SYMBOLS, TROPHIES AND EVENTS

Over the years, Gazprom International Children’s social programme Football for Friendship has collected a number of its own symbols and trophies — Friendship bracelet, mascots, International Teams of Friendship, key values and Nine Values Cup.

Also, Gazprom International Children’s social programme Football for Friendship has a strong movement with its obligatory parts that makes the project unique and significant. There are many opportunities for everyone to develop children’s talents.

Friendship Bracelet

Friendship Bracelet is an official symbol of the Football for Friendship programme. Established in 2014, the bracelet is made of two simple strings of blue and green colours. Blue symbolises a clear, cloudless sky. Green is the colour of the football field that is available for everyone worldwide regardless of age, gender, country, and physical abilities.

Participants of the Football for Friendship programme exchange the Friendship Bracelets before friendly football matches and other events that take place annually within the F4F programme. Binding the Friendship Bracelet is a symbolic action of making friends and demonstrating the commitment to the key values of the programme – equality and friendship among people from different countries.

Young Participants of the programme have tied Friendship bracelets on the wrists of famous sportsmen and artists, journalists and representatives of authorities, including Anatoly Timoshchuk, Franz Beckenbauer, Luis Fernandez, Didier Drogba, Alexander Kerzhakov, Fatma Samoura, Victor Zubkov and many others.

Nine Values

All participants of the International Children’s social programme Football for Friendship share and support the following Nine Values: friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions and honour.

These values are basic, simple and relevant in any place of the world. That’s why in 2013 at the very beginning of the Football for Friendship programme Young participants formed the first eight values and presented them in the Open Letter. Two years later, when participants from Asia joined F4F, one more value — honour — was added.

Nine Values Cup

The Nine Values Cup is a special award of the Football for Friendship programme that is annually given by participants to an adult professional football club. The trophy recognizes the football club with the greatest commitment to all the values of the F4F programme.

The Award-winning football club is chosen during three stages, including global voting for any football club with strong social work, forming of a short list, choosing of the winner by the participants of the F4F programme who act as the Young Ambassadors of the programme’s values. All the participants vote for the club they think has the greatest achievements both in sport and in delivering good deeds.

In 2015 the Nine Values Cup was made for the first time by the famous German sculptor Achim Ripperger especially for the Football for Friendship programme, representing a unique piece of art. The Nine Values Cup has already been awarded to FC Barcelona, FC Bayern, FC AL-WAHDA, and Real Madrid FC. In 2018 the Organizing committee of the Football for Friendship programme made the decision to present the Nine Values Cup to one of 32 national teams which were taking part in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. That time the Brazil national football team was chosen.

The manual author's copy of the Nine Values Cup made by the famous German sculptor Akim Ripperger since June 2018 became a part of the constant exposition of the Museum of the Football Union of Russia.

Freddy & Freida

The dog Freddy and the cat Freida, created by famous British artist Bill Asprey, are the official mascots of the Football for Friendship programme.

At the beginning of 2017, Bill Asprey was invited to become part of the International Children’s social programme Football for Friendship reaching out to boys and girls in 64 countries around the world. Bill created a series of drawings called ‘Friendship is...’. Freida and Freddy, the main characters, are now the official mascots for the Football for Friendship programme.

 

These characters impersonate the global idea of the programme that friendship is free from prejudice. F4F mascots give to children and adults an example to follow: the dog and the cat keep harmony in their relations, they live in peace, friendship, equality and devotion.

Football for Friendship World Championship

Football for Friendship World Championship provides a real international tournament, first-hand experience and a vision of what it’s like to stand up for your team’s honour. Besides showing their sports talent, young athletes feel the team spirit and get to know representatives of other nations and cultures.

It is a chance for boys and girls not only to play football and meet new friends but to become a part of the global community, participating in the tournament of such a large scale. It is also a great source of motivation for future sports achievements. The Championship starts with qualifying games to define two semifinals who then play a final game. The winning team is traditionally rewarded with medals.

Football for Friendship Open Draw

The Football for Friendship Open Draw is an essential event of the programme that provides teambuilding process relevant to the Football for Friendship principle implying unity, regardless of age, gender, nationality, race, country, physical abilities and others. That means that Young Players from participating countries are randomly joined together into 32 International Teams of Friendship.

Young Participants of the previous seasons, marked by their worthy initiatives or achievements during the main events of the programme, are invited to take part in the Open Draw. Among special guests of the ceremony are outstanding sportsmen, renowned journalists and other famous public figures.

International Football for Friendship Forum

The International Football for Friendship Forum is the platform, providing structured and constructive dialogue dedicated to many urgent issues, including the role of football in promoting international cooperation, the promotion of healthy lifestyle, sport and regional development, etc.

Young Participants annually took part in this major event of the programme to discuss key questions related to football as a means of building a better future for the children and improving relationships with partners across the globe.

This year the International Football for Friendship Forum is going to provide adult format of discussion, aiming to encourage the whole football community to consider the needs and issues of youth football. Football stakeholders, policy makers and representatives of political institutions, embassies, football federations and associations will take part in the event.

International Friendship Camp

The International Friendship Camp is a three-day major occasion that is arranged in the city of crucial events and includes a number of workshops and master classes by famous football players, training sessions with Young Participants, game-based exercises and other activities.

During the International Friendship Camp, Young Players train under the guidance of Young Coaches and learn the F4F key values in the Nine Values School.

As the lead-up to Football for Friendship World Championship, the International Friendship Camp is fully in line with the F4F principle, implying unity, regardless of age, gender, nationality, race, country, physical abilities and others. This platform gives Young Participants an opportunity to become better acquainted and reinforce their team ties.

Football for Friendship International Children’s Press Center

The Football for Friendship International Children’s Press is one of the key parts of the programme that begins its work about one month prior to the Football for Friendship International Forum. Since this period Young Journalists start to collect information and prepare materials on local initiatives implemented as part of the programme.

During the Forum the International Children’s Press centre is a real-time media environment arranged for the Young Journalists to cover the event acquiring basic professional skills and making lots of friends from different countries.

International Day of Football and Friendship

The International Day of Football and Friendship is an official occasion of the programme which is celebrated around the world on the 25th April. It was established in 2014 as a part of the Football for Friendship programme. This day is an international celebration of equality, mutual respect and friendship. Young Participants get together, have fun, make new friends, exchange the Friendship bracelets and spread a word about the F4F key values. Among principal celebrating events are friendly football matches, master-classes and workshops, radio and TV shows, flash mobs, meetings and open trainings with football stars along with other public events.

 

Renowned footballers, artists, representatives of football federations and public organizations, as well as local authorities annually join the celebration of the International Day of Football and Friendship.