This Sorare review (updated ahead of the 2023/24 season in Europe) will give you the lowdown on the popular fantasy football game. We’ll try to highlight both the positive and negative things about it to give you an idea of what it’s like to be a Sorare manager. We also have a Sorare sign up offer (detailed below) which will help you get started with some free cards.
Note, this review relates to Sorare football. Both baseball and basketball were added to the platform in 2022 with more sports potentially on the way soon. Read this Sorare NBA review if you want to know more about the latter.
What is Sorare?
Sorare is a global fantasy football platform. Its gameplay is based on real on-pitch events in football competitions across the world including the biggest leagues and tournaments in Europe, Asia, North America and South America.
Managers need to collect cards (footballers) in order to enter fantasy tournaments and compete for prizes. While all fantasy tournaments are free to enter, there are essentially two versions of the game.
One involves free “common cards” which have no monetary value. This is the best way to get a taster of the game and if you have no interest in spending money on Sorare, you can just play the common tournaments each week and compete for pride against your mates and other managers. There is no limit on how long you can play them for.
The other version involves digital cards that can be bought, sold, exchanged and won by playing fantasy tournaments. These cards come in four scarcity levels – limited cards (the cheapest with up to 1000 issued per player per season), rare (100), super rare (10) and unique (only one per player per season). Each scarcity level has its own tournaments with limited tournaments the easiest and most affordable option for beginners to get stuck into.
Sorare is really easy to join and get going with no long forms to fill out. Using our Sorare sign up offer you’ll be rewarded with a free limited card (*after you buy your 5th card on the primary market).
After signing up, you’ll be given the chance to select one of the five big European leagues (Premier League, LaLiga, Ligue 1, Serie A & Bundesliga) or the MLS and be directed to a screen where you can pick your first 8 common cards. You will get a fictional budget of 400 with each player costing typically between 40 and 70 points depending on their current form. Once you’ve chosen your 8 players, you then must choose 5 of them to form your lineup for the next gameweek.
Don’t stress out too much about this process as you can easily go back and redo your draft and team selection once you’ve had a bit more time to study fixtures, understand how scoring works and figure out which players are most likely to score well. It also doesn’t matter which league you initially choose as you can still complete drafts and enter teams for each of the other main leagues should you wish to do so.
If you complete the process for the six amateur leagues, you should then have 48 common cards to start your Sorare journey with, on what is effectively the free version of the game.
How does Sorare work?
It does take some time to get used to Sorare and to fully understand the different rules, gameplay modes and league structures. However it has improved considerably in recent months with a more logical progression structure and far more engaging free version. If you’re somebody who signed up to Sorare in the past but quickly lost interest, it may be worth giving it another look, particularly with the recent addition of a cash wallet making it much easier to deposit funds and buy cards in the paid version of the game.
Here’s a brief explanation of how the Sorare basics work:
The lifeblood of the platform is currently SO5 fantasy football tournaments where managers enter teams of five players that earn points (from 0 to 100) based on their performances in real football matches. These teams must consist of:
- 1 Goalkeeper
- 1 Defender
- 1 Midfielder
- 1 Forward
- 1 Extra Player (any outfielder)
You can also nominate a captain in most tournaments. The captain usually earns a bonus which is currently set at 50% in the league-specific common tournaments known as Premier League Amateur, LaLiga Amateur, etc. There are also small “XP bonuses” which grow the more you use a card. As a beginner, you don’t need to worry too much about this yet but they can build up over time and act as a differential in the event that you name exactly the same team as another manager.
At the higher scarcity levels, cards from the present season also get a 5% bonus but you can still use older cards in your lineups. For example a 2019/20 card can still be used in the 2023/24 or even potentially 2030/31 campaigns, even if the player has transferred to a different club or league – providing that club plays in one of the competitions that are covered on the platform. There are more details on this below.
The points score of 0-100 that every player receives is determined by the Sorare scoring matrix. It may be worth having a quick look through but you’ll get a better feel for which types of players score well the more gameweeks you play (there are two Sorare gameweeks each week for midweek and weekend action with team selection deadlines on Tuesday and Friday afternoons – European time).
Essentially it works in a similar way to other fantasy football style games. However it uses much more advanced metrics to calculate the score than Fantasy Premier League (FPL) for example. Everything from goals and assists to completed passes, clearances and even penalty area entries improve your player’s score. However cards, missed chances and lost duels are among the things that will decrease the score. Match data is provided by Opta.
Sorare Regional Leagues
|Champion Europe||Premier League, LaLiga Santander, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1|
|Second Division Europe||Championship, LaLiga SmartBank, 2. Bundesliga, Serie B, Ligue 2|
|Challenger Europe||Top flights in Norway, Portugal, Russia, Belgium, The Netherlands, Scotland, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, Denmark & Turkey.|
|America||MLS, Liga MX, Brazilian Serie A, Superliga Argentina, Colombian Primera A, Peruvian Primera, Ecuador Liga Pro, Primera Division de Chile|
|Asia||J1 League, K League 1, Chinese Super League|
While the gameplay is very similar, as you move from common up to the limited or rare scarcity levels, you can get your hands on cards from a much wider range of countries with smaller leagues such as the Korean and Japanese top flights in Asia and Belgian and Dutch leagues in Europe also having full coverage.
Sorare’s league coverage grew considerably in 2022 and the addition of the English Premier League, the world’s most watched football league, now gives the platform a really complete feel with almost every competition and club featured. At the time of writing, there are 383 officially licensed clubs including all the top flight clubs in England and Spain (LaLiga joined in September 2021) as well as European giants such as Bayern, PSG and Milan.
At limited, rare, super rare and unique levels, you can compete in regional tournaments where only players playing in the respective regions (outlined above) can feature. As well as the five regional leagues, there are also Global and Global U-23 tournaments where you can pick players from any country.
Another major gameplay update in 2023 was the addition of capped modes. In these tournaments, managers must select their teams within a certain budget, currently ranging from 220 to 270. A player’s value will be based on their average points score (0-100) over the last 15 games. The five players you choose must have a total average score of the cap or under to be able to compete in these tournaments.
The idea is to facilitate progression as lower capped modes will require less valuable cards which will be cheaper to buy and it’ll be easier for new managers to compete against those with higher budgets. If you decide to move from common to limited, the Cap 220 may be the most affordable tournament to target.
Many limited cards sell for just a few Dollars/Euros/Pounds so it won’t cost much to build a team that could potentially compete at this scarcity level. In Cap 220, you can still use one free common card (consider using a goalkeeper as these are the most expensive to buy!) but the rest must be limiteds.
Cap 240 Threshold Payments
The most attractive of the capped modes are the Cap 240 competitions. That’s because they offer cash threshold payments as well as the potential to win cards (you win new cards as rewards in all the main competitions on Sorare if you rank high enough which you can then keep in your squad and play in future weeks or try to sell).
If your team reaches the threshold score (300 points from September 2023 onwards) in the Cap 240 tournaments, you will receive the following rewards:
These tournaments offer a good chance for managers who may struggle to compete for the top positions and best prizes at any scarcity level, to simply target the threshold points score and gradually build your balance. Note that you can opt to receive rewards and carry a balance in Euros, British Pounds or Ethereum instead of US Dollars but prize amounts will be pegged to the Dollar.
The best way to progress in Sorare is to win new cards and cash rewards by being a successful fantasy football manager. That will enable you to boost your card collection and potentially move up to higher scarcity levels and tournaments where the prizes are much juicier.
Alternatively, you could choose to simply hone in on one scarcity or tournament and cash in any prizes. There are also many managers who are more focused on trading and attempt to profit by buying undervalued cards and selling them later for a greater value. There is no one right or wrong way to approach the game and with time you’ll figure out which Sorare strategies you enjoy most.
Sorare Review 2023 – Positives & Negatives
Sorare has built up an active and engaged community of hundreds of thousands of fantasy football managers, most of whom are passionate and positive about it. However, it’s safe to say that like many projects using NFT and blockchain technology, there are skeptics out there too.
If you’re only interested in the common, free-to-play version where there are no risks attached, it’ll be simpler to just join Sorare, select your players, experience a full gameweek or two and see whether you enjoy it.
If you’re considering putting money in and buying some cards from the other scarcities, then you may want to do a bit more research into Sorare. This section may help highlight some of the pros and cons:
Things to like about Sorare
Anyone, anywhere can use Sorare. You can use your local knowledge or interest in specific leagues to gain an edge and can be part of a global community of passionate football fans. Sorare have registered users from almost every country in the world and being a Sorare manager can open up all sorts of opportunities to travel and meet other managers and feel part of a big, football mad community.
- It truly rewards football knowledge and scouting
With players in the Peruvian and Japanese leagues just as likely to earn points and win rewards as those in Serie A or LaLiga, anyone willing to put some time into scouting players and researching smaller teams, can often find a genuine edge. With a far more interesting and complex scoring matrix than Fantasy Premier League for example (not to mention much better prizes that are far easier to win!), there’s also an opportunity for data nerds to get stuck into the numbers and figure out who the best value players are.
- You don’t need a huge amount of money to get started
Thanks to the introduction of limited cards and cap modes, it’s possible to put together a team that can at least compete for rewards in one of the limited tournaments for under $100 or perhaps only $10-20 in the Cap 220 where you can use a common goalkeeper.
However it’s true that having better cards, and in cap modes simply having a lot of cards to pick from where you can take advantage of varying fixture difficulties, will radically increase your chances of winning better prizes. If you can’t afford a full team to start out with, you can also simply try to trade your way up to the point where you have enough cards to field a lineup.
Sorare’s prizes extend way beyond the game and can open up all sorts of opportunities to watch football and meet the stars. From VIP tickets to signed shirts, there are loads of cool prizes that can be won on Sorare. There are also some truly unique experiences on offer. For example, the winners of last year’s Global Cup (during the 2022 World Cup) were rewarded by getting the chance to play five-a-side football with the legendary Zinedine Zidane!
Things new users should bear in mind
- Not all players & clubs are on Sorare
While the coverage has grown significantly and the Premier League joining in early 2023 filled the most obvious glaring hole that was on Sorare, there are still a few gaps here and there. Not all of the covered leagues (outlined above) have every single club or player, although pretty much all of the big names are now there. This is more likely to be a frustration if you’re a fan of a club in a league that doesn’t have full coverage yet.
- The future of NFTs is the source of much debate
You can now play Sorare using cash (it previously ran using the cryptocurrency Ethereum) and don’t need to know anything about NFTs to play and enjoy the game. However the underlying technology that Sorare is built on is known as the blockchain and cards come in the form of digital collectibles (NFTs).
There are people who see them as a huge part of the future world as we move further into the digital age. There are others who see them as a huge fad. Sorare has protected themselves against the latter scenario by building a game that already feels like it has mass appeal with the vast majority of users there to play fantasy football rather than collect NFTs.
The value of cards (and therefore your collection) can increase and decrease quite rapidly at times, for a number of reasons. The biggest determining factor is still how well a player is doing on the pitch. Somebody who fires in three 90+ scores in a row will most likely shoot up in value, whereas a player who gets dropped and spends several gameweeks on the bench will almost certainly lose value.
The overall demand for cards and changes to the size of the Sorare user base also has an impact on the market as a whole. There were some significant drops in card valuations in 2022 and the early part of 2023 but most European players are rising again as the new 2023/24 season approaches.
Is Sorare free?
All tournaments on Sorare are free to enter. However, in reality to enter most of them, you will need to spend money on buying cards. Therefore the only parts of the game that are truly free are the common card tournaments (Premier League Amateur, LaLiga Amateur, Bundesliga Amateur, Serie A Amateur, French League Amateur, MLS Amateur). During the regular season in Europe, you’ll therefore be able to play in five or six tournaments most weekends as a free user and more tournaments will open up if you manage to win a Limited card.
Is Sorare gambling?
Sorare is a fantasy football game with competitions that are all technically free to enter. The vast majority of countries do not classify Sorare as gambling. However it is likely to be subject to greater scrutiny over the coming years and has already been the subject of greater regulation in Switzerland.
Is Sorare legit?
Sorare has grown in a very short space of time and was valued at $4.3bn in 2021 after it secured record-breaking funding. Since then, it has opened an office in New York in addition to its existing Paris base and partnered with huge global stars including Leo Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Serena Williams.
In short, it’s very much a legit company but one operating in a new sector using a new technology whose future uses are not yet fully known or understood. It’s impossible for anyone to know how much or how little Sorare cards will be worth in two, five or ten years’ time.
Does Sorare use real money?
Yes. You can currently play Sorare using US Dollars, Euros or Great British Pounds. It’s also possible to play the game using the cryptocurrency Ethereum.
Is there a Sorare token?
There is no special Sorare token. Managers can buy and sell cards using the currencies listed above. In addition, there is a club shop where in-game items can be purchased using Sorare “Coins” which are also earned by playing the game but have no use outside of Sorare and can’t be exchanged for money.
Does Sorare have the Premier League?
Yes! After a long wait, the Premier League was finally announced and immediately launched on 30th January 2023. You can now buy, trade and sell cards from all 20 English top flight clubs.
Can you make money on Sorare?
Yes, there are lots of methods and strategies you can use to profit on Sorare. You can profit from simple trading (buying a player and then selling him for a profit) or by winning rewards in fantasy football tournaments.
How does Sorare make money?
Sorare makes money from selling newly minted cards and through 5% commission when managers trade cards with one another (another 2023 introduction). New cards are minted and sold in auctions all the time which provides it with a regular income stream.
How do you value cards?
Valuing cards on Sorare is best done by using Soraredata which highlights the average valuation of any player according to the most recent trades. Players go up or down in value, as in real life, according to how well they play. Injuries or transfers to less dominant teams or stronger leagues may negatively impact on price. The scarcity of a card also has a massive impact on price, with limiteds being the cheapest while rares, super rares and especially uniques sell for much more.
Can I sell common cards?
You cannot sell common cards on Sorare. You can only exchange them for other common cards with two trades usually permitted per gameweek in each of the league-specific amateur competitions.
What are custom series cards?
During the 2022 World Cup, Sorare issued National Series cards for some of the teams in the tournament. These can be bought and sold like any other but they are “collectibles only” which means they can’t be used in any fantasy tournaments. They tend to be very cheap as a result but be careful not to buy any by mistake as you won’t be able to use them!
What are legend cards?
Sorare has partnered with some legends of the game, so you may see some legend cards of retired players knocking around. They can only be used in special legend tournaments with their cards scoring points according to the performance of players in their position at their former club.
How does Sorare compare to FPL?
There are plenty of similarities between the free, amateur version of Sorare and Fantasy Premier League and other fantasy football games. The concept is similar in that you pick a team, your players score points and you compete against other managers. However Sorare has vastly superior prizes on offer to FPL and is also a much more engaging experience overall with a more advanced scoring matrix where players can potentially still score really well, even without a clean sheet, assist or goal.
At the higher scarcity levels, Sorare veers further away from FPL and is more akin to running a club where you buy and sell players and try to build a squad of players that can compete. In some respects, it has more in common with Football Manager than FPL.
Can you name substitutes on Sorare?
No, unlike FPL, Sorare does not currently enable you to name substitutes. Therefore it’s important to make sure you pick five players who are ideally all going to start. If a player doesn’t play at all, he scores 0, most likely ending your chances of finishing high on the leaderboard and landing a prize.
How do I get started on Sorare?
We have a separate look at Sorare for beginners that may help you take those first steps on the platform. The process is fairly intuitive though. Sign up here to get your first common cards and you can then get ready for your first gameweek by picking your first Sorare lineup or lineups if you want to play all the amateur leagues.
Still got questions?
If you’ve any more questions about Sorare, you can get in touch via @SorareLaLiga on twitter where there are also additional fantasy LaLiga competitions each month (using Sorare’s LaLiga amateur tournament). You can also get in touch via email and find some useful Sorare tips and ask questions through the Sorare reddit community.
If you’re looking for other Web3 football games to try, you may also enjoy our Pooky guide which highlights how to get started on the new football predictions game.
DISCLAIMER – This post contains affiliate links to Sorare. We aimed to give an honest Sorare Football review which highlights some of the pros and cons of their platform but please do your own research before putting money in. This is not investment advice & you should never spend money you can’t afford to lose!