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The Sorare Academy has now been running for five weeks and, last weekend, more than 3,500 of you entered teams. Head over there now to enter your team for the weekend before the 10am GMT Friday deadline and get a shot at one of 10 prizes.

Remember, we’re giving away around £2-3k-worth of prizes every weekend.


Here is last week’s winning team: congratulations JoeyM25! 

If you are interested in playing the full game, we’ve got some tips from guest blogger, McBrideAce. If not, feel free to ignore the rest of the article and just launch into the free game – a guide to which can be found below:

Fancy a crack at the full Sorare game?

McBrideAce has been a Sorare manager since June 2020 and has gradually built up his gallery to over 1,000 cards. He recently won one of the tournaments on the site and picked up none other than Lionel Messi.

Basics of buying cards

Cards can be bought from ‘new card auctions’ (minted by Sorare) or ‘manager sales’ on the site. You can purchase with Ethereum (a cryptocurrency) or with a credit/debit card linked to your account.

In the free-to-play Academy game we have removed the following bonuses for simplicity. But if you graduate to the main game, here are some things to be aware of. 

Each card has a bonus that impacts their score in tournaments. New cards carry a 5% season bonus and cards also get a ‘level bonus’ based on the card XP – experience points your players get for playing or training. 

If you have a team of five players, an extra 3% per card is 15% more points for your team. This can make the difference.

This is relevant to buying and selling. As the current season cards have a 5% bonus, they can often be easier to sell or trade. If someone has a smaller budget and is intending to buy and sell on, a lot of the time they favour a current season card.

One other thing to bear in mind is that if you buy a card from another manager the XP halves, impacting the level bonus. These fine margins can affect your performance in tournaments and can affect how easy it is to sell the card too.

Opportunities to buy

In my opinion, selling into demand (when someone is on top form) can be a good time to sell. Similarly, an opportune time to buy price-wise could be when someone is in poor form, at the end of his current season, or is injured or being rotated.

When players aren’t playing there is less demand – so you’re likely to get them for a good price – but this means there is also a risk that they don’t come back, get in the team, regain form or so on. Be careful with older players as they have less time left in their career or can struggle more with a serious injury.

The end of a season is also an interesting point to buy. Often demand and prices drop. Just be careful as transfer windows open because the 5% season bonus disappears when the player has a card minted for the next season. This means your lovely 7-8% bonus player becomes 2% or 3%, or 102-103 for a perfect score rather than 107 or 108. 

Final thoughts

Understanding the card bonuses and the nuances of the site will take time. Don’t rush in, avoid succumbing to FOMO and make sure you use the Sorare website to check prices. It can be hard but to make the most profit consider selling into demand or when someone is doing well, rather than dumping when their form drops or at the end of their season.

Here’s a checklist of factors to consider when buying and selling:

  • Price – Has the player already risen a lot recently?
  • Form – Has the player been playing well, average or injured?
  • Card bonus – Is the card the current or previous season? How long is left in the season?
  • Popularity – Does the player play for a big team, is he popular and collectible (like Messi!) or does his price just rely on good scores?
  • Age – Good players under 23 can be very popular because they’ve got longer left in their careers and there are also under 23 only tournaments
  • Card supply – How many cards exist for that card? Are they scarce or easily available?

Have fun and good luck with your trading!

And don’t forget to enter your team on the Academy for free, with a chance to win a card to start your trading journey. Make sure you don’t miss the 10am GMT Friday deadline.

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Adam @ Football Trader Adam has been scouting for and trading in football games for far too long and for far too many hours. He has a particular interest in the big 5 European Leagues as well as lesser known ones like the Eredivisie, Primeira Liga and even the MLS. Before he managed to somehow make a living by writing about football, he spent ~10 years as a Ministerial adviser and project/risk manager for the UK Government including the Foreign Office and MOD. When not buried in xG spreadsheets he plays too many computer games, lifts heavy things in the gym and attempts to cultivate a handsome beard.”

223 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    26 days, 20 hours ago

    Son & Kane not in a two hurts Son! Conte wants Kane in the box with two supplying wingers?

    His 343 at Chelsea wasn't too bad either...

    1. PartyTime
        26 days, 20 hours ago

        No wingers, supporting forwards with wing backs

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        26 days, 20 hours ago

        Hazard did fairly well in a 343.

      • Echoes
        • 1 Year
        26 days, 20 hours ago

        Wingback(Reguilon) providing width which allows Son to move centrally when they attack. Doesn't hamper Son if they play 343 or 352 either way imo.

      • Bun Rab
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        26 days, 20 hours ago

        It will be a front 3 with wingbacks playing outside them. At least thats what Steve Holland said.

        https://www.coachesvoice.com/steve-holland-tactics-chelsea-manchester-city-liverpool-england/

    2. Ibralicious
      • 7 Years
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      Better short-term pick? (FPL Draft)

      A) Henderson
      B) Hudson-Odoi
      C) Jorginho

      Cheers!

      1. Bun Rab
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        26 days, 20 hours ago

        Jorgi for the hope of a pen/assist. CHO only around for 1 more GW.

    3. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      It’s a loooooong week in a fantasy terms when you take a (drunken) Saturday night 4point hit.

      But so far so good. All the troops have come through unscathed thankfully 🙂

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        26 days, 20 hours ago

        Of course the one GW everyone has a benching headache no one gets a niggle 😆

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          26 days, 20 hours ago

          Yea. I am considering to escape my benching headache with Raphinha and Antonio by taking -4 to Mbeumo in 😉

      2. Bun Rab
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        26 days, 20 hours ago

        It's also a looong week when you want to save your ft to have 2 over IB and the players you want just keeep raising in price.

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          26 days, 20 hours ago

          Having starting XV where almost every player but Foster can be rotated helps to make early transfers 🙂

    4. Aaron P
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      Cancelo to James/Chilwell for a -4?

      No money and worried about a chelsea haul lol

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        26 days, 20 hours ago

        Selling Cancelo is too short term transfer imho. He is still as good asset as those Che players.

        1. Aaron P
          • 2 Years
          26 days, 20 hours ago

          I agree. But everyone will have one of those two Che players. If they haul again, my rank will drop drastically. thats the dilemna

          1. C0YS
            • 5 Years
            26 days, 20 hours ago

            James/Chilly are good players to have, but I’d look at other ways of funding the transfer. Wait to redistribute if you must

    5. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      Don't get me wrong Son and Kane are quality but the rest of that Spurs team looks horrendous!

    6. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      Soucek scored 😉

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        26 days, 20 hours ago

        OG

    7. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      Damn it Benrahama scores again! Who to bench?

      A. Benrahma
      B. Cancelo
      C. Someone else

      Sanchez
      TAA Chilwell Rudiger Livramento
      Salah Gallagher ESR
      Ronaldo Vardy
      Steele Sissoko Scarlett

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        26 days, 20 hours ago

        There is zero chance him scoring like that vs Liverpool. Easy to bench him still.

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          26 days, 20 hours ago

          The defender was just standing like a slalom stick.

        2. Super Saints
          • 5 Years
          26 days, 20 hours ago

          Thanks, fair one!

    8. gstegnar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      Ramsdale, Foster
      Rudiger, Cancelo, Livramento, TAA, White
      Raphinha, Havertz, Salah, Brownhill, Mbeumo
      Armstrong, Vardy, Antonio

      2FT, 1,5 ITB

      Any suggestions how to improve this? White to James?

      1. C0YS
        • 5 Years
        26 days, 20 hours ago

        I like that move. Would also look to make a double Havertz/Vardy transfer down the line for either Kane or Son

        1. gstegnar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          26 days, 20 hours ago

          My plan is that as well. But I'd need extra funds then.. Kane will eventually start scoring

          1. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            26 days, 20 hours ago

            Probably, but we can't be certain. Mental issues may take time. He has looked sometimes that he really doesn't care. TAA improved last season immediately when he was dropped from national team, but Kane and his contract situation won't change even if he plays better.

      2. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        26 days, 20 hours ago

        Or Rudiger if you later need that money for Spurs assets? It's probably the best short term transfer, but supposing you don't have WC left, you need think about longer term plans. (Having said this, my defenders are TAA, Cancelo, Chilly, James and Livra. But it's causing me some issues in attack if I want another premium player.)

    9. Finding Timo
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      Should we be worried with Antonio not scoring again ?

    10. C0YS
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 19 hours ago

      A) Kane + Gallagher (.2m ITB)
      B) Son + King (2m ITB)

      I feel like Son is the better transfer head-to-head, but Kane allows for an easier path to Ronaldo if need be. Thoughts?