Moscow & Berlin – April 20, 2021 – National football academies are invited to put forward the names of children and young people aged 12 to 16 by 1 May 2021 by mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org to take part in the Ninth Season of F4F. F4F is looking for Young Players, Young Coaches and Young Journalists. The project will take place in an online format from 14th to 29th May which provides the opportunity for the kids to make new friends all over the world without leaving the house. Participation is free of charge, and there are attractive prizes for the winners.
F4F is looking for either players (male or female) aged 12 years, coaches (up to 16 years) or young journalists (12 to 14 years) from each of the 211 participating countries. It is important to have an interest in football and good English-language skills. All participants have to have access to a PC or smartphone as well.
This year, the programme will once again unite the record 211 countries and regions providing children from all around the world the opportunity to make friends with peers from across the globe. Young Players aged 12-14 will unite into 32 Teams of Friendship to participate in the 2021 Football for Friendship eWorld Championship. The Championship will be held in the F4F World the football simulator available for free in 27 languages on MS Windows, Apple macOS, Android, iOS.
Young Journalists will cover the events of the programme in the International Children’s Press Center and share with their peers the key values of the programme: friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions, and honour. The participants will also join the official attempt to obtain the programme’s third GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title.
The highlights include the Open Draw for the teams on 14th May, the Online International Friendship Camp from 15th to 23rd May and the 2021 Football for Friendship eWorld Championship from 27th to 29th May.
This year, for the first time national football academies whose players make it to the Final will receive a financial donation to develop children’s football and promote the Nine Values of the F4F programme: EUR 25,000 for the winning team, and EUR 10,000 for the runners-up. The Young Players of the winning team will be awarded game consoles, whilst the runners-up will be awarded smartphones. The three best Young Journalists will each win a laptop.
Danilo Pejovic, Young Ambassador, Montenegro: “As a player in F4F in 2020, I had the opportunity to meet lots of new people, which was very motivating for me and an emotional experience. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, F4F was the best thing to happen to me in 2020. This year, I am participating as a young journalist.”
About the programme:
The International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship is implemented by Gazprom since 2013. Over the previous seven seasons, the programme has united over 15 000 participants from 211 countries and regions and over 6 000 000 supporters.
Young Players and Young Journalists are the participants of the programme – boys and girls aged 12 including children with disabilities. Young Players represent different countries and cultures united in the mixed teams of the Football for Friendship World Championship. They show that nationality, gender, and physical abilities aren’t a barrier to becoming a team. Young Journalists cover the events of the programme in the International Children’s Press Center. All participants become Young Ambassadors of the programme and continue to share their Football for Friendship experience and promote universal human values: friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions, and honour.
In 2020, Football for Friendship was held online. A special digital platform united over 10 000 players of all ages. It has become the home for international children’s competitions and a playground where anyone can train, join into the international mixed teams and play their favourite game in the Football for Friendship format without leaving the comfort of their home.
Programme’s official internet resources:
Photo and video materials for media: http://media.footballforfriendship.com
Caption of Photograph: The children’s social program F4F starts in the 9th season. (Source: Football for Friendship)