Global soccer governing body FIFA is preparing to launch a non-fungible token (NFT) platform “called FIFA+ Collect” for soccer-themed digital collectibles ahead of the much-anticipated 2022 World Cup in Qatar. According to a release, the said NFT platform, built in partnership with Algorand, will offer “soccer fans around the world the chance to own unique digital collectibles at an affordable price, from the game’s greatest moments to the most iconic FIFA World Cup and World Cup on women’s soccer art and imagery.”
FIFA announced that it will launch FIFA+ Collect later this month on FIFA+ and fans will be able to own digital collectibles of great football moments and art.
The global soccer body has partnered with Algorand for NFT. Blockchain has become FIFA official blockchain platform in May and will support FIFA+ Collect NFT platform.
FIFA Chief Business Officer Romy Guy said in a blog post surrounding the announcement: “Fandom is changing and football fans around the world are engaging with the game in new and exciting ways. This exciting announcement makes FIFA collectibles accessible to every football fan, democratizing the opportunity to own a piece of the FIFA World Cup.
According to Algorand’s acting CEO, W. Sean Ford, “FIFA’s commitment to a bridge to Web3 enabled by Algorand is a testament to their innovative spirit and desire to engage directly and seamlessly with soccer fans around the world .”
According to available information, the project is similar to the one aimed at basketball NBA Top shot. FIFA is yet to reveal all the details of when the NFT collections will be available. But the governing body plans to include the launch of the NFT during the World Cup in Qatar in November 2022.
We also know so far that FIFA+ Collect will be available at launch on all web-enabled and mobile platforms and will initially be available in three language editions, namely English, French and Spanish, with plans to add more languages in the future.