Everything you need to know to start playing
In this complete guide to Sorare we will analyze the project that is revolutionizing the world of fantasy soccer. Sorare is a game in which players buy, sell, trade and manage their virtual team using real digital player cards. Sorare uses blockchain technology by leveraging the Ethereum platform. The project came to life in 2018 from the idea of Nicolas Julia and Adrien Montfort.
For all fantasy soccer enthusiasts
Sorare tries to offer a significantly different approach from the usual fantasy soccer. One can certainly say that it is still a fantasy soccer game, but instead of simply choosing the names of the players from a list of those who play in a certain league (e.g. Serie A), users must first buy the respective digital collectible cards of the players they intend to field in their team, and with them compete against other fantasy soccer fans. These player cards are actually “tokenized” on the Ethereum blockchain.
In traditional fantasy soccer or fantasy sports experiences in general, users choose their favorite professional players and establish their weekly lineups. By doing so, they are able to collect game points for each performance that the chosen players then achieve on the field during the game week, in the hope of collecting more points than other fantasy managers.
Possessing these cards in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFT) allows you to sell them freely as if they were real cryptocurrencies, becoming this mechanism the beating heart of the fantasy experience offered by Sorare. There are several prizes up for grabs for each competition in which you participate, both in the form of cryptocurrency and in the form of rare and precious cards to add to your collection.
What is Sorare?
Sorare is a Blockchain fantasy soccer game where you can be rewarded for setting up your team, participating in virtual tournaments and trading virtual collectible cards.
All you have to do is pick your favorite team and get rewarded when your players put in great performances in real life. With literally thousands upon thousands of Euros up for grabs each week for the respective competitions available it’s probably time to get up close and personal with the dynamics of fantasy soccer. In this guide we will take a detailed look at how all of this works.
Why are Sorare cards rare?
All of your player cards are identified as Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT); this means that there is only a fixed, predetermined number of cards that will ever exist for each player.
NFTs are tokens that we can use to represent ownership of any object. From works of art, to real estate and even collectible cards. This kind of innovative technology is able to give only one owner at a time the ownership of a certain item, both physical and virtual, and this unique identification is kept safe by the various platforms that support smart contracts (digital contracts that exploit blockchain technology to foil any kind of modification or counterfeiting of the ownership of an NFT).
NFT stands for non-fungible token. Non-fungible is a technical term used to describe any object of which there are no other simple equivalents. Vice versa, the so-called “fungible” objects are defined exclusively by their belonging to a genus composed of many other objects that are equal to each other. For example, a simple red apple will be a fungible good with respect to the multitude of other red apples that can be purchased at the supermarket. But the apple that fell on Newton’s head has no equal, and will never be fungible with other red apples different from it. It will therefore acquire a special value, a uniqueness of its kind.
Rarity grades of football cards
At this point the idea of rarity applied to Sorare comes into play. Since there will always be only a certain number of cards created for every single player, they will become more and more valuable according to their rarity, and why, also according to the passage of time.
In a given season, the following quantity of cards is created (minted) for each football player: 100 rare examples, 10 super rare examples, 1 unique example, as well as an indefinite series of so-called “common” cards to allow even beginners to compete in the Sorare game. It goes without saying that the types produced in smaller numbers have an exponentially higher value, both from the economic point of view, both in the dynamics of the game that we will deepen below.
If it is true that every football season new cards are released for each player, it is also true that no card referring to the previous seasons will ever “expire”, unlike what happens in other exchange games based on soccer.
How do I play Sorare?
To start playing Sorare you need to get your free cards by going through the registration process, signing up for one of the available tournaments and building a team that will make you competitive against other participants.
Once you have registered, you will be guided through the simple onboarding process available on the Sorare website. The steps are as follows: choose the name and logo of a club; join the rookie league (where your free players can participate and earn rewards); select your 3 favorite clubs from which free players will be randomly drawn and assigned to you; then compose your team.
While composing your team, you must pay close attention to a few things. For example, make sure you select players who play regularly, because you won’t get points from players who are not in the team or who are on the bench for the whole game. You’ll also want to make sure that they have a good average rating, and this is visible next to each of the player cards on the left side of the interface.
With the free cards you’ll only be able to play in the Rookie league. If you want to participate in the other competitions, the ones where you can win rare cards and ETH rewards, you will have to buy at least 5 rare cards. Speaking of which, we have a present for you! If you register by clicking on the button below, you will receive a great bonus. After purchasing 5 new cards, i.e. auction cards (no exchanges or purchases from other teams) you will receive a free rare card.
First steps to participate in a Sorare tournament
Each week Sorare hosts a wide variety of different tournaments in which you can register your team. These tournaments often have different requirements for participation, including: maximum age of players (e.g. under 23 league); nationality or league of origin of individual players who can participate in the competition of your choice (e.g. European Championship); rarity of the cards that can be used.
First you will need to field 5 players to participate in the tournament, 1 goalkeeper, 1 defender, 1 midfielder, 1 forward and 1 extra player of any role. There is no bench from which you can bring in reserve players.
Among these 5 players you will also have to choose a captain. Being captain of a team in Sorare is a very important factor, or at times decisive, as it will collect an additional 20% on the weekly XP percentage, so think carefully about who you think can produce a good score.
Once you have completed the above steps be sure to click “Submit” to save your lineup. You are now ready for your first week of play. But what do you need to do to actually attempt to win a division? Let’s look at it below.
How the scoring system works in Sorare
Your players earn points based on how well they play during the league rounds. There are a number of factors that affect the way it scores. These include: minutes played, goals scored, assists made, clean sheets and, yellow and red cards.
In simple terms, the better the performance of your players during real soccer matches, the better the score they will secure for your Sorare lineup.
The amount of points a soccer card receives can change depending on the amount of XP it has accumulated. Cards can have more or less XP points for a number of reasons, including: the age of the card (if you field cards from the current season you will get more XP points), how often you use your fielded cards and the minutes played per game.
Sorare’s weekly rewards system
Let’s deal now with one of the aspects that most interest the users of the Sorare platform: the prizes.
Weekly rewards represent the beating heart of the Sorare game, users who participate in different competitions have the opportunity to grab not only playing cards, but also variable amounts of the cryptocurrency Ethereum.
The rewards that you can win thanks to Sorare are different depending on the tournament in which you participate. Let’s take the All Stars global championship as an example.
The top three finishers receive large amounts of ETH put up for grabs in addition to a quality rare player. Clearly, this is a lot of loot, so you will need a very competitive team to aim for such goals right away. So if you’re a beginner, you’ll want to know about the other prize pools as well.
The top 10% of participating users take home rare players that can either be used in tournaments or sold for the respective value in Ethereum.
There are also some “threshold prizes”. These will go to those players who manage to score a minimum of 205 points (for a prize of 0.01 ETH) and 250 points (prize of 0.02 ETH). These thresholds are definitely more available to beginner players.
Building a team in Sorare
Now that you know the basics, let’s start looking together at how to set up a competitive team.
First you’ll need to add some Ethereum to your personal Sorare wallet. This is necessary in order to start buying players that will form your ranks. Users will always use Ethereum cryptocurrency, both when buying players and when receiving a counterpart when selling them.
There are two different ways to deposit and add Ethereum to your personal Sorare account.
The first of them is Ramp, which is a great method for beginners who are not yet familiar with cryptocurrency transactions, as it allows you to quickly add funds using your credit or debit card directly within minutes. The disadvantage of using Ramp is that you will receive a slightly lower amount of Ethereum as a commission percentage deducted from the service will be calculated.
The second method consists of using a digital wallet such as MetaMask – this is certainly a good method for users who are already experienced in using cryptocurrencies or for those who intend to make larger deposits. Under these conditions, MetaMask becomes a clearly recommended choice, because it allows you to buy the amount of Ethereum you consider to deposit in Sorare directly from an exchange such as Binance, Kraken, Coinbase, etc. Now that you have a sufficient Ethereum balance in your account, you are ready to acquire your first Sorare kicker.
Buying players in Sorare
There are several ways to buy players in Sorare.
The new purchases section allows you to buy player cards directly from the platform, these cards have been minted and then listed directly by Sorare and therefore have never been owned by any other user. These players are auctioned to the highest bidder, with starting prices set out in Ethereum cryptocurrency.
The transfer market section is where you can buy players directly from other users of the game in a sort of secondary market. You may come across great deals with this mode of purchase, however, always keep in mind that any purchase from the secondary market will not count towards the sign-up bonus. These players are listed for a fixed purchase price, and Sorare does not allow you to auction off your playing cards, only to set a price you predetermine for an instant transaction.
The last way you can buy players in the game is to bid directly for other players. This is possible by simply clicking on a player and consequently on the “Make an offer” button.
Whenever you buy new players, make sure that they have a lot of games to play in the weekly schedule, some of them might be cheap because their respective leagues are about to end.
After you have purchased a few rare players, you can start competing in the big weekly competitions for the Ethereum offered as well as for attractive prizes in the form of rare collectible cards.
Is it possible to earn money with Sorare?
Now that you know the basics of the game such as the scoring system and the player purchase system, let’s see together how you can manage to earn cryptocurrency by playing with Sorare. The easiest method is to win the weekly game rewards put up for users.
This is in fact one of the best ways to earn passive income thanks to your passion for Sorare: both through the weekly game rewards, and through the rewards you get by competing in leagues against other players.
Let’s take a look at some useful tips for earning substantial weekly rewards.
An obvious assumption that many players make when they start playing on Sorare is that they should always field the players who have the highest average score.
A crucial factor that many players often fail to consider is the real opponents that their players will face in a given week of the league. For example, if you have two defenders and one of them has a weekly points average of 70, while another defender has a 50 points average, it would seem at first glance an obvious choice who should be in your line-up. However, this is not always true.
Who to pick?
In fact, you must also keep an eye on who the defenders are playing against, because if the first one with an average of 70 is in a big match against a top team, perhaps, it is more effective to choose the defender with an average of 50 who is playing against a weaker team.
Another common mistake made by many new players is to buy only random players in the game, without thinking about the league or the competitions they come from. This can really limit the amount of rewards you’ll be able to grab.
The game hosts many specialized leagues, such as the Under 23 leagues (in which only players under the age of 23 can intuitively participate); Asian leagues (it goes without saying that for them you can only play K-League and J-League players); European leagues (only players from Serie A, La Liga, Premier League, Bundesliga and Ligue 1).
So when you’re first starting out, it’s best to focus on just one or two of these to maximize your chances of earning those weekly rewards. And start by learning a solid foundation to then range out with the endless further possibilities offered by Sorare.
Trading Trading Trading Cards
A great way to make money on Sorare is through trading cards. With the value of players increasing each week based on game performance as well, it is crucial that you search properly for those who can give you the best long-term return as well as fun in terms of play. This is where the concept of scouting comes in.
In this regard, some of the best deals will be made for players who are undervalued because they are not playing much at the moment, but who will carve out more and more decisive spaces in their team in the future. If it’s true that you won’t be able to use these kinds of players in the short term, you could, on the contrary, get a great economic return if they turn out to be a good investment in the long term.
The main evaluation to do in these cases is therefore related to the reasons why a certain player is not in the team at the moment.
One explanation could be that the team is currently in the preseason. Players who are not playing because their season is over could be a great long-term investment, this is because some Sorare coaches will be inclined to sell off such pieces of their virtual team cheaply as they cannot be used in the coming months. When the season begins again, however, their potential may be radically different. There are excellent information resources available online to inform yourself and study the competitive environment of every player in the world. So a study phase can be the determining element in making profitable investments.
Another important factor could be that a particular player is in a period of temporary injury. The key thing to understand in these cases is whether the player is suffering from a long-term or short-term injury. Players who have suffered a serious injury could remain absent and unable to be picked for the entire season ahead, meaning they may not be worth your investment. However, some of them might only be out for a few games, and in this case you can get a quick return if you buy them and then sell them when they return to the league.
Other times it might be a simple drop in form that has nothing to do with the long-term talent of a player. This is one of the most common reasons why some players are not playing, they are simply in bad form. When this happens, it is recommended to check the score that the footballer has exhibited in the past, as he might return to the same performance without warning. Using Sorare Data you will be able to spot players who are just going through a bad period of form and try your luck by buying them cheap.
Remember that when players don’t play, they stop earning XP points, and sometimes this can’t be avoided because, as mentioned, they might be in the pre season phase. This is where training comes in.
Training allows players to continue to increase their XP points even when they are not playing. It is best to always keep your players who are not in activity under constant training so that they can continue to develop XP. This will result in them having a higher value when they later start playing again and you return to being able to deploy them.
Why should you play Sorare?
So, now that you know how it works, why should you play? Or why should you switch from other Fantasy Football games to Sorare? Sorare now has over 100 affiliated clubs from around the world, with new additions every week.
The level of adoption from global leagues and teams has been astounding, with major European teams such as Liverpool, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain FC, Bayern München, Juventus and Atletico Madrid all present on the platform.
There are currently 126 clubs registered on the platform, with Sorare aiming to double the number of registered teams in the near future.
You can pick the best players for your team and be rewarded with game points depending on how those players perform. It’s free, and you have the chance to win any kind of prize against millions of players from all over the world.