Soccer Aid is back! The epic sporting event will be kicking off on Sunday 27th May at Manchester’s legendary Old Trafford stadium and will broadcast live on ITV1. Two star-studded squads of footballing legends and high-profile celebrities from England and the Rest of the World will compete in an electrifying football match all in aid of UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation.
The brainchild of Robbie Williams and UNICEF UK, this year’s event will once again be hosted by Dermot O’Leary with Dave Berry getting all the reaction from the game on Soccer Aid: Extra Time on ITV4 after the match.
An array of Hollywood stars, footballing heroes and some of the UK’s most famous faces will battle it out to win Soccer Aid 2012.
Once again, Robbie Williams will captain the England team with Welsh movie star Michael Sheen leading the Rest of the World.
Other names confirmed to take part are Marvin Humes and Aston Merrygold from Britain’s biggest boy band JLS, world-famous chef Gordon Ramsay, presenter, and DJ Jamie Theakston alongside footballing heroes Teddy Sheringham and Edwin van der Sar with more high-profile names to be announced soon.
In the lead up to the big event, Dermot O’Leary will present 3×30 minute exclusive shows from player’s hotel on ITV1. These programmes will feature some hot off the press moments from the squad’s training sessions, the latest news and gossip, plus unprecedented access to the big names as they prepare to battle it out for the Soccer Aid crown.
Tickets are now on sale for fans to see their favourite superstars take to Old Trafford’s hallowed turf. Announcing the match, UNICEF UK Ambassador Robbie Williams said: “Soccer Aid returns for the fourth time and with it a renewed sense of passion for this remarkable event that can help vulnerable children all around the world. I make no bones about it, we lost, The Rest of The World managed to scrape together a jammy victory. Soccer Aid this year will be bigger and better than ever because this time it’s personal. Michael Sheen, I’m gunning for you son.”
Money raised through profits from ticket sales and donations made by viewers during the match will go to UNICEF’s invaluable work helping children around the world. This will be the fourth Soccer Aid event, with the previous matches, held Wembley in 2008 and at Old Trafford in 2006 and 2010, raising over £7 million in total for UNICEF’s work.
David Bull, UNICEF UK Executive Director, said, “Soccer Aid 2012 will raise vital money to change children’s lives around the world. Every minute of every day, children die from easily preventable diseases like diarrhoea and malaria. Right now, children are suffering because they don’t have enough to eat. It shouldn’t be like this. Please, buy a ticket to go to Soccer Aid or watch the match and help us make a change for children.”