Young Players and Young Journalists are the participants of the programme. They are girls and boys aged 12, including children with disabilities. Young Players are united into mixed teams, where they represent different cultures and countries, and learn to play on the same team. Young Journalists cover the events of the programme in the International Children’s Press Center.
The programme consists of several global events — the Open Draw, the International Football for Friendship Forum, the International Day of Football and Friendship, the Football for Friendship World Championship, the International Friendship Camp, the Nine Values School, as well as numerous local sports and public events in participating countries.
2020 marked a special beginning for the Football for Friendship programme with the new online events format introduced, which included together with the classic activities that transformed into online several new elements like the multiuser football simulator Football for Friendship World, Football for Friendship eWorld Championship (eF4F), and the International Football for Friendship Award.
Within the framework of the UEFA Euro 2020, the Football for Friendship programme launched an initiative of the International Children's News Bureau with the participation of Football for Friendship Young Journalists from 11 countries of the Championship.
Over the nine seasons, more than 16 000 children from 211 countries participated in Football for Friendship, more than 6 million people took part in sports, educational, and environmental activities of the programme around the world.