Gazprom International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship

Earth is a ball. Football drives the planet!


The International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship is implemented by Gazprom since 2013. Over the previous nine seasons, the programme has united over 16 000 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.

Greetings from Roberto Carlos

I would like to wish good luck to all the participants of the Gazprom International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship! F4F is an exciting project that gives the young generation the opportunity to fulfil their potential and make their dreams come true. Football for Friendship unites Young Players, Young Journalists, and kids from all over the world who have a passion for sport and want to have an unforgettable experience!

Roberto Carlos, the Global Ambassador of Football for Friendship

World Championship

Real championship that provides Young Players an unforgettable experience of playing in teams and gives them a new look at their favorite sport, thanks to the rules different from classical football, which broadcast universal values in the game. Teams are organized according to the principle of Football for Friendship: athletes of different nationalities, gender and physical abilities play on the same team.

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Friendship Camp

The International Friendship Camp includes team building games, activities, and workshops from famous football players and F4F ambassadors. All the activities are based on the F4F principle of unity regardless of age, gender, nationality, race, country, physical abilities.

The International Friendship Camp’s programme gives Young Participants an opportunity to make new friends worldwide and find common ground with people, even when they speak different languages.

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Children's Press Center

The International Children's Press Center is a space for Young Journalists, where they develop the skills necessary to work in sports media by covering the Football for Friendship events.

Young Journalists prepare materials in various genres: articles, reports, video, photo, and social media contents.

They develop professional skills and make friends with children from different countries. The world’s leading media representatives help children to make their best via both informative and entertaining workshops.

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Experts Forum

The International Football for Friendship Forum unites experts from all over the world: professional football coaches, sports doctors and psychologists, celebrities, football academies and federations representatives.

This is a place to discuss and share practices in the field of children’s sports, such as methods of training, management of sporting events, prevention of traumas, raising up the efficiency of training, or bringing respect for the rules of fairplay.

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Ecological Initiative

The Football for Friendship programme and its ambassadors use their opportunities to draw attention to the ecological topics across the globe.

Every year, Young Participants hold different events to support nature and pay attention to environmental issues.

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Coaches Academy

International Football for Friendship Coaches Academy is an online and free educational and expert platform for coaches of children’s football teams. It was developed in cooperation with the educational process experts of UEFA, FIFA humanitarian programs and FC Barcelona Academy. It’s based on the successful experience gained while working with international children’s teams in the seasons of Football for Friendship.

The Academy helps coaches find the best way to work with children of different cultures, races, ethnicities, and physical abilities.

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Media Center

In the Football for Friendship Global Media Center you can get additional information about the programme, such as news and essays from our Young Journalists created as part of their work in the International Children’s Press Center.

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About F4F