Rules & Regulations

All Young Participants are united in 16 teams participating in the Football for Friendship World Championship. The teams are divided into 4 groups of 4. Single league system is used. The best team in each group will advance to play-offs. All play-off games will be decided by the cup system, i.e. by direct elimination.

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International Children's Social Programme Football for Friendship has been implemented since 2013 by Gazprom which was the official sponsor of the UEFA Champions League from 2013 to 2022 (in 2017 and 2018 as the official sponsor of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia).

The aim of the programme is to foster important values in youngsters, promote healthy lifestyle and mutual respect to different nationalities and cultures among them, and support the development of children and youth sports.

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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. All participants become Young Ambassadors of the programme and continue to share their Football for Friendship experience and promote universal human values.

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