Soccer Aid 'is set to return this year... but star-studded football match will be played behind closed doors amid ongoing COVID-19 pan
Soccer Aid ‘is set to return this year… but star-studded football match will be played behind closed doors amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic’
Soccer Aid is reportedly set to return to screens in September, but will take place behind closed doors amid the ongoing COVID-10 pandemic.
According to The Sun, the star-studded annual match, which aids UNICEF, was originally scheduled to take place on June 6th until it was postponed – and will go ahead without a crowd in attendance for the first time in its 14-year history.
A source said: ‘Everyone working on this year’s Soccer Aid is over the moon that it can go ahead. Following the success of the football re-starting, the organisers are following their lead and will be hosting the game behind closed doors.
Match: Soccer Aid is reportedly set to return to screens in September, but will take place behind closed doors amid the ongoing COVID-10 pandemic. Piers Morgan is pictured in 2019
‘They are still waiting to confirm a venue but hope it can go ahead at Manchester United’s ground Old Trafford, where the match was previously scheduled to take place.
‘It’ll be shown on ITV like usual and will feature most of the big name stars that were already signed up to play, including Robbie Williams – who they hope will be able to fly over from the US.’
The publication reports that there are plans for Olly Murs to captain the England team, while it is hoped that prolific Olympian Usain Bolt will helm World XI FC.
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Soccer Aid for comment.
Crowd: According to The Sun, the star-studded annual match, will go ahead without a crowd in attendance for the first time ever. Pictured are (L-R) Jamie Carragher and Usain Bolt
During last year’s Soccer Aid, Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan were seen competing against each other as they co-managed opposing teams.
Susanna co-managed the English team along with Sam Allardyce while Piers was in the dugout for World XI with Harry Redknapp assisting him.
In the end it was Piers and Harry’s international team who won the nail-biting match 3-1 on penalties.
Piers was clearly ecstatic about his team winning the tournament as he immediately began cheering and hugged his co-manager Harry.
Facing off: Good Morning Britain co-hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid helped managed opposing teams during last year’s game
Partners: Susanna co-managed with Sam Allardyce while Piers was joined by Harry Redknapp
The World XI teammates hoisted the presenter into the air as they celebrated their win against the English team.
Proudly brandishing the winning plate, Piers also gave his medal a kiss after the win.
Team England took on World XI for Soccer Aid, and while the likes of Mark Wright and Marvin Humes were on the pitch, there was plenty of celeb support in the crowds.
Among the star-studded lineup were Olympians Mo Farah and Usain Bolt who captained England and World XI, respectively.
Celebrations: The World XI teammates hoisted presenter Piers into the air as they celebrated their win against the English team
Thrilled: Proudly brandishing the winning plate, Piers also gave his medal a kiss after the win.