What is Soccer Aid?
Every two years, Soccer Aid brings together two teams of celebrities with actual footballing legends from England and the Rest of the World for the biggest charity celebrity football match in the calendar.
Soccer Aid started back in 2006, as the brainwave of Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes. Since then, former stars of the game Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Alan Shearer and Ronaldinho have played alongside music, film and TV stars like One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan, Woody Harrelson, James McAvoy and Game of Thrones‘ Iwan Rheon.
The match is played in the spirit of a cup final – complete with crunching tackles, spectacular strikes and nail-biting penalties – in front of a capacity crowd at Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground, with millions more watching the game live on ITV in the UK.
And best of all, the money raised through donations on the night and ticket sales helps support Unicef’s work for children around the world.