Downloads of the official Premier League app have rocketed ahead the start of the new season, according to app monitoring specialist Airnow PLC.

In the 30 days leading up to the start of the new Premier League season, a total of 233,000 Fantasy Football fans worldwide have downloaded the app.

The app is the top of the sports category in both the Google Play and App Store charts compared with 23rd and 14th at the start of August.

Underlining how popular the premier league is elsewhere, downloads more than doubled in the US, were up 226% in Norway and 224% in Turkey with 53 out of 55 countries monitored seeing an uptick in downloads.

Tim Armes, Airnow Data Client Services Director, said: “The start of the new season is traditionally a time for extreme optimism amongst football fans everywhere.

 “Our platform has shown a huge increase in downloads throughout the past few weeks as fans all over the world eagerly agonise over their Fantasy teams.”