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Soccer Aid 2021: How to watch and celebrities taking part

Wayne Rooney, Usain Bolt and Sir Mo Farah are among the stars who will be taking part in Soccer Aid this weekend.

The event was started in 2006 by singer Robbie Williams in collaboration with the children’s charity Unicef, in which an England XI and a Rest of the World XI compete in an 11-on-side game to raise funds.

Ex-soccer professionals and celebrities make up the teams.

After it took place behind closed doors last year, fans can again participate in person.

Here’s everything you need to know about the tenth iteration of the competition.

How can you watch Soccer Aid?

This year, Soccer Aid will take place for the first time at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester City. The venue is usually Manchester United’s Old Trafford.

The kick-off is on Saturday, September 4th at 7.30 p.m.

The game will be shown on ITV with coverage from 6.30 p.m.

The usual presenter, Dermot O’Leary, co-directs the coverage with Alex Scott.

Who plays?

A number of notable ex-pros compete for England this year, including Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes and Jamie Carragher.

Big names among celebrities include Olympic long-distance runner Sir Mo Farah, Olympic gold medalist Max Whitlock and YouTuber Chunkz.

Sir Mo Farah (left) and Mark Wright in training ahead of Soccer Aid 2021 (Martin Rickett / PA Wire)

For the rest of the world XI ex-pros are Roberto Carlos, Nigel De Jong and Rivaldo.

On their celebrity side, Usain Bolt is the group’s biggest name to appear on a few previous Soccer Aids.

Line-of-duty actor Martin Compston, presenter Ore Oduba and singer Tom Grennan will also be on the pitch.

The full roster list for both teams is below:


  • Olly Murs
  • Wayne Rooney
  • Paul Scholes
  • Jamie Carragher
  • Sir Mo Farah |
  • Jamie Redknapp
  • Lee Mack
  • James Arthur
  • Gary Neville
  • Paddy McGuinness
  • Chunkz
  • Fara Williams
  • Mark Wright
  • Live Cooke
  • Kelly Smith
  • David James
  • Aitch
  • Max Whitlock
  • Joel Dommet
  • Shaun Wright-Phillips
  • James Bay

Rest of the world

  • Usain Bolt
  • Roberto Carlos
  • Rivaldo
  • Shay given
  • Nigel De Jong
  • Pablo Zabaleta
  • Martin Compston
  • Tom Grennan
  • Patrice Evra
  • Great Zuu
  • Ore Oduba
  • Kem Cetinay
  • Roman Kemp
  • Chelcee Grimes
  • Dermot Kennedy
  • Yungblud

Who is leading the teams?

Former England coach Sven Goran-Eriksson will lead the Three Lions for this game, with Robbie Williams, Micah Richards and David Seaman forming his coaching staff.

In the meantime, ex-Tottenham, Portsmouth and QPR boss Harry Redknapp will lead the team for the rest of the world, with Judy Murray and Robbie Keane as his coaching staff.

Can you get tickets?

Almost all tickets are sold out, but at the time of writing there are still a few seats available in the stadium’s Category 5 areas.

A few tickets remain in the Colin Bell grandstand, south grandstand and east grandstand.

The prices for these are £ 21 for adults and £ 10.50 for under 16s, but you need to get them quickly if you still want to go to the game.

Who won the last time?

The 2020 game saw a 1-1 draw, with Robbie Keane opening the goal for the rest of the world (RoW) before YouTuber Yung Filly equalized.

It went to penalties, with the RoW winning 4-3 as Chunkz missed the decisive point kick.

England also lost the 2019 version on penalties and will therefore try to get back to winning ways this weekend.

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