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Football will help UNICEF and partners promote child rights in Ukraine

UNICEF together with the Football Federation of Ukraine and the Ministry of Education will support sport to improve child rights and facilitate social integration of internally displaced and conflict-affected children.

KYIV, 20 January 2017 – UNICEF will cooperate with the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) and the Committee of Physical Education and Sport at the Ministry of Education and Science to promote child rights and sports in Ukraine. The parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding defining the partnership today, recognizing sport as an important tool for children’s physical development and positive social behaviour. Among other, this collaboration will help facilitate social integration of internally displaced and conflict affected children through a range of sport activities and events, in particular through football games between schools in Eastern Ukraine.

“Sport helps children be healthy and gain strong life and social skills. In children in crises in particular, a sport game can encourage social cohesion and help rehabilitate through education and physical development. We were very encouraged by the last year’s UNICEF Volleyball Cup that helped thousands of school children in the East celebrate sport and friendship. This year we focus on a favourite sport of many, football,” said Giovanna Barberis, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine.

In the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding, the partners will hold the UNICEF Football Cup for schoolchildren aged 12 and younger. The Cup will start at the end of March and bring together about 5,000 children from five Eastern regions of Ukraine, most affected by the armed conflict. The aim of the Cup is to encourage teamwork, solidarity and mutual respect in schoolchildren and fight discrimination, exclusion and bullying as well as to promote gender equality. The teams will include both boys and girls. The Final of the Cup will be held at the Bannikov Stadium in Kyiv on 19-21 May. The UNICEF Football Cup will be held within the project “Towards greater social cohesion and integration of IDPs in eastern Ukraine” financially supported by German Federal Government through KfW Development Bank.

About UNICEF Football Cup

  • Participants: 302 schools in five regions (99 in Donetsk region, 59 in Luhansk region, 64 in Kharkiv region, 32 in Zaporizhzia region and 48 in Dnipropetrovsk region).
  • Age: 2005 year of birth and younger.
  • Team: nine players on the field, 18 players in an application. At least six girls in a team, including three girls playing permanently on the field.
  • Field: half of the large field.
    Duration of game: two halves 20 minutes each (group matches), two halves 25 minutes each (play-off matches).
  • Phase I: end of March – beginning of May 2017 (5-6 weeks) – regional (competition in 5 regions)
  • Phase II: Finals – 19-21 May 2017 (3 days) – competition of eight best teams (two best teams from Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv regions, one best team from Zaporizhia and one from Dnipropetrovsk regions).


For further information please contact:

Iuliia Poberezhna
Communication Specialist
UNICEF Ukraine
Tel: +380 50 388 29 51



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About KfW Development Bank

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