Football unites for the people of Ukraine

Whatever club you support, wherever you are, you can make a difference. Let’s stand united as one team and support Ukraine.

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International football players are joining together to appeal for urgent donations as over 6.2 million refugees flee Ukraine and over 8 million people remain displaced inside the country. 

As a show of solidarity, fans can donate to the #Football4Ukraine campaign to fund urgent relief efforts through UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the World Food Programme (WFP).  

Premier League, Bundesliga and Division 1 Féminine players have appeared in a social media film to help launch the campaign.  

Amongst them are players with a refugee background including UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and FC Bayern Munich sensation, Alphonso Davies, Mahmoud Dahoud (Borussia Dortmund) – the first Syrian refugee to play in the Bundesliga – and Everton FC goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic.

They are joined by Manchester City Women’s right-back and FIFA Women’s Player of 2020, Lucy Bronze, Ada Hegerberg of Olympique Lyonnais Féminin and Manchester United’s Juan Mata, a World Cup winner with Spain  

What's happening in Ukraine?

Renewed conflict broke out on 24 February 2022, triggering the fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War Two.

The war in Ukraine has forced over 3.9 million refugees to flee across borders to seek safety in neighbouring countries, such as Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova. These numbers continue to rise.

UNHCR is urgently upscaling relief operations across Ukraine and in neighbouring countries to support fleeing civilians. Urgent needs include shelter, relief items such as blankets, and specialist protection – all rely on voluntary donations.

How are UNHCR and WFP working together?

UNHCR and the World Food Programme (WFP) are working day and night in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries to reach people who need urgent help.

This joint appeal brings together UNHCR’s expertise in protecting families forced to flee with WFP’s experience in the fight against hunger.

How will my donation be used?

To ensure your donation has the greatest impact on people affected by the emergency in Ukraine, 70% will go towards delivering shelter, psychosocial support and protection, financial assistance and other life-saving aid,  and 30% will go towards providing food.

Working together on the ground, UNHCR and World Food Programme teams will deliver this lifesaving relief to people who have been forced to flee their homes.

Which football players are getting involved?

UNHCR and WFP are working with a number of incredible players from across the world to support the Football4Ukraine campaign.

Amongst them are players with a refugee background including UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and FC Bayern Munich sensation, Alphonso Davies, Mahmoud Dahoud (Borussia Dortmund) – the first Syrian refugee to play in the Bundesliga – and Everton FC goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic.

They are joined by Manchester City Women’s right-back, Lucy Bronze, Ada Hegerberg of Olympique Lyonnais Féminin and Manchester United’s Juan Mata.

We welcome the support of all footballers, football fans and everyone who believes in standing with refugees to help grow this campaign.

What support is UNHCR delivering for people fleeing Ukraine?

UNHCR is leading and coordinating the humanitarian relief response for refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine, and also has teams supporting people displaced inside the country.

Relief being provided by UNHCR includes protection and humanitarian assistance, including emergency shelters, repairs for homes damaged by shelling, emergency cash assistance, monitoring at border crossing points to support the most vulnerable, and helping delivering protection such as psychological support.

On the ground inside Ukraine, UNHCR teams are working closely with the World Food Programme as it provides urgent food supplies to displaced people.

How your support can help people fleeing war in Ukraine

Emergency shelter

to provide safety for those fleeing or left with damaged homes

Basic relief needs

including blankets, baby kits and emergency cash payments to help refugees on arrival

Food

to help families survive as supplies are cut by the conflict and stocks dwindle

Did you know that the Ukraine emergency is the fastest growing refugee crisis since World War II?

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