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10 Best WordPress Sports Plugins in 2021

Last Updated on June 17th, 2021

Published on September 18th, 2012

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If you are a sports fan, this article is perfect for you as we will be showing you ten of the best WordPress sports plugins available in 2021.

Using one of these plugins, you will be able to add some great functionality to your sports blog or website, such as league tables, player profiles, event calendars, even a facility to book courts.

Most people love sports, either to participate in or just to follow. So it should come as no surprise that sport-based websites form a considerable proportion of all the sites on the world wide web. However, surprisingly, relatively few sport-specific WordPress plugins exist, and many of the ones that do are outdated and not tested with the latest version of the platform. But fear not, we have scoured the internet to find the ones that are up-to-date and compatible with WordPress 5.7.2.

So whether you are just looking to fancy up your sports blog, or if you run a sports club and need a full-featured site that can also help with daily management, read on!

League Table

League Table WordPress sport plugin

League Table allows you to quickly and easily generate sortable league tables that are responsive to any type of device, including mobile phones. You can then easily embed those tables in your posts, pages, custom post types, or even in the widget areas.

Key features offered by this premium plugin (no free version available) include:

  • Spreadsheet editor
  • Sortable columns
  • A vast range of customization options
  • Responsive
  • Import and export tables and data as XML
  • Multisite and multilanguage ready
  • Support and updates

Pricewise, League Table costs $39 for one domain and six months of support, but you can extend the support to a full year for an additional $12.75.

This helpful WordPress scoring plugin has been sold almost 2,500 times on Code Canyon, where users have given it a full five stars.

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SportsPress

SportsPress WordPress sport plugin

SportsPress is a hugely popular plugin that allows you to turn your blog into a team, club, or league website. It includes numerous useful features allowing you to do things such as create ranking tables for teams and players, fixtures, as well as profiles for clubs, players, and staff. It also includes an event calendar that is perfect for promoting your upcoming games and matches.

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Key features offered by the free version of this plugin include:

  • Club, player, and staff profiles
  • Automated league standings, including club logos
  • Configurable statistics and league table columns
  • Select current and previous clubs
  • Fixtures and results, including the performance of each player
  • Events calendar including iCal integration
  • Switchable club vs. club or player vs. player
  • Equation builder
  • Season archives
  • Venue information
  • Import events, clubs, players, and staff from CSV
  • Shortcodes
  • Free extensions for baseball, basketball, volleyball, golf, soccer, and cricket
  • WPML compatible

Paid Pro versions are also available, costing $99 and $199 per year for one or unlimited sites, respectively. For that, you get many additional features, including:

  • Multilanguage support
  • Numerous extensions for other sports
  • E-sports extensions for Counter-Strike, Global Offensive, Dota 2, and League of Legends
  • Video tutorials and getting started guides
  • REST API for development purposes
  • Support and updates

This versatile WordPress sports team management plugin has over 20,000 active downloads in operation, and users have scored it a very respectable 4.8/5.0 stars.

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Soccer Engine

Soccer Engine WordPress sport plugin

The same developer as League Table also brings us Soccer Engine, which allows you to store, manage, and display a host of soccer-related data in various website types, such as clubs, news blogs, club transfer market sites, etc.

Key features offered by this plugin, for which no free version is available, include:

  • Forty backend menus for managing soccer data, e.g., register players, referees, teams, formations, matches and competitions, members of staff, transfer market data, etc.
  • Thirty-three Gutenberg blocks for displaying the data using tables, timelines, commentaries, charts, formations, etc.
  • Custom queries, e.g., to display only players of a specific age group, etc.
  • Create line charts for the market value transitions of the players and ranking transitions of the teams
  • Automatic generation of statistics and visual representation of events
  • Assign results to multiple matches or entire rounds of a competition using the events wizard
  • Match timelines, commentaries, and visual line-ups
  • Wide range of customization options
  • Import and export (XML)
  • Multisite and multilanguage ready
  • Support and updates

Soccer Engine costs $59 for one domain and six months of support. It is possible to stretch the support to one year for an additional $20.25.

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JoomSport

JoomSport WordPress sport plugin

JoomSport offers an all-in-one solution to help you create a full-featured sports website. With it, you can include league tables,  teams and player profiles and stats, fixtures analytics, match results, and much more, all arranged into seasons and leagues.

The free version of JoomSport gives you the following cool features:

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  • Create a club and assign teams to it
  • Player roster with number and position
  • Create and upload game stages
  • Front end match commenting
  • Box score statistics
  • Social buttons
  • Several layouts, e.g., for a team, club, season table, season, match, etc
  • Sports predictions add-on
  • Scroll mode for matches
  • Create different types of leagues
  • Single and team competitions mode
  • Team and player profiles with statistics
  • Venue page including description and maps
  • Additional free fields for adding extra sport data
  • Responsive

Premium plans are also available. The cheapest option is the Basic Subscription costing $120 per year plus a $50 one-off set up fee. That brings much more functionality, such as:

  • Multilanguage support
  • More season and match day layout options
  • Add extra information regarding team coaches, referees, and other personnel
  • Team and player moderation
  • Support and updates

Another plan called Advanced Subscription is also available. That costs $240 per year plus a $50 one-off set up fee and adds:

  • Live data API connector
  • Match and schedule generator
  • Data import and export (CSV)
  • Predictions Pro plugin

JoomSport has 4.9/5.0 stars on the WordPress plugin directory, and over 2,000 active downloads are active.

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Football Pool

Football Pool WordPress sport plugin

Football Pool is a nifty, fun fantasy league plugin where your users can predict match outcomes to earn points that get turned into score tables for all contenders. Optionally, users can earn extra points by answering bonus questions.

This free plugin sports (pardon the pun) some great features:

  • Create a club and assign teams to it
  • Automatic calculation of the pool ranking and championship standing
  • Score charts for users to compare themselves against other users in the pool (needs a Highcharts chart API)
  • Option for custom ranking for a group of matches
  • Add single answer or multiple-choice bonus questions
  • Add teams and match info to use the plugin for other national competitions (default is UEFA)
  • Game schedules can be imported or exported
  • Configurable scoring
  • Built-in pages, widgets, and shortcodes for incorporating info on the championship or pool into your site
  • Optional different leagues for users
  • Extra information pages for venues and teams.
  • Filters and actions for custom functionality
  • WP-CLI support for calculating the user ranking and importing match results via CSV

Football Pool is a fantastic way of adding a fun element to your site where users can interact with each other. It is currently in operation on over 1.000 sites, and users have given it an excellent 4.9/5.0 star rating.

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AnWP Football Leagues

AnWP Football Leagues WordPress sport plugin

If you are searching for an all-singing, all-dancing WordPress sport plugin for your soccer website, AnWP Football Leagues could be ideal for you. The free version comes bundled with a host of functionality that will help make your website stand out from the rest:

  • Support for different competition types: knockout, round-robin, or mixed and multi-staged
  • Separate club squads for each season, including player position, number, status
  • Match line ups, substitutes, stats, events (goals, cards, substitute, penalty shootout), video, staff, referees
  • Auto/manual standing and player statistic calculation
  • Initial import of data using Excel-like spreadsheet
  • Custom colors for the standing table
  • A countdown timer for upcoming matches
  • Set initial points (+/-) for clubs in the standing table
  • Player profile page including statistics
  • Venue information, including photo gallery, map, etc.
  • Various widgets, e.g., clubs, matches, players, standing table, etc.
  • Shortcodes
  • Template system that can override your theme’s output layouts
  • RTL support
  • Hooks for developers

Premium subscriptions are available. These cost $10 per month, $79 per year, or $219 lifetime. All are valid for one domain and include the following extra features:

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  • Live scores and commentary
  • Match timeline
  • Club match formation
  • Match scoreboard with an image background
  • Bracket layout for knockout stages
  • Match commentary section with new events
  • Head-to-head matches section
  • Import data from external APIs
  • Layout builder
  • Additional customization features for the standing, e.g., manual data edit, columns order, visibility, etc.
  • Shortcode for horizontal scoreboard for matches
  • Competition – match weeks as slides
  • Match results matrix
  • Player statistics
  • Various widgets
  • Aneto theme included for free
  • Support and updates

A free trial of Premium is available, and a 14-day moneyback guarantee makes testing out the plugin risk-free.

Despite being relatively new, AnWP Football Leagues is operating on over 600 sites, and users have scored it a noble 4.9/5.0 stars.

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AnWP Sports Leagues

AnWP Sports Leagues WordPress sport plugin

The developers of AnWP Football Leagues also produce a very similar plugin suitable for other sports, such as rugby, baseball, cricket, basketball, hockey, etc. The only limitation is the plugin can only be used for one sport at a time, so if you have a multisport site, you may wish to look elsewhere.

Features included in the free version are:

  • Full range of customization options
  • Knockout, round-robin, or mixed and multi-staged competition support
  • A separate team roster for each season including player position, number, status
  • Definable player positions, poster status, and game players groups
  • Auto/manual standing and player statistic calculation
  • Initial import of data using Excel-like spreadsheet
  • A countdown timer for upcoming events
  • Team and player game statistics
  • Game events
  • Set initial points (+ or -) for teams in the standing table
  • Venue information, including photo gallery, map, etc.
  • Various widgets, e.g., play stats, next and last game, players, standing table, etc.
  • Shortcodes
  • Template system that can override your theme’s output layouts
  • RTL support
  • Hooks for developers

The Premium subscriptions for this plugin cost $8 per month, $69 per year, or $179 lifetime, and bundle the following additional features:

  • Page layout builder
  • Advanced columns builder, conference and division support, manual data edit, and more ranking rules for the standing
  • Bracket view for knockout stages
  • Results matrix table
  • Game scoreboard with an image background
  • Shortcode for a horizontal scoreboard for matches
  • Widgets for calendar, game day slides, next game with a countdown
  • Team trophies
  • Team game formation
  • Tournament – gamedays as slides
  • Blocks for commentary and head-to-head games
  • Aneto theme included for free
  • Support and updates

As with An WP Football Leagues, a free trial of the Premium version of this AnWP Sports Leagues is available, as is a 14-day moneyback guarantee.

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Court Reservation

Court Reservation WordPress sport plugin

As you will probably have guessed, Court Reservation is a reservation system plugin for your WordPress site. It allows you to accept and manage bookings for your club’s tennis courts, but it is also equally suited to other sports, court or field-based.

In its free guise, Court Reservation comes bundled with the following features:

  • Customizable
  • Create one court with up to 100 members
  • Create single or weekly recurring events, e.g., trainings, tournaments, matches, etc.
  • Reservations can be made or deleted in the frontend by users
  • One hour or half-hour slots
  • Member management
  • Customizable reservation table design and user interface
  • Admin email notification of reservations
  • Calendar view
  • Mobile responsive

For $89.99 per year, you can upgrade to the Premium version, which adds the following:

  • Unlimited courts
  • Unlimited members
  • Support and updates

There is also an Ultimate version, which costs $169.99 per year. That is identical to Premium apart from it also adds ladder competitions and pyramid tournaments.

Court Reservation is currently active on 200+ sites. Users have given it an average star rating of 4.3/5.0.

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Event Espresso 4 Decaf

As the name implies, Espresso 4 Decaf is a WordPress sport plugin that allows you to sell event tickets on your website. While not purely for sports events, it is ideally suited to them. According to the developer, the plugin is ideal for the following sport-related scenarios:

  • Races
  • Sports arena tickets and season passes
  • Tournament registration
  • Sports training such as football or soccer
  • Classes such as tennis, badminton, squash, etc.

If you plump for the free version of this plugin, you can expect to have these key features:

  • Event ticketing and registration
  • Collect payments using PayPal
  • Automated confirmation emails
  • Manage attendees and attendee profiles
  • Export attendee data
  • Integrates with Android and iOS apps for scanning tickets and tracking attendance

Upgrading is possible through various ‘Premium Support Licences,’ the cheapest of which costs $79.95 per year. For that, you get extra features like:

  • No commission or ticketing fees
  • Create unlimited events
  • Create multiple ticket types
  • Set up different registration options and event dates
  • Ask custom registration questions, and mark them as ‘required’ if necessary
  • Receive credit card payments
  • Printable attendee registration list for check-in purposes
  • Updates and support

Two other licenses are available, namely the ‘Developer Support Licence’ and the ‘Everything Support Licence.’ These both cost $299.95 per year and add even more features such as additional payment gateways, events calendar, a waitlist for over-subscribed events, plus thirty-five add-ons.

Over 2,000 active downloads of Event Espresso 4 Decaf are in operation, and it enjoys an average star rating of 4.3/5.0.

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Ultimate Live Cricket WordPress

Ultimate Live Cricket

If you are looking to create a cricket niche website, Ultimate Live Cricket WordPress could be perfect for you. With this WordPress sport plugin, you can display upcoming, completed, and in-progress series and matches on your blog or site. That’s not all, as you can add all the necessary match details and player statistics, too.

The free version of this plugin comes bundled with some handy features, including:

  • Live scores update automatically without needing to refresh the page via ajax
  • Widget to show upcoming, completed, and in-progress matches on the sidebar
  • Series list and matches
  • Series matches shortcode using WPBakery Page Builder
  • Match details, team players, statistics
  • Match commentary
  • Man of the match once the match is over
  • Matches feed
  • Configurable colors
  • Add new tabs with actions and filters
  • Compatible with Visual Bakery (Visual Composer)

The Pro version costs $95.20, and for that, you get:

  • Column support for the series list
  • Additional match details (graphs, partnerships)
  • Widgets for live, upcoming, and completed matches
  • Shortcodes, e.g., to display single match anywhere, hide sections on the match detail page, etc.
  • Insert your own ad code

Users have rated Ultimate Live Cricket WordPress 4.1/5.0, and it is currently in operation on over 600 websites.

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What’s Your Favorite WordPress Sports Plugin?

Do you have a WordPress sports blog or website? If so, are you using any sport-specific plugins? Do you have any particular favorites, or are there any which you don’t like so much? Please let us know in the comments below.

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