Usain Bolt’s World XI go head to head with Robbie Williams’ England XI for the eagerly anticipated Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 match on Sunday, 11 June at Old Trafford, live on ITV.
Presented by Dermot O’Leary and Kirsty Gallacher, the biennial charity match sees two teams made up of a host of famous faces from the entertainment industry and some of world football’s most iconic legends, to raise money for children’s charity Unicef.
This year’s Soccer Aid features an impressive line-up of celebrities and former sportsmen, including team captains Robbie Williams, and Usain Bolt, along with Sir Mo Farah, Eric Cantona, Clarence Seedorf, Robert Pires, Yaya Toure, Jaap Stam, Patrick Kluivert, Edwin van der Sar, Kevin Pietersen, David Seaman, Phil Neville, Jamie Redknapp, Danny Murphy and Robbie Keane.
Other famous names in the line-ups include Gordon Ramsay, Olly Murs, Mark Wright, Brendan Cole, Joe Wicks, Ben Shephard and Nicky Byrne.
This is the seventh Soccer Aid event and the sixth to be staged at Old Trafford, home to Manchester United, with England XI winning the coveted trophy four times in 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2016, while the World XI have won it twice in 2010 and 2014.
Former Premier League coach Sam Allardyce is the lead manager for Soccer Aid’s England team, accompanied by assistant managers Bradley Walsh, John Bishop and Ben Shephard, while the Rest of the World team is headed up by legendary footballer Eric Cantona.
Since its launch on ITV in 2006, entertainment stars and football legends from all over the world have helped raised over £24 million for Unicef, and this year all public donations will be matched by the UK government Aid Match scheme, up to a total of £5 million,doubling the difference for children in danger around the world.
Every penny of all public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef will go towards supporting the vital work protecting children in the UK and globally. The money raised through profits from ticket sales and viewer donations during the match will provide children around the world with life-saving food, vaccines and clean water, as well as protect them from violence, exploitation and abuse.
A number of short appeal films from the likes of Unicef UK ambassadors and high profile supporters, including Michael Sheen, Olly Murs, Nicole Scherzinger, Dermot O’Leary and Keeley Hawes, will be broadcast during ITV’s coverage of the match, showing viewers how money raised could help some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Unicef UK ambassador Robbie Williams has been the driving force behind Soccer Aid since its inception back in 2006. He said:
“I am buzzing that Soccer Aid for Unicef is back. Reclaiming the title for England this year is going to taste so much sweeter with Usain leading the Soccer Aid World XI.
“He’s giving it all the big talk and showing off his lightning bolts right now, but come Sunday 10th June at Old Trafford, he’ll be left quaking in his big size thirteens! I can’t wait to lead out the England team in what really is a game like no other. With your support, we will help children in danger around the world.”
Widely considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time, Usain Bolt makes his Soccer Aid debut as captain of the World XI. He is currently the world record holder in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4×100 metres relay. He said:
“It is my dream to make it as a professional footballer, so to be able to step out onto the pitch at Old Trafford in June, and play against some of football’s biggest legends is going to be remarkable. I enjoy the thrill of competition in front of a crowd, so Robbie and his England team better watch out as I won’t be going easy on them!
“I’ve got a pretty special celebration planned for when I score, by the way. My team is going to be unbeatable – and Soccer Aid for Unicef is counting on your support to make a difference to thousands of children around the world. Come and join in the fun!”
ITV’s coverage of the 2018 Soccer Aid for Unicef at Old Trafford starts at 6.30pm on Sunday, 11 June, with the match due to kick-off at 8pm.
Match commentary comes from ITV Sport’s Clive Tyldesley and former Wales international Robbie Savage.
It promises to be the biggest and best edition of the pro-celebrity football contest yet, with more potential to raise money and vital support for children around the world.
Tickets are still available for the Soccer Aid for Unicef match at Old Trafford,, please visit manutd.com/socceraid or call 0161 444 2018 (calls will be charged at your local rate).
To donate to Soccer Aid for Unicef, visit: unicef.org.uk/donate/socceraid-for-unicef