BFF to launch football app

The app will also feature live matches of the national team and club teams with updated scores

With an increasing football fan base in the country, the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) is gearing up to launch a football application for football fans and followers in Bhutan. .

The app is expected to be launched tomorrow or on Monday and will help fans and followers to keep them abreast of news in football. A group of software engineers from the College of Science and Technology (CST) in Phuentsholing is working on the development of the app, which is being paid by BFF.

Phuntsho Wangdi, BFF’s media spokesman, said the app will ease the fans wanting to know about things happening in the football world.

“It’s big breakthrough in the history of Bhutanese sports. The app like this has not even been launched in other Asian countries,” he said, adding that BFF receives frequent inquiries about ground bookings through walk in or telephone, which has been hectic for both parties. 

Meanwhile, the app, once launched, will help teams book ground without having to call the management frequently. The app will also give update on the availability of the ground, besides enabling online booking and showing match results and point tables of different national leagues.

The app will also feature live matches of the national team and club teams with updated scores. It will provide an update on the latest football scores, matches of all the tournaments including women’s matches happening in and outside the country where Bhutanese teams are involved. The fans can then plan for the matches accordingly after having access to the matches.

“We receive calls and emails for matches and ground bookings and we have to respond individually. So with this app we don’t have to go through all the responding hassles,” Phuntsho Wangdi said.  

    “So far, BFF has been updating about the matches and their scores through the Facebook page. Now people will have the football information at their fingertips. Also, the app will upload match highlights. The app will also save time from having to Google and call one another about the results,” he added.

The app is also expected to help in boosting tourism as guests from foreign countries can plan their tours accordingly and the tourists can have access to all the information on football and can correspond with their agents to visit and watch the match.

 According to Phuntsho Wangdi, BFF’s fans have increased internationally after Bhutan has played qualifying matches in 2015. BFF assures that the app, once launched, will be downloaded more by them than the Bhutanese.

Meanwhile, the app will also provide space for links of the sponsoring companies. All the funds generated from the app are planned to be invested in the two upcoming football academies, which will start from the next academic session. The app can be downloaded from playstore for android users and is being developed by Sonam Dorji and his two friends from CST.

Krishna Ghalley from Phuentsholing