App Review: Fantasy Premier League 2014-15

Format: iPhone (Reviewed), iPad

Version: 1.0

The Premier League was pretty late to launch an official application for its popular fantasy football game, but boy, is it making up for it now.

Its first app was released midway through the 2012-13 season, but shortly after the conclusion of that campaign, it stopped working. It of course released a new app for 2013-14, forcing players to pay again if they wanted an alternative to the mobile website.

So it should come as no surprise to iOS users they will have to stump up the cash, this time £1.49 (up from 69p) for the official application of the 2014-15 season.

Final Fantasy (Football)

The good news is it does the job. You can pick your starting XI, make transfers, look at points in real-time and see how your squad is competing against friends and family in your leagues.

The app has been given a fresh lick of paint, but the new feature for this year is notifications. You can set up alerts for when deadlines are approach, if fixtures have been moved, if a team has no games that week or if a team has two games in seven days. This might sound trivial but in the cutthroat world of fantasy football, this can mean a crucial advantage.

And that’s it really. There’s an official mobile site and a number of third party applications that do the same job, but Fantasy Premier League 2014-15 looks much better visually, even than its predecessors, and is much easier to use.

You might resent having to pay for a new application every season, especially since this year’s app is more expensive, but the addition of notifications mean at least it offers something the free alternatives can’t. It’s a no-brainer for fantasy football enthusiasts, Just don’t expect it to last until next season.

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