Last Updated on September 2021.
Sorare, the international Fantasy NFT football (soccer for our amrican friends) crypto game, is about to launch a new league of 1/1000 NFTs limited cards. It is about time that I show you how to earn money (even multiply it!) with minimal football knowledge!
What is Sorare?
Sorare is an international fantasy soccer crypto-game, using the Ethereum blockchain to create unique cards. Is it clear? Most probably not, it was not for me until I tried the game. In simpler terms, Sorare is a mix between:
- your Panini football photo album when you were young (there is a clear collection aspect in Sorare)
- football manager (you are a team manager, who sets up his own team and earns rewards based on how good your players performed during the next game)
- NFTs (for Non-Fungible Tokens), each player cards becoming limited in numbers.
Created in early 2019, Sorare is probably one of the oldest NFT crypto-games. It has managed to establish itself thanks to these 3 aspects: collectibles, team management and scarcity mechanics.
How much I earned with Sorare? (a lot!)
Let’s jump directly to the most important point for everyone: earning some income.
Is it possible to earn money with Sorare? In one word: totally.
It’s simple, there is an incredible tool called Soraredata. You can have a look at the value of your card deck overtime. Here is my sorare earnings:
In my case, it’s a bit complicated because I have been trading players and taking money out of Sorare. But according to my calculations, I invested something like $3000 over time, I managed to retrieve $5000 and my deck is currently still worth around $12000. So, I basically multiplied my money by 5 in less than a year.
BUT it’s a terrible performance compared to people that were not stupid like me, and did not sell their cards. On soraredata, you can check people that entered around the same time as me, and did a x15. I am a bit unlucky, I sold half of my card deck (in fevruary 2021) just before THE big NFT Sorare card price pump. Because we were in the middle of the ETH pump (I cashed out ETH to earn 6% on them with Lido with the coming ETH 2.0 ), I thought that the Sorare cards would lose in value. Too bad, the eth pump was less epic than the pump of the Sorare NFT card price . As I told you in other posts, I am a very terrible trader. Don’t be like me, hold!
How to start Sorare: best practices, tricks and advices!
There is a rookie league, that lets you play for free for 8 weeks. But let’s be honest, rewards are terrible, you won’t make any buck out of it. But it’s perfect to understand the mechanics, before throwing a couple of dollars in the game.
The mechanism of the rookie league has changed this year. Before this change you hadto choose 10 players at the start with a given budget. You could pick your favorite players, but because they limit your possible budget to spend, you would not be able to buy Neymar, Mbappe, Messi and Ronaldo! That would be too easy, right? If you planned to become good at Sorare, it was actually important to pick the right players, as soon as in the rookie league!
Update Summer 2021:
The mechanism of the rookie league has changed this year. It does not rely anymore on having to select 10 players with a given budget. Instead, when you create your account for the first time, Sorare asks you to select three clubs you are a fan of in order to distribute free cards of players from these clubs. The common free cards (these cards are white) can be played in the rookie league (team of 5 common cards) but also, in some other divisions, such as the Global All Star Division 4. This division allows you to complete your team of 4 “rare” players with a fifth common card. This one will have a handicap, compared to the rare cards, but it’s still very practical to complete your composition, and it’s one less card to acquire.
As goalkeepers are much rarer than other roles in real soccer, it is also the case in Sorare: their prices are significantly higher than all other types of players. The goalkeepers common free cards.
Here are the rules to pick the best cards for your progression:
- Rule 1: I recommend that when you sign up, you pretend to be a fan of 3 teams with very good goalkeepers, and not your 3 favorites teams. You will have a chance to get randomly a strong goalkeeper that later could be useful to align in your Global All Star Division 4 competitions, instead of having to buy a very expensive goalkeeper card. These cards will also ALSO be useful in the training divisions!
- Rule 2: USE A REFERRAL CODE! If you use a referral code, once you buy 5 rare cards, you will get as a reward a 6th random rare card! I have seen with my eyes, a guy earning a rare Mbappé card thanks to the referral program! It was 2000 dollars back at that time. Crazy right? If you want to support me, and liked all the tricks and advices I gave you on Sorare, consider using my referral code!
- Rule 1: see rule 1 and rule 2. This is how important these rules are for a good start!
Now if you are ready to start, the best resource for a step-by-step guide is here.
How to earn money on Sorare ?
I still plan to make money out of Sorare. How? First, by holding my players, they are going to rise in price because I use my knowledge to scoot future good players. But I don’t have the time anymore to spend hours every day on Sorare (this blog takes a lot of my spare time!). But if you have time, here is how you could multiply your money, just like I did:
- Use Soraredata to search for players being sold below their average price compared to similar player price.
- Buy good players that just got injured. Their price will have tanked, making it the perfect opportunity to buy them. Try to buy players with good physical conditions but more importantly, with good technical skills. They may become a bit less physically fit, but will compensate with their technical skills. Don’t buy a sprinter that just did his ACL joints…
- In the same way, off season players will be cheaper.
- For people used to the collectible mechanics, all the cards of the same edition have the same basic price EXCEPT the 1st card of the 1/10 editions and the 1st card of the 1/100. They have a premium for being the 1st. They will have a boost in terms of value. Sooner or later. Check on Soraredata if one of this 1st/100 is not being sold at regular price, because its owner did not realize it had a premium bonus.
- Sell your players that have been over-performing (you need to watch the games to get this feeling. For attackers it’s simpler, compare the number of goals to the xG, the number of expected goals). Buy underperforming players.
- Check in which division it is easier to earn rewards. For a long time, the threshold in terms of points to earn a reward was lower in division 3 than division 4! That’s stupid, but people did not notice. I aligned my best players in division 3 instead of division 4 and earned quite some rewards.
- In division 4, just align “good” but not your best players. Just try to aim for the ETH rewards. It’s close to impossible to get on the podium in this division due to too many people entering in this division. I actually manage to earn once per week the ETH rewards (0.01 or 0.02 ETH = $36 or 72$ per week), with usually my goalkeeper being a common card!
These are just some of the tricks and tips that I have used. I have a few more advices in reserve, let me know if you would like a dedicated article. More generally, you can follow this guide for the best tutorial on how to play Sorare.
Sorare scarcity mechanics: the unique, super rare and rare cards
Sorare has formed partnerships with over 150 football worldwide clubs: some La Liga clubs (Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Valencia, FC Barcelona…), some Serie A clubs (Juventus, Inter Milan, AS Roma…), Bundesliga (Bayern Munich), Ligue 1 (Paris Saint German PSG, Olympique Lyonnais, Olympique Marseille), Premier League (Liverpool), the whole MLS clubs, J1 league (Japan) and many more.
Every player in these clubs will have official licensed NFT cards. Until today, each footballer is represented by 111 cards (every season):
- 1 “Unique” card (unique cards are black/brown).
- 10 “Super Rare” editions (super rare cards are blue).
- 100 “Rare” editions (rare cards are red).
- New, player cards will be launched this Friday, August 13 2021, to make it easier for newcomers to get started: 1000 “Limited” cards editions (limited cards are yellow).
Sorare mechanics: cards scarcity, divisions and rewards.
What is the difference between all the cards editions (unique, super rare, rare and now limited)? They enable competing in different “divisions”. Just for the sake of clarity, I will simplify the divisions (but it’s a bit more complicate in reality). In division 1 only unique card can be aligned. In division 2, only uniques and super rares. In Division 3, only super rares and rares. In Division 4, only rares. Because unique are scarcer than the others, they cost way more. The same way, super rares are more expensive than rares. The rewards for divisions 1 are usually in the form of unique card. If you pay a lot to have expensive unique cards, you can compete in a division where rewards are expensive cards. Seems logical, right?
Now that you have understood the difference between the different editions of cards, you must have understood that fundamentally, all of them have the same basic statistics, based on the player’s current performance in official competitions. There is just a little multiplier effect on the cards based on the editions. The scarcer the edition of the card, the higher the multiplier (and hence the price!). An interesting mechanic: cards can earn experience, and pass levels to increase their multiplier effect (and increase their price, again!).
The cards do not expire, so it doesn’t matter if the card was issued when the player was in a different club than his current club. Unlike FIFA Ultimate Team where cards expire at the end of each season, the only expiration for Sorare’s cards is the player’s retirement (but there are plans to make retired football still useful).
If you combined all of these ingredients together, you end up with prices soaring to several thousand euros for some highly coveted cards.
The new league: the 1/1000 limited card edition
Sorare has been suffering from an issue for quite a long time: 1/100 cards, the cheapest cards, already cost way too much. To be able to compose a competitive team, you have to spend something like at least 1-2eth (of few thousand dollars). Quite crazy, right? Let’s be honest, this game is clearly a Pay to Win. With a bit of luck, you could achieve good rankings from time to time, but to be consistently in the top, and earn quite a lot of money, you needed to spend quite some ETH!
Well, with this new 1/1000 NFT limited card edition, they hope to fix this issue. It will come with a new “Division 5” (only for limited card edition) to remove money as a barrier of entry. We will see soon if this is effective or not (if the number of players increase 10 or 100 times, I am not sure that this Division 5 will have cheaper cards!).
New, cheaper cards will be launched this Friday, August 13 2021, to make it easier for newcomers to get started. Basically, limited 1/1000 cards is for people wanting to play sorare on a budget!
Update September 2021: Is it worth it to buy limited cards yet ?
I don’t recommend buying limited cards at this time. It’s an investment that is not worth it at the price they are at currently.
I estimate that they are still 5 times too expensive.
Why are the limited still too expensive?
- There are no ETH tiered rewards, according to some point floors, in division 5 for limited cards, unlike division 4 for rare cards.
- The cost between (the amount of money to invest to be in the first places) / divided by (the value of the rewards in the first places) is currently in favor of the rare cards and not the limited cards. For now. I’ll keep an eye on the trend.
Is it too late?
Well, I used to think that when I entered. And clearly it was not too late. But I failed to recognize it and did not fully grasp the opportunity and lost quite an amount of possible wealth by chasing the ETH pump instead of holding my Sorare NFTs fantasy cards…
Now let’s face it: it is just the beginning. The game is still pretty much populated only by people in crypto. Traditional football fans/betting platforms users/ football manager or FUT players are still to come. The potential is still enormous. There is currently only over 90k players. Our British Fish&Chips friends are for example not that much on the platform yet. Mainly because until now, it was only 1 British club per season (1st West Ham, then Liverpool). This might change, and I would expect to boost the number of people playing Sorare.
Update September 2021: If you feel like it’s too late, well, investors in Sorare think otherwise! The french start-up just raised a massive $680m funding during a serie B round! Another great point from the same article: sorare will most probably expand in other sports in 2022! I would bet on NBA/baseball and then rugby or handball.
In September 2021, on the Discord, Sorare’s admin posted an announcement, with a part that concerns marketing. Read this, and tell me that it’s too late to play Sorare!
"On the discussion about who is our target market and what we will do to bring Sorare to more people. Our target audience is football fans. One of the key reasons you haven't seen the kind of growth you were expecting with Limited cards is because we there are still a few necessary product improvements to be made to onboard, retain and excite football fans before we go for the big marketing push!
There are a lot of very easy product and marketing decisions we could have made to enjoy and be part of the NFT buzz. But we have big announcements around the corner, and paired with the incoming product improvements, we feel this will present a much much better time to tentatively explode... in a good way'"
I hope I have convinced you that with minimal football/soccer knowledge, you can actually make quite come money with Sorare, while having lots of fun! It is clearly not too late to join in. Numbers are worth thousand words. In conclusion, here are my numbers!
Important resources for Sorare
Here are some important additional resources for Sorare.
- Soraredata: THE most important one. You can check the price of every player before buying them, look for bargains, look at other people’s performances, plan your line-ups for the next games and much more. Basically, you can’t achieve anything in Sorare without mastering Soraredata. Soraredata is also organizing cool side competitions where it’s possible to earn rewards!
- Ubisoft OneShot League: Another side competition where you can earn good prizes.
- SorareMega: another side competition with some rewards (not that much)
- Sofascore: best resource to check a single player stats
- Whoscore: the best resource to check a single team stats. It also provides predicted lineups, injury news. The site layout makes it easy to find the information you need quickly.
- Discord: large community of players on discord. Lots of fun, help and info. There are also some side contest where you can earn cards.
- Youtubers: For great content, tutorials etc. M.Seguin & Quinny
- SorareBot: twitter bot that tweets every time a player card is sold for more than $150. Perfect to get the mood of the market.
- SiegeTheDay23: lots of different tweets on fantasy football. Player transfers , team news, changes in the game, payout ratios
Here are the most common but important questions I had myself. If you any other question, and can’t find the answer, please contact me here, or on twitter or let a comment here.
You can buy cards with ETH (Ethereum). For that you can buy some from an exchange. My preferred is coinbase. If you register using this link, you will get a welcome reward of about 10 dollars if you buy for 100 dollars of any crypto. Once you have eth, you have to set up a metamask to interact with Sorare.
A possible alternative is to directly use non-crypto payments, with Ramp.
More generally, you can follow this guide for the best tutorial on how to play Sorare.
It’s simple, you can play a card only in one division per game session. In the same team you can’t have the same player twice. So, if you have two Lionel Messi, you can’t play them together in Global Division 4. But you can use one of them in Global Division 4 and one in Europe division 4.
Because there are a limited number of clubs on Sorare, and all of them have less goalkeeper than any other type of player. Hence it is the scarcer type of player. This is why I recommend during the rookie league time, to just select the maximum amount of goalkeeper you can, because they will turn useful later when you need them to train your players (you will also be able to align them in division 4 games!)
Depends on your objective. If you want to be among the best. Maybe around 5000 bucks in rare league. Probably 10 000 bucks for super rare. I don’t even know for uniques. Crazy right ? But with 200-300 dollars you can already start to grab some rewards. Plus with the new 1/1000 limited edition cards, you will probably have more fun if you are not a whale!
I don’t recommend buying limited cards at this time. It’s an investment that is not worth it at the price they are at currently.
No! There is no coin / token / cryptocurrency for Sorare.
As written above, using a referral code to register on Sorare can boost your journey! Imagine earning a rare Ronaldo card just when you start!
In case you liked my take on Sorare and learnt interesting things, or if you want to support me, please feel free to send me a coffee over.