News 2018 Football For Friendship Programme: Nepal In African Elephant Team

Nepal is in "African Elephant" team with Puerto Rico(Goalkeeper), Andorra(Defender), Thailand(Defender), Sao Tome E Principe(Midfielder) and Swaziland(Midfielder) in Gozprom 2018 Football For Friendship Programme, Sixth Season of the Football for Friendship (F4F) International Children's Social Project. Coach Volgograd from Russia will be the coach of the team.

As per the Open Draw held in Moscow on February 18, 2018, the young ambassador from Nepal will play as a “forward” in the International Team of Friendship.

The final events of the season will be held in Moscow, Russia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ on 8-15 June, 2018.

32 International Teams of Friendship were formed during the Open Draw, as well as playing roles for each Young Player from each country (goalkeeper, defender, midfielder or forward) were determined. These 32 teams will compete at the Football for Friendship World Championship on 12 June 2018. After definition of the roles for the Young Players, their coaches was selected this way: 19 countries which will represent the Young Coaches were defined in an unpredictable manner as a result of an Open Draw, 11 coaches will be chosen from the cities hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, 2 Young Coaches will be selected from the best participants of the previous seasons of the Football for Friendship programme.

The teams are organized using the "football for friendship" principle - athletes of different nationalities, different genders and different physical abilities will play in one team. Age of players is 12. Each International mixed Team of Friendship will be trained by Young Coaches - football players of 14-16 year olds from different countries. More than 5000 media from around the world will cover the programme events, as well as the F4F International Children's Press Center, consisting of young 12-year-old journalists from 211 countries and regions. National selections of participants who will become Young Ambassadors of peace, friendship and equality in their countries have started all over the world.

As an ecological initiative of Football for Friendship all the 32 International Teams of Friendship were named after endangered animals of all the continents of the world.

Western Gorlilla, Imperial Woodpecker, African Elephant, Kipunji, Saiga, Blonde Capuchin, Komodo Dragon and Big Turtle are in group A.

Group B consists of Koala, Siberian Tiger, Dama Gazelle, Cheetah, Grevy's Zebra, Orangutan, Rhinoceros and Angelshark.

Giant Panda, Magellanic Penguin, Polar Bear, Lemur, Rothschild's Giraffe, Humpback Whale, Grizzly Bear, Whale Shark are in group C.

African Wild Dog, Lion, Three-Toed Sloth, King Cobra, Hippopotamus, Galapagos Lion, Chimpanze and Gharial are pitted in group D. 

Football for Friendship (F4F) International Children's Social Project has been launched in Nepal for the first time.

Young participants from 211 countries and regions from all over the world united in 32 international mixed Teams of Friendship, regardless of gender, nationality, and physical abilities, will take part in the first ever Football for Friendship World Championship.

Since 2013, PJSC Gazprom has been organizing the International Children’s social programme Football for Friendship. The key values promoted by the programme participants include friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, tradition and honour. The participants are Young Players (girls and boys, including those physically challenged), as well as Young Journalists covering the F4F events within the framework of the The Football for Friendship International Children’s Press Center. Geographical scope of the programme expand annually: from 8 countries in 2013 to 211 countries in 2018. For the past five years, more than 3,700 people have participated in the programme. Football for Friendship is supported by FIFA, UEFA, International Olympic Committee, football federations of various countries, international children's charity funds, and world's leading football clubs. 

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