Soccer Aid 2023: How to watch, when is it and how to buy tickets
Soccer Aid is set to return once again in June, with fans looking forward to the showdown between England and the World XI… but how can you watch it? When is it? And how can you buy tickets?
- Soccer Aid returns this summer with Old Trafford hosting the match in June
- Jill Scott will become the first female to captain the England team this year
- World XI will be looking for their fifth win in a row at the UNICEF charity match
Celebrities and former stars in the footballing world will once again take to the pitch when Soccer Aid returns this year.
Euro 2022 winner and Lionesses legend Jill Scott will become the first woman to captain the England side against the World XI, who will be led by Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt.
The 2022 Soccer Aid match saw the World XI win 4-1 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in normal time.
Last year’s match raised a whopping £15million for UNICEF, which is run by the UN to aid children across the globe.
Sportsmail breaks down everything you need to know ahead of the 2023 Soccer Aid match, including start time, TV channels and how to buy tickets.
World XI won the last clash against England in 2022 after a 4-1 victory on penalties
Last year’s match between the two teams raised a whopping £15million for the UNICEF
When is Soccer Aid 2023?
The charity match will take place on Sunday, 11 June at Old Trafford, with kick-off at 7.30pm.
Since its formation in 2006, Old Trafford has hosted Soccer Aid seven times in total.
The last time the stadium hosted the charity match was in 2020, when the World XI won 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in normal time.
How to watch
This year’s charity showdown between England and the World XI will be screened live on ITV.
Fans will also be able to stream the game on the ITVX app.
Highlights will be uploaded to the official ITV Sport YouTube channel after the game.
How can I buy tickets?
Those looking to buy a ticket can do so already through the official Soccer Aid website.
Prices start from £10 for children and from £20 for adults.
Jill Scott will become the first female to captain the England team in the history of Soccer Aid
The World XI have won the most Soccer Aid meetings, with six victories in total
The 2023 Soccer Aid match will take place at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United
Who will be playing?
Scott will become the first female to captain the England team in the history of Soccer Aid when she leads them out at Old Trafford.
Scott will be joined on the team by former players Jack Wilshere, Gary Cahill, Karen Carney, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Jermain Defoe and Eni Aluko.
The England team will be co-managed by Chelsea boss Emma Hayes and actress Vicky McClure.
As for the celebrities, Joel Corry, Bugzy Malone, Sir Mo Farah, Alex Brooker and Paddy McGuinness are amongst those who will join up with the Three Lions.
Bolt will captain the World XI this year and will be joined by the likes of Lee Mack, Steven Bartlett and Kem Cetinay, while former Tottenham striker Robbie Keanw will be a coach.
Gary Neville (L) and Usain Bolt (R) are among those who will feature in this year’s charity match
What’s been said?
Speaking ahead of the charity match, Scott claims that she is most nervous about the 2023 Soccer Aid despite her success with England and I’m a Celebrity, which she won last year.
‘The Euros, The Jungle and now Soccer Aid for UNICEF – it’s the holy trinity! I’ve won two of them, so just need Soccer Aid now to complete ‘The Treble,” Scott said when speaking about the charity match.
‘I think of all three, this might be the one I’m most nervous about, though – just look at the names involved!
‘Buy a ticket, support this amazing cause and cheer us on!’
Scott claims she is most nervous for Soccer Aid, despite her success with England
Wilshere, who retired last year aged 30 and is currently head coach of Arsenal’s under-18s, is looking forward to the chance to play again.
‘I am really looking forward to lacing up my boots again – and playing with some of my old friends,’ he said.
‘I can’t tell you how good these legends are and I’m told a few of the celebrities are quite handy too!
‘As a father to young children, taking part in this game has extra significance for me – and I would urge people to buy tickets and show their support too.’
Jack Wilshere is excited at the prospect of featuring in a Soccer Aid charity match
Who has won the most Soccer Aid games?
So far, there have been 11 Soccer Aid matches that have taken place since the first in 2006.
England won the inaugural match in 2006, with Les Ferdinand and Jonathan Wilkes scoring in a 2-1 win.
In total, England have won five of 11 matches against the World XI. Their last victory came in 2018, when they won 4-3 on penalties after a 3-3 draw.
The World XI have won the last four Soccer Aid games in a row, including their penalty shootout triumph in 2022.
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