February 24, 201834-23 38th St, Astoria, NY 11103, USA

Think you can beat The Beast?

Compete in the NYCFC FIFA Challenge, a single elimination FIFA 18 Fan Tournament on XBOX One for your chance to test your skills against Christopher Holly, NYCFC’s first-ever professional eSports player. Tournament format will be a 64 Player Bracket. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED

Check in opens at 3pm and will be on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis. Check In will close once 64 players have checked in, or no later than 3.55pm, whichever occurs sooner.


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February 24th 2018


SinglesFIFA 18
Jason Patterson
Alex Rusu
Lloyd Kaplan



Upper 90 Soccer Center
34-23 38th St, Astoria, NY 11103, USA

Getting There

By Train: Take the M or R trains to Steinway St. OR Take the N or Q trains to 36th Ave.

By Car: Take the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278) to Exit 41 at Northern Boulevard.


Contact Info

646 344 4109
Tournament Admins
JIhan Sheriff-Crichlow
undefinedDr Professor McNasty
ESDr Professor McNasty
Edward Fernandez
Zune Girl
jamie king
scott d.
Joshua Noble
Michael Marrero



Each entrant to the NYCFC FIFA Challenge will play as NYCFC on a version of FIFA 18. Additional rules that apply to the NYCFC FIFA Challenge are listed below:

Unless express permission has been given by NYCFC, no coaching is allowed during the tournament (for example, people in the audience may not advise a Player while playing). Players are not allowed to plug any devices into the console. Players can wear headsets All video match consoles, controllers, headsets, and televisions are supplied by NYCFC. Competitors may provide their own wired controller so long as the controller does not provide an unfair competitive advantage to the competitor, does not interfere with the operations of the match or tournament, does not require any special configuration, cabling or adapters to function and is designed to work natively on the console the competitor competes on. NYCFC may, at its sole discretion, disallow any controller and require the competitor to use an approved controller. Any action designed to disrupt the opposing Player's view of the field or ability to select controlled Players is prohibited. Each match will begin play at its designated start time, and as designated on-site at the tournament. Players are required to be in the designated play area 15 minutes prior to designated start time. Players will be shown their designated station, shall set up the match, and begin play only when instructed to do so by a tournament official. Each Player will have a maximum of 3 minutes to configure controls, adjust line-ups and settings in accordance with the “Matchplay Settings”. Custom lineups cannot be used, nor can anything else that is not available in the in-match pause menu. In all situations possible, tournament organizer will monitor the match situation so that it may be restored in the event of match interruptions. Example: A player disconnects at the 50th minute. The score of the match was 2-1. Tournament Organizer instructs the match to resume in 1st half with the implied score to be 2-1 and the implied half to be the 2nd. The competitors will play until halftime to determine the winner. Players shall raise their hands at the end of the match so a Tournament Organizer can record their score. Only scores reported to the Tournament Organizer are official.

MATCH INTERRUPTIONS AND PAUSES Each Player can pause the match up to two (2) times per half, no more than four (4) times per match If a Player pauses the match, it must be to make a tactical change to their squad, which can include substitutions, formation changes, or tactic adjustments. Pauses should be limited to forty (40) Seconds in duration. Players are only allowed to pause the match when the ball is not in play, meaning it has left the field of play or a foul has been committed and it’s a dead ball situation. If a match is paused or interrupted intentionally while the ball is in play by any Player, Tournament Organizer has the right to immediately disqualify that Player. If a match interruption is caused by outside circumstances such as a machine error or loss of power, the match shall be continued from a point determined by the Tournament Organizer. Notwithstanding the above, a Player can pause the match to change strategy and/or formation if i) a player of his Club is sent off ii) a player of his Club is injured.

MAJOR OUTAGE MITIGATION In the event of a major outage affecting any infrastructure required for matchplay in the designated mode, NYCFC reserves the right to change the format in which the tournament is played.

TOURNAMENT ORGANIZER Tournament Organizer will be on-site to monitor all match play. Tournament Organizers will begin play, and will record scores for each match. Tournament Organizer will be clearly identified by a special ID tag or badge as indicated by NYCFC. The decision of the tournament organizer is final and binding.

PRE-MATCH SETUP The match mode to be used is LAN with each participant playing as NYCFC.

ACCOUNT USE AND SQUAD CREATION Squad restrictions are as follows: Each Player must play as NYCFC

MATCHPLAY SETTINGS The below match rules apply to every match in the NYCFC FIFA Challenge: Difficulty Level: World Class Half Length: 6 minutes Specific Controller Setting Exceptions: Legacy Defense prohibited Commentary Volume: 0 Music Volume: 0 Time/Score display: On Camera: Tele Broadcast Radar: 2D HUD: Indicator Custom tactics are allowed Custom formations are disallowed Extra Time: Extra Time rules as follows: extra time of two (2) minute halves will be played in the event of a draw after regulation time. Penalties will decide the winner if after extra time the scores are level. Custom formations are not permitted. Custom tactics and set pieces are available, however, NYCFC can decide to turn them off at any point in its absolute discretion.

GLITCHES Any attempt to glitch the match to gain an advantage is prohibited.

POST-GLITCH PROCEDURE Procedure After a Glitch Penalty: If NYCFC determines that an action, goal, move, penalty or any other in-match action was caused by an unauthorized glitch, NYCFC will decide in its sole discretion to return the match to a fair state depending on the result of the play

APPENDIX: CODE OF CONDUCT The below Code of Conduct applies to all Players in the Ultimate Club Championship Series at all levels of the competition unless otherwise specified. MLS reserves the right to levy penalties, sanction or disqualify any player at its discretion.

PLAYER BEHAVIOR Players must conduct themselves in a reasonable manner, maintaining a friendly and polite demeanor to Tournament Organizers, spectators, members of the press, NYCFC officials, and to other Players. All players are expected to adhere to the standards of good sportsmanship Players will refrain from using vulgar or offensive language. Abusive behavior, including harassment and threats is prohibited. Physical abuse, fighting or any threatening action or threatening language, directed at any Player, spectator, official or any other person is prohibited. Damage and/or abuse to match consoles, controllers, or any tournament equipment is prohibited

LIVE EVENT DRUG & ALCOHOL POLICY Player use of alcohol or drugs is prohibited on the premises of, or during the attendance of, Live Events for the duration of the event. Players must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while participating. Smoking, including the use of E-Cigarettes and vaporizers, is prohibited at all Live Events except in designated areas.

PENALTIES Violation of any part of these Official Rules will, at NYCFC's election, result in (a) sanction(s) and/or (b) loss of winner status. All Players must follow EA's directions. All decisions and rulings of NYCFC are final and binding. NYCFC reserves the right to sanction any Player in competition at any level, at any time for any reason. Sanctions may include, in no particular order, the following: Warning Reprimand Forfeiture of single match

AGE Players must be at least 8+ years old by the date of the Live Event. All Players under the age of 18 who attend Live Events must have Player’s parent, legal guardian, or parents/guardians (as required by law) accompany them and consent to the rules on their behalf.

DURING THE TOURNAMENT: Players must conduct themselves in a reasonable manner, maintaining an appropriate demeanor to spectators, members of the press, tournament administrators, and to other Players. These requirements apply to both offline and online, including with respect to social media conduct. All players are expected to adhere to the standards of good sportsmanship at all times. Players will refrain from using vulgar or offensive language. Abusive behavior, including harassment and threats is prohibited. Physical abuse, fighting or any threatening action or threatening language, directed at any Player, spectator, official or any other person is prohibited. Damage and/or abuse to game consoles, controllers, or any tournament equipment is prohibited. Any action that interferes with play of a game, including but not limited to purposely breaking a game station, interfering with power, and abuse of in-game pausing, is prohibited and can result in match forfeiture and/or disqualification from the competition Gambling, including betting on the outcome of games, is prohibited. All Players must not disclose any confidential information provided by NYCFC or any of its affiliates to any other people or groups of people, including via social media. No Players may accept any gifts, rewards, or compensation for services that are promised to be rendered in connection with competing in the NYCFC. The only exception to this rule is for players with sponsors who are paying them based on their performance.

All Players must be available for any post-tournament awards ceremonies, interviews, and the entirety of the live event and any promotional activities reasonably requested by NYCFC. A Player who if having been Entered fails to attend such ceremonies shall forfeit the right to any award that may be granted, or the benefit that may accompany such award. Forfeiture of all matches

Loss of awards (including prize money and paid travel expenses); Disqualification from the Ultimate Club Championship Series.

NYCFC also has the right to publicly announce penalties that have been levied on Players. Players who have been penalized by NYCFC hereby waive any right of legal action against NYCFC and/or any of its affiliates.

GAMERTAG FROM SMASH.GG Competitors will be asked to select a unique name to identify themselves for the NYCFC FIFA Challenge. The name must be unique from other competitor names and must not be deemed vulgar by Tournament Organizer and its affiliates.


1st Place:

  • A VIP experience to the NYCFC home opener on March 11th against LA Galaxy - including two (2) premium seats and an in-game acknowledgement.
  • An NYCFC team signed jersey and
  • The opportunity to #Beatthebeast and play against NYCFC's FIFA competitor Christopher Holly

2nd Place:

  • Two (2) tickets to the NYCFC home opener on March 11th against LA Galaxy
  • A signed David Villa Jersey

3rd Place:

  • Two (2) tickets to the NYCFC home opener on March 11th against LA Galaxy