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Soccer Aid 2016, England vs Rest of the World


What exactly is Soccer Aid?

Soccer Aid is a biennial charity football match to raise money for children’s charity Unicef.  England take on the Rest of the World and an array of stars and legends appears for both sides.

This is the sixth edition of the game, with the first having been held ten years ago in 2006.

When is it?

The date of this year’s match is Sunday, June 5.

What time is kick-off?

Kick-off is scheduled for 8pm, all being well.

What TV channel is it on?

ITV are in charge of the live television broadcast once again, with Dermot O’Leary and Kirsty Gallacher hosting.

Unbelievably [Jeff], Chris Kamara will be co-commentating, alongside Clive Tyldesley.

What stadium will be the venue?

Old Trafford will provide the backdrop to the 2016 edition of Soccer Aid, as it did in 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

The only year Old Trafford didn’t hold the event was 2008, when the match graced Wembley Stadium.

Which stars are playing?

Sadly it’s too late for any of the English representatives to make a late claim to a place in Roy Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016 – which is a shame because Sol Campbell evidently fancies his chances still.

Nevertheless, the talent will doubtless be keen to impress in what is the marquee event in the celebrity football calendar.

The England side sees some faces familiar to the Soccer Aid showcase, with the likes of Jamie Theakston, Damian Lewis and Ben Shephard returning among the celebrities.

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe is one of England eight ‘legends’ in the match day squad and the side will be managed by his boss on Wearside, Sam Allardyce, after Jose Mourinho pulled out.

Jamie Carragher, Kieron Dyer and David Seaman are also join the England contingent, with ex-stars of Brazil Cafu, Ronaldinho and Dida among the pick of the Rest of the World’s team.

Can I still buy tickets?

You can indeed still buy tickets for Soccer Aid.

Adult tickets start at £20, while under-16 entry costs £5 and up.  If you fancy a premium seat, it will set you back £40.

Alternatively, hospitality packages are available for north of £150.

The official online ticket portal is attached to Manchester United’s official website.

The Telegraph.

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