OneTeam Partners has announced that the Major League Soccer Players Association and its roster of more than 700 current players will be available on the Sorare global fantasy soccer platform through a new class of collectibles: officially licensed digital player cards.
“As the MLSPA continues to expand its list of partners, we are excited to officially announce our license agreement with Sorare,” says Dan Jones, chief operating officer, Major League Soccer Players Association. “The MLS audience continues to grow and evolve, and we are excited to be a part of giving fans the opportunity to engage with their favorite players in a new digital landscape.”
These player cards will be available on Sorare ahead of the summer MLS is Back tournament in Orlando, Fla., enabling fans to begin building the fantasy lineups and competing for prizes before the league is expected to return to play later this year. OneTeam Partners (OneTeam), the MLSPA’s group player licensing partner, facilitated the deal.
On Sorare’s game platform, each week, managers compose teams of five player cards to compete against other managers around the world in different fantasy soccer divisions. Success will earn these managers rewards and allow them to unlock different levels of achievements.
“We are proud that the OneTeam platform led to this new partnership between the MLSPA and Sorare,” says Henry Lowenfels, chief product officer OneTeam Partners. “We believe blockchain will play an important role in the future of collectibles, and through Sorare’s innovative fantasy experience, fans can collect, manage and own digital cards representing all their favorite players forever.”
The MLSPA is the first professional soccer organization in the Americas to enter a licensing partnership with Sorare. With this deal, MLSPA players are joining other players from renowned soccer clubs such as Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Napoli, Lyon, and Porto, as well as Belgium’s Jupiler League and South Korea’s K League already available on the game platform.