Sorare: The NFT-based fantasy soccer game for Austin FC fans

Sorare is the intersection of soccer, fantasy gaming, and technology.

It combines many of the things we love:

  • Austin FC
  • Collectibles/trading cards
  • Fantasy sports
  • NFT (non-fungible token) crypto technology
  • Tacos

To play the game, you create a virtual team of five soccer players, from digital cards that you own on the Sorare platform. Each week you pit your team against an opponent’s five cards in a fantasy league. The cards are collectibles with 4 types of scarcity: limited, rare, super-rare, and unique cards.

The best part for Verde fans is that Austin FC is officially in Sorare. That means you’ll find digital cards for any current Austin FC player — from Carlos Asensio to Sebastian Driussi — along with their latest stats.

Imagine forming a fantasy team with your favorite players from Austin FC, alongside your other faves in leagues around the world, including the English Premier League, Liga MX, the Bundesliga, LaLiga, and 40 other leagues.

Before we go too far down the Sorare rabbit hole, this post explains Sorare and NFTs in more detail, highlights the MLS x Sorare collab, and gives you the basics of playing the game.

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What is Sorare?

Founded in 2018, Sorare is the world’s first NFT-based soccer (football) fantasy game. You collect digital trading cards depicting the world’s finest players from 247+ soccer teams, including all 28 MLS clubs.

More than 1.5 million users across 184 countries participate in the Ethereum blockchain-based fantasy game.

Here’s what the different types of Sorare cards look like for some Austin FC players we know and love.

You have complete ownership of all of your Sorare cards. So you can use your NFTs in a Sorare fantasy match, sell or trade them, simply collect them, or even build your own game using them. All of these activities can be done easily on the gaming platform.

It may take a minute to get used to, but you’ll quickly have the same sense of ownership of these digital cards as you would old-school physical trading cards. Blockchain technology ensures that your Sorare cards cannot be duplicated or stolen in any way.

What are NFTs?

NFTs are digital assets (art, music, videos) that represent real-world objects and are frequently bought and sold with cryptocurrency. They are scarce (a fixed and limited supply), can be traced to their origin, provide true ownership, and allow complete freedom of movement, all of which can be independently validated — made possible by blockchain technology. 

MLS partnered with Sorare in 2022

MLS teams up with Sorare

Sorare is major league soccer’s (MLS) official NFT fantasy game. 

The two organizations announced in 2022 that they teamed up in a multi-year deal to create a cool next-gen game for U.S. soccer fans. As we mentioned, the game lets users in the United States build their own dream MLS squad, drafting players from across the league to compete against others in a league of their choosing, as well as around the world.

Sorare marketplace is where you buy, sell, and trade cards

The partnership between MLS and Sorare provides fans in the U.S. with a unique fantasy game opportunity while simultaneously growing MLS’s brand in Europe and Asia, where Sorare has a large fan base.

Basics of the game

Now that we have an overall idea about what the game is about, let’s talk in detail about the basics of playing the game.

Creating your first team

After your first login to Sorare, you’ll get a common card pack each time you complete a level of the onboarding process. To employ earned cards and to build a team for the first time, a league must be entered and filed. Here’s how to create your first team:

  • On the main page, choose “Play” from the menu.
  • By heading to the play page, you will be able to sign up for any of the leagues that are presently being offered. Cards can be used to enter the leagues. New players are welcome to join the Common Casual League when it opens.
  • To get started with the game, all you have to do is choose the “Common Casual League” and then hit the “Enter” button.
  • The next step is to add your players one by one to the appropriate positions.
  • It’s time for you to put someone in charge of your team, so choose the Captain!
  • In order to participate in Game Week, confirm the participation of your team by clicking the “Confirm” button. And you are done!
A 30-minute Sorare tutorial on YouTube

What does “NG” or “No Game” mean?

When you are building your lineups, if you see the letters “NG,” this indicates that the player you are selecting does not have a game plan for the current Game Week. A player who did not participate in any games during the Game Week will not get any points.

Are national team and club cards the same thing?

The National Team cards are the same as the club ones in terms of their functionality. Both of these cards contribute toward the player’s allotted supply of cards for the season, and they may be used in the same contests as the other cards.

Can I use Sorare cards outside of Sorare?

Since blockchain technology enables unrestricted portability of digital assets, Sorare cards may now be used not just in S05 but also in games that do not belong to the Sorare ecosystem. This was previously only possible in Sorare itself. At the moment, you can utilize your Sorare cards in at least four games other than Sorare (SO5), which are as follows:

  • Soraredata Cups
  • SorareMega
  • SorareBrag
  • Sorare’s Global Fantasy Football Game

Your Sorare cards are completely yours because of the NFTs-based build, and you can use them however you want. If you have a Sorare NFT, you have a number of options available to you. You can use it in Sorare contests, keep it as a collectible, move it to another platform, sell it, trade it, play it in another game, and build your own game where it can be used, and so on.

So, what are you waiting for? Buy 5 cards, get 1 limited card FREE!

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