FIFA Legend and 3 Time South American Player of the Year, Don Elias Figueroa Launched the Gol iluminadao Foundation in the America’s supported by the Government of Chile and the United Nations Sport For Development and Peace; with an aim to educate young kids through sport.
The name of the Foundation was inspired by one of the most important facts of his career as a professional footballer, when he scored “the illuminated goal” which gave the first title of the history to his team in Brazil.
“The FfP football family are ultimately giving the youth the tools to live in harmony, hope and opportunity to dare to dream”. Mo Samba - Footballer For Peace
United Nations Head Quarters NYCElias Figueroa, Roger Federer, Tegla Loroupe and other public figures address delegates on Sport for Development and Peace Globally.
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Kash invited to meet Pope FrancisKashif Siddiqi invited to Rome to support and meet Pope Francis at the inter-faith soccer match for peace along with other global dignitaries and footballers.
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A target of 500,000 players is set for the year 2020 to join the movement.
The Footballers For Peace is an international squad of players that have committed to participating the ‘Goodwill Peace World Tour'. This squad is comprised of a mixture of World Icons, International superstars, ex and current professionals, footballers and community football champions who want to serve peace through sport.
As part of our FfP Process, each Peace Match we set up, a squad of 15 players from the Footballers For Peace movement are invited to play against the two countries uniting for Peace.
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World Legends announced as Latin America Adidas AmbassadorsElías Figueroa and other legends Cafu and Teófilo Cubillas announced official Ambassadors at a Latin press conference.
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Kofi Annan & United Nations Sport For Development and Peace launch the Charity”. Carlos Alberto Torres, Eric Wynalda, UN Ambassador Heraldo Munoz,UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Elias Figueroa, Teofilo Cubillas.
Invitation to 10 Downing StreetKashif Siddiqi was invited to meet Prime Minister David Cameron in recognition of his achievements within the South Asian Community.
Founded by two footballer-philanthropists from different continents, generations and cultures who understand the global football family and want to harness the power of the beautiful game to unite people in today’s hostile climate.Football For Peace (Futbol Por La Paz) has been active for the last nine years building a unique platform of neutrality and dialogue in the Americas. We have now expanded this unique initiative to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Far East. We are an international movement that invites and gathers ‘Footballers for Peace’ & ‘ Peace Activators’ from all over the world, working to create understanding through football.Our approach is unique. We use the power of football to create a ‘neutral, level playing field’ for people to come together where situations and circumstance have been created by a lack of positive understanding.Over the last nine years FfP has engaged hundreds of thousands of people through the movement, we have shown in Chile, Brazil, and now the UK how we can help develop relationships and understanding between communities, cultures, countries and governments.
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Campeonato Futbol Por La Paz. Steve Leighton visits Favela project with 1970 World Cup winner Jairzinho.
Elías Figueroa Brander InaugurationElías Figueroa honoured by the Chilean government, in recognition of his playing career and philanthropy, by having the stadium named after him.The President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, led the inauguration
of the "Elías Figueroa Brander" stadium which will host the 2015 Copa America. The ceremony was also attended by the president
of the ANFP and Vice President of CONMEBOL Sergio Jadue.
FIFA 100 Greatest Players Gala DinnerFigueroa announced as a FIFA 100 Greatest Players of All Time, along with Ronaldinho and Teofila Cubillas.
'Champions for Peace' Inauguration, MonacoBoth co-founders are recognised for their joint humanitarian efforts through L’organisation Peace and Sport under the high patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco as 'Champions for Peace'.
Inaugural Futbol Por La Paz Match launched, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
60,000 sell out attendance with USD$200K donated to a local Childrens’ Cancer Hospital and to the hunger programme. Futbol Por Laz Paz ( Football For Peace)was born in 2007 under the Gol iluminado umbrella, the objectives of the match have been to raise awareness for poverty. The entrance fee to the stadium corresponds to a kilo of non-perishable food item. Since its first edition to date, we have collected more than 40 tons of food, which we have led to different nursing homes and children's orphanages in vulnerable situations. Global South American superstars such as Carlos Alberto Torres, Pele, Ronaldhino, Alexis Sanchez have played and endorsed the cause passionately.
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Chairman of Gol iluminado foundation in the USA, Steve Leighton, brought the two sporting philanthropists from different parts of the world together to channel their fight and create a force for good – Both entities were fighting for different causes with the same goals. The partnership of Gol iluminado and The Kashif Siddiqi Foundation was announced publicly with the world football icon Diego Maradona at the International Peace and Sport Forum in Dubai where the Global Movement of Football For Peace was born.
Fourth Futbol Por La Paz Peace Tournament, Chile, Santiago20,000 sell out attendance and over 40,000 kilos of food collected for local families in poverty.
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Peace Pitch Programme openingSteve Leighton, Honoury President, opens the Peace Pitch Programme in Delray Beach, Florida.
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Third Futbol Por Laz Paz Match, Valparaiso, ChileAlexi Sanchez supports and plays in the game. 60,000 sell-out attendance. Fans bring a non-perishable food item to donate at the game, with USD $400K raised to feed the hungry.
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11 August 2006, NYC UN Headquarters.The Gol Iluminado Foundation presented for appointment Ronaldinho, the 2 time FIFA World Player of the Year, as the Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Sports for Development and Peace program.
Director Djibril Diallo and Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations and assistant general secretary H.E. Heraldo Munoz pictured with Ronaldinho
“The World Peace Tour and FfP Peace Process show the commitment Football For Peace has to using sport to help create a better world”
Wilfried Lemke – United Nations Secretary-General Special Advisor
on Sport for Development and Peace UNOSDP
Women's empowerment campaign launched in support of Siddiqi’s mother’s and Malala Yousafzai’s vision, Dubai.Kashif Siddiqi launches his message at the Peace and Sport Forum with the Dubai Sports Council.
We believe that the Football for Peace process is critical in the world today due to the problems created by the break down of communication that can only come with people to people dialogue and trust. Our FfP Process provides a universal language – locally, regionally and globally. The Process aims to bring individuals from a variety of different backgrounds, walks of life and cultural circles together, our aim is to empower those communities within cities and countries to work together to create creating an environment that will promote dialogue, trust and understanding between all, with Football being the vehicle to drive this.
Launch of The Kashif Siddiqi Foundation (KSF) by Kashif SiddiqiYoung philanthropist and Pakistan international footballer, Kashif Siddiqi launched the Kashif Siddiqi Foundation (KSF) – which is a health and sports charity with an aim to help inspire young kids into sport and help platform their dreams into the professional game, the charity has a huge emphasis on girls sport and equality. Being only one in four South Asian Footballers currently playing professional in the United Kingdom and the first Pakistani player to receive a football scholarship to the USA and then go on to play in three different continents saw a need to give back in way of his own. His charitable Inspirations grew through his mother’s journey from Africa to the UK as a single parent and being a unique South Asian Footballer.
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The FfP Movement has a unique role to play in today’s world.We are a Diplomatic Sports Movement dedicated to inspiring people-to-people diplomacy and understanding in marginalised communities around the world.Wherever dialogue breaks down, we lobby and use our FfP Process to implement our award winning and internationally recognised peace matches across different continents, providing a universal language - to influence positive social change and understanding for the good of all humankind.We target the disenfranchised global community with the goal of addressing the mindset of current and future generations, specifically in communities where longstanding and historical mutual distrust, intolerance and ignorance have prevailed for many years.
In some cultures, simply letting a woman speak with an open mind is considered bad language and forbidden. We support and promote freedom and equality for women.
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We use our knowledge, experience and FfP Activation Packs to transform attitudes. By empowering and mobilising the youth of today, to challenge their own perceptions, intolerances and indifference only then can we strive for social change. Our ‘Activators’ will advocate for those less fortunate, for those who do not have a voice and where ignorance and intolerance abate to use their newly-found knowledge and experience to challenge those indifference and bring divided people together.But the key task is to inspire them to be young activators for peace – enabling them to pass the message onto the next generation. We provide education through sport and activities that include cultural exchanges, positive lifestyle choices, Equality & Diversity awareness, empowerment and support.
“FfP is a force for good FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS, it transcends politics, nationalism, religion and unites people through the power of Football. A truly global dynamic.”
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Our goal is to encourage social cohesion. Togetherness not separation. Understanding not intolerance. Catholic and Protestant, Jew and Muslim.
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Football For Peace was initially created as a joint venture of The Gol Iluminado Foundation from Chile /USA and the Kashif Siddiqi Foundation of the UK.
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Birmingham City becomes a City For Peace. FfP announce an alliance with the Council.The Global HQ of FFP in Europe was announced with a view to host a global launch and first European Peace Match. Birmingham City hosts the FfP legacy activation of all marginalized areas with a view to create dialogue and unite the youth.
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FIFA 100 Greatest PlayersElias Figueroa announced as a FIFA’s 100 greatest players of all time.
Futbol Por La Paz, Chile, Valpraiso. Ronaldinho, the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005 plays in the match
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Simply being different should not mean you are penalised in society. Colour and race are not a reason for prejudice. We support equality and understanding between all people.
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FFP commits to continually increase and maintain our vibrant and mutually beneficial relationships with corporate partners, international governments, UN agencies, Patrons, volunteers and other foundations and institutions. The activities of the movement are crucial to help raise awareness, funds and support necessary to foster change.
Football for Peace Global is a diplomatic sports movement, which creates dialogue, transforms attitudes and unites people. Our vision of peace is to create neutral environments through the Football for Peace process to inspire understanding and people to people diplomacy.
PRESS RELEASE Football For Peace Announce Global Launch 2015 in London
Copa Indo Americana, Chile, April 2015Indigenous Peace Tournament held at the Elías Figueroa Stadium, Chile.Announced by Elías Figueroa and the Chilean Ministers of Sport, Culture and Foreign Affairs on 23 October 2014, this international football tournament is for the indigenous tribes of South America, from where many football legends have traced their roots.
Easter Island Indigenous Rapa Nui Tribe Cultural Exchange Peace MatchThe opening of a new football stadium on Easter Island, funded through Gol iluminado and Football for Peace programmes. The Rapa Nui tribes played a match for peace which was attended by both co-founders Elías Figueroa and Kashif Siddiqi as well as Pelé, who all spent a week with the Rapa Nui people to celebrate the event.