Gazprom, official partner of Fifa and the 2018 World Cup, announced the opening of the sixth season of the Football for Friendship International Children's Social Project. The project has been launched in Bangladesh for the second time. The goal of the programme is to involve the young generation throughout the world in promoting the most important human values among their peers - friendship, equality, peace and respect for different cultures and nationalities.
The Football for Friendship open draw was held in Moscow. The programme has expanded from 64 countries in 2017 to 211 countries and regions in 2018. Thirty-two international teams of Friendship were formed during the open draw, as well as playing roles for each young player from each country (goalkeeper, defender, midfielder or forward) were determined. These 32 teams will compete at the Football for Friendship World Championship on June 12 this year. As per the open draw, Bangladesh will play a “defender” in its international team of Friendship. The final events of the season will be held in Moscow, Russia from June 8-15 2018.