Soccer Aid 2018: Who’s playing on the teams and when is it on? All the details as Mark Wright, Brendan Cole and X Factor winners Rak-Su join the line-up

Soccer Aid 2018: The charity football match has confirmed its set to return later this yearSoccer Aid 2018: The charity football match has confirmed its set to return later this year [Twitter/ Soccer Aid]

The match, which sees England take on the Rest Of The World, is set to take place in June at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester.

In previous Soccer Aids, A-list celebrities like One Direction’s Niall Horan and professional footballer Jermain Defoe have all taken part.

And this year it’s been confirmed that singer Robbie Williams and Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt will be captains of the respective teams.

Though the full list of players taking part is yet to be released, it’s shaping up to be one of Soccer Aid’s most star-studded years yet.

Britain Football Soccer - England XI v Rest of the World XI - Soccer Aid 2016 - Old Trafford - 5/6/16 England XI's assistant manager Robbie Williams warms up before the match Reuters / Phil Noble Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.@@2016-06-05T181609Z_108152169_MT1ACI14427360_RTRMADP_3_SOCCER-ENGLANDSOCCERAID.JPGSoccer Aid 2018: Singer Robbie Williams is this year’s England captain [Reuters]

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 05: Niall Horan attends Soccer Aid 2016 at Old Trafford on June 5, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)Soccer Aid 2018: Will One Direction’s Niall Horan be playing this year? [WIRE]

So ahead of the match later this year, here’s everything we know so far about Soccer Aid 2018…

What is Soccer Aid?

Soccer Aid is a biennial charity football match which sees an England team take on a Rest Of The World team, all in aid of Unicef.

When is Soccer Aid 2018?

This year the Soccer Aid match will take place on Sunday, June 10 at Old Trafford stadium.

The scheduled kick-off time is 8pm, with the match set to be streamed on ITV and the ITV Hub.

Who’s playing in Soccer Aid 2018?

Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after he won the Men's 100m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in RSoccer Aid 2018: Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt has joined the Rest Of The World team [Getty]

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 05: Nicky Byrne and Mark Wright play during Soccer Aid at Old Trafford on June 5, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Soccer Aid 2018: TOWIE’s Mark Wright could be returning to the pitch following his successful run in 2016 [Getty]

Soccer Aid organisers have already promised that this year’s line-up will be “bigger and better than ever.”

So far Robbie Williams and Olympian Usain Bolt have been confirmed as team captains.

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Mo Farah has also joined the line-up, expressing his glee at finally being able to take on Bolt.

Soccer Aid 2018: Sir Mo Farah has joined the line-up Soccer Aid 2018: Sir Mo Farah has joined the line-up [Soccer Aid]

He said after the announcement: “Everyone knows that I’m absolutely mad about football. My instant ‘yes’ was even easier in the knowledge that I would finally be going head-to-head with my friend Usain Bolt.”

“It’s going to be a brilliant day and hopefully we’ll get to see some Mo-bots as the goals go in for the England Team!”

“Usain has the speed but I have the stamina so we’ll see who comes out on top at the end of 90 minutes,” Sir Mo added.

Soccer Aid 2018: Who will win in this battle of the Olympians?Soccer Aid 2018: Who will win in this battle of the Olympians? [Soccer Aid]

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 08: Danny Jones of England tackles Gordon Ramsay of the Rest of the World during Soccer Aid 2014 at Old Trafford on June 8Soccer Aid 2018: Gordon Ramsay is returning after he was forced to drop out in 2016 [Getty]

TV chef Gordon Ramsay has also been confirmed to return, after he was forced to drop out in 2016 due to a ruptured Achilles tendon.

The star, who will be playing on the Rest of The World team, said of his signing: “Ever since I had to pull out of 2016’s match, I’ve been eager to reclaim my position in the Soccer Aid World XI squad and take back the title from the England team.  

“It can’t be a coincidence that the last time I played, we smashed it out the park with a 4-2 win! What’s bigger than stepping out in front of 70,000+ fans at Old Trafford with the likes of Usain Bolt by my side? Bring it on!”

Brendan Cole plays for Soccer Aid for UnicefSoccer Aid 2018: Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole is ready to take to the pitch

TOWIE‘s Mark Wright has confirmed that that he’s set to return to the pitch, while singer Olly MursStrictly Come Dancing‘s Brendan Cole and X Factor winners Rak-Su have also joined the team.

Manchester United and France legend Eric Cantona is also set return to his old haunt at Old Trafford, saying of his signing: “There is no place like home. Knowing I am coming back to Old Trafford is a special feeling.”

Who will host Soccer Aid 2018?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 05: Dermot O'Leary attends Soccer Aid at Old Trafford on June 5, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)Soccer Aid 2018: The X Factor’s Dermot O’Leary will be back to host the match[Getty]

The X Factor host Dermot O’Leary and Sky Sports News presenter Kirsty Gallacher have hosted the event since 2010 and are set to return this year, it’s been confirmed.

Speaking about hosting the event, Dermot said: “Soccer Aid for Unicef is a game like no other – and I for one can’t wait to experience once again the unique atmosphere that this fantastic event generates.

“The roar of the crowd every time Olly Murs and Gordon Ramsey square up, the sense of anticipation whenever Usain Bolt runs 9.58 seconds – and that unmistakable sound of creaking of limbs that comes from the subs bench!”

Kirsty Gallacher denies being drunk on Sky Sports NewsSoccer Aid 2018: Kirsty Gallagher will co-host with the TV star, it’s been confirmed[Wenn]

Kirsty added: “I’m thrilled to be back presenting Soccer Aid for Unicef this year! I’ve seen some great games in my time but nothing quite like this one – seeing World Cup champions tackling the world’s fastest…you don’t want to miss this! And best of all, every pound you donate will be matched by the UK government, doubling the difference for children around the world.”

How can you get tickets for Soccer Aid 2018?

Tickets for Soccer Aid 2018, priced between £10-£50, are available from www.manutd.com/socceraid.

100% of all public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef will go towards supporting the vital work protecting children in the UK and globally.

The money raised through profits from ticket sales and viewer donations during the match will add to the incredible £24 million that has already been raised through Soccer Aid over the last 12 years.

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