When did MLS join Sorare?
MLS partnered with Sorare in March 2022, allowing supporters to collect trade-able NFT cards of their favourite players in an officially-licensed league.
As well as Sorare football, there are also Sorare MLB and NBA versions of the game, which have already been hugely popular in the US but with MLS as the fastest-growing sports league in North America, Sorare MLS is already a huge market.
The deal means Sorare players can now collect digital cards of players from all MLS clubs and use them to compete against others in the fantasy football game, or buy and sell for profit.
It offers fans another way to connect with their favourite clubs and players, with collectible cards available on a limited basis.
Sorare is a rapidly expanding online platform, with thousands of users competing for rewards in each gameweek - ranging from limited cards to financial rewards if your team performs well either in the free-to-enter game or one of the more advanced leagues which require paid-for cards.
What is Sorare?
Sorare, established in 2018, is a platform crafted by passionate football enthusiasts for fellow fans. It is revolutionizing the landscape of online sports fandom by offering a fresh avenue for connecting with beloved clubs and players. As of February 2022, Sorare boasts an impressive user base of 350,000 Monthly Active Users spanning across 184 countries.
The company, headquartered in Paris and New York, has garnered support from renowned investors including Benchmark, Accel Partners, Softbank, as well as esteemed footballers such as Gerard Piqué, Antoine Griezmann, and Rio Ferdinand.
So what is Sorare MLS?
The Sorare football market and game is based around collectible cards, which have a value on the Ethereum chain with the value dictated by the market as well as real-life performance of each player.
Since the cards are collectible, there are only a limited number of each card available on the market on which users can bid, bargain and negotiate with fellow managers to get the best possible price for their desired card - just like the transfer market! Once you have a card, it can be used to make money or compete in leagues and gain XP to further increase their value and points return.
You can compete in auctions for cards in a manner similar to eBay or simply buy from a ‘Manager Sales’ market, on which managers will simply put a price on a card’s head and you can decide whether to pay it or not.
A player’s value will be dictated by the scarcity as well as their recent form, upcoming fixtures and age. So if you have a player who has just scored a hat-trick, his recent form will be shown on the card and his price will shoot up. Average gameweek scores over the last 15 matches (L15) are crucial when looking at how to build a team and who to get in the market, and are shown when looking at any card.
It is these gameweek scores that will decide your fate when competing in leagues.
Sorare MLS will be running through the full season, which means that while the European leagues rest for the summer, you can still play along each gameweek through Sorare MLS and you won’t miss a beat, and with a full roster of players available to snap up, you can build out your own Sorare MLS collection.
How does Sorare work?
There are many different ways in which to get involved with Sorare. Whether that is investing money into having your own collectible cards, buying and selling to make a profit, or simply competing in leagues against others and contesting for rewards, there is something for everybody.
The free-to-enter leagues are called the Amateur leagues, and are available for the five major European leagues as well as MLS. Here is how they work.
MLS Amateur - The Free League
The most popular form of competing is through the free-to-play competitions, known as ‘Amateur’ competitions such as MLS Amateur. You will be given a points budget of 400 and you must simply pick a squad of 8 (two goalkeepers, two defender, two midfielders and two forwards), before narrowing that down to a playing team of five (one goalkeeper, one defender, one midfielder, one forward and one other outfield player) - it is that team that will then earn you points for each gameweek.
Players will earn points in a similar way to fantasy football, with nominated captains earning boosted totals and the total accrued over the gameweek will put you in contention for a reward - which in the Amateur leagues are tiered collectible cards.