Gazprom International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship ready to set new Guinness World Record

Gazprom International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship will try to set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title as part of the final events of the Eighth Season. Young Participants from over 100 countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, Australia, and Oceania together with football stars will join the football online event with the most participants in the world. The final events will take place on November 27 – December 9.

In 2019, the participants of the programme have set a Guinness World Record for the Most nationalities in a football training session in history. In 2020, the new season will be fully held in an online format: the Football for Friendship Digital Platform will hold the Online F4F World Championship for the first time in history. The tournament will unite 32 Teams of Friendship consisting of 12-year-old cyberathletes from different countries, of different gender, physical abilities, and speaking different languages.To support the season, the Organizing Committee of Football for Friendship has launched a new weekly YouTube show “Stadium Is where I Am”. In the show, the best freestylers and football players in the world learn freestyle tricks with children, share the secrets of sportsmanship and give the most skilled participant unique prizes. Among the famous athletes, there are the UEFA ambassadors – Luis Garcia, Robert Pirès, Kelly Smith; Melody Donchet – five-time World Football Freestyle Champion; Anton Pavlinov – two-time World Football Freestyle Champion, author and host of the Foothacker YouTube channel; Andreas Cetkovich – French Football and Basketball Freestyle Champion and Co-founder of S3 Freestyle.

In an attempt to set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title, it is planned to organize a live broadcast of the Stadium is where I am show. The international master class for the children will be held by Roberto Carlos, the Global Ambassador of Football for Friendship.

In 2019, the Gazprom International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship has already obtained the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for the Most nationalities in a football (soccer) training session in history. In 2020, the Football for Friendship team and members plan to prove once again that any barriers can be overcome in achieving their goals.

To try to set a world record and take part in the first Football for Friendship eWorld Championship, please submit your application to The winners will receive tickets to the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final in Istanbul. The Football for Friendship eWorld Championship will be held from November 27 to December 9, 2020, on the platform of the new multiplayer game Football for Friendship World. Young athletes 10 – 14 years old from over 100 countries, having united in 32 Teams of Friendship, will play 55 matches. The Final of the Championship will be broadcast live.

AGT Communications Group is the Global Operator of Gazprom’s Football for Friendship programme. The international team of the DataArt company is developing the game. The game will be available for free for first users.

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 6 000 participants from 211 countries and regions and over 5 000 000 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. 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.

UEFA, FIFA, football federations and the world’s leading football clubs, international charity foundations, famous athletes, politicians, and artists support Football for Friendship. The project has received multiple national and international awards in the field of social responsibility, sports, and communications, including the world record for the most nationalities in a football training session in history.

In 2020, Football for Friendship will be held in the online format. A special digital platform will unite over 10 000 players of all ages. It will become the home for international children’s competitions and a playground where anyone will be able to 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.

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