To celebrate our Soccer Aid match, here are some of our favourite photos from around the world of the beautiful game (or football, as it's sometimes called).
In Bandiagara, Mali, a boy wears an Italian football shirt. His own country reached the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals after a dramatic penalty shoot-out against hosts Gabon, but lost out to favourites Cote d'Ivoire.
In Zambia, 18-month-old Felix is playing with a football in Lusaka, the capital. Felix has just tested negative on his 18-month HIV test. UNICEF uses sport to help educate children about HIV and AIDS. Zambia overcame favourites Cite d'Ivoire to win the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations final.
© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-2884/Nesbitt Zambia, 2010
Girls play football during playtime at a UNICEF-supported school in Juba, South Sudan. The ball is from a UNICEF recreation kit containing sports equipment and games.
Boys play football at a child-friendly space in a transit camp on the Tunisian-Libyan border for families displaced by the 2011 conflict in Libya. Being able to play helps children cope with the disruption and trauma of conflict.
In Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, boys play football at a UNICEF-supported children's centre. Their national team were favourites to win this year's Africa Cup of Nations, but lost out to Zambia in a thrilling penalty shoot out.
These girls are playing at their secondary school in northern Ghana, where UNICEF helps provide child-centred teacher training and HIV/AIDS education for children. Ghana face Mali in a third-place play off in this year's Africa Cup of Nations, after a surprise semi-final defeat to Zambia.
These boys are playing football at a primary school in Bignona in south-west Senegal. Education and early child development is an important part of our work there.
Senegal has a proud history in international football but sadly this year the team finished bottom of their group at the Africa Cup of Nations.
© UNICEF/NYHQ2007-1032/Olivier Asselin
These boys are having a kick about in Benghazi, Libya. In 2011, UNICEF worked to provide sport and educational activities for children amid conflict between government and rebel forces. Learn more about how we use sport to help vulnerable children.
© UNICEF/NYHQ2011-0970/Marta Ramoneda
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