Soccer Aid for Unicef has today announced that the world’s biggest charity football match will take place this September at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United.
Viewers will get to enjoy the match from the comfort of their sofas as the game will be broadcast live on ITV and STV and, for the first time ever, will be played behind closed doors.
The star-studded match will still be a game like no other. Just as competitive. Just as entertaining. And at a time when Generation Covid desperately need Unicef’s support, it will bring the nation together in their living rooms, through their TV sets, to help Unicef provide everything from clean water to lifesaving vaccinations.
Coronavirus is the biggest global crisis for vulnerable children and families since the Second World War. Every day for the next 6 months, 6,000 more children could die as coronavirus pushes national health systems to breaking point. A whole generation of children is at risk. Children around the world need the public’s support now more than ever, so Soccer Aid for Unicef has pulled out all the stops to ensure the match can go ahead.
This year’s teams of celebrities and former professional footballers will ‘Play for Generation Covid’, to help stop the spread of coronavirus and limit the impact on children’s lives. An announcement on the big names taking to the pitch in the 11-a-side game between England and the Soccer Aid World XI FC will be made in due course, with further details on the other elements of the TV show to also follow.
The match raises funds to help children get the best start in life. This year, the money raised through Soccer Aid for Unicef will also help stop the spread of coronavirus and limit the impact on children’s lives – and every £1 donated until 6 October 2020 will become £3, thanks to the UK government and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance.
Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, said: “The work of UNICEF and the rest of the Vaccine Alliance keeping immunisation going in the world’s most vulnerable countries has never been more important.
“COVID-19 is disrupting vaccine programmes across the world, risking the resurgence of deadly diseases like measles and polio.