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Football for Friendship seeks to unite youths

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The Football for Friendship World Championships will be held on June 12 in Moscow. Courtesy Gazprom

The 6th Gazprom Football for Friendship International Children’s Project will see 32 teams competing at the Football for Friendship World Championships held on June 12 in Moscow, Russia.

The teams are organised using the “football for friendship” principle – athletes of different nationalities, different genders and different physical abilities will play on one team.

“The 6th season of the International children’s social programme Football for Friendship is officially open, said Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of PJSC Gazprom. “This year, F4F is supported by 211 countries and regions! For the very first time, young athletes from all parts of the world where football is played will meet on the same field. We live in an age where people all over the world seek to unite behind the principles of equality and respect for each other. The project is a crucial element in this process. Football for Friendship gives that opportunity to everyone,”.

His words were echoed by FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura.

“We were glad to support this unique initiative from our FIFA partner Gazprom,” said Ms. Samoura. “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.”

More than 5,000 media from around the world will cover the programme 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. Cambodian representatives are set to be announced in the coming days and weeks.

These 32 teams will compete at the Football for Friendship World Championship on June 12.

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