ITV has just confirmed that the 2018 Soccer Aid for Unicef match will feature Usain Bolt as Robbie Williams’ opposition captain. The fastest man in the world will be the latest big name to take on the former Take That star’s England team and you’ll be able to watch the match live on ITV.
The air date is Sunday 10th June 2018 and the match will be kicking off at 8pm with some pre-match buildup to fuel the excitement. However, tickets for the game went on sale today at 8am, so you could put in to watch the action in person at Old Trafford. Tickets are available at www.manutd.com/socceraid, or you can call 0161 444 2018, with ticket prices ranging between £10 and £50.
With his recent retirement from professional sprinting, it was always going to be interesting to see what Usain Bolt would be doing next, but no one expected a rivalry with Robbie Williams. A lot will ride on the rest of the team selection, which will be announced in the coming weeks, but on the face of things we’re expecting Bolt’s Soccer Aid World XI to decimate Robbie’s England.
The match will be taking place just four days before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, so we should all be pretty geared up for some football action by then following the end of the Premiership season in mid-May. The event has been going since 2006 when Robbie, in his role as the Unicef UK Ambassador, co-founded and launched Soccer Aid.
It is designed to raise funds for Unicef UK, while also raising awareness for all of the charity’s excellent work around the world to help protect children. Over the last 12 years it’s managed to raise £24 million and with Usain Bolt in action, the 2018 Soccer Aid match could well be the biggest in history.
You can find out more about how you can donate and support the project at www.unicef.org.uk/socceraid and you can follow along with all of the match buildup at @SoccerAid on Twitter and Instagram, ‘Soccer Aid’ on Facebook. There’s also the hashtag #SoccerAid for regular player and match updates, or if you want to add your voice to the conversation.
You can check out Robbie Williams and Usain Bolt trash talking in the video below to see how much they both want to win. Both were close to being professional footballers when they were younger, and with the prospect of footballing legends and fellow celebs in their teams, there could be some impressive football to watch, as well as all of the usual comedy.