Football for Friendship

Football for Friendship is an International Children’s Social Programme implemented by Gazprom since 2013.

The goal of the programme is to support children’s and youth sports, to promote interest in a healthy lifestyle and to cultivate respect in the younger generation for representatives of different nationalities and cultures.

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.

The programme is supported by FIFA, UEFA, Olympic and Paralympic Committee, football federations, children’s foundations, hundreds of famous athletes, and thousands of journalists around the globe. The programme has over 60 national and international awards, including the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®title for the most nationalities in a football training session in history, for the most users in a football video hangout, and for the most visitors at a virtual stadium.


Key information about the Football for Friendship programme can also be found on the official Gazprom website.


Media hosting

The best photo and video content made during the key events of Gazprom International Children’s social programme Football for Friendship is uploaded on the official media hosting. It’s free to use for mass media and F4F participants.


Social media

The Football for Friendship programme has official accounts in all the general social networks. In social media accounts, the latest news about the programme, materials about F4F movement, Young Participants’ stories of success and other key features related to Football for Friendship are posted.

Facebook FootballForFriendship/

Instagram footballforfriendship/

Twitter f4fprogramme



Join the online community using the official hashtags: #FOOTBALLFORFRIENDSHIP #F4F



All the general information about the F4F programme can be found on the official F4F Wikipedia page. It has additional links that highlight participants, key symbols and events of each season. The page supports all 60 languages of the programme’s participants. Every year in accordance with expanding of the F4F geography, new language pages are added. wiki/Football_for_Friendship