Football for Peace Matches were inspired by the work of FIFA legend Elias Figueroa from Chile and the World War 1 Truce Match of 1914.
The Christmas Truce of 1914 is widely recognized as a symbolic moment of peace in an otherwise devastatingly violent war. During World War I, soldiers from the German and British sides emerged from the trenches and met in No Man’s Land to exchange gifts and play a friendly game of football for one day, defying the hostility that had defined their relationship until then.
The Inaugural Partido For La Paz Match was in delivered in 2006 by the Gol iluminado Corporacian in Chile, which raised 60 tonnes of non-perishable food and distributed across the region. Global South American superstars Carlos Alberto Torres, Pele, Ronaldhino and Alexis Sanchez played and endorsed the cause passionately.
High profile Peace Matches are the brand driver of Football for Peace which are held in either iconic global locations or stadiums which generate significant local, national and international media attention to showcase sports diplomacy and raise awareness for key thematic themes.
Participants include, heads of states, high profile athletes, soccer, NFL, celebrities, diplomats and royal members. Each match can be bespoke in line with a campaign message:
The Matches took place in St Denis Paris, where young people often have to deal with gang violence, are subjected to social harms, have limited opportunities to succeed in life, and face barriers to employment.
The initiative created four teams in four very diverse cities which played in a Peace Tournament as the final at the English National Football Centre, St George’s Park.
In partnership with Equal Playing Field, Football for Peace supported a Peace Match which broke a Guinness World Record for the highest altitude match.
Football for Peace invited the Afghanistan National team to London to play on the same side as Great Britain against a team of UN ambassadors to promote reconciliation post-war.
A Peace Match on Easter Island with Pelé to unite the Rapa Nui Tribes across the island who had previously been living in isolation and conflict. It brought together and created dialogue between the indigenous tribes on Easter Island.
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