A "friendly" soccer match is often played between two international soccer teams "for fun." The outcome of the match means little and the games are not taken too seriously.
Last night, France played England in a friendly match at Wembley Stadium. Sam Borden from the New York Times sums up the match's significance perfectly:
"It was a game that meant nothing. Except that on this night nothing felt like everything."
The English and French players held each other while the national anthems played. Afterwards, the coaches helped Prince William lay flowers in memory of the victims in Paris. When the French national anthem- La Marseillaise- played, nearly all fans sang the anthem together.
"A few players had tears in their eyes. A great many fans had lumps in their throats"
Read more about the game and how soccer can help heal France and the world here.