Football: One passion. One world. One responsibility Football home | Français | Español      UNICEF | FIFA | FIFAworldcup.com
UNICEF
FIFA
WHY FOOTBALL?
FOOTBALL AROUND THE WORLD
THE PLAYERS CHANGE YOUR WORLD SAY YES FOR CHILDREN SUPPORT UNICEF
 
 

© UNICEF

David Beckham
"It's just so sad to think about how these girls are growing up without their mums and dads. You can tell they just want to be loved."

Read more

© UNICEF

Cafú
"It is very important that children are allowed to continue being children and that they are not made to grow up before their time. They should be allowed to enjoy their childhoods, because childhood should be the most marvellous time of life."

© UNICEF

Roberto Carlos
"I hope that children understand that football is a world-wide passion and that they can enjoy life through football and also that we [the football players] are here for them for whatever they may need."

© UNICEF

Brandi Chastain
"Football gives girls the ability to be leaders and improves their self-esteem. They learn that they can be leaders, be powerful and strong and that those are perfectly fine qualities for a woman. They learn to explore themselves through football."

Read more

© UNICEF

El Hadj Diouf
"We should all give priority to children - especially those living in difficult circumstances. Together we can make the world a better place for children."

Video

© UNICEF

Landon Donovan
"I have met people all over the world through the sport of soccer, and I can say that football knows no boundaries. It is important for kids across the globe to know that anything they dream is possible in soccer and in life."
Video

© UNICEF

Khalilou Fadiga
"To provide a quality education to every child - boy and girl - is the responsibility of us all."

Video

© UNICEF

Quinton Fortune
"It is very heartening to see football used as such an international tool to break down barriers and to build new relationships."

Read more

© UNICEF

Ryan Giggs
"As a footballer, I can't imagine life without the use of one of my legs. Sadly, this is exactly what happens to thousands of children every year when they accidentally step on a landmine."

Read more

© UNICEF

Cobi Jones
"'Soccer' as we call it in the US is vital in bringing different communities together. Having this event, 'Say Yes for Children Football Day', in concert with the World Cup further strengthens that spirit."
Video

© UNICEF

Kaka
"I think this is an excellent initiative. Children really are the future, as people often say, but we also have to make sure that we take care of them in the present. Children who are mistreated grow up with problems and with bad attitudes, and that’s not the way any child should grow up. I send out a big hug to all the children of the world and I would love to see people everywhere unite to make sure that all children can have a positive future.
"

© UNICEF

Paolo Maldini
"In a world where there are one hundred million children without any rights - not even the right to play - which side are you on?
"
Video

© UNICEF

Brian McBride
"UNICEF’s [and FIFA’s] 'Say Yes for Children Football Day' is another great way to help kids all over the world. I’m glad to have been a part of UNICEF’s AIDS awareness campaign in the US.
"
Video

© UNICEF

Roger Milla
"Many of your friends may be HIV-positive already. Get out and be with them. Include them in your daily lives. Go to school with them. Take a walk with them in the market. Share a joke and love them, with or without HIV."

© UNICEF

Juninho Paulista
"The least we can do, as football players, is to use our images or give part of what we earn to children, because many are really in need and they are the future of our nation. It strikes me as perfect that this World Cup is dedicated to children. I believe that we must help those who are in need and especially those children who don’t have enough to eat, or don’t have a family."

© UNICEF

Jacky Peeters
"Each country and each team can do its part for children. Like George Weah's good work with UNICEF, if we do something with the 32 best teams in the world, it's a big opportunity for UNICEF's work with children."

© UNICEF

Ricardinho
"We must always remember the situation of children all over the world and be committed to helping them. I believe that the children really need our help and that if each of us took even the smallest action, that all of these little actions combined would produce a grand result. I believe that this is the way people need to start thinking. They need to think a little about others, because there are so many people who have so much. They must start thinking about those who do not."

© UNICEF

Ole Solskjaer
"I had heard of girls being trafficked from their own countries and being forced to work as prostitutes or in factories, but I can't believe how young some of them are. It really is tragic."

Read more

© UNICEF

Tony Sylva
"Children and their families must be protected against the devastating effects of AIDS."

Video

© UNICEF

Sebastian Veron
"For some people football is an obsession, it's a way of life, it's a passion. For some people it is more important than life or death. More important than AIDS? I don't think so."

Video

© UNICEF

George Weah
"I don't want any more children to be forced into armed conflict."

Read more

© UNICEF

Dwight Yorke
"What could be better than using football --which breaks down boundaries of race, culture and status-- to make a real difference to the children of this world."

Read more

© UNICEF

Fan Zhiyi
"As a football player, to play in the World Cup is the most important thing in one's career. As for the importance of children, they are the future of the world and everybody should be pleased to be involved in helping UNICEF help children around the world."

Video
 
 
© UNICEF / Photo taken from the TV spot  The power of football  by Leonardo Ricagni
The issues Did you know...

During the span of a 90-minute match more than 170 children will be trapped into commercial sexual exploitation.