#FootballForFires is an international football match to honour the thousands of brave volunteers who have fought so tirelessly during these bushfires and to support the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal. As part of our commitment to support the bushfire appeal, MATE is extremely proud to be the major partner of this important event.


#FootballForFires will take place on Saturday 23 May 2020.


#FootballForFires will be staged at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium.


#FootballForFires 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.

It’s a rare opportunity for football fans around the country to get up close and personal with stars, while also driving fundraising support for the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal.

Many volunteers will be present on the night at this special sporting event, and players are flying in from all corners of the globe to show their support for Australia.


The first release of players for #FootballForFires at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, on Saturday 23 May 2020 is:

  • Didier Drogba– IVORY COAST 105 Caps – Chelsea, Galatasaray, Montreal Impact
  • David Trezeguet – FRANCE 71 Caps – Monaco, Juventus, River Plate
  • Dwight Yorke – TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 74 Caps – Manchester United, Aston Villa, Sydney FC
  • Claudio Marchisio –ITALY 55 Caps – Juventus
  • Dario Šimić – CROATIA 100 Caps – Inter Milan, AC Milan, Dinamo Zagreb, Monaco
  • John Aloisi – AUSTRALIA 55 Caps – Coventry City, Cremonese, Osasuna, Sydney FC
  • Dwayne De Rosario – CANADA 81 Caps – Toronto, San Jose, New York Red Bull
  • Ji-Sung Park – SOUTH KOREA 100 Caps- Manchester United, PSV Eindhoven
  • Simon Colosimo – AUSTRALIA 26 Caps – Carlton, Manchester City, Perth Glory, Sydney FC
  • Tore Andre Flo – NORWAY 76 Caps – Chelsea, Rangers, Sunderland, Leeds United
  • Alecko Eskandarian – USA 1 Cap – DC United, Toronto FC, Real Salt Lake, Chivas
  • Mark Bosnich – AUSTRALIA 17 Caps – Aston Villa, Manchester United, Chelsea
  • Con Boutsianis – AUSTRALIA 4 Caps – South Melbourne, Heidelberg, Perth Glory
  • Pedro Mendes – PORTUGAL 11 Caps – Porto, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, Rangers
  • Le Cong Vinh – VIETNAM – 83 Caps – Song Lam Nghe An, Consadole Sapporo
  • Emile Heskey – ENGLAND 62 Caps – Leicester City, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Newcastle Jets
  • Michael Bridges – ENGLAND – Sunderland, Leeds United, Newcastle Jets
  • Geremi – CAMEROON 118 Caps – Real Madrid, Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United
  • Stephen Appiah – GHANA 67 Caps – Fenerbahce, Udinese, Juventus, Vojvodina
  • Rustu Recber – TURKEY 120 Caps – Fenerbahce, Barcelona, Besiktas, Antalyaspor
  • Mark Milligan – AUSTRALIA 80 Caps – Sydney FC, JEF United Chiba, Melbourne Victory, Hibernian


Tickets are available via Ticketek.

Adult tickets start from just $29 and family tickets from $59. More than 40,000 seats will be available at these affordable prices.

how you can help?

Donate to the #FootballForFires appeal
Purchase a ticket to the game
• Share on your social channels, using the hashtags #FootballForFires and #letsbemates
• Buy official #FootballForFires merchandise (coming soon)