From the US to the Philippines Street Child World Cup: The Future Depends on You to gather teams from 21 countries in Moscow for the first time

27 April 2018, Moscow. The Street Child World Cup: The Future Depends on You, organized by MegaFon and the Street Child United charity organization in association with Save the Children, will be held in Moscow for the first time on 11 – 17 May 2018. Twenty-four teams – 12 teams of boys and 12 teams of girls aged 14 to 17 – from 21 countries will compete for the title of champion at the Sapsan Arena.

The aim of the tournament is to give children who are deprived of parental care or adult support a chance to succeed and the opportunity to create their own future for themselves through self realization and recognition in one of the most popular sports in the world – football. In the long term, the project aims to improve the quality of life of orphans and children deprived of parental care around the world.

MegaFon CEO Sergey Soldatenkov commented: “We are very pleased that our Future Depends on You project has grown to the global level in the same year Russia hosts the World Cup and that very soon young footballers from 21 nations will meet in Moscow. This is an event that will most certainly be a true celebration of friendship and sport for the players and will help strengthen political ties between the participating countries.”

The Co-Founder and CEO of Street Child United, John Wroe, said: "Street Child United is pleased to host an international tournament for vulnerable young people together with the company MegaFon. We are grateful to our partners who share our values and are active in the socialization of Vulnerable young people through football. The event will create a global platform for people to pay attention to such children and to create a bright future for them by our joint efforts."

The tournament will involve teams from Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Burundi, Egypt, England, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Liberia, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Tajikistan, Tanzania, the USA and Uzbekistan. Russia will be represented by two teams: the Russian national girls team from Zubtsov in the Tver region, who won the nationwide qualifying tournament in December last year, and the 2017 national champions, Galaktika from the Smolensk region.

The official opening ceremony and team draw will be held on 11 May 2018 at 10:00 at the Sapsan Arena (Lokomotiv Small Sports Arena). It will be followed by a friendly match between the tournament hosts, the Russian national girls team, and the winners of the 2014 tournament, the Brazilian national girls team.

Group games will be played on 12, 13 and 14 May, with the semi-finals and finals in the morning of 16 May. All matches will be open to the public. A detailed schedule of the matches can be found on the official website. The closing ceremony and awarding of the Champions’ Cup to the best boys and girls teams and special prizes from partners and co-organizers will be held on 16 May 2018 at 13:00.

Media accreditation:

Journalists are invited to visit the following public events at the Sapsan Arena (Lokomotiv Small Sports Arena) at Ul. Bolshaya Cherkizovskaya 125, Moscow:

  • The official opening ceremony, team draw and friendly match between the Russian and Brazilian national girls teams on 11 May 2018 at 10:00 – 13:00;
  • The official closing ceremony on 16 May 2018 at 13:00.

Accreditation contacts: +7 936 777 2018, megafon.press@fhv.ru.

Cultural and social program:

The players can also expect an exciting cultural program, including excursions around the Kremlin and Red Square, a reception in their honour at the residence of the UK Ambassador in Russia, a trip along the Moscow River aboard the Radisson Royal flotilla’s vessels and many other interesting events that will undoubtedly make memories for life for the participants.

The Street Child World Cup: The Future Depends on You will be not just a sporting and cultural celebration for all those involved but will also serve as a global platform for discussing pressing issues encountered by children around the world and possible solutions. To do so, a Youth Congress has been organized as part of the tournament that will involve the national delegations and provide an opportunity for the 216 boys and girls from 24 teams in 16 different languages to share their personal experiences and thoughts about how they can change their fate. The key takeaways from the Congress will be summed up at a General Assembly.

Co-organizers and partners:

The Street Child World Cup: The Future Depends on You is held by MegaFon and the Street Child United charity organization In association with Save the Children.

In Russia, the co-organizers are the Ministry of Sport, Russian Football Union, Ministry of Education & Science, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN). More than 70 student volunteers from the country’s most international university will accompany participants throughout their stay in Moscow and will serve for the young footballers not only as translators but also friends, as well as being involved in official ceremonies.

“I began volunteering last year at the Future Depends on You tournament. It was such an unforgettable atmosphere of kindness, friendship and mutual understanding. The players’ drive to win and positive attitude to people is really noticeable. I am still in touch with some of them on social media. I am anticipating even more emotions and new friends from this year’s tournament,” commented RUDN second year Economics Faculty Master’s student from Cote d’Ivoire Yao Kouamé Yves-André.

Partners of the SCWC: TFDOY include official drinks supplier Coca-Cola, event safety partner Philips and long-standing partners for the international teams Muslim Hands and Vitol, as well as cultural program partner Radisson Royal flotilla. An exciting trip on a bright white panoramic cruise ship is a great opportunity to see the city from a different angle and to enjoy the main sights of the capital.

Philips is supporting the Street Child World Cup: The Future Depends on You for the first time. As a manufacturer of resuscitation equipment and event safety partner, the company strives to draw attention to the importance of safety in areas that attract large amounts of people, such as sports facilities, educational institutions, airports, train stations and shopping centres. Philips believes that the ability to provide first aid is a genuinely important skill that should be learned from an early age. The main goal is to tell young football players from all over the world about the work of people whose calling is to save lives and to inspire them through this example.

Media partners:

Ten nationwide media partners will ensure broad coverage of the tournament: TV channel Rossiya 24, Kommersant newspaper, sports news agency R-Sport, Sport FM radio, sports website Championat.com, news site Vesti.ru, image-based news website BigPicture.ru, the Federation of Sports Journalists of Russia and two new partners for 2018 – news agency Sputnik and Metro newspaper.

About the Future Depends on You project

MegaFon hosts the Future Depends on You tournament annually with support from the Russian Ministry of Sport, Ministry of Education & Science, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Russian Football Union. Today it is the largest nationwide project for orphans focused on their physical development, social adaptation and helping them find homes.

Over thirteen years, the tournament has involved more than 5,000 teams from orphanages and children’s homes from 140 towns and cities in Russia, Tajikistan, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Latvia, China and Belarus. Since 2005, more than 39,000 boys and girls have competed to win the tournament. Together with the Change One Life foundation, the tournament organizers have created 2,100 videos about participants, 483 of whom have already found new homes.

A Russian Government Decree signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in 2018 included the Future Depends on You competition into the list of recommended public events aimed at developing mass amateur football and promoting physical culture and sport in Russia.

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