With the interest in soccer now at unparalleled heights worldwide, most people want instant access to livescores and updates on key events in real time, especially if they are not in the stadium or cannot watch matches on television.
To fill this gap in the market, there are now a number of websites that provide real-time online scores, many of them catering not just to soccer, but multi sports like cricket, basketball, volleyball, and tennis.
Here are six that are considered among the market leaders.
This site offers live scores and results from more than 100 global leagues, cup competitions and tournaments. It provides users with key data like goal scorers, red and yellow cards, league tables and video highlights. Using the star icon, a sound notifies users when a goal has been scored, so it can run in the background without any of the action being missed.
For mobile users, it has an intuitive app available for Android, iOS and KaiOS powered devices.
ESPN have established their name as one of the leading sporting brands in the world, and their website builds on their existing broadcasting and media channels. The site features a dashboard which includes worldwide tournaments, leagues and competitions.
In addition, users have access to sporting highlights, commentaries and breaking news.
A dedicated mobile app enables football fans remain up to date from their handheld devices.
The one reservation is that, because of the sheer volume of information contained on the site, some users may find it slow to load.
FootballAnt provides fans with accurate football predictions, football scores, football tips, heart water recommendations, football analysis, football recommendations, football recommendations, football results, real-time results, real-time scores and many other services.
Livescore employs a black themed website, which makes it easier for users to monitor the thousands of football games which it tracks. A useful feature is that it provides a filter, making it easy to follow live games based in a particular country or league.
It comes with a highly responsive mobile app that is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. Football supporters have the option of pre-selecting a match and getting real-time notifications when one team scores.
This platform offers comprehensive coverage of football, tournaments and leagues from around the world, as well as in game information such as goal scorers and disciplinary cards issued. It offers real time information on more than 1,000 soccer leagues, as well as forthcoming fixtures, standings, and a wealth of other statistics.
A dedicated mobile app that is optimised to work on both Android and iOS devices ensures that those on the go can keep in touch at all times with what is happening in live matches.
SofaScore is a sports data company which was founded in 2010, and is based in Zagreb, Croatia. In 2014, it became a client of the sports analytics company, Opta.
It promises a comprehensive live coverage of hundreds of leagues and cup competitions, match previews and reports, key game statistics and real time betting odds. All this is available on one page, although some scrolling is required for those interested in less well-known competitions.
Like the other sites it comes with a mobile app compatible with both Android and iOS devices that provide instant notifications of goal scorers and other key events.