14 May 2019
Rachel Yankey and Katie Chapman will become the first women to play in Soccer Aid
This year the world’s biggest celebrity football match will see female ex-professional players Rachel Yankey and Katie Chapman play alongside their male counterparts for the first time in Soccer Aid history.
Rachel made 129 appearances for England and won every trophy in English football for Arsenal.
Former Chelsea and Arsenal Katie, also an England international, retired in 2018 after making 94 appearances for England.
TV presenter Susanna Reid will be Soccer Aid's first female manager when she teams up with Sam Allardyce to manage England.
One Direction's Niall Horan, Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt, former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and ex-Liverpool and Manchester United forward Michael Owen are all taking part.
A group of researchers from Brunel University will monitor the match as part of a Football Association study into mixed participation in football.
Soccer Aid takes place at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium on 16 June and is an England versus a World XI match.
This year also sees the launch of the Soccer Aid for Unicef Great Big Kickabout.
Unicef are calling on people to get active, grab a Soccer Aid for Unicef ball, have a kickabout, and fundraise as much as possible to help ensure that children everywhere grow up happy, healthy and safe.
Sign up to receive more information and a free fundraising pack by clicking on the link here.
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