Handshake for Peace strengthened at New Zealand 2015
The Handshake for Peace initiative between FIFA and the Nobel Peace Center has been playing a prominent role in the early matches at the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. This powerful gesture of friendship and respect, the significance of which was underlined in a video at the recent FIFA Congress, has now been on show in matches involving all 24 teams at the global youth showpiece.
As part of the official match protocol, the two team captains and officials have been and will continue to gather in the centre circle to shake hands both before and after each game. The act has also been depicted on an official flag, while both the match officials and captains have been sporting the Handshake for Peace logo on their kit to identify them.
This joint initiative by FIFA and the Nobel Peace Center in Norway combines football’s international reach with the simple gesture of a handshake to promote peace and fair play. The Handshake for Peace has been an integral part of all FIFA events since making its debut at the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013, with players and officials alike taking the opportunity to set a good example in front of both the fans inside the stadium and the wider public watching games on television.