New York City FC was founded For The City, with a deep commitment to champion access to soccer for all New Yorkers.

NYCFC’s sixth consecutive Pride match took place on Sunday, May 22nd vs Chicago Fire at Citi Field where we were honored to once again partner with our friends at Athlete Ally and the Hetrick-Martin Institute to mark this celebration of self-affirmation, dignity, equality and increased visibility for New York’s LGBTQI+ community.

Our Club’s commitment to equality and access to soccer extends beyond one match, or a month of recognition, but the Pride Night game was an opportunity to raise awareness for Athlete Ally’s mission to end homophobia and transphobia in sport and to activate the football community in championing LGBTQI+ equality.

Fans gathered before the match at the Jackie Robinson Rotunda outside of Citi Field for a Pride edition of our NYCFC Fan Fest. Fans were also offered the opportunity to purchase 2 tickets for $50 with $10 of that purchase going back to Athlete Ally and the Hetrick-Martin Institute to benefit furthering the missions of both organizations.


Playing for Pride brings together athletes, teams, and leagues to support Athlete Ally's mission of making sports inclusive for the LGBTQI+ community.

Proceeds to Athlete Ally will support our work to champion LGBTQI+ inclusion at all levels in sport through education, inclusive policies and athlete activism.

About Athlete Ally: Athlete Ally believes that everyone should have equal access, opportunity, and experience in sports — regardless of your sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Our mission is to end the rampant homophobia and transphobia in sport and to activate the athletic community to exercise their leadership to champion LGBTQI+ equality.


Ally Guide for Coaches
Athlete Ally's guide for coaches to foster and champion inclusive athletic environments.

Athletic Equality Index
Athlete Ally's ranking and reporting of LGBTQI-inclusivity at NCAA Power 5 athletic departments.

The Future of Women's Sports Includes Transgender Women and Girls
A statement from Athlete Ally on the future of women’s sport, co-authored by affiliated academics and endorsed by leading scholars in the fields of Kinesiology, Law and Policy, and Gender Studies

NJ/NY Gotham FC's Imani Dorsey: Becoming the Norm
Story from Athlete Ally Ambassador and NJ/NY Gotham FC player Imani Dorsey on her allyship with transgender women athletes.

Athlete Ally Ambassador Brad Stuver
NYCFC Former Goalkeeper Brad Stuver's quote on why he supports LGBTQI+ inclusion in sport.

NYCFC Pride Lookback

2021 PRIDE
2021 PRIDE
2021 Pride - 1

NYCFC hosted their fifth consecutive Pride match on June 26 vs. D.C. United, once again partnering with Athlete Ally to mark the celebration of self-affirmation, dignity, equality and increased visibility for New York’s LGBTQI+ community.

2021 Pride - 2

NYCFC supported Athlete Ally by Playing for Pride. This year, Athlete Ally donated 50% of proceeds up to a 5K donation to the Black Women's Player Collective - a nonprofit organization that elevates the image, value, and representation of Black women as athletes and leaders in business, industry, and public and private institutions.

2021 Pride - 3

Wore "Love Unites" training tops during warm-up. "Love Unites" is adidas’ global campaign promoting equity in sport and reinforcing how the love of sport unites us all.

2021 Pride - 4

Hosted raffle to raise money for Athlete Ally. Proceeds to Athlete Ally supported work to champion LGBTQI+ inclusion at all levels in sport through education, inclusive policies and athlete activism. Winner won a Maxime Chanot signed Pride jersey.

2020 PRIDE
2020 PRIDE
2020 Pride - 1

NYCFC’s fourth consecutive Pride match was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we worked with our friends at Athlete Ally to mark this celebration of self-affirmation, dignity, equality and increased visibility for New York’s LGBTQI+ community digitally.

2020 Pride - 2

NYCFC's Former goalkeeper Brad Stuver, Athlete Ally's Joanna Hoffman, NJ/NY Gotham FC's Imani Dorsey, and streetfootballworld's Lilli Barrett-O'Keefe got together to speak LGBTQI+ inclusion in soccer.

2020 Pride - 3

NYCFC midfielder Keaton Parks becomes Athlete Ally's newest Pro Ambassador.

2020 Pride - 4

New York City FC Founding Members Denise and Joaquina Hamilton-Sheehan shared their love story.

2019 PRIDE
2019 PRIDE
2019 Pride - 1

Hosted third annual LGBTQI+ Pride Match with players wearing rainbow pattern jersey numbers. NYC Gay Men’s Chorus Tonewall sang the national anthem and LGBTQI+ advocate Natalie Negrotti set off the smokestacks.

2019 Pride - 2

Launched partnership with Athlete Ally to host panel at NYCFC Match (Together We Thrive: LGBTQI+ Inclusion in Soccer); Athlete Ally Executive Director Hudson Taylor led conversation with panelists, Matt Pacifici and Angela Hucles.

2019 Pride - 3

Athlete Ally Ambassdor and Former NYCFC goalkeeper Brad Stuver, Keaton Parks and Luis Barraza volunteered at SNL; participated in soccer programming and helped group tie-dye t-shirts in rainbow colors for Pride.

2019 Pride - 4

Ladies Village Soccer joined NYCFC for the Club’s Pride Match and hosted fundraiser for Soccer 4 Hope, an organization that uses soccer to help girls in underserved communities.

2018 PRIDE
2018 PRIDE
2018 Pride - 1

Teamed up with streetfootballworld to support Play Proud, a new curriculum for coaches that is designed to help young LGBTQI+ athletes feel safe and supported, both on and off the field.

2018 Pride - 2

Hosted Club’s second Pride Match at Yankee Stadium and held two auctions with funds going to streetfootballworld and CITC.

2018 Pride - 3

The match included Play Proud conversation and celebration of the power of soccer and inclusivity with panelists Ethan Zohn and Lori Lindsey.

2018 Pride - 4

Created colored seat-backs at Yankee Stadium to pay tribute to the 49 victims in the Pulse nightclub shooting for this match vs. Orlando City.

2017 PRIDE
2017 PRIDE
2017 Pride - 1

Hosted first Pride Day at Yankee Stadium and hosted viewing party at Boxer’s, NYCFC’s first gay sports bar, to announce a new pub partnership.

2017 Pride - 2

Started partnership with Hetrick-Martin Institute to put on HMI-led inclusivity workshop at Saturday Night Lights to openly discuss LGBTQI+ specific topics.

2017 Pride - 3

Hosted auction of Pride related in-game assets and team gear to raise money for HMI workshop.