App roundup for the AFL fan

Macworld Australia Staff
28 March, 2012
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App Guide


AFL season has just begun so now is the time to pick your apps for 2012. It’s a tough job as there are a huge number of apps available, ranging from game-day streaming and score updates to social networking and fantasy football, so we’ve picked five to get you started. Even if AFL isn’t your thing, these will help you avoid those awkward conversations in the lift.


AFL Live Official App by Telstra



The official AFL app provides live streaming of all AFL games.

The official AFL app is the place to start for all footy followers. The polished layout boasts up-to-date AFL knowledge in an easy-to-navigate manner. You have access to team or AFL videos, news and a Match Centre for score, team lineups, etc. The videos, news and scores are arranged on the same screen, allowing  you to move between items quickly within the same page. Match highlights, radio feeds and live scores are also available, and if you wish to watch matches live through your iOS device, they begin at $5 per game, $10 for a monthly pass (all matches including replays) or an unlimited $50 season pass. This app is worth a browse, and could be the one-stop-shop you need. It’s staying on our iPad.

Score: 4/5

Footy Live - Aussie Rules Live 2012

Sportsmate's app provides up-to-date results, stats and player information.



The Aussie Rules Live apps have been the number one sport apps since the series’ inception in 2009, and it is easy to see why. The new edition, Footy Live 2012 is not as polished as the official AFL app but provides a few unique features. Sportsmate Mobile’s app has news, game-day scores and team line-ups, a ladder, team information, fantasy scores and a TV guide. You are also able to view AFL, team or Twitter news; check out the injuries and watch videos. For fantasy football players, Footy Live 2012 contains statistics on all players for working out your SuperCoach and DreamTeam lineups. My favourite feature, ‘Fantasy’, will show how your players are scoring in a magnet-board setup. Simply add your players into the slots and you are off.  Another neat feature of the app is the ability to compare teams or players through ‘Head To Head’. When comparing clubs you can view player ages, matches and top goal kickers. In-depth player comparisons list physical characteristics, draft information, number of games and in-game stats.

Score: 4.5/5


AFL Live Scores Footy Now by ESPN

Footy Now updates game information for those on the go.



Footy Now is a basic AFL app providing regular score updates, fixtures and the current ladder. Footy Now also contains a news and Twitter feed, but neither of those are updated regularly enough to be useful and they feature news from a minimal number of news outlets. But if you want an app to provide you with the scores quickly and simply, this is a good option.

Score: 3/5



Toyota AFL Dream Team – Season 2012 & AFL SuperCoach Season 2012

Free / $2.99


Vapormedia's apps are perfect for SuperCoach and Dream Team players.

Vapormedia has made an app for each of the popular fantasy football competitions. They appear the same and run in a similar manner, but that only matters to the tiny number of you who play both. What you do need to know is that they run nicely and include all the features you need to update your team from your iOS device. You are able to make team selections, trades or choose the weeks’ captain. Just like the internet browser version, SuperCoach updates scores after each match while the DreamTeam app updates minute to minute. You are now able to chat to other members of your league, either to boast or make excuses. Stats Centre provides you with player statistics, rankings and even their public popularity. The letdown is, they both contain ads. Even worse is the SuperCoach app costs $2.99 while the DreamTeam one is free. If you are a DreamTeamer this app will compliment your fantasy football needs, but I’m not sure paying for the SuperCoach app is worth it.

Score:  3.5/5 DreamTeam;  3/5 SuperCoach



AFL – Pulse

Pulse is user driven, letting users discuss issues and vote upon recent games.



Sportsmate Mobile has produced an app for each of the 18 AFL teams. For the avid fan they are excellent. Each app focuses specifically on your favourite club, giving detailed analysis on the current player list, the Almanac, club fixtures and a club Twitter feed which follows both the club media announcements and the players’ own tweets. Pulse’s best feature is the Almanac, which lists key information and club history since 2000. This includes the club honour roll, leading statistics club-wide – possessions, tackles, marks, goals, etc – All Australian player selections, Brownlow votes and draft information. You can also vote on players’ performances after the game and chat with other supporters. This app is a must-have for all AFL-mad supporters.

Score: 4/5


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