Over 4,000 Orphans across Russia will Take Part in Qualifiers for New Season of Future Depends on You Football Competition

MegaFon has been organizing the Future Depends on You tournament since 2005. Russia’s Ministry of Sport, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Russian Football Union are the championship’s co-organizers. More than 34,000 kids have been engaged in this competition over the past 12 years. They have become sportier and healthier, found new friends and opened up unique opportunities. Through the video interviews recorded together with the Change One Life charity foundation, 470 boys and girls have already found new families.

This year will be notable for MegaFon’s championship. In May, the first ever Future Depends upon You Street Child World Cup will be held in Moscow. Kids from 22 countries will participate. The event is supported by the international charity foundations Save the Children and Street Child United. Two teams will represent Russia at this tournament: the Zubtsov girls’ team from the Tver region that won the federal qualifier last December and the Galaktika boys’ team from the Smolensk region, the Russian champions of 2017.

MegaFon’s CEO Sergey Soldatenkov commented: «For 12 years we have been arranging the Future Depends on You competition to give orphaned children a chance at success and for self-fulfillment both in sport and in life. Millions of people will watch the football games in the year of the FIFA World Cup in Russia. We are so glad that the competition will get thousands of boys and girls throughout the country engaged in this celebration of sport and will open up new horizons. May every team play to the maximum and compete strongly!»

Nikita Simonyan, First Vice President of the Russian Football Union, said: «On behalf of the Russian Football Union and personally from myself, I’d like to congratulate all participants of the Future Depends on You Tournament on the beginning of qualification. The Russian Football Union has paid significant attention to this event from the very outset, since it helps thousands of kids engage in sport, fulfill their potential and find their place in life. This year we’ll have the international Street Child World Cup, and lots of players from twenty-two countries around the world will participate. On the eve of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, this competition will be a major event for football fans. I wish exciting and strong games for all competing teams, and for players to get lots of positive emotions! I’d like to thank MegaFon for their continuing efforts to promote children’s football and mass football in Russia.»

About The Future Depends on You Project

The Future Depends on You tournament has been held by MegaFon, with support from the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry, Education Ministry, Sport Ministry and Russian Football Union, since 2005. Today it is the largest nationwide project for orphans, designed to support their physical development and socialization and to help them find homes.

Over 12 years, more than 3,500 teams from children’s homes and orphanages in 140 cities in Russia, Tajikistan, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Latvia, China and Belarus have taken part. Since 2005, more than 34,000 boys and girls have competed to win the tournament. Together with the Change One Life foundation, the tournament’s organizers have created more than 2,100 videos about the participants, more than 470 of whom have already found new homes.

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