FIFA will release NFTs for the 2026 World Cup

The international governing body of the world's most popular sport, FIFA, will offer football fans a new experience, according to a statement.. The organization will release a limited number of digital collectibles (NFTs). They will give their owners the exclusive opportunity to watch the final game of the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

“In the debut release, 100 digital artifacts will be available to football fans. They will feature rare collectibles. «They will give holders the opportunity to receive free tickets to the next World Cup final,» the official statement said.. “Then we will issue another 900 tokens on the Polygon network. They will be available on the market on the OpenSea platform.”

FIFA's first NFT collections were minted on the Algorand blockchain. However, now the organization's leaders have decided to switch to Polygon. They noted that they see the need to develop gaming projects in the Web3 sector. It is stated that all future digital issues will be minted on this network.

FIFA first announced the launch of NFT FIFA+ Collect last year. It is stated that the collection «allowed football fans around the world the opportunity to acquire unique virtual collectible artifacts at an affordable price.» Analysts noted that the announcement of a new collection of tokens occurred on the eve of the start of the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia.

Note that recently trading volumes with non-fungible tokens have increased significantly. If in October this figure was no more than $300 million, then in November the amount of transactions in this industry exceeded $900 million. At the same time, price levels for popular digital collection items remained significantly lower than those recorded during the bull rally of 2021-2022. Back then, NFTs Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) or CryptoPunks were selling for millions of US dollars (USD).