Why Soccer
Aid matters

The game like no other

Over the last 12 years, the more than £30 million raised through Soccer Aid has helped Unicef be there for more children than any other humanitarian organisation.

We’ve provided life-saving food, vaccines, clean water and protection from violence to millions of children around the world. But the job’s not done.

Too many babies still don’t get the chance to grow and develop properly, and children still lose their families, homes and schools because of wars and disasters.

This Soccer Aid, with your help, we can make sure that more children get the chance at a happy, healthy and safe childhood.

Keep going to discover more about why Soccer Aid matters for children…

Three-year-old Vile was born free from HIV, thanks to the support his mother Philile received from Unicef-trained community health worker Zodwa (right). Photo: Unicef/2017/Matas

Soccer Aid supports programmes across the world to make sure more children like three-year-old Vile in Swaziland get the chance to grow up happy, healthy and safe.
Photo: Unicef/2017/Matas

Safe from disease: Vile's story

In Swaziland, three-year-old Vile was born free from HIV thanks to Unicef-trained community health workers. They supported his mum, Philile, to make sure she received the information and medical care she needed throughout her pregnancy and beyond.


Icon, graphic: tap, clean water, hygiene, sanitation

Last year alone, 39.4 million people across the world got access to clean water with Unicef's help, That's amazing!

Make a donation and keep more children like Vile safe from disease

School at last for Noor Sadia

Aged just 11, Noor Sadia was forced to flee her home in western Myanmar when her village was attacked.

She walked more than 40 miles to find safety.

Right now she lives with her mum and family in Moynerghona refugee camp in Bangladesh. They’re among over a million Rohingya refugees who’ve fled across the border in search of a safe place to call home.

Noor had never been to school before. But when she arrived at the camp she was able to attend classes at a Unicef-supported learning centre. Now, through the centre she’s making friends and is finally getting an opportunity to learn. Watch her story.

Watch: Unicef is making it possible for Rohingya refugee children like Noor Sadia go to school - many for the first time ever.

Thanks to Soccer Aid…

1.6 M


in Ethiopia have had vitamin A supplements to prevent blindness and disease.


Pregnant women

have had antenatal and nutritional care in Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Liberia.

2 billion


Unicef is the world’s largest supplier of vaccines, helping provide over 2 billion doses.

Back to health: Baby Valicious

Baby Valicious from Sierra Leone was just 3 weeks old when his mum died. He's being raised by his dad, Moses.

Valicious was admitted to hospital with severe malnutrition at 3 months old, weighing just 1.1kgs – less than a new born baby.

Despite all the odds, and thanks to the medical and nutrition support from Unicef, Valicious has made a full recovery.
Photos: Unicef/Dawe

With your help, even more babies like Valicious can grow up healthy