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    Sorare: The Ultimate Beginner's Guide 2022

    In the free fantasy football game Sorare, you can win valuable prizes week after week. This Sorare guide is guaranteed to tell you everything you need to know for a successful start to your manager career!

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    Max Wiegand

    15.06.2022

    Last updated: 09.12.2022

    Multiple Sorare fantasy football cards (Van Dijk, Messi, Vinicius and more)
    The inside NFTs guide to Sorare covers all the important basics.
    Multiple Sorare fantasy football cards (Van Dijk, Messi, Vinicius and more)
    The inside NFTs guide to Sorare covers all the important basics.
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      What is Sorare?

      Sorare is a fantasy football game that digitises the collecting and trading of football cards. Twice a week, managers compete in various competitions for valuable rewards including price money and player cards of coveted superstars. Sorare is an officially licenced partner of 315 clubs from 50 leagues worldwide, including almost every european top league.

      The underlying blockchain technology enables the cards to actually belong to you as so-called non-fungible tokens (NFT). In addition, they are considered indestructible and virtually forgery-proof. Don’t worry: you don’t need to know any more than that to play, because all the technical processes take place hidden in the background.

      The game principle of Sorare is as simple as it is familiar: The better the stars perform in real life, the more points they score in the game. In addition to scorer points, factors such as duels won and lost, chances created or goals conceded are decisive. Excitement guaranteed!

      By the way: In addition to the classic Sorare (football), there are now two other offshoots of the popular NFT game: Sorare MLB (baseball) and Sorare NBA (basketball).

      Get a free Limited card

      Registering with Sorare is done in just a few steps. In any case, you should use a so-called referral link. This way you will receive a random Limited card after your fifth new player signing up – so signing up without a code would be a classic own goal!

      So either ask a friend who already plays Sorare to send you one, or simply use our link to register directly.

      Note: If you sign up without a referral link, you will not receive a free Limited card. Unfortunately, this cannot be done at a later date. By using our link, you can also support us so that we can continue to publish high-quality content on Sorare free of charge.

      Is Sorare for free?

      In a nutshell: Yes, Sorare can be played permanently free of charge. In the course of the registration, you receive a number of so-called common cards as a gift. These are neither limited nor tradable on the marketplace. They do, however, allow participation in multiple beginners’ tournaments, which primarily serve to get to know the gameplay.

      Particularly attractive: Despite free participation, you can win limited player cards, which can then be traded on the marketplace or used to participate in more advanced competitions. The prerequisite for this, apart from a bit of luck, is of course patience, as most Sorare managers fight for prizes in the free competitions.

      Ich glaube das Potenzial für Sorare ist immens. Zitat von Lionel Messi
      Sorare ambassador Lionel Messi sees enormous potential in the fantasy manager.
      Ich glaube das Potenzial für Sorare ist immens. Zitat von Lionel Messi
      Sorare ambassador Lionel Messi sees enormous potential in the fantasy manager.

      Those who would rather get started right away or maximise their chances of winning in the higher tournaments can also become active on the Sorare marketplace. The player prizes depend crucially on the performance and rarity of the cards (more on this later) and range from pennies to truly astronomical sums.

      Our experience with Sorare

      As veteran managers, we are often asked by interested readers about our personal experiences with Sorare. Therefore, we have written a detailed report that will soon be available in English – stay tuned!

      That much in advance: Sorare is considered a serious, financially strong and innovative company with a promising future. This is evidenced not only by the financial investments of renowned companies but also by the numerous licensing partners and, last but not least, close cooperation with world stars such as Lionel Messi, Gerard Piqué and Kylian Mbappé.

      Nicolas Julia (CEO Sorare) mit Gerard Pique
      Sorare CEO Nicolas Julia with Gerard Piqué. Image: Sorare

      Sorare player cards

      In addition to the Common cards mentioned above, there are four categories with increasing scarcity: Limited, Rare, Super Rare and Unique. The latter are more expensive but provide a points bonus and entitle the player to participate in tournaments with particularly high prize money.

      Die Sorare Common Karte von Frenkie de Jong vom FC Barcelona

       

      Common

      • Silver-grey colour

      • Unlimited and non-tradable

      • Bonus: 0%

      Die Sorare Common Karte von Frenkie de Jong vom FC Barcelona
      Limited Karte von Frenkie de Jong

       

      Common

      • Silver-grey colour

      • Unlimited and non-tradable

      • Bonus: 0%

      Limited Sorare Karte von Thomas Müller vom FC Bayern

       

      Limited

      • 1000 cards per season

      • Yellow colour

      • Bonus: 0%

      Limited Sorare Karte von Thomas Müller vom FC Bayern
      Limited Karte von Thomas Müller

       

      Limited

      • 1000 cards per season

      • Yellow colour

      • Bonus: 0%

      Rare Karte von Youssoufa Moukoko beim Fantasy Fußball Spiel Sorare

       

      Rare

      • 100 cards per season

      • Red colour

      • Bonus: 0%

      Rare Karte von Youssoufa Moukoko beim Fantasy Fußball Spiel Sorare
      Rare Karte von Youssoufa Moukoko

      Rare

      • 100 cards per season

      • Red colour

      • Bonus: 0%

      Sorare Super Rare Karte von PSG Stürmer Neymar

       

      Super Rare

      • 10 cards per season

      • Blue colour

      • Bonus: 20%

      Sorare Super Rare Karte von PSG Stürmer Neymar

       

      Super Rare

      • 10 cards per season

      • Blue colour

      • Bonus: 20%

      Unique Sorare Karte von Innenverteidiger David Alaba

       

      Unique

      • 1 cards per season

      • Black colour

      • Bonus: 40%

      Unique Sorare Karte von Innenverteidiger David Alaba

       

      Unique

      • 1 cards per season

      • Black colour

      • Bonus: 40%

      Each card has a serial number in the upper left corner, which makes it uniquely identifiable. Right above it is the season from which it comes. Cards from the current season receive a points bonus of 5 per cent, which gives them a certain advantage over older cards. The other information (club, shirt number, age, etc.) speaks for itself.

      By the way: Player cards retain their full functionality when a player changes clubs. If a player changes from the MLS to the Bundesliga, for example, all his cards would be eligible for European tournaments from then on.

      How do you play Sorare?

      The game concept of Sorare is extremely well thought out. At the beginning, the amount of information can seem overwhelming. However, if you spend a little time with the football NFT game, you will quickly internalise the most important aspects.

      Gameplay

      In Sorare, five players form a complete fantasy team with which they compete for valuable prizes on match days (Game Weeks): one goalkeeper, one defender, one midfielder and one attacker as well as any additional field player. The lineups are determined in advance by the manager.

      At the end of the Game Week, all participants in a tournament are ranked. The real life-performance is decisive for the player ratings (Scores). In addition, a percentage bonus is added, which results from the experience points (EP), the rarity level and the season from which a card originates. The designated captain of the team also receives an extra bonus.

      The more competitive a tournament is – that is, the more managers take part in match days – the higher the prizes (Rewards). These consist primarily of player cards, which become more valuable with better placement. There is also prize money in the form of the cryptocurrency ETH.

      Scoring system

      During Game Weeks, each player obtains an individual score. The sum of the scores of all five players is decisive for the ranking in the tournaments. If a player does not play, he does not score any points whatsoever – in technical jargon a “DNP” (Did Not Play), which must be avoided at all costs!

      When it comes to the composition of the scores, a distinction must first be made: On the one hand, there is the already mentioned percentage point bonus, which is composed of various attributes of the player cards. The basis of the score, however, is the performance points, which corresponds to the player’s effort (maximum 100). For this purpose, Sorare cooperates with the British sports analysis company Opta Sports.

      The performance points are further divided into a Decisive Score and an All-Around Score. The Decisive Score is a kind of overall evaluation (one could also say: a scoring basis), which is influenced by decisive actions such as goals, own goals, assists or even sending-offs.

      These actions determine the performance level of a player on a scale from -3 to 5. Each level corresponds to a certain number of points: A starting player always starts with level 0 and 35 points (substitute: 25 points). If he then scores a goal, for example, he jumps to level 1 and thus to 60 points. Another goal or an assist would earn him another 10 points (level 2), while a sending-off would throw him back to level 1:

      Decisive LevelDecisive Score
      -30
      -25
      -115
      035
      160
      270
      380
      490
      5100

      The following additional Decisive Actions are available, each of which changes the level and thus the Decisive Score by one level:

      Positive Actions (+1)Negative Actions (-1)
      GoalOwn goal
      AssistError leads to a goal
      Penalty wonPenalty conceded
      Last man tackleRed card
      Cleared off the lineMore than 3 goals condeded (GK)
      Penalty saved (GK)
      Clean sheet (GK)

      The All-Around Score on the other hand is quickly explained. It results from all other – less relevant – actions in the game (e.g. shots on goal or successful passes) and is offset against the Decisive Score. It is worth taking a look at the so-called scoring matrix, which shows the various factors and associated points.

      Tournaments and rewards

      There are a variety of exciting competitions at Sorare. On the one hand, these differ according to the characteristics of the players who can be used. For example, there are separate tournaments for players from Europe’s top 5 leagues, young talents or even players with poor form. This makes for excitement and allows for the development of real niche expertise.

      Sorare Tournaments List
      The competition system ensures both thrill and fairness throughout the various tournaments. Image: Sorare
      Sorare Tournaments List
      The competition system ensures both thrill and fairness throughout the various tournaments. Image: Sorare

      On the other hand, the scarcity levels of the cards play an important role. We remember: particularly rare cards are not only more expensive, they also receive a higher points bonus across the board. For the sake of fairness, most tournaments therefore come in several versions. While in some, for example, only Limited cards are allowed, others are reserved for the higher scarcities.

      Logically, rarer cards are also awarded as prizes in the more exclusive tournaments. The rule is: the more managers take part, the further the prize ranks go. And: The better the final ranking, the more valuable the reward. Sorare works here with so-called player tiers.

       

      Buying and selling players

      The marketplace is the central place for buying and trading player cards. It is divided into two main parts: Auctions are new cards that have been freshly created by Sorare and are now being given out to managers. The winners of such eBay-like auctions are therefore the first owners of the player cards.

      Manager sales, on the other hand, represent a typical secondary market. Not Sorare, but other managers put their NFT cards up for sale, which they have previously acquired or won themselves. The seller sets any reference price, but interested parties can also make individual offers (player cards and/or ETH).

      A third possibility is Direct Offers to other managers. In the same way, offers can be made for player cards that are not even offered on the marketplace.

      Sorare tools and resources

      There is great competition for the coveted prizes at Sorare. To maximise their chances of success, the best managers use a variety of resources. Our own tool prorare, for example, helps you to evaluate your financial performance at Sorare in no time at all – giving you a real strategic advantage.

      In the following overview you will find the most important Sorare tools, websites and communities at a glance to stay one step ahead of your manager colleagues.

      Now we wish you lots of fun and success while playing. Don’t forget to register via the button below to secure your bonus card.

      Registration and participation in the beginners’ tournament “Casual” is completely free of charge for everyone. For this purpose, one receives a number of unlimited, so-called ” Common” cards during the onboarding. You will only have to pay for cards if you want to take part in the more advanced tournaments.

      According to Ryan Spoon, COO of Sorare, the company had over 1.7 million registered users in April 2022. However, most likely only a fraction of these 1.7m users play Sorare regularly.

      At the moment, Sorare has official licensing agreements with 226 clubs from 39 leagues. In addition to a number of “smaller” leagues in Europe, Asia and America, these include the entire German Bundesliga as well as La Liga, Ligue 1 and Serie A. In addition, international competitions of clubs and national teams are covered.

      Sorare earns money by selling licensed football trading cards on its own marketplace. Managers can purchase the limited player cards by auction and use them in various competitions.

      SorareMega is a so-called side game of Sorare, which was developed by members of the community and adds additional value to the player cards. In one-on-one duels, players can compete against other managers parallel to the normal game operation. There are also prizes to be won.

      DNP is short for “Did not play” and indicates match days on which a player did not play for his club. For sorare managers, a DNP is the worst case scenario for fielded players, as they obviously cannot score any points. DNPs should therefore be avoided at all costs.

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