World football governing body FIFA is to launch a platform allowing fans to collect and ‘own’ key moments from the upcoming 2022 World Cup in Qatar in the form of non-fungible tokens.

FIFA+ Collect, launching on its FIFA+ service later this month, will also allow football fans to buy digital collectibles such as art and imagery around the tournament.

It will also offer these features around the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

“Fandom is changing and football fans around the world engage with the game in new and exciting ways,” said FIFA chief business officer Romy Gai. 

“This exciting announcement makes FIFA collectibles available to any football fan, democratising the ability to own a part of the FIFA World Cup. 

“Just like sports memorabilia and stickers, this is an accessible opportunity for fans around the world to engage with their favourite players, moments and more on new platforms.”

FIFA+ Collect will release a range of initial collections and details of upcoming exclusive and limited-edition collections to be released soon.

From launch, FIFA+ Collect will be available across all web and mobile devices and in three language editions (English, French, and Spanish), with several additional languages to follow.

FIFA and Algorand

FIFA+ Collect is powered by Algorand, the official blockchain platform of FIFA which is described as a carbon neutral blockchain accessible via multiple currencies and payment methods.  

“FIFA’s platform – via a truly decentralised and scalable public blockchain – is the first tangible representation of the technical partnership recently announced between FIFA and Algorand,” said W. Sean Ford, interim CEO of Algorand.

“The commitment FIFA has made to bridge to Web3 enabled by Algorand, is a testament to their innovative spirit and desire to directly and seamlessly engage with football fans around the world.”

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Crypto prices

The overall market cap of the more than 20,800 coins is at $975 billion at the time of writing (7am UK).

Market leader Bitcoin – the original cryptocurrency created by the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto – is at $19,750. BTC is where it was a week ago.

Ethereum, the second most valuable crypto coin – created as a decentralised network for smart contracts on the blockchain – is around $1,550. ETH is 8% up over the course of a week.

Binance Coin is a cryptocurrency created by popular crypto exchange Binance to assist its aim in becoming the infrastructure services provider for the entire blockchain ecosystem. Its BNB token is at $276, leaving it 1% down over seven days.

Cardano is an open source network facilitating dApps which considers itself to be an updated version of Ethereum. Its ADA token, designed to allow owners to participate in the operation of the network, is at 49c and 14% up in a week.

The XRP token of Ripple, a payment settlement asset exchange and remittance system, acts as a bridge for transfers between other currencies. XRP is at 32.7c, with its price 2% down on seven days ago.

Solana is a blockchain built to make decentralised finance accessible on a larger scale – and capable of processing 50,000 transactions per second. Its SOL token is at $31.66, 5% higher than its price a week ago.

Polkadot was founded by the Swiss-based Web3 Foundation as an open-source project to develop a decentralised web. Its DOT token, which aims to securely connect blockchains, stands at $7.52 and is 9% up on its price a week ago.

Meme coin DOGE was created as a satire on the hype surrounding cryptocurrencies but is now a major player in the space. DOGE is at 6.2c and 1% up over seven days.

Polygon aims to securely connect blockchains as a sort of decentralised internet. Its MATIC token is at 88c, while it is 14% up in a week.

Avalanche is a lightning-quick verifiable platform for institutions, enterprises and governments. Its AVAX token is at $18.86 and 7% up in a week.

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