Disaster relief and recovery

#FootballForFires 23 May 2020

#FootballForFires is an international football match to honour the thousands of brave volunteers who have fought so tirelessly and given so generously these bushfires, and support Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery

To be staged at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on Saturday 23 May, it will feature some of the world's highest profile former players.

Lou Sticca, Tribal Sports Group MD and event organiser, says, “The #FootballForFires match will harness The World Game and its star players to draw attention to the Australian bushfire crisis and the crucial rebuilding of communities that will be required long after the fires have eventually burnt out. The images of these fires and the devastation they have caused to families, properties and our wildlife have touched so many people around the world and the international football family wants to help Australia." 

The Sydney match will recognise the efforts of thousands of volunteers from all areas of Australia who have fought so bravely to save homes and property during the bushfire crisis while also raising much-needed funds for the rebuilding phase.

Mark down Saturday 23 May for this special sporting event. Many volunteers will be present on the night, and players are coming in from all corners of the globe to show their support for Australia. It's a rare opportunity for football fans around the country to get up close and personal with the stars, while also driving fundraising support for Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery. 

The first names of players signed on for this international match will be announced on Tuesday 28 January and we will keep announcing more players on a regular basis.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 29 January on www.ticketek.com.au

Great team effort required!

To undertake this massive fund raising it is all about team effort. Much the same way the team effort from our front line Fire Fighters, SES, Australian Defence Forces and Army Reserves as well as the thousands of volunteers feeding and watching after these men and women have been doing for last few months.

We have had a bit of a reprieve these last few days with much needed rain in some of the fire affected areas but there are still many fires unchecked and we still have a long summer and usually hot autumn ahead. So the dangers are ever present.

Now its about rebuilding homes, businesses, restocking farms, rebuilding fences and power lines and so much more.

The cost will run into billions of dollars.

We can make a difference. Our footballing family extends across all countries of this world and many of the stars representing dozens of countries have already committed to coming to Sydney on May 23 this year to play for the fans. You can see some of these players in the gallery on this page.

Furthermore we will have a global TV audience watching the game but just as interested in seeing our country get back on its feet on top of the game itself.

One statistic I left off above, and perhaps the most terrible statistic after the loss of human life is the incredible loss of over 1 billion of our wildlife and farm animals. Staggering losses!

Already our friends in the footballing community have come to the fore. Our first major donation from an international Club was from Celtic Football Club in Glasgow Scotland. A long way from Australia but we are so connected through football. Many Australians have played in Scotland, as well as in many other countries aorund the world.

Thank you in anticipation of your donation. The amount is not important, its that many people will do their small bit but together we can make a difference.

Limited Edition #FootballForFires shirts at $59.95 retail now available for Pre Order

After great work by Kappa Australia designers we are proud to advise these soon to be iconic shirts are now available at retail price of $59.95 for pre orders online; https://footballforfires.com/products/ses-all-stars-shirt

Proceeds of all shirt sales go to FFA Football Relief Fund to help rebuild community football in devastated bushfire hit areas.

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Alan Graham

Good on you Lou, a marvellous concept for such a great cause. Good luck with the game and the fundraising


Robert Kufersin

Incredible event for an unbelievable cause.. ❤️


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Paul Spano


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Michael Lynch

All the best for the fundraiser and hopefully it will help all those badly affected by the bushfires to rebuild their lives.


Andy Jackson

All the best to Lou, Greg and the teams in this important event. Sorry I can't be there in person.



The beautiful game doing beautiful thing


Lou Vaccaro

great cause.


Sean Harris


Sean Harris


Lou Sticca


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Lucy Muddle


Keiran Sweet


Steven Roche

All my love and support to everyone devastated by the Bush fires. Stay strong YNWA. Climate change deniers, hang your head in shame. Hail Hail 🍀🍀