This year’s event will take place at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge in London.
Leading the line-up for the World XI team is former Chelsea FC ace Didier Drogba, who’ll be returning to Stamford Bridge for the first time since 2015. Usain Bolt has confirmed his return to the World XI team alongside Drogba. The team will be managed by I’m a Celebrity winner Harry Redknapp and Good Morning Britain‘s Piers Morgan.
England will be managed by ‘Big Sam’ Allardyce and Piers’ GMB co-host Susanna Reid, the first female manager of Soccer Aid for Unicef. Their team will include Jamie Redknapp, Mark Wright, Ben Shephard and Joe Wicks.
“Even though we’re on opposite teams, it’s an honour to be able to play against my dad in Soccer Aid for Unicef this Father’s Day. “Some of my best memories of my childhood are playing with my dad and being with him at the football, and it’s an incredible feeling to know we’re making more playtime possible for kids around the world by getting together for this special game.” – Jamie Redknapp
The match will be broadcast live on ITV and STV on Sunday 16th June, with all proceeds raised going towards Unicef’s vital work protecting children in danger around the world.
Individuals and schools can also get involved in the fundraising; there’s the The Great Big Kickabout between 14th- 16th June and, for those at school, the Soccer Aid Playground Challenge on Friday 14th June.
“I’ve been so lucky to see some of the work made possible by Soccer Aid for Unicef, helping children in really tough situations be able to just be children again. The game is going to be incredible this year, we’ve got a massive line-up, we’re back in London for the first time in 10 years, sadly not at my beloved Arsenal and Drogba is playing, which has already brought back nightmares. Whoever you support, it’s going to be one hell of a night at Stamford Bridge, and the money we raise really will make a huge difference to kids everywhere. What better reason to get involved than that?” – Dermot O’Leary, long-term supporter and host
Soccer Aid for Unicef is produced by Initial, part of Endemol Shine UK, for ITV.