Who are Barça socios and how to become one [GUIDE]

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I received tons of messages from you asking about the topic of FC Barcelona socio and how to become one. You asked first of all because you were eager to sign the petition against Bartomeu and his board but also because you’d like to be a socio to influence the club’s future in the elections.

So here’s the most up-to-date guide where I will show you step by step how to become a socio (or soci in Catalan, you can use both forms).

IMPORTANT NOTICE: the article has been updated on 26th October 2021 after Asamblea de socios approved rules change and a new procedure.

So who exactly are socios?

FC Barcelona is a unique club. It’s a club with a specific philosophy, deeply rooted in the local identity of the city and autonomous region of Catalonia and at the same time, it’s a global brand and one of the biggest football corporations in the world. A club that has its football academy La Masia as a symbol but at the same time burns money on overrated foreign stars. Also, the owners of FC Barcelona are unique.

Catalans love to meet, gather, and do stuff together. Going to a restaurant or a bar by yourself is considered a bit weird. Gossip and chit-chat are a part of everyday life so after nearly five years of living here I understand why FC Barcelona doesn’t belong to just one person but socios – members. Currently in 2021, there are around 146,000 socios but this number changes every year.

Members have also an influence on the functioning of FC Barcelona. First of all, it’s because of them there can be no sheik who comes to Catalonia with a bag of gold to buy the club. It’s a good thing.

So if FC Barcelona is a democracy then logically we need elections to choose our Presidente. And that’s exactly what happens every few years. The current president is Joan Laporta who won the last elections in March 2021.

Finally, if there is a crucial decision to be made regarding FC Barcelona’s future the board can call for a referendum. The last two ones were about the change of the club’s crest (dismissed) and the construction of Espai Barça (approved). There is also a General Assembly (Asamblea General de Socios) to which you can be randomly chosen if you’d been a socio for at least 5 years.

If you are a Barça socio you can also try to get your own season ticket (asiento). Currently however it takes around 10 years in total. You can sign up for lista de espera 2 years after having gotten your socio card.

How to become a FC Barcelona socio (member) in 2021

It’s quite easy actually. At least it should. The 3-year waiting period has been scraped and it has been permitted to become a by filling out an online form, not just in person, as it used to be (voted in favor by Asamblea General de Socios on Oct 24th, 2021).

At the moment of writing this post, the form has not been however yet made available on the official website.

To become a socio in person you need to go to OAB (Oficina de Atenció al Barcelonista). It’s a building on the corner of Travessera Les Corts and Aristides Maillol. If you go through the gate ACCES 14 with a BENVINGUTS photo turn right behind the tapas bar.

All you need to prepare is your Passport/ID and your bank account number (although you can also pay by card).

And that’s it! Congratulations, you’re now a socio!

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FAQ (frequently asked questions):

1. Is it worth it to become an FC Barcelona socio?

I think it is. Apart from being a club member and having a real influence on FC Barcelona politics, you will get discounts for tickets and the ability to buy them in a pre-sale for the most anticipated games like El Clásico. After a few years more you’ll have the ability to vote in the referendums and you can get elected as a socio compromisario).

Members have also Barça TV + for free in addition to some local discounts like in Catalan theme park Port Aventura.

2. How much does being a member cost and what are the required documents?

Currently in 2021, the socio membership fee costs 185 EUR per year, paid in full at the beginning of every year. Regarding the documents like I wrote above you only really need your ID and a bank account number (which I don’t understand because your bank account won’t be charged automatically, you’ll pay the membership fee every year manually).

As soon as you become a socio you’ll get a welcome pack for starters which is a nice gesture. In this video below you can see what I got.

3. How to get FC Barcelona season ticket?

Ok, so to get an asiento first of all you need to be a socio for at least 3 years. Then you’ll be able to sign up for La lista de espera (waiting list). You’ll be able to choose your preferences in the sector (if you have any) and from then on you’ll have to come to Barcelona once per year to confirm your interest. Fortunately, this is only for the first 3 years of waiting.

It is now also possible to get a season ticket from someone if they transfer their card to you. It is supposed to be free but of course there are many offers online with prices starting from around 2000 EUR.

4. Is there an age limit on becoming a socio?

No there isn’t. You can even sign up newborn up if you wish. Also, children younger than six years old can register for free and children from 6-14 years old only pay some of the yearly fee.

Summary

As you see the topic of becoming an FC Barcelona member is not the easiest one and I wanted to create the best and most up-to-date guide you’ll find on the internet. I hope you found it helpful and who knows, maybe you’ll take part in the next elections which should take place in 2026?

Personally I would like to have more foreign socios. It’s good to hear there’s no more a 3-year waiting period like we did under Bartomeu. If you have any questions drop a comment below!

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9 Responses

  1. Hey, two question.

    1. Can I become a socio even if I don’t know Spanish?

    2. I live in New York and I found two places where there are penyas. So if I go through the process, after 3 years, when I become a socio, does that mean I can vote during elections and referendums as well or is it just being a member of the club?

    1. Hi!
      1. Yes, sure
      2. Yes, exactly. After 3 years of being in a penya you just need to ask your penya president to send an email to the Club and they will check if you’re eligible to be a socio. Once they do you just need to go to OAB office at Camp Nou and can become a socio on spot.
      To vote in the elections you have to be a socio for at least one year prior to the elections.
      Hope this clears it up for you, cheers

  2. I live in NY ( Usa)
    barca fan club since 1992
    how to get that ? the link of Penya not working
    thanks

  3. I have looked into and reached out to the NYC Penya, but I haven’t gotten any responses and they don’t really seem to update their social media or website. Is this penya even still active, and can Barcelona fans in NY start another penya?

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