You’ll get a chance to form a children delegation to participate in the International Football for Friendship programme. You'll also become a student of the Football for Friendship Academy that will run in Madrid on May 28 – June 2, 2019, and visit UEFA Champions League Final at the Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid, Spain)!
International Football for Friendship Academy is a unique platform that helps youth football team coaches develop their professional and personal skills; encourage them to fulfill their students’ potential; form a community of people who can work together to promote the values of a healthy and active lifestyle, as well as respect for different cultures and nationalities among young football players.
The launch of the International Football for Friendship Academy will be held in Madrid, Spain where it will bring together football coaches along with teams from around the world.* The practical part of the programme will involve participation in children's trainings and master classes from specialists in the sports. The theoretical part of The Academy’s programme will be held on May 30, 2019, in the Novotel Madrid Center. It will become a platform for the exchange of experience where athletes and representatives of football organizations will make training sessions for the Academy Participants — coaches from around the world.
*travel allowance including round trip tickets, accommodation, and meals along with 2019 UEFA Champions League Final tickets is provided by the Organizing Committee.
To participate in the selection of participants, make sure that you:
- are a professional youth football coach;
- have sent an application through madrid.footballforfriendship.com;
- have completed the personal task.
About the Football for Friendship programme
Football for Friendship (F4F) is an International Children’s social programme, which is being implemented by Gazprom Company since 2013. The goal of the programme is to cultivate in the younger generation interest in a healthy lifestyle through football and promote basic human values as friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions, and honour.
Each season the programme unites thousands of people from all over the world who meet for the Football for Friendship Championship in London, Lisbon, Berlin, Milan, St. Petersburg, Moscow, and other cities. Six seasons of the project united 5,500 participants, and there are over 4,5 million people who know about the programme. Since the inception of the project its geographical scope has expanded to 211 countries and regions.
Football for Friendship is supported by FIFA, UEFA, Olympic and Paralympic Committee, football federations, children’s foundations, hundreds of famous athletes, and thousands of journalists around the globe. The programme has local and international awards for the complexity and high-level social responsibility.
Ananya Kamboj, Young Journalist (India)
Due to its vast reach, unparalleled popularity and foundation of positive values, Football for Friendship is definitely one of the greatest platforms Gazprom has ever created. It's also a powerful tool that breaks down all the social and economic barriers and helps us feel good about ourselves, both physically and mentally.
Fatma Samoura, Secretary General, FIFA
We were glad to support this unique initiative from our FIFA partner Gazprom. The forum is a perfect example of how football can be used to open doors for girls and boys from all backgrounds, a mission that FIFA supports actively.
Juan Manuel Pinola Silveira, Young Player (Uruguay)
I am happy that more and more children from different countries join Football for Friendship. This programme gave me the opportunity to find new friends from all over the world. Equality, Peace and Friendship are the main values that we talk about with peers and with adults. We really can change the world for the better.
Iker Casillas, Professional football player, FC Porto, Former captain of Spain national team (Spain)
I would like to express my gratitude for the invitation to this extraordinary event as the two fundamentals of the programme are the most important to my life: friendship and football. I hope that football will open for you the doors not only to sports, but to every sphere of your lives!
Shaibu Ali Ayornu, Head of the country delegation (Ghana)
Football for Friendship is a truly unique programme uniting children all over the world and enabling them to develop themselves both in sport and personally. It was fascinating to find new friends from different countries, to exchange our cultural and football experience. This year coaches all over the globe can join F4F and practice their skills thus leading a new generation to greater achievements and success.