GAZPROM, official partner of FIFA and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, announced the opening of the sixth season of the Football for Friendship (F4F) International Children’s Social Project.
The project has been launched in Papua New Guinea for the first time.
The goal of the program is to involve the young generation throughout the world in promoting the most important human values among their peers – friendship, equality, peace and respect for different cultures and nationalities.
The program has expanded from 64 countries in 2017 to 211 countries and regions in 2018.
Thirty-two international teams of friendship were formed during the open draw, as well as playing roles for each young player from each country were determined.
The 32 teams will compete at the Football for Friendship World Championship on June 12 this year.
As per the open draw, the young ambassador from Papua New Guinea will play as a “midfielder” in the international team of friendship. The final events of the season will be held in Moscow, Russia from June 8-15.
The teams are organised using the “football for friendship” principle – athletes of different nationalities, different genders and different physical abilities will play in one team. Age of players is 12. Each international mixed team of friendship will be trained by young coaches – football players of 14-16 year olds from different countries.
More than 5000 media from around the world will cover the program events, as well as the F4F international children’s press center, consisting of young 12-year-old journalists from 211 countries and regions.
National selections of participants who will become Young Ambassadors of peace, friendship and equality in their countries have started all over the world.
“We were glad to support this unique initiative from our FIFA partner Gazprom,” said Fatma Samoura, FIFA Secretary General. “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.”
“FIFA and its partners value every member association big or small as genuine member. And to use football not only to play but give opportunity for humanity to grow the game and make the world a better place,” PNG Football Association general secretary Dimirit Mileng said.
“To bringing two young citizens to experience such a world event speaks volumes and promotes the membership status of PNG Football to FIFA. The experience will be embbed in the lives of the two young ambassadors of PNG for the rest of lives.”