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Friday, February 16 2018 - 06:37
Gazprom Football for Friendship 2018 Will Unite Kids from 211 Countries and Regions
MOSCOW, February 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    2018 Football for Friendship (F4F) Open Draw was held today in Moscow. F4F 
is the International Children's Social programme implemented by Gazprom company 
- official partner of FIFA and the World Cup Russia 2018. The goal of the 
programme is to involve the young generation throughout the world in promoting 
the most important human values among their peers - friendship, equality, peace 
and respect for different cultures and nationalities. 211 countries and regions 
joined the Football for Friendship in 2018. The final events of the season will 
be held in Moscow, Russia, 8-15 June 2018.


    32 International Teams of Friendship were formed during the Open Draw, as 
well as playing roles for each Young Player from each country (goalkeeper, 
defender, midfielder or forward) were determined. The teams are organized using 
the "football for friendship" principle - athletes of different nationalities, 
different genders and different physical abilities will play in one team. Age 
of players is 12. Each International mixed Team of Friendship will be trained 
by Young Coaches - football players of 14-16 y.o. from different countries. 
More than 5000 media from around the world will cover the programme events, as 
well as the F4F International Children's Press Center, consisting of young 
12-year-old journalists from 211 countries and regions. National selections of 
participants who will become Young Ambassadors of peace, friendship and 
equality in their countries have started all over the world.

    As ecological initiative of Football for Friendship all the 32 
International Teams of Friendship named after endangered animals of all the 
continents of the world. F4F Young Ambassadors from different countries 
participated in the Open Draw ceremony: Zahar Badyuk (Russia), Runqi Cui 
(China), Juan Manuel Pinola Silveira (Uruguay), Lilya Matsumoto (Japan), Ananya 
Kamboj (India), Christopher Sowah Mensah (Ghana). The Chairman of the Board of 
Directors of PJSC Gazprom Mr. Victor Zubkov, FIFA Secretary General Ms. Fatma 
Samoura, Russian figure skater, Olympic champion Ms. Adelina Sotnikova, 
Two-time champion of Russia, European rugby champion in wheelchairs Mr. Yuri 
Kamenets, the Legend of world football Mr. Marco van Basten addressed to the 
participants with the words of support for the programme Football for 

    The video version of the 2018 Football for Friendship Open Draw is 
available on the F4F official YouTube channel

Source: Gazprom Football for Friendship