports teams. ($2.99, Android 2.2+)
- WatchESPN – Provides 24/7 access to live streaming feeds from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU. Watch broadcasts of college football games and stay informed with shows such as SportsCenter, PTI, Mike & Mike, and SportsNation. Please note that availability is determined by your service provider and requires Adobe AIR. (FREE, Android 2.2+)
- CBS Sports Mobile – Get live scores, news, and more from NCAA, NFL, and other sports.Not quite as feature-rich as their dedicated Pro Football app, but covers a variety of leagues for the general sports enthusiast. (FREE, Android 1.6+)
- CBS Sports Pro Football – Plenty of tools to dominate your fantasy league, including scores, lineup setting, add/drop players, stats, player news, on demand video, and expert analysis. Real-time NFL GameTrackers provides play-by-play, box scores, stats, and RapidReports provide inside info from all 32 NFL teams. (FREE, Android 1.6+)
- FOX Sports Mobile – Comprehensive coverage of NFL and NCAA with news and exclusive analysis from the FOX Sports writers and on-air personalities. Provides scores, stats, standings and more for all major sports, not just football. (FREE, Android 1.6+)
- Sporting News NCAA Football – Track the college football season with customization, game information, news, standings and more. (FREE, Android 1.6+)
- Sporting News Pro Football – NFL news, schedules, standings and real-time scores, as well as team news, schedules, and standings. Customizable, if not a little light on glamor. (FREE, Android 2.1+)
- Yahoo Fantasy Football ’11 – The largest web-based fantasy football experience, on your Android device. Features live scoring, roster management, breaking player news, videos, and more. (FREE, Android 2.1+)
- Yahoo! Sportacular – Live play-by-play, stats, standings and news, plus live score alerts and widget support. Covers NFL, NCAA College Football and a bunch of other sports as well.
A Different Approach
- GridIron Grunts – Follow the pro season up close and personal with real insight from today’s players. Features devotions, motivational, pre-game, and post-game analysis. Want to know what it’s like right after practice ends? Tune in. Subscribe to individual channels for 99¢ or grab them all for $4.99 with in-app purchase. (FREE, Android (FREE, Android 2.2+)
- SportCaster – Real-time sports commentary from fans, players, bloggers and analysts. Features scores, schedules, standings, as well as a live, curated feed of tweets from the players, experts, and Monday-morning quarterbacks. (FREE, Android 2.1+)
Spend Halftime Playing with These Games!
- Madden ’12 – The grand daddy of them all, this EA title has been around for years and gets better every season. Real players, real teams, real fun. Multiple game play modes ensures high replay value. ($6.99, Android 2.1+)
- Backbreaker Football – Score touchdowns, juke and spin your way to the endzone. Features more than 90 waves & 9 challenges, making sure you don’t get bored too quickly. Be sure to check out the THD version for dual-core tablets as well as the followup Backbreaker 2: Vengeance
- NFL Rivals – From the developers behind Backbreaker, this arcade style football game lets players represent the team they love most. Choose from 32 real NFL teams and support them throughout the 2011 season. Scores are uploaded to your team’s global ranking. Features Gameday option which lets you play alongside your favorite team’s weekly schedule. ($2.99, Android 2.2+)
- Paper Football 3D – Fold the notebook paper up and have a battle across your desk in this all-time classic. Can you flick that triangle-shaped ‘football’ through your friend’s uprights? (FREE, Android 2.2+)
- Flick Kick Field Goal Kickoff – Can you kick the game-winning field goal? Put yourself to the test with various modes of play including Sudden Death, Practice, and Precision. Gorgeous graphics, real field conditions (crowd, wind), and OpenFeint integration have us playing to unlock achievements. (FREE, Android 2.0+)
- Sprint Football Live (Sprint Exclusive) – Live telecasts of college games from ESPN Mobile TV and Notre Dame on NBC, live pro and college Game Centers with real-time stats and scores. Get breaking news and rumors on all teams as well as expert insights and analysis from top football personalities. Additional features include in-depth team and league stats for pro and college football, as well as team, player, coach, and analyst tweets. For Sprint customers only.
- NFL Mobile (Verizon Exclusive) – Live TV (NFL Network, ESPN Monday Night Football, NBC Sunday Night Football & NFL Thursday Night Football). Verizon customers have access to live audio, current drive chart, real-time scores and stats, and in-game highlights. Stay up to date with breaking news and NFL tweets, post comments via Facebook and NFL.com, and check out player pages, injury reports, plus follow specific players and teams. (FREE to Verizon customers, Android 1.5+)
Require Subscriptions or Service Provider who ‘Play Ball’
- NFL Sunday Ticket – Watch live streams of all NFL Sunday Ticket games and the Red Zone Channel, player and team stats, scores, standings, schedule, & highlights. Requires NFL Sunday Ticket To-Go subscription through DirecTV and adheres to blackout rules. (FREE, Android 1.5+)
- NFL Sunday Ticket for Tablet – Watch live streams of all NFL Sunday Ticket games and the Red Zone Channel, player and team stats, scores, standings, schedule, & highlights. Requires NFL Sunday Ticket To-Go subscription through DirecTV and adheres to blackout rules. Video is presented in HD with 16:9 aspect ratio.(FREE, Android 3.0+)
- Sports Illustrated – The weekly magazine is delivered directly to your handset with a fresh, digital format that isn’t simply images or PDF. Access live scores and news with the press of a button and get up-to-the-minute analysis from SI’s website. (FREE – requires a monthly subscription to SI, Android 2.2+)
- Sports Illustrated for Tablet – The weekly magazine is delivered directly to your handset with a fresh, digital format designed to take advantage of larger displays. Access live scores and news with the press of a button and get up-to-the-minute analysis from SI’s website. (FREE – requires a monthly subscription to SI, Android 3.0+)
- Sportstap – Detailed news, stats, schedules, box scores, live alerts, and fantasy tracking. Somewhat limited in features and light on graphics but works well on legacy devices with Cupcake and Donut. (FREE, Android 1.5+)
- College Football Scoreboard – Cover both NCAA and NFL teams and scores with live news and details. Runs good on older devices, doesn’t require much memory, and offers a handy widget. (FREE, Android 1.6+)
- National Football Post – Latest NFL news and rumors & columns from NFP contributors. Stripped down look and feel with minimal glitz but performs good on older handsets. (FREE, Android 1.5+)
- ScoreMobile – Not the most beautiful sports app we’ve seen but 1 million downloads and counting tells us it’s worth having. Access live scores, stats, and more for NCAA and NFL teams. Handy widget provides quick access to a variety of sports while low system requirements keeps it humming along. (FREE, Android 1.6+)
- Google Scoreboard – An oldy but goody from the Mountain View boys. No-frills (read: ugly) app lets users pick favorite teams from a variety of leagues and set personalized alerts. Choose to be notified at the beginning of the game, after each quarter, or after every score. Provides standings and schedules as well as a simple widget. (FREE, Android 1.5+)
What did we miss?
Is there a football-related app or game that you think we should add to our list? Hit the comments below and leave your faves for everyone else!