Soccer Aid

Soccer Aid
Genre Charity event
Created by Robbie Williams
Jonathan Wilkes
Presented by Ant & Dec (2006–08)
Dermot O'Leary (2010–)
Kirsty Gallacher (2010–)
Backstage:
Cat Deeley (2012–14)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 7
No. of episodes 14
Production
Production location(s) Old Trafford, Greater Manchester
Release
Original network ITV
TV3 (Republic of Ireland)
Original release 22 May 2006 (2006-05-22) – present
External links
Website
Soccer Aid
Founded 2006
Number of teams 2
Current champions England (5th title)
Most successful club(s) England (5 titles)
Television broadcasters ITV
TV3

Soccer Aid is a biennial British charity event that has raised over £20 million in aid of UNICEF UK, through ticket sales and donations from the public. The event is a friendly-style football match between two teams, England and the Soccer Aid World Eleven (WXI) (formerly Rest of the World (ROW) until 2018), composed of celebrities and former professional players representing their countries. Soccer Aid was initiated by Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes.

Television coverage began on ITV on 22 May 2006 in a show presented by Ant & Dec. Dermot O'Leary took over as main presenter in 2010. The event returned on 7 September 2008, won by England for a second time and again on 6 June 2010, won by the Rest of the World after a penalty shoot-out. England beat the RoW a third time on 27 May 2012 and RoW won for a second time in June 2014. England won for the fourth time on 5 June 2016 and a fifth time on 10 June 2018.

Event details

Year Winners Score Runners–up Venue Attendance
2006 England 2–1 Rest of The World Old Trafford, Manchester 71,960
2008 England (2) 4–3 Rest of The World Wembley Stadium, London 45,000
2010 Rest of The World 2–2
(7–6 p)
England Old Trafford, Manchester 65,493
2012 England (3) 3–1 Rest of The World 67,346
2014 Rest of The World (2) 4–2 England 65,574
2016 England (4) 3–2 Rest of The World 70,000
2018 England (5) 3–3
(4-3 p)
Soccer Aid World XI 71,965

Soccer Aid 2006

2006 Soccer Aid
Tournament details
Host country England
Dates 22 May – 27 May
Venue(s) 2
Final positions
Champions  England (1st title)
Runners-up Rest of the World
Tournament statistics
Matches played 4
Goals scored 14 (3.5 per match)
Attendance 71,960 (17,990 per match)

ITV, 22–27 May 2006

Event schedule

  • 22 May 2006 – Start of the television coverage, presented by Ant and Dec. Rest of the World defeats England in a penalty shoot-out
  • 23 May 2006 – Practice match: England 1–0 England Legends (Craven Cottage, London)
  • 24 May 2006 – Practice match: Rest of the World 3–7 Scotland Legends (Craven Cottage, London)
  • 25 May 2006 – Rest of the World defeats England in a Football Quiz
  • 26 May 2006 – Coaches name starting line-ups for the match
  • 27 May 2006 – Soccer Aid Match: England 2–1 Rest of the World (Old Trafford, Manchester), attendance 71,960

The practice matches were over 60 minutes, with the Soccer Aid match over 90 minutes.

The competition was organised on behalf of UNICEF UK, with profits from the matches along with donations and sponsorship donated to UNICEF programs in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

England beat the Rest Of The World 2–1 with the goals coming from Les Ferdinand and Jonathan Wilkes, which put England into a two-goal lead but a handball inside the area from David Gray resulted in a penalty converted by Diego Maradona. Wilkes won the Man of the Match award.

England squad

The England squad was managed by former England national football team manager Terry Venables, assisted by David Geddis and Ted Buxton. The original squad comprised 16 players, with Bryan Robson added later. A handful of the players, notably Angus Deayton, had previous celebrity international experience from the previous month's England v Germany: The Legends match in Reading, which Germany won 4–2. The England squad went into the match with no major injury worries. Their victory over a squad of ex-England internationals from the 1960s to 1990s on Tuesday morning was tempered with defeats to the Rest of the World in a penalty shootout and football quiz.

Celebrities

Legends

Rest of the World squad

The Rest of the World squad was managed by Ruud Gullit, with Gus Poyet as his assistant. Captain Gordon Ramsay injured his leg in the early training sessions and was considered doubtful for the match. The original squad of 16 players, which later saw 2 changes, was supplemented by the addition of Diego Maradona during the buildup to the competition. Lothar Matthäus had appeared in the England v Germany: The Legends match the previous month.

The Rest of the World squad was wracked by injuries and withdrawals, and suffered from a lack of players. Desailly, Matthäus, Schmeichel and Ginola all arrived with only 2 or 3 days to spare before the match; Ginola arrived during half time of their warm-up defeat to the Scotland Legends on Wednesday afternoon, and Diego Maradona only joined the squad on the day before the match.

Also, Craig Doyle and Brian McFadden went into the match carrying knocks, which led to management members Ruud Gullit and Gus Poyet coming on as substitutes on Wednesday and in the match itself.

Celebrities

Legends

Other notable participants
The match was refereed by Pierluigi Collina, the Italian referee considered by many fans as the best referee of all time.[1]

The match

England 2–1 Rest of the World
Ferdinand  14'
Wilkes  20'
Maradona  75' (pen.)
Attendance: 71,960
GK David Seaman 45'
David Gray
Tony Adams
Ben Shephard
Robbie Williams (c) 85'
Damian Lewis
Paul Gascoigne 55'
Jonathan Wilkes
Bradley Walsh 55'
Les Ferdinand 52'
Dean Lennox Kelly 64'
Substitutes:
GK Jamie Theakston 45'
John Barnes 85'
Graeme Le Saux 55'
Jamie Redknapp 55'
Angus Deayton 52'
Bryan Robson 62'
Manager:
Terry Venables
GK Peter Schmeichel 45'
Craig Doyle 45'
Marcel Desailly
Lothar Matthäus 45'
Michael Greco
Bryan McFadden 8'
Alastair Campbell 45'
Alessandro Nivola
Sergei Fedorov
Gordon Ramsay 11'
Diego Maradona
Substitutes:
GK Patrick Kielty 45'
Ben Johnson 45'
Dunga 45' 73'
Gareth Thomas 8'
David Ginola 45' 55'
Ruud Gullit 55'
Gianfranco Zola 11'
Gus Poyet 73'
Manager:
Ruud Gullit

Soccer Aid 2008

2008 Soccer Aid
Tournament details
Host country England
Dates 7 September
Venue(s) 1
Final positions
Champions  England (2nd title)
Runners-up Rest of the World
Tournament statistics
Matches played 1
Goals scored 7 (7 per match)
Attendance 45,000 (45,000 per match)
Top scorer(s) Alan Shearer (2 goals)
Paolo Di Canio (2 goals)

Event schedule

England v Rest of the World, at 19:30 just before kick-off Jonathan Ansell sang the footballing anthem "Nessun Dorma" whilst the players were introduced to Sir Geoff Hurst.

England squad

The England squad was coached by Harry Redknapp, with Bryan Robson as his assistant manager.

Celebrities

Legends

Rest of the World squad

The Rest Of The World squad was coached by Kenny Dalglish, with Ian Rush as player-assistant manager.

Celebrities

Legends

Other notable participants

The referee at the start of the match was Pierluigi Collina, who also refereed the previous match in 2006 and is regarded as the best referee of all time.[1] However, after Collina was injured in the first half he was replaced by Scottish referee Hugh Dallas. The process of two professional referees overseeing one half of the match each has since been maintained in subsequent series.

The match

19:30 BST
England 4–3 Rest of the World
Sheringham  9'
Shearer  45+1' (pen.), 62'
Wilkes  81'
Di Canio  14', 47'
Marini  43'
Attendance: 45,000
GKDavid Seaman 45'
DFAngus Deayton 43'
DFDes Walker 15'
DFBen Shephard
DFChris Fountain 45'
MFDanny Jones
MFJonathan Wilkes
MFJamie Redknapp
MFCraig David 45' 74'
FWAlan Shearer
FWTeddy Sheringham
Substitutes:
GKJamie Theakston 45'
DFGraeme Le Saux 15'
Kyran Bracken 43'
Gareth Gates 45' 81'
Hugo Speer 45' 74'
Tom Felton 81'
Manager:
Harry Redknapp
GK Cláudio Taffarel 45'
DF Gethin Jones
DF Jaap Stam
DF Gordon Ramsay 9'
DF Santiago Cabrera
MF Paolo Di Canio
MF Luís Figo 45'
MF Kenny Logan 65'
MF Nicky Byrne
FW Gilles Marini 60'
FW Romário 81'
Substitutes:
GK Patrick Kielty 45'
Brian Lara 9'
Franco Baresi 45' 81'
Bryan McFadden 65'
Rodrigo Santoro 60'
Ian Rush 81'
Alastair Campbell 81'
Manager:
Kenny Dalglish

Soccer Aid 2010

2010 Soccer Aid
Tournament details
Host country England
Dates 6 June
Teams 2
Venue(s) 1
Final positions
Champions Rest of the World (1st title)
Runners-up  England
Tournament statistics
Matches played 1
Goals scored 4 (4 per match)
Attendance 65,493 (65,493 per match)
Top scorer(s) Jamie Redknapp (1 goal)

Soccer Aid 2010 was played on 6 June 2010. It was broadcast in the United Kingdom on ITV and presented by Dermot O'Leary.

England squad

Celebrities
Legends

Rest of the World squad

Celebrities
Legends

The match

GK1David Seaman 45'
RB2Ben Shephard 84'
CB5Martin Keown 45'
CB4Jonathan Wilkes
LB3Robbie Williams (c) 65'
RM11Olly Murs 65'
CM6Jamie Redknapp
CM8Damian Lewis 73'
LM14Ralf Little
CF9Alan Shearer
CF10Teddy Sheringham
Substitutes:
GK13Jamie Theakston 45'
DF12Patrick McGuinness 65'
MF7Nicky Butt 45'
MF16Dominic Cooper 84'
FW17Ricky Hatton 65'
FW50Bradley Walsh 73'
Manager:
Harry Redknapp
GK1 Jens Lehmann 45'
RB2 Gethin Jones
CB9 Henrik Larsson
CB4 Sami Hyypiä
LB3 Gordon Ramsay 78'
RM16 Nicky Byrne 75'
CM10 Michael Sheen (c) 45'
CM11 Ryan Giggs 45'
LM6 Joe Calzaghe 75'
SS5 Zinedine Zidane
CF8 Mike Myers 45'
Substitutes:
GK20 Patrick Kielty 45'
DF17 Brian Lara 45'
DF18 Woody Harrelson 78'
MF7 Luís Figo 45'
MF12 Shane Filan 45'
MF14 Simon Baker 75'
MF15 James Kyson Lee 75'
Manager:
Kenny Dalglish

Soccer Aid 2012

2012 Soccer Aid
Tournament details
Host country England
City Manchester
Dates 27 May
Teams 2
Venue(s) 1
Final positions
Champions  England (3rd title)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 1
Goals scored 4 (4 per match)
Attendance 67,346 (67,346 per match)

Soccer Aid 2012 was played on 27 May 2012, as something of a precursor to UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2012 Summer Olympics. It was broadcast in the United Kingdom on ITV and presented by Dermot O'Leary. Cat Deeley presented the backstage build up show before the main event.

England squad

Celebrities
Legends
Coaching Staff

Rest of the World squad

Celebrities
Legends
Coaching Staff

The match

England 3–1 Rest of the World
Sheringham  69'
Wilkes  72'
Phillips  89'
Report Pizzorno  22'
Attendance: 67,346
GK1David Seaman 45'
RB2Ben Shephard
CB5Martin Keown 45'
CB4Des Walker
LB12Paddy McGuinness 55' 63'
RM7Olly Murs 33'
CM6John Bishop
CM8Jonathan Wilkes (c)
LM11Aston Merrygold 76'
CF9Kevin Phillips
CF10Teddy Sheringham
Substitutes:
GK13Jamie Theakston 45'
DF14Graeme Le Saux 45'
MF15Marvin Humes 33' 89'
MF16Mark Owen 76'
DF3Robbie Williams 63'
MF17Jason Isaacs 89'
Manager:
Sam Allardyce
GK1 Edwin van der Sar 45'
RB2 Michael Sheen (c)
CB5 Jaap Stam
CB16 Roy Keane 23'
LB3 Gordon Ramsay 66'
RM12 Gerard Butler 82'
CM10 Clarence Seedorf
CM8 Fredrik Ljungberg
LM7 Serge Pizzorno
SS4 Will Ferrell 74'
CF11 Mike Myers 52'
Substitutes:
GK20 Patrick Kielty 45'
CF9 Hernán Crespo 23'
LM14 Joe Calzaghe 52'
MF6 Woody Harrelson 82'
MF15 Edward Norton 74'
DF17 James McAvoy 66'
Manager:
Kenny Dalglish

Soccer Aid 2014

2014 Soccer Aid
Tournament details
Host country England
City Manchester
Dates 8 June
Teams 2
Venue(s) 1
Final positions
Champions Rest of the World (2nd title)
Runners-up  England
Tournament statistics
Matches played 1
Goals scored 6 (6 per match)
Attendance 65,574 (65,574 per match)

The 2014 match was played at Old Trafford on 8 June 2014.[2]

The main match was hosted by Dermot O'Leary with Kirsty Gallagher, and Cat Deeley presented the backstage build-up show before the main event. Caroline Flack presented from the BT Tower in London.[3] Match commentators were Sam Matterface and Graham Taylor, and Sol Campbell was a studio guest.

By full-time, the total raised for UNICEF was £4,233,019.[4]

England squad

Celebrities
Legends
Coaching Staff

Rest of the World squad

Celebrities
Legends
Coaching Staff

The match

England 2–4 Rest of the World
Redknapp  75'
Phillips  82' (pen.)
Report Seedorf  47', 86', 90+1'
Byrne  69'
Attendance: 65,574
Referee: Phil Dowd (Anthony Taylor 45')
GK1David Seaman 45'
RB2Marvin Humes 87'
CB4Jamie Carragher
CB5Des Walker 38'
LB3Paddy McGuinness 45'
CM14John Bishop
CM15Ben Shephard
RM10Olly Murs 72'
AM8Jonathan Wilkes (c)
LM11Danny Jones
CF9Kevin Phillips
Substitutes:
GK13Jamie Theakston 45'
CM6Jamie Redknapp 50'
AM7Matt Le Tissier 38' 50'
LB12Jack Whitehall 45' 87'
RM16Mark Owen 72'
LB17Stephen Moyer 87'
RB18Dominic Cooper 87'
Manager:
Sam Allardyce
GK1 Edwin van der Sar 45'
RB2 Michael Sheen (c) 10'
CB4 Sam Worthington
CB5 Jaap Stam
LB3 Gordon Ramsay (vc)
CM8 Edgar Davids
CM10 Clarence Seedorf
RM11 James McAvoy 45' 83' 90'
SS10 Alessandro Del Piero 45'
LM16 Nicky Byrne
CF9 Santiago Cabrera
Substitutes:
GK20 Patrick Kielty 45'
RM6 Mark Salling 73' 78'
CF7 Andriy Shevchenko 45'
RB14 Martin Compston 10'
RM15 Jeremy Renner 45' 66' 90'
RM17 Kevin Bridges 66' 73'
RM18 Adam Richman 78' 83'
Manager:
José Mourinho

Man of the match:

Match officials:

Soccer Aid 2016

2016 Soccer Aid
Tournament details
Host country England
City Manchester
Dates 5 June 2016
Teams 2
Venue(s) 1
Final positions
Champions  England (4th title)
Runners-up Rest of the World

The 2016 match was played at Old Trafford on Sunday, 5 June.[10] The main match was hosted by Dermot O'Leary and Kirsty Gallacher, with commentary from Clive Tyldesley and Chris Kamara.[11]

England squad

Celebrities[12]
Legends
Coaching Staff

Rest of the World squad

Celebrities[12]
Legends
Coaching Staff

The match

England 3–2 Rest of the World
Wright  50'
Defoe  65', 77'
Report Berbatov  54', 59' (pen.)
GK1David Seaman 46'
RB7John Bishop 56'
CB6Sol Campbell 46'
CB23Jamie Carragher
LB5Mark Wright 83'
RM2Ben Shephard 31', 52'
CM4Phil Neville 46'
LM8Jonathan Wilkes (c)
RF11Olly Murs 66'
CF9Robbie Fowler 46'
LF10Marvin Humes 46'
Substitutes:
GK13Jamie Theakston 46'
MF17Danny Murphy 46'
MF14Jack Whitehall 46'
MF19Kieron Dyer 46'
FW18Jermain Defoe 46'
DF12Paddy McGuinness 56' 83'
MF15Damian Lewis 66'
DF16Louis Tomlinson 83'
DF3Robbie Williams 83'
Managers:
Sam Allardyce
José Mourinho
GK1 Dida 45'
RB4 Matthew Morrison 73'
CB2 Cafu 46'
CB6 Jaap Stam 37'
LB3 Michael Sheen (c) 25'
RM11 Thom Evans 77'
CM16 Nicky Byrne 81'
CM8 Edgar Davids
LM7 Serge Pizzorno 46'
SS10 Ronaldinho
CF15 Shayne Ward 76'
Substitutes:
GK20 Patrick Kielty 46'
DF19 Sean Fletcher 25'
DF5 Fabio Cannavaro 49' 37'
DF21 Gareth Thomas 46'
FW9 Dimitar Berbatov 46'
DF18 Rickie Haywood Williams 73'
FW14 Niall Horan 76'
MF17 AP McCoy 77'
MF12 Iwan Rheon 81'
Manager:
Claudio Ranieri

Man of the match:

Match officials:

Soccer Aid 2018

The 2018 match was played at Old Trafford on Sunday 10 June.[13] The main match was hosted by Dermot O'Leary and Kirsty Gallacher, with commentary from Clive Tyldesley and Robbie Savage.

2018 Soccer Aid
Tournament details
Host country England
City Manchester
Dates 10 June 2018
Teams 2
Venue(s) 1
Final positions
Champions  England (5th title)
Runners-up Soccer Aid World XI

England squad

Celebrities
Legends
Coaching Staff

Soccer Aid World XI squad

Celebrities
Legends
Coaching Staff

The Match

England 3–3 Soccer Aid World XI
Bent  13'
Lynch  17'
Owen  82'
Report Keane  26'
Verón  43'
Seedorf  57'
Penalties
Flintoff
Wicks
Wright
McGuinness
Mack
Harrison
4–3 Bolt
Fongho
Pietersen
Byrne
Cole
Christensen
Attendance: 71,965
GK1David Seaman 46'
RB4Mo Farah 46'
CB12Phil Neville
CB6Wes Brown
LB5Mark Wright
RM14Myles Stephenson
CM13Danny Murphy 46'
LM8Damian Lewis
RF7Jeremy Lynch
CF9Darren Bent
LF11Olly Murs(c)
Substitutes:
GK20David Harewood 46'
MF23Jamie Redknapp 46'
CF10Michael Owen
DF15Joe Wicks
RF16Darius Vassell
RB17Blake Harrison
LM18Jack O'Connell
CB19Andrew Flintoff
CF21Lee Mack
LB22Paddy McGuinness
Manager:
Sam Allardyce
GK1 Edwin van der Sar 45'
CB2 Ashley Fongho
CB6 Jaap Stam 46'
CB5 Kevin Pietersen
RWB12 Danny O'Carroll
CM18 Juan Sebastian Veron 46'
CM67 Martin Compston
CM42 Yaya Toure
LWB14 Dan Carter
SS7 Robbie Keane
CF9.58 Usain Bolt (c)
Substitutes:
GK16 Nicky Byrne 46'
DF4 Claude Makelele 46'
CF7 Eric Cantona 73'
CM8 Robert Pires 46'
SS9 Patrick Kluivert 46'
CM10 Clarence Seedorf 46'
LWB11 Hayden Christensen
CM20 Brendan Cole
CB3 Gordon Ramsay
MF15 Ioan Gruffudd
Managers:
Harry Redknapp

Man of the match:

Match officials:

Statistics

Top Scorers

Rank Player Goals
1 Clarence Seedorf 4
2 Teddy Sheringham 3
Jonathan Wilkes
4 Alan Shearer 2
Paolo Di Canio
Jamie Redknapp
Kevin Phillips
Dimitar Berbatov
Jermaine Defoe
10 Les Ferdinand 1
Diego Maradona
Serge Pizzorno
Gilles Marini
Joe Calzaghe
Sami Hyypiä
Nicky Byrne
Mark Wright
Darren Bent
Jeremy Lynch
Robbie Keane
Juan Verón
Michael Owen

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