What is the Christmas Truce?

The Christmas Truce is one of the most well-known events of the First World War. Taking place on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in 1914, the truce saw British and German soldiers lay down their weapons to sing carols, exchange gifts, and play impromptu games of football in no man’s land. For that day, enemies became friends.

The Truce involved thousands of soldiers and happened hundreds of times and in hundreds of different ways along the battle lines around Ypres.

“I am sure, if it were left to the men, there would be no war.”
– A Gateshead man, possibly Northumberland Hussars writing on Christmas Day to a friend

2021 is the 10th edition Premier League Truce Tournament, founded in the spirit of the Christmas Truce. This year the Truce Challenge focuses on this powerful story of football and friendship which the tournament celebrates.

Your Challenge

Inspired by the events of Christmas 1914, create your Truce in your Club to earn your place at the Christmas Truce tournament.

The prize: The winning teams will secure places at the Premier League Academy’s Christmas Truce tournament.

Deadline: Submit your entry by 6pm on Monday 15 November 2021.

How to enter the competition:

1. Book a 1:1 zoom meeting with a member of the Big Ideas team – we can talk you through the project and follow up with our Guide and archive material
2. Book a digital workshop for your players – get the Big Ideas team in to facilitate a one-hour digital Truce workshop for the players to inspire your Academy
3. Create your Truce in your Club – you could work with another Club, work with the local community, find personal and Club connections, or do something really creative!
4. Submit your project – send us your photos, videos and any other materials by email by Monday 15 November to be eligible for judging.

Book your 1:1 zoom meeting and/or your Digital Workshop for your players below: