December 6, 2013 Last Updated 2:06 pm

FIFA for iPad app offers live blog of WC draw, but no live video

Football (soccer) app pales in comparison to at Bat or other sports apps, but provides plenty of news, information and stats

Today is a big day for football (soccer) fans worldwide. At 11 am EST** (16 GMT) the World Cup draw will take place in Mata de São João in Bahia, Brazil, and the Byzantine practice that organizes the 32 teams that have qualified into eight groups will occur. There is no play-in game like the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and all the “playoffs” to see who will qualify have already taken place. Now fans get to see whether their nation’s team will be in the same group as Brazil, or whether they get to luck out and get to face XXXX.

FIFA is the controlling body for the event, and is constantly the source of controversy. This year, because there are nine European teams in Pot 4 (don’t ask) there will be a bit of a twist as to how the draw takes place. I suggest you simply flip on the TV and watch it for yourself (hurry up). Even in the U.S. the draw should be on television.

As a bit of a warm up, here is the most memorable moment from the 2010 World Cup for the U.S. It wasn’t the prettiest of goals, but as it took place at the last possible moment, of the last of three group games, it was certainly dramatic.

Unlike, FIFA’s app, FIFA for iPad, does not offer live video – the best it can offer those seeking to follow today’s draw is a live blog. Of course, FIFA has to deal with lots of television contracts around the world, but all things considered, the app is pretty limited.

FIFA-iPad-appWhat is needed probably isn’t an app that will deliver live broadcasts of the games, that could be delivered by the networks who control the national broadcasts. But one of the best features of the at Bat app is its archived games. This is especially useful the further away you are from the site of the games. For instance, a late night game from the west coast can be watched at your leisure the next day.

For the World Cup, there are plenty of off days between games. Being able to watch an archived game the next couple of days would be especially appreciated – even more so if the next game your nation’s team plays is Spain or Brazil.

** Actual draw will probably take place about a half hour into the broadcast, around 11:30 EST 11:50 EST (it’s worse than a Super Bowl pre-game show).

Update: The draw is set and everyone thinks they are in the “Group of Death”. It’s pretty clear both the U.S. and England are in tough groups. OK, really tough groups. But, hey, it’s the World Cup. It’s not supposed to be easy, is it?

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