Soccer Aid returns next month with the iconic football charity game hoping to raise more money than ever for UNICEF.
Since it began in 2006, Soccer Aid has raised over £75m for UNICEF – including £15m for last year’s game at the London Stadium.
As ever, the event will see England take on the World XI FC, with a whole host of former professional footballers and celebrities lining up for the respective sides such as Danny Dyer, Tom Hiddleston and Usain Bolt.
Here is everything you need to know about Soccer Aid 2023, including the full list of players and celebrities who have been confirmed to be taking part so far.
When is Soccer Aid 2023?
This year’s Soccer Aid game will take place on Sunday, June 11 at 7.30pm.
The game will be broadcast on ITV and STV, with a live stream available on ITVX.
Where is the match being held?
Old Trafford will be the venue for Soccer Aid 2023 for the eighth time in the competition’s history.
This is the first time since 2020 that Old Trafford will host the game when it was played behind closed doors due to the pandemic.
How to get tickets for Soccer Aid 2023
Tickets remain on sale from the Soccer Aid website.
Prices start from £10 for children and from £20 for adults.
Who is playing at Soccer Aid 2023?
England legend and Euro 2022 winner Jill Scott will become the first female to captain the England team in the history of Soccer Aid.
Scott, who also won I’m a Celebrity last year, said: ‘The Euros, The Jungle and now Soccer Aid for UNICEF – it’s the holy trinity! I’ve won two of them, so just need Soccer Aid now to complete ‘The Treble’!
‘I think of all three, this might be the one I’m most nervous about, though – just look at the names involved! Buy a ticket, support this amazing cause and cheer us on!’
Scott will be joined on the team by former England internationals such as Jack Wilshere, Gary Cahill, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville @GNev2 and Karen Carney.
As for the celebrities, Liam Payne, Sir Mo Farah, Danny Dyer, Paddy McGuinness and Tom Hiddleston are amongst those joining up with the pros.
The England management team will consist of Emma Hayes, Harry Redknapp, Vicky McClure and Stormzy.
Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt returns again to captain the World XI and the Jamaican will be joined by the likes of Lee Mack, Steven Bartlett and Kem Cetinay.
They will join former footballers such as Nani, Roberto Carlos, Ben Foster, Francesco Totti and Gabriel Batistuta.
The World XI will be managed by incoming Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Confirmed England squad so far
- Jill Scott
- David James
- Paddy McGuinness
- Danny Dyer
- Gary Neville @GNev2
- Gary Cahill
- Nicky Butt
- Paul Scholes
- Jack Wilshere
- Jermain Defoe
- Eni Aluko
- Karen Carney
- Scarlette Douglas
- Alex Brooker
- Tom Grennan
- Sir Mo Farah
- Bugzy Malone
- Joel Corry
- Liam Payne
- Asa Butterfield
- Tom Hiddleston
- Emma Hayes
- Harry Redknapp
- Vicky McClure
Confirmed World XI squad so far
- Usain Bolt
- Ben Foster
- Leon Edwards
- Patrice Evra
- Maisie Adam
- Kaylyn Kyle
- Heather O’Reilly
- Mo Gilligan
- Lee Mack
- Steven Bartlett
- Kem Cetinay
- Noah Beck
- Roberto Carlos
- Gabriel Batistuta
- Tommy Fury
- Francesco Totti
- Mauricio Pochettino
- Robbie Kean
- Martin Compston
Who won last year?
The World XI emerged victorious in last year’s match to win the trophy for the fourth consecutive year.
The game finished 2-2, with Mark Wright and Tom Grennan getting on the scoresheet for England, and Noah Beck and Cetinay the goalscorers for the World XI.
In the shootout, Grennan and Russell Howard missed their penalties for England whilst the World XI scored all four of their attempts to lift the trophy once again.
Soccer Aid 2023 kicks off on ITVX and STV on Sunday, June 11 at 7.30pm.
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