Football, or European Soccer, is experiencing a growth in popularity across the world reaching its peak at the World Cup games, with more teams playing than ever before! FIFA is now talking about increasing the number of participating countries to 48. However, finding a Smartwatch that suits this sport can be a bit of a nightmare, especially when you want one that will carry over from the pitch to everyday life. We took a look at some of the best options on the market right now so that you can perfect your football themed look.
Garmin Fenix 7 as a smartwatch for Football
No list for footballers or referees would be complete without at least one Garmin smartwatch and we think that the Garmin Fenix 7 is the best choice. Not only does it come in three different sizes, but you can also opt to choose a solar edition to bump up your battery when you are out on the pitch.
The battery life lasts around seven days on the standard model, and this can be extended with solar, helping you to focus on your performance and getting access to all your tracking data after every match and practice session.
In terms of health and fitness, the Fenix 7 has a huge number of built-in sports tracking that can measure your efforts as you play football as well as other features like surf mode and ski features that will help you wind down when you take a break from the game. It looks great on the wrist and has an easy-to-read screen that will help you check in even when you are kicking the ball about – it’s a great device that is perfect for football players.
Fitbit Charge 5
If you are looking for a solely fitness focused device then the Fitbit Charge 5 is affordable and easy to use. It offers a sleek and stylish design that won’t get in the way when you are playing or refereeing a match and has a 7-day battery that will last well even when you are tracking your exercise on a regular basis.
For referees, there is an easy-to-read timing feature to make sure that the game starts and ends when it should and there is also a bright screen to support you even in the worst weather. The smartwatch comes with built-in GPS to support more advanced and accurate tracking and the companion app does a great job of providing you with the data you need to analyse each session.
It is worth noting that this device is more expensive than the Charge 4, which is very similar in design, and doesn’t offer Spotify controls for you to manage your music as you work out. However, if you want an affordable device that is reliable, the Charge 5 is worth considering.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
If you are keen to spend a little bit more on your new smartwatch then the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 may have what you need. It comes with a large, round screen that is easy to read and works hard to track all your exercise to help you reach peak performance on and off the pitch.
Some of the main features that will become indispensable to you include a body fat percentage calculator, body water measurements, BioActive sensor and health and fitness goal setting that you can use to work towards your next goal. The smartwatch is easy to navigate, and you can use each of the tracking and measurement features with the touch of a button.
If you want a smartwatch that works with your team then the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is a great choice as you can share your progress and create challenges for everyone to work towards. In reality, if you want a smartwatch to use for football and for when the match is over, the Galaxy Watch 5 is a great choice. It’s probably one of the best smartwatches for Android.
TicWatch Pro 3
Our final smartwatch suggestion is purely for football referees as it is compatible with the REFSIX PRO app to help you manage every match without missing anything as well as being able to deconstruct your performance once the match is over
The TicWatch Pro 3 has a large 1.4-inch watch face that is easy to read and comes with analog hands to help time everything down to the last second. It also weighs in at 42g, making it comfortable on the wrist for the full 90 minutes. The battery will last for up to three days between charges too, making weekend tournaments easily accessible without worrying about powering up.
The TicWatch Pro 3 is also IP68 rated, which gives you confidence that it won’t fail even when the weather is working hard to cause problems with the game. Finally, there is in-built GPS, a heart rate monitor, Sp02 monitor and a speaker and mic to help you organise everything before kick-off. Our thoughts? This is an affordable smartwatch that will support you with all your football duties.
Finding the Right Smartwatch for Your Football Needs
When it comes to finding the best watch for your football sessions, you will need to search for a device that can track your fitness, speed, heart rate and oxygen levels to ensure you are healthy and happy throughout each game. You should also make sure that your new smartwatch comes with GPS and has some level of water protection so that you don’t have to put it away when the rain threatens to spoil your match.
The four devices we have suggested all offer robust tracking and support, helping you to enjoy your game and improve your performance every match you play. Take a closer look at each of them and then choose the model that works for your role as a player or a referee – our favourites have to be the Garmin Fenix 7 and the Samsung Watch 4.
Last Updated on December 7, 2022
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