Ready for Soccer Air for UNICEF this year?! We know we are! After last year’s record success at a packed-out Etihad Stadium, we’re proud to announce that we’ll be continuing as principal partners of Soccer Aid for UNICEF for this year’s game.
Taking place at West Ham’s London Stadium on Sunday, 12th June, this year’s celebrity match is going to be bigger than ever! Need to know more? Stay tuned…
What is Soccer Aid for UNICEF?
Created by pop star Robbie Williams back in 2006, Soccer Aid for UNICEF is the world’s biggest celebrity-charity football match, raising money to give kids the best start in life.
Once a year, an all-star England line-up take on the World XI, supported in front of a stadium full of fans and broadcasted live to millions.
The event harnesses the power of football around the country to ensure children can grow up happy, healthy and able to play.
What Happened Last Year?
Featuring the likes of Usain Bolt and Tom Grennan as well as Clarence Seedorf, Patrice Evra and Nigel De Jong in last year’s match, the World XI ran riot at the Etihad. A brace from Love Island star Kem Cetinay backed up by a late goal from comedian and Soccer Aid for UNICEF veteran Lee Mack handed the World XI a comfortable 3-0 win.
Not only did the on-field action grab the headlines, the event managed to break the previous year’s record and raise a mega £13,014,769 for UNICEF!
Who’s Playing This Year?
World famous musician Liam Payne captains the England side this year, while the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt returns to the stadium he lit up just 10 years ago with his blistering pace.
Legendary Premier League manager Arsène Wenger steps back into the dugout for another time, with Martin Compston, Mo Gilligan, Harry Redknapp, Gary Neville, Fara Williams, Chunkz, Dermot O’Leary, Maya Jama and Alex Scott all lacing up their boots to support the cause.
Founder Robbie Williams will also be providing the half-time entertainment as he’ll be performing ‘Angels’ in front of the 60,000 fans!
Sound good?! Buy your tickets now at socceraid.org.uk. For more on Soccer Aid for UNICEF, make sure you’re locked into @jdsports. Watch this space for loads more announcements…