In this day and age, most sports teams, leagues and even some players have their own mobile app. It's become somewhat of a necessity, even if certain teams aren't exactly taking full advantage of the new technology.
On Friday the sports app scene is expected to take a large step forward, as FIFA is launching what it says will become "the most downloaded sports app ever." An audacious claim, sure, but FIFA is basing that estimate on the enormous traffic its website receives during tournament months. According to a press release, the worldwide soccer governing body says FIFA.com has topped 7 billion page views and 150 million unique visitors during certain months.
The organization estimates that the app will be downloaded more than 70 million times in the next few months. The app's launch on Friday is set to coincide with the revealing of the draw for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Among other features, the app includes a World Match Center,which allows fans personalized coverage of their favorite teams.
"Our mission is not only to develop the game, but to touch the world and build a better future," FIFA President Sepp Blatter said. "With the official FIFA app, we are using mobile technology -- the most personal technology ever known -- to unite and inspire fans, ensuring they never miss a moment of the beautiful game."
The app, which is free, will be available in English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish. For more information on how to download the app, see here.
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