PEACE MATCHES

Peace Matches are mostly held in iconic locations around the world to raise awareness of Football as a force for good, promote dialogue and shine a light on Football for Peace’s community activities and projects.

Through a Peace Match, Football for Peace is able to show the power of Football to overcome political, religious and social barriers that can exist between or within communities. The Peace Match is more than a ‘unifying’ gesture, it actually brings together two competing sides, nations or communities, into one team against a Football for Peace team, or it invites ‘Football Royalty’ to play in mixed teams, showcasing tolerance and community cohesion.

Through a Peace Match, Football for Peace is able to show the power of Football to overcome political, religious and social barriers that can exist between or within communities. The Peace Match is more than a ‘unifying’ gesture, it actually brings together two competing sides, nations or communities, into one team against a Football for Peace team, or it invites ‘Football Royalty’ to play in mixed teams, showcasing tolerance and community cohesion.

Football for Peace has already delivered a number of high-profile Peace Matches which generated significant local, national and international media attention:

Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2006

 

Inaugural Futbol Por La Paz Match delivered by The Elias Figueroa Gol iluminado Corporacian in Chile.

Global South American superstars such as Carlos Alberto Torres, Pele, Ronaldhino and Alexis Sanchez played and endorsed the cause passionately.

  • 36,000 kg of food raised
  • 26,000 beneficiaries  
  • 130,000 people engaged globally through Peace Match

Futbol Por La Paz, 2007

 

Valparaiso, Chile, Peace Match for Poverty, delivered by The Elias Figueroa Gol iluminado Corparacian in Chile.

  • 30,000 kg of food raised
  • 18,000 beneficiaries
  • 166,000 people engaged through Peace Match

Valpraiso, Chile, 2009

 

Peace Match for Poverty, delivered by The Elias Figueroa Gol iluminado Corparacian in Chile. A sell out attendance, 60,000 fans brought a non – perishable food item and donated to the game to support local orphanages and homeless population. USD$400K donated to feed the hungry.

  • 23,000 kg of food raised
  • 60,000 attendees
  • $400,000 donated
  • 32,000 beneficiaries
  • 1.2 million people engaged globally through Peace Match

Futbol Por La Paz, Santiago, Chile, 2011

 

Peace Match for Poverty, delivered by The Elias Figueroa Gol iluminado Corparacian in Chile.

  •  ​​​​​​​40,000 kg of food raised
  • 20,000 attendees
  • 22,000 beneficiaries
  • 480,000 people engaged globally through Peace Match

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Easter Island, 2014

 

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.

  •  300,000 people engaged globally through Peace Match
  • 1,200 Indigenous tribe member participants

 

LONDON, 2015

 

A Peace Match with the Afghanistan National team and Great Britain in partnership with Her Majesty’s Royal NAVY.

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. The Peace Match was held to signify an act of reconciliation and unity.

  • 434,000 people engaged globally through Peace Match

MOUNT KILIMANJARO, 2016

 

In partnership with Equal Playing Field, we supported a Peace Match which broke a Guinness World Record.

More than 30 women from 6 continents met in Tanzania to raise awareness of equality by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

The women played the highest altitude FIFA approved football match ever and hold a Guinness World Record for the highest altitude match.

The Peace Match was to raise awareness of equality and empowerment globally and was also accompanied by training workshops for 150 young girls in Tanzania on female empowerment and leadership.

  • 1.1 million people engaged globally through Peace Match
  • Representation from 30 countries

Community Peace Match, UK, 2017

 

Delivered by the Kashif Siddiqi Foundation and UK Government. 

Delivered Peace Matches that combined football engagement with lifeskills workshops that addressed citizenship, identity and strengthened resilience through the programme.

The result was a scalable, portable model trailed in Bradford and East London. The initiative created four teams in four very diverse cities which played in Peace Matches as final at the English National Football Centre, St George's Park.

Community Peace Match, UK, 2018

 

Delivered by the Kashif Siddiqi Foundation and UK Government. 

Programme extended to nationwide rollout Derby, Birmingham, Bradford and East London.

The initiative created four teams in four very diverse cities which played in Peace Matches as final at the English National Football Centre, St George's Park.

Community Peace Match, Paris, 2019

 

In 2019, the Football programme was taken to France. The programme was focused on the St Denis district of Paris, where young people often have to deal with gang violence, are subjected to isolation and radicalisation, have limited opportunities to succeed in life and face barriers to employment. The programme sought to bring together 25 girls and 25 boys to participate in a series of lifeskills workshops and take part in a community Peace Match. The initiative further promoted Republican values, liberté, égalité, fraternité. By bringing young people from different neighbourhoods together the programme sought to spread messages of unity and aspiration, giving young people the confidence that they can succeed.