Soccer for Child Rights

Started in 2014, Soccer for Child Rights is an annual tournament that aims at bridging the gap between two strata of our society through sport. Employees represent their companies while participating in this corporate soccer tournament to play for the children CRY work with, while also using the platform to network amongst themselves.

In the last 4 years we have seen the tournament grow to become an event that is hailed as a one-of-a-kind initiative that exchanges inspiration, stories, courage, and hope; all over a friendly game of football. The tournament that began its journey in Chennai, has today spread its wings to Bangalore, Kolkata and Delhi… snow-balling the cause into a movement.

Soccer for Child Rights 2018 (Chennai Edition)

The inspiration for Soccer for Child Rights came from one of CRY’s partner projects in the slums of Vyasarpadi, Chennai. The project which uses soccer as a mode of intervention, has transformed hundreds of lives over the years by ensuring that children from the vicinity are back in school and fulfilling their potential instead of being shackled by child labour, child marriage and victims to the myriad of gruesome crimes the community was infamous for.

Today, Vyasarpadi is known for its rising stars in soccer who play at the international and national arena and Soccer for Child Rights continues to be a space where they can show the world what they are capable of.

Stories of hope

Nandhakumar is a vibrant footballer from Chennai. The son of a former auto rickshaw driver, his father had to stop working due to health issues which left his mother to earn for the family. She began selling snacks outside school premises which provided the family with just Rs. 3000 to 5000 a month. They lived in a tiny house, with used asbestos sheets for a roof. Nandhakumar and his family survived on a single meal every day and he was at the risk of dropping out of school and becoming a child labourer, at the age of 7. That’s when CRY supported project Slum Children Sports Talent Education Development Society (SCSTEDS), identified and motivated him to stay in school by giving him an opportunity to play football.

Over the years, Nandha Kumar has played for various CFA tournaments and was also completed his B.Com at Hindustan University, Chennai with a full scholarship while playing for the Hindustan Eagles. Today, thanks to the support provided by SCSTEDS, Nandha Kumar plays for Delhi Dynamos to play for the Indian Super League. You can read more about him here

Hailing from Vyasarpadi, Bheemaibhai is a force to reckon with. Throughout her childhood, her family lived in dire poverty; so much so that Bheemabhai sometimes relied only on the mid-day meals provided to her at school. Bheemabhai dropped out of school due to discrimination among her peers. When her interest in football was noted, the STEDS team got her back into school and trained her in the game. Today, she studies B.Sc Mathematics with a sports scholarship. The 19 year old regularly represents her university at state and national level tournaments and also makes sure that she gives back to the community by coaching children in football and in studies.

Bheemaibhai has recently also been selected as Ashoka Youth Venturer where she aims to provide others the opportunities she had - empowering slum children on child rights through sports.


  • Airtel
  • American International Group
  • Aon
  • Apeejay Surrendra
  • Apollo Tyres
  • Arohan Financial Services Private Limited
  • Arvind Lifestyle and Brands Ltd.
  • Audience Knowles
  • Avengers Ply
  • Beroe Systems
  • BNP Paribas
  • BNY Mellon
  • Bosch
  • BPCL
  • Brandnomer
  • Cisco
  • Citrix
  • Corpuslabs
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Digicall
  • Dimension Data
  • Envestnet Yodlee
  • Ernst & Young
  • Ezzy Group
  • Flipkart
  • Ford
  • Geberit
  • Genuis
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Goodricke
  • Havells
  • HCL
  • HDFC Bank
  • Hinduja Leyland Finance
  • Inautix
  • Infosys
  • KPMG
  • Larsen & Toubro
  • Mahiti Infotech
  • Mercedes
  • MFAR
  • Microland
  • Northern Trust
  • Olacabs
  • Oracle
  • PDC Services
  • Practo
  • PWC
  • Ramco Systems
  • RedBus
  • Riverbed
  • SAP
  • Softcons
  • SREI
  • Sterlin Wilson
  • Sundaram
  • Sutherland Global
  • Swiggy
  • Synopsys
  • Target
  • TCS
  • Technip
  • Tega Industried Ltd
  • Trends & Vogue
  • Verizon
  • Vodafone
  • Wabag
  • Trends & Vogue
  • Verizon
  • Vodafone
  • Wabag



2014- SC STEDS
2015- SC STEDS
2016- Apollo Tyres
2017- SCTEDS


2016- Flipkart
2017- Northern Trust


2017- Maruti Suzuki


2016- HDFC Bank Ltd
2017- Tata Consultancy Services

Upcoming Events

Soccer for Child Rights, 2018 (Chennai Edition)

Date: 7th October

  Men Women
Number of teams 20 4
Team Size 7+3 5+2
Duration 30 minutes 20 minutes
Participation fee ₹ 15,000 ₹ 5,000
Winners ₹ 25,000 ₹ 5,000
Runners Up ₹ 15,000 ₹ 2,500


Everything we do is thanks to these generous people and organizations. The backbone of Soccer for Child Rights, our sponsors believe in creating happy, healthy childhoods for the children of our country.

Interested in becoming a sponsor for CRY or making a donation? Click here to know more about how you can help ensure lasting change for children.

Here's what the participants have to say

"We saw some brilliant play on the field today, all the teams put up a great show. We even saw the SC STEDS team play and they have a great capacity to perform. Coming from such backgrounds they have surely outshone their competitors. The organizing was very well overall and you can surely expect us in the future ."

- Team E&Y

"The hospitality is extremely warm and welcoming. The time management too was brilliant, the matches have been perfectly on schedule and we love that a lot. This is not our first attempt at CSR but this collaboration is definitely overpowering than the others. Mercedes would definitely support CRY in all future events"

- Team Mercedes

"It was a tough competition and all the teams were very decent and have moved forward fair and square. The facilities are great and we even got a chance to interact with the SC STEDS team. The SC STEDS team is extremely skilled, they are talented and play upbeat, with good facilities they will surely make it large. This our first collaboration of such kind but you can always count on us in the future."

- Team PWC

"We are very impressed with the whole event. Even though we have been a part of different CSR activities, this was a game changer. We would like to be a part of CRY in future and we are looking forward to any such event for different sports."

- Team Geberit

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