2005: First tournament in St Petersburg

The tournament first began in December 2005, with the 1st Future Depends on You tournament for teams from children’s homes and orphanages in St Petersburg. The event gathered together 300 children and 39 teams from 23 children’s homes and was an unprecedented event in the history of such tournaments in St Petersburg. Children aged 12 — 16 competed in two age categories. The main prize for the winners was a trip to London to attend a Chelsea vs. Manchester United match.

2006 — 2008: New regions

The next tournament in 2006 — 2007 expanded to welcome not just teams from St Petersburg but also players from seven regions in the northwest of Russia. A total of 80 teams and more than 600 players aged 12 — 16 from 74 children’s homes competed for the top prize. We also arranged a children’s drawing competition for fans, with the winners heading off with the top three teams to Zagreb in Croatia to watch Russia play Croatia in Euro 2008.

The 2007 — 2008 tournament was also held in the northwest region of Russia. Seventy teams from nine cities took part: St Petersburg, Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, Petrozavodsk, Cherepovets, Vologda, Kaliningrad, Pskov and Novgorod. We again held our Communication in Motion creative competition. The final was held in St Petersburg and the best teams headed to Moscow to watch the Champions League final.

2009: Going nationwide

In 2009, the tournament went nationwide, with some 1,500 players from 158 children’s homes and orphanages from across the country competing to play in the final. Qualification matches were held in Khabarovsk, Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Kemerovo, Ekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Voronezh, Krasnodar, St Petersburg and Moscow. Teams from two age groups played in each region: a junior group (aged 12 — 13) and a senior group (14 — 15). The main prize was a trip to London. The winners attended an Arsenal vs. Hull City match and visited Arsenal’s training camp, where they met manager Arsene Wenger and famous footballer Andrey Arshavin. The trip was such a success that it was decided to make it a tradition.

2010: Tournament goes beyond Russia

The fifth tournament in 2010 welcomed teams not just from Russia but also from Abkhazia and Tajikistan, with a total of some 2,000 people taking part. 230 teams battled it out in the qualification stage. The final was held in Sochi, the future host city of the Olympic Games. The winners again headed to London.

2010 – 2015: Final in Sochi

The final of the Future Depends on You tournament has been held in Sochi since 2011.

In 2014, a total of 573 teams from 72 cities took part in the tournament, with players from Latvia, Sevastopol and Kerch competing for the first time. This was the year that, together with the Change One Life foundation, MegaFon began filming video interviews with participants in the most difficult age group for adoption (80% of the children are over 10) to help them find new homes. Since the launch of the project, some 1,300 videos have been produced and more than 300 children have already moved into their new homes.

In 2015, more than 700 teams from children’s homes and orphanages across Russia and from abroad battled it out to qualify for the final stage. The strongest teams from across Russia, as well as from China, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Tajikistan and South Ossetia came to Sochi for the finals.

2016: Updated brand and new partners

The Future Depends on You tournament entered into its second decade with a new modern logo that combines the three vital elements that lie at the heart of the tournament: a football, star (a symbol of victory) and flower (in Russia children are referred to as the «flowers of life»). The colours remain the same — green, white and purple.

Our partners were joined by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, TV channel Rossiya 24, the Federation of Sports Journalists of Russia, image-based news website BigPicture.ru and the Junior chain of football schools. Thanks to support from the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry, in 2016 during the prize trip for the winning teams to London, the young footballers were invited for a reception at the Russian Embassy in the UK for the first time in the tournament’s history, where they met with Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko and enjoyed a traditional English tea.

2017: International stage: Recognition from the Russian President, preparation for the Street Child World Cup

In 2017, 4,000 participants and 800 teams from 140 cities in seven countries took part in the tournament, 1,100 experts and 500 volunteers were involved in organization.

Russian President Vladimir Putin took note of the tournament, inviting the winners to watch the first match of the FIFA 2017 Confederations Cup — Russia vs. New Zealand in St Petersburg. Players from Orenburzhye (Orsk) and Galaktika (Smolensk region), who won the final of the 13th Future Depends on You tournament in May 2017 in Sochi, attended the event, as well as footballers from Totem (Krasnoyarsk region), winners of the 2010 tournament and current world champions.

In October 2017, the first ever international stage of the Future Depends on You tournament was held in Moscow. Teams from 10 countries (Belarus, Brazil, Egypt, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Mauritius, Pakistan and Russia) competed.

Preparations began for the Future Depends on You Street Child World Cup.

2018: Street Child World Cup: The Future Depends on You

In May 2018, with the support of the international Save the Children and Street Child United charities, MegaFon will hold the Street Child World Cup: The Future Depends on You for the first time in the country’s history ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Twenty-four teams of boys and girls aged 14 to 17 from 20 countries will meet in Moscow to compete for the title of world champion.