This section is dedicated to culling useful English-language resources about soccer globally on a periodic basis. Papa will curate this list, add his commentary or review and revisit the list yearly, adding or subtracting listings as they become worthy inclusions or lose their standing. The objective is to find the best soccer coverage on the net with the dream that someday Fútbol Papa can fit in, help out, and thrive among them. Ultimately, there will be a special number of resources comprised of a given number of sites, writers, books, etc., and the concept will be who will make the top “X” in each category.
Here are some soccer websites worth visiting.
Owned by Perform Media Services, Ltd., (part of the Perform Group) it is the highest Alexa ranked site on this list and offers soccer news in 38 editions, culled from over 500 journalists writing from some 50 countries, and the site claims 64 million fans. It attempts to be a one stop source about soccer globally and succeeds at being a great resource. Alexa ranks this the number one most visited soccer website globally and the 501st most visited site in all categories globally.
Bills itself as the number one source for soccer live scores since 1998, and it also offers hockey, basketball, tennis, cricket and considers the World Cup a different menu category from Soccer. Providing scores in real time, the site offers international coverage of more than 100 leagues in three dozen countries. Alexa ranks it the third most visited soccer website globally.
Alexa ranks this site the fourth most visited soccer website globally and states it is the “Most comprehensive live score service on the global market offering detailed league tables and tournament draws, live centre and current betting odds comparison.” The site also offers tennis, basketball, hockey, rugby union, baseball American Football, cricket, golf, and 25 more sports choices in a dropdown menu under more.
The fifth ranked Alexa soccer site is part of the sprawling Sky PLC conglomerate of satellite pay-television channels. A dominant player in British soccer it is credited with convincing the Premier League to break away from the Football League in 1992. The site covers football globally but is best at European and particularly British soccer. The site/business are home to Thierry Henry in his journalistic guise and their broadcasts include an excellent Spanish Football review and highlights show Revista de La Liga with Guillem Balague (see writers under member content) as the presenter.
Part of the venerable BBC network, this site’s parent site is among Alexa’s top 100 globally, which provides a spill off effect on the soccer one. It has a checkerboard presentation with photos and titles grouped by story and with a time stamp. Its menu—Scores & Fixtures, Tables, Gossip, Transfers, All Teams (British only), Leagues & Cups (British only), FA Cup, European, Women, Predictor (where you can compete to predict he results of “top-fibht games)—is straightforward, easy to navigate, and though focused on English and European football (see saturation coverage of Premier League’s 25th Anniversary on August 15, 2017) it does cover most of the world well. This site is also features
Number seven in Alexa’s global soccer sites, offers four editions—Global, Europe, Americas (also in Spanish) and Asia Pacific (but no Africa). The site starts with Top Stories, next down in order are MLS, then their blog section titled Toe Poke, Premier League, ESPN FC TV (a tie in to their parent), US, Transfer Center, Highlights (from all types of games), Mexico (Liga MX), Europe (comprising the rest of the continent’s leagues), Exclusive Interviews, World Football (a mix of all of the above), Most Influential List, Specials, FIFA, and Other Stories. This site is also features
Sports Illustrated’s Planet Futbol (https://www.si.com/planet-futbol)
This site, which was originally a blog (launched in 2013) until launching as a website just before the 2014 World Cup, piggybacks on the other-sports Sports Illustrated brand. It attempts to combine SI’s journalism (with writers such as Jonathan Wilson and Grant Wahl) with 90MiN’s citizen (fan) journalism in its soccer offering. The site’s masthead combines the Planet Fútbol ID with “Powered by 90MiN,” the latter offering “the hyper-connected fan of the digital generation” a voice, and their combined efforts offer News, Scores, Schedule, Standings, Tickets, and Watch Live Soccer as the dropdown menu options under soccer. It is ranked seventh by Alexa among soccer sites globally.
Providing content in 17 languages, covering 1,000 football leagues and cups from more than 134 countries and ranked by Alexa as the eighth soccer website on the globe, the Perform Group (owners of Alexa’s #1 soccer site Goal.com) describes this site as “…the world’s largest football database and is owned and powered by digital sports media business Perform.” The site has a two-level menu with Fixtures/Results, Competitions, Results, Transfers and More which takes you to News, Players, Videos and About. The second level menu has English Competitions, Club Domestic with domestic league coverage from around the world (1,176 to be precise), Club International (with 60 club competitions such as the different confederations’ champions leagues), and National Teams with 142 competitions played by national teams. It is a comprehensive database without commentary.
Alexa’s ninth ranked soccer site is a “constantly updating football newswire aggregating headlines from the newswires, broadsheets, tabloids and official and unofficial fan sites,” according to the ranking site. As part of the UK’s the site’s About tells us it is the “first and leading home-grown independent news aggregation service, [which is] fully-automated and [runs] on a continuous basis,” the site displays breaking headlines linking to news websites all around the world.” The site aims to be the world’s most accurate and comprehensive football news aggregator brining news 24/7 and within 10 minutes of publication. The one drawback is it will occasionally carry a story on Susan Boyle attending a concert as the site’s automation sometimes captures irrelevant info.
The twelfth Alexa ranked soccer site in the world comes after the official Manchester United site (Manutd.com) and one in Arabic dedicated to Egyptian soccer and sports in general (Filgoal.com). 365 is a subsidiary of Ole Media, Ltd., a media conglomerate that includes marketing, advertising and public relations companies and is based in Leeds, England. The site’s very busy home page is a mix of soccer, other sport, other venue, other everything. It tries to provide football coverage from news to simply scores (Score Centre) to Gossip and a Mediawatch, a section on Mails, and Top Ten lists, listings of futbol games on television, etc. If you want to browse both basic info (when your team’s playing) and potential news (gossip) this site offers both.