- Next tour aims for over 100 matches around the world
- Ball starts its journey in August
- Match hosts will receive a legacy kit from DHL
It all started in July 2017 at the home of Manchester United, Old Trafford. The several of the first team players had a kick around with a very special ball before sending it on a 351,000 km journey around the world with DHL Express. Throughout the 2017/18 Premier League season, DHL connected Man Utd fans in every corner of the globe through the continuous journey of this one football. At each location a set of match equipment was left behind for the players’ ongoing use.
During the course of the tour, the ball visited some 57 countries where it was played with by more than 1,500 Man Utd fans – as well as DHL Express staff at our football regional cups - in 72 matches.
Ten months on the road
After travelling the world for 10 months, the DHL UNITED. DELIVERED. ball returned to Old Trafford in May 2018. DHL brought two winning fans and their teams to Manchester for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, including watching their Man Utd heroes beat Watford in the final match of the Premier League season; participating in a Man Utd Soccer Schools training session at the club’s AON Training Complex; and then playing the final match of the UNITED. DELIVERED. global football tour back where it all began – on the pitch at Old Trafford!
With a partnership activation as successful as this, how could we fail to do it all again! That’s why we’re excited to announce the delivery of an even bigger and better tour for next season! We will kick-start the global football tour in August and deliver the UNITED. DELIVERED. football to even more fans, matches and locations, aiming for over 100 matches around the world.
The 2018/19 Global Football Tour
As in the last tour, all match hosts will receive a legacy kit from DHL, including replica tour ball, goals, cones and wrist bands. The final prize is still to be confirmed but will be similar to last year’s VIP experience at Old Trafford.
“Seeing the delight on the faces of Manchester United fans around the globe when we delivered the special football and match equipment, made us realize the power of being united together in our love for the club,” says Fiona Taag, Head of Global Sponsorship and Europe Marketing Communications at DHL Express. “It was a no-brainer to launch our Global Football Tour for a second season and deliver to even more passionate fans around the world. Doing what we do best so that fans can play with pride for their club, no matter what football match or where.”
As Official Logistics Partner of Manchester United we’ll be delivering the ball around the globe so that United fans from all corners of the world can play together – and you can be a part of it! Click here if you’d like to host a UNITED. DELIVERED. match and have the chance to win a trip of a lifetime to Old Trafford!