Redknapp vs Redknapp

Charity football match, Soccer Aid, returns to our television screens this June, promising to be bigger and better than ever. Here's all you need to know about this star-studded event.

Soccer Aid origins

Popstar Robbie Williams and his pal Jonathan Wilkes are the brains behind the creation of Soccer Aid, which began back in 2006.

This friendly football match between England and an international team brings together a bevy of celebrities and former footballers to raise money for leading children's charity, Unicef.

Broadcast live on ITV, Dermot O'Leary has been the main presenter since 2010.


Since it began, Soccer Aid has raised over £30 million for Unicef, through ticket sales and donations - as little as 50p can protect a child from developing life-threatening diseases.

Unicef helps to protect children in danger in over 190 countries. By providing clean water, vaccines and food, as well as combating violence and abuse, children can lead better lives. Crucially, improved living conditions allow children to play, and the power of play for a child's social, emotional and educational development is key to Soccer Aid's goals.

Soccer Aid 2019

This year's Soccer Aid will take place in London, at Chelsea FC's ground, Stamford Bridge. Previous matches have been held at Manchester's Old Trafford.

For the first time, females will take part in the game!

This year's England team is set to include celebrities Robbie Williams, Mark Wright, Ben Shephard, Jeremy Lynch, Mo Farah, Lee Mack, Danny Jones, Joe Wicks, David Harewood, Ant Middleton and Marvin Humes. Former footballers making the team are Jamie Redknapp, Joe Cole, Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher, John Terry, David Seaman, Glen Johnson, Rachel Yankey and Katie Chapman. Former England manager, Sam Allardyce and TV presenter, Susanna Reid, will be coaching the England squad.

The international, or World XI squad, will be made up of famous names such as Usain Bolt, Niall Horan, Roman Kemp, Billy Wingrove, Martin Compston, Jack Savoretti, Kem Cetinay, Danny O'Carroll, Locksmith and Nicky Byrne. Footballer heroes assisting the international side will be Eric Cantona, Didier Drogba, Robbie Keane, Ricardo Carvalho, Robert Pires, Francielle, Roberto Carlos, Michael Essien and Rosana. Football manager Harry Redknapp and TV presenter/journalist Piers Morgan will be charged with coaching the international side.

Keeping it in the family

It's poignant that this year's Soccer Aid will take place on Father's Day, 16th June, as father-and-son team Jamie and Harry Redknapp both feature in the line-up. Midfielder Jamie played for Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Southampton teams, as well as for England, but now works as a pundit for Sky Sports. He also had a spell at Bournemouth, where he was managed by his father.

Dad Harry has enjoyed a prolific career as both a football player and manager, guiding teams such as Portsmouth and Spurs to successful levels.

Although Jamie will be battling it out against his dad, he's spoken of his honour at playing against him this Father's Day. Highlighting the importance of father-and-son playtime, the pair have released photos of their own happy times together.

Winning chances

England narrowly won last year's match on penalty shoot-outs, thanks to Blake Harrison, who secured the winning goal. In fact, with England having won more of the matches so far, they stand a slightly better chance of gaining victory again this year over their international rivals.

Previous matches

A red-carpet list of celebrities such as Paddy McGuinness, John Bishop, Louis Tomlinson and Jack Whitehall have featured in previous Soccer Aid matches, while soccer legends Ronaldinho, Maradona, Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo have all donned their footie boots to raise money for the cause. Singer Olly Murs has also been a regular fixture on the Soccer Aid team - he has also visited Kenya to discover just how football is helping to change the lives of youngsters.

Aside from Soccer Aid 2019, Unicef is encouraging children to take part in the Great Big Kickabout, from 14-16 June. If that sounds up your street, then make sure you've got all the right equipment to hand. Solent Plastics stock a wide range of quality storage solutions that are ideal for storing football equipment.