Nicky Byrne, along with Robbie Williams, Usain Bolt, Maya Jama, Liam Payne, James McAvoy and Laura Whitmore are just some of the star names who will be making their debut in this Saturday’s eSoccer Aid for UNICEF.
Since 2006, Soccer Aid for Unicef, which is broadcast on ITV, has raised over £38m to help give children all over the world a childhood full of play. Soccer Aid for Unicef 2019, which raised a record breaking £7.9m, took place at Stamford Bridge with England narrowly missing out to the Soccer Aid World XI FC on penalties.
The 2020 match was originally scheduled to take place on Saturday 6 June, at Manchester United’s Old Trafford, but was postponed in light of the current coronavirus situation. However, Soccer Aid remains committed to holding an event later this year.
Eight live-streamed matches will take place on Saturday 27th June, with players representing either England or the Soccer Aid World XI FC in a nod to the usual format. Players contest matches individually but their results will count to the overall England vs. Soccer Aid Word XI FC score – and so dictate which team wins. Here are the match-ups.
|TIMING||FIXTURES||TEAM ENGLAND||TEAM SOCCER AID WORLD XI||GUEST|
|17:20 BST||Fixture 1||Tekkz||Ollelito||–|
|17:55 BST||Fixture 2||Liam Payne||James McAvoy||Jessie Ware|
|18:30 BST||Fixture 3||Jeremy Lynch||Billy Wingrove||Laura Whitmore|
|19:05 BST||Fixture 4||Liv Cooke||Elz the Witch||Laura Whitmore|
|19:40 BST||Fixture 5||Sir Mo Farah||Iain Stirling||Maya Jama|
|20:15 BST||Fixture 6||Olly Murs||Roman Kemp||Maya Jama|
|20:50 BST||Fixture 7||Jordan Pickford||Nicky Byrne||Mark Wright|
|21:25 BST||Fixture 8||Robbie Williams||Usain Bolt||Iain Stirling|
You can watch each match via EA Sports’ Twitch channel, which you can view here.