Saturday, August 23, 2014

Today - the Supporters Club Cup!

Come down to Pier 40 on the Hudson River to watch the Third Rail FC take on other supporters groups in the Supporters Club Cup!  The action starts promptly at 8am. 

We're in a group with fans of Club America, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.  Here are the groups:

The full schedule is here: 

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

And the Winner Is...

The votes are in for our 2014 Members Scarf Design Contest, and the winner is...

This design, by Rob Simmons, will be put into production this week. All Charter Members will receive theirs as soon as we have them.

Congrats to everyone who entered, and thanks to everyone who voted!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Time to Choose a Charter Members Scarf!

And now - the four finalists in our Charter Members Scarf Design Contest! The winner will be part of the 2014 Membership package, to be given out as soon as we can get them from the manufacturer.

Let's take a closer look at the four designs:

Okay, members, it's time to cast your vote. What scarves will we be wearing this winter as we march towards 2015? What scarves will we keep to forever mark our status as Charter Members?

Send an email to with your favorite design in the signature line. Members only, so please make sure that the name on your email account is the same as the name on your Third Rail membership.

We kicked off the vote in person at our membership meeting this past Saturday at Nevada Smiths.  Now it's time for all members to vote!

Only one vote per member; if you attended the meeting please don't send an email. 

We will close the online voting on Wednesday, August 13th at 12:00 noon, EDT. The winner will be announced shortly thereafter, and we'll send it off to the manufacturer! May the best design win!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Next Meeting is August 9th at Nevada Smiths!

Mark your calendars - the next public meeting of the Third Rail will be held Saturday August 9th at 2:00 pm.

We are holding the meeting in the private room at Nevada Smiths, our new home for away matches.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Help Us Design the 2014 Members' Scarf!

Another day, another contest!

This time, we're asking for your help in designing the scarf all Third Rail members will receive as part of their membership package for 2014.

This scarf will never be sold, it will only be available to Charter Members as our thanks for joining!

You can use this template, or submit it using your own (click for full size):
Send your proposed designs to The Third Rail's Board of Directors will evaluate all submissions and nominate four semi-finalists. We will hand those semi-finalists over to the full membership, which will then vote online and in person on the final design. One vote per member.

Submissions are due by 12:00 noon EST on August 4th, 2014. Voting will commence later that week at the Third Rail's next public meeting, to be held on August 9th, and continue online after that. 

What should the slogan be?  "WE ARE NEW YORK CITY" worked for our first limited run last year, but maybe it's time for something new. And should we include "CHARTER MEMBER" on it, to honor all of you who are fans from Day One?  The decisions are yours!

Okay, now here's the fine print:
  • The scarves are approximately 7" x 60".
  • This is for our current membership package, so if you're including a year please keep it to 2014.
  • You may not use "NYCFC", "New York City FC" or any of the club's logos or trademarks. We are an independent supporters group. 
  • You do ask, however, that you include at least one of our logos (click for full size).
  • Please keep in mind that these scarves will be embroidered; be careful of overly-complex designs.  Simpler is better, and we encourage you to limit the colors to our palette.  We reserve the right to modify all designs to accommodate production requirements.
  • You may submit as many designs as you like. 
  • This contest is open to anyone regardless of membership in the Third Rail. If a non-member wins, that designer will receive a free scarf of his/her design. If a member wins, he/she will receive a Third Rail logo tshirt, to be produced at a later date.
  • You agree that by submitting your design you release all rights to us, because;
  • We reserve the right to hold on to great designs that don't make this cut and manufacture them for sale at a later date. If we do that, we'll give you the first one free!
Have at it - we can't wait to see what you come up with!

EA SPORTS FIFA Fans First Event - Our Contest Winners!

We are proud to announce the winners of tickets to the EA SPORTS FIFA Fans First at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.

The Third Rail will be represented at this event by our members:

Anthony Larsen


Marie-Claire Bousquette

Congratulations to Anthony and Marie-Claire, and have fun playing FIFA 15!

This is one of many special benefits available to our members as we march to 2015. To be eligible for our contests and other fan events, join the Third Rail today!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sign Up Today to Win Tickets to the EA SPORTS FIFA Fans First Event!

Calling all gamers: EA SPORTS is holding a special FIFA 15 event in New York City next week, and the Third Rail has tickets!

Two lucky Third Rail members will win tickets to EA SPORTS FIFA Fans First at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square on Tuesday, July 29th from 3-8pm.

This is your chance to attend the ultimate soccer fan experience and receive an exclusive hands-on with FIFA 15 almost two full months before it is available in stores!

FIFA 15 doesn't go on sale until September 23rd, but our winners will be among the first to play!

All 2014 Third Rail members are eligible for this contest, regardless of the date you signed up.

In order to be eligible for this drawing, you:
  • must be a Third Rail member (not a member yet? You can join here and be eligible right away!);
  • must be a FIFA gamer;
  • must be at least 18 years old;
  • must be a U.S. resident;
  • cannot have already participated in an EA SPORTS event;
  • must be active on social media and open to sharing your usernames with EA SPORTS.
To enter, FILL OUT THIS ENTRY FORM and email the completed form to Please make sure that the name on your entry sheet matches the name on your Third Rail membership.

Entries are due by 12:00 noon on Friday, July 25th. We'll announce the two winners that afternoon, and you can start getting ready to play!