Soccer Aid started in 2006 as a brainwave of Unicef UK ambassador Robbie Williams. Every two years two teams of celebrities and football legends from England and the Rest of the World play a match to raise funds for Unicef and change the lives of children around the world.

Since it first began Soccer Aid has raised over £18 million for Unicef’s work with children and has involved legendary players Diego Maradonna, Zinedine Zidane and Teddy Sheringham as well as music, film and TV stars from around the globe.

Funds raised through Soccer Aid have helped children around the world though UNICEF’s work on health, education, nutrition, water, HIV and AIDS and protection for vulnerable children.

The rules

Each squad has 12 celebrities, six legends - including one goalkeeper - and a professional manager. In the first half each team plays with their professional goalie and in the second their celebrity goalkeeper takes to the pitch (so expect goals!)

There are no rolling substitutions so once a player comes off they can’t come back on unless the match goes to a penalty shoot out.

If the game is tied at 90 minutes the match goes straight to a penalty shoot out between the celebrity players only.

Past matches

England won the first two Soccer Aid matches but couldn’t make it a hat-trick in 2010, with the Rest of the World team narrowly winning on penalties. England came back in force with a clear victory in 2012, but were stunned with two late goals in 2014 to hand the Rest of the World back the title.


Final score: England 2 - 4 Rest of the World
Total raised so far: £5.3 million (and counting)
Venue: Old Trafford


Final score: England 3 – 1 Rest of the World
Total raised: More than £4.9 million
Venue: Old Trafford


Final score: England 2 – 2 Rest of the World (Rest of the World win 7-6 on penalties)
Total raised: More than £2.75 million
Venue: Old Trafford


Final score: England 4 – 3 Rest of the World
Total raised: More than £1.1 million
Venue: Wembley


Final score: England 2 – 1 Rest of the World
Total raised: £2.5 million
Venue: Old Trafford

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Diego Maradona and Gordon Ramsay take to the field for Soccer Aid 2006© Endemol/ITV