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Jun082018

Google Launches FIFA World Cup Tools Across Platform Including Search

Google is making it easier for all football fans to keep track of all the goals during the FIFA World Cup 2018, which kicks off June 14th, with new features rolling out specifically designed for the game on and off the pitch including watch-a-thon.

During the FIFA World Cup, searchers will be able to explore group tables, stats, and trending players all from the new Google Search experience. Fans will also be able to find video recaps from select broadcasters featuring goals and highlights of major match moments “within 30 minutes of the end of each game.”\

Also, when a match is in progress users can tap on their phone to watch live or follow along with score updates on phone. Additionally, users can also find detailed timeline with updates, such as in-game moments, live images, stats, tweets and more.

Here is an example image of the timeline during this year’s tournament:

Google Search Timeline of FIFA World Cup Tournament

And, when you’re not searching, Android users can pin real-time scores on home screen from their searches on mobile browsers or from Google App. All you need to do is find the match, then tap and drag it to pin anywhere on a phone’s screen.

An example image of pinned matches on Android homescreen:

Pinned FIFA World Cup Matches on Android Homescreen

Additionally, a World Cup tracker is available in Google News app on Android, which include a special “spotlight” feature that let visualize live scores, highlights, results, and schedules all in one place.

Google news World Cup tracker image:

World Cup Tracker on your Google News app on Android

Google Assistant will be assisting as well during the World Cup as users will be able say ask the Assistant for match results, player stats, and historical data by just say “”Hey Google” and ask away!

Need more data about the games, head to the Google Trends, which now sports an interactive page, real-time view of FIFA World Cup searches. Trends data will include real-time rankings of world’s players based on search interest, and embeddable maps and charts for reliving each game through Search, as soon as it happens.

In the image below you can see real-time ranking of Players across the countries:’

Google Trends Real-time FIFA World Cup 2018 Players Ranking

Through Google Search and Maps, you can also find the best local places to watch the games from the new “good for watching sports” highlights on business listings.

YouTube is participating as well to let you catch up favorite FIFA World Cup moments with select video highlights from official FIFA broadcasters in over 80 countries. Additionally, U.S. users will be able watch live games where YouTube TV is available. Also, they’ll have option to use YouTube TV cloud DVR feature to record matches.

You can also get in on the action before kick-off by diving into line-ups, news and winning probabilities, which will update once the match gets going. Local broadcasters and national teams will share the latest highlights and updates via Posts on Google.

Lastly, football fans in select countries will also have a chance to check out the Google Doodle from a local artist, which will also available at google.com/doodles.

Looking for more tools, then just head over to the Google Play Store, and check out these apps and games:

  • 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Official App: A must-have for the tournament, featuring live scores and play highlights, plus lineups, standings, and more.
  • Panini Sticker Album: Whether you traded player stickers on the playground or you’re new to the superfan game, you’ll have a blast with this digital sticker album. Collect stickers from all 32 teams competing in this year’s tournament.
  • Onefootball Live Soccer Scores: A hub for die-hard soccer fans, Onefootball is an excellent source for schedules, live scores, player transfer rumors, and more.
  • FIFA Soccer: FIFA World Cup™: With both soccer play and team management, FIFA’s great for gamers seeking a comprehensive soccer experience
  • Top Eleven 2018 Be a Soccer Manager: Get into the nitty-gritty of club management with Top Eleven as you focus instead on managing virtually every other aspect of your burgeoning football club.
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