ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The soccer fans who will join the widely popular soccer fundraiser 2021 Father Christmas Cup on December 11, 2021, at the Atlanta Silverbacks Park will be in for a treat.
The organizers of the soccer for a cause event have decided to give two collector items soccer jerseys as prizes to the raffle draw in this year’s edition of the Father Christmas Cup.
A signed and framed 1998 French World Cup Winners Shirt with the signatures of Frank Leboeuf, Emmanuel Petit, and Zinedine Zidane ( Zizou) will go to one of the winners in the 2021 Father Christmas Cup raffle draw.
Aside from the World Cup jersey, an Atlanta United FC jersey signed by the team will also be given to the winners of the raffle draw.
Since it was conceptualized in 2003, the Father Christmas Cup has become a huge hit to the community since it offers comfort and financial support to local Atlanta families who will be missing a parent for the first time over the holiday period. The success of The Father Christmas Cup has been accomplished only because of the grassroots support and overwhelming generosity of the Atlanta soccer community.
This year’s festivity will be extra special since those active in our soccer community that has passed within the previous 12 months will be memorialized.
Funds from the event are raised from player participation donations, a sponsored player shirt, raffle proceeds, private donations made through the Father Christmas Cup website, and donations on the day of the event itself.
As well as having their logo on the player’s shirt, event sponsors are recognized on the day of the event as well as on the Father Christmas Cup website www.fxcup.org and in social media updates.
History and Origin of The Father Christmas Cup
The Father Christmas Cup came to be as a result of a discussion one night in September 2003 between a group of friends in a local pub, what was then the old Fado Fado, in the Buckhead bar district of Atlanta Georgia.
The discussion centered on the casualties from the war in Iraq and how that Christmas a family would be in mourning for a father missing for the first time during the Holiday season.
One of the groups recalled how soccer and war had been intertwined throughout the ages and we all remembered how during World War I, it was often cited that on Christmas Eve in 1915 a truce was struck between the Germans and the English to celebrate Christmas. The truce lasted Christmas Day and part of the following day- Boxing Day- and how an impromptu soccer game ensued in no-man’s land between the trenches.
The idea came about to hold a soccer match as a fundraiser to help a family that was missing their father for the first time. The first Father Christmas Cup has played in December 2003 and funds raised were donated anonymously to a soldier’s family.