Forty-four children, between 7 and 12 years of age, from SOS Children’s Villages will accompany the players onto the pitch prior to four of the matches at the FIFA Confederations Cup France 2003, which starts today.

The matches concerned are the following:

  • France vs Colombia - at the Stade de Gerland (Lyon) on 18 June 2003 (2100h kick-off)
  • First semi-final - at the Stade de Gerland (Lyon) on 26 June 2003 (1800h kick-off)
  • Second semi-final - at the Stade de France (Saint-Denis) on 26 June 2003 (2100h kick-off)
  • Final: at the Stade de France (Saint-Denis) on 29 June 2003 (2100h kick-off)

    In an effort to respond to the needs of countless underprivileged children around the world to play football in good conditions, FIFA supports the activities of SOS Children’s Villages, an international humanitarian organisation.

    FIFA’s commitment to SOS Children’s Villages came about on the initiative of its former President, João Havelange, in 1995. President Joseph S. Blatter, in turn, continued collaboration with SOS, recognising it as “one of the most effective expressions of the social responsibility of football”.

    SOS Children’s Villages International is a private, non-political and non-religious humanitarian organisation with a presence in 131 countries. Some 50,000 children and adolescents live in more than 430 SOS children’s villages and 300 homes for youngsters. With more than 750 other institutions, such as kindergartens, schools, social centres and health centres in addition to emergency aid programmes, SOS Children’s Villages helps and takes care of more than 300,000 deprived children around the globe.