Socios extends Argentina soccer deal tapping into a market ravenous for digital assets

Quick Take

  • Socios extended a deal for a $ARG fan token for the Argentine Football Association through at least 2026.

  • Argentines are eager to put their money anywhere but the peso, making digital assets highly attractive.


Socios has extended its deal to provide the $ARG fan token for the Argentine Football Association (AFA)  through at least 2026.

The two will also build a gamified, web3-ready, engagement and rewards community for Argentine fans through the tokens, which will be built on the Chiliz blockchain.

The Socios-AFA partnership was paused earlier this year over a dispute that landed in an Argentine court, a Socios representative said in an email without clarifying the nature of the disagreement. The two sides reached an agreement outside of court, allowing Socios to be the exclusive provider of the $ARG fan token through 2026. 

Socios leverages blockchain technology to provide fan tokens, collectibles and other digital assets to sports organizations. Last year, it partnered with the management firm behind the New England Patriots and the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils. It had partnerships with 24 National Basketball Association franchises as well.


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Socios is tapping into a soccer-wild country. In a survey of Argentines, Statista found that 85% of them are interested in the sport. Perhaps more noteworthy is the popularity digital assets are seeing. With annual inflation at 64% in August, with some forecasts sending it to 90% by year’s end, locals swap their pesos as quickly as possible, be it for U.S. dollars, bitcoin or anything that’s simply not a peso. According to a Morning Consult survey earlier this year, nearly 60% of Argentine respondents said they'd bought or sold cryptocurrency in the last month. 

This story has been updated with additional details on the $ARG token's extension.

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Christiana is a long-time journalist who has written about markets in the Americas, politicians who stashed cash in their underwear and high-end heels, to name just a few. She previously spent six years at Bloomberg, and her work has appeared in the WSJ, LA Times, Insider, Vogue Business and more. Christiana has a bachelor's degree in English from Pace University and a master's degree in journalism from New York University. She completed a master's degree in media psychology for fun.