The 2019 Austin Anthem Holiday Party, Toys for Tots Drive, and FIFA Tournament

Deck the Haymaker with boughs of holly.

Tony Cardone
Dec 4, 2019 · 4 min read

Remember 2018? Back before Austin FC, back before any shovels lay upon McKalla Place, and back before a Minister joined the Austin soccer craze?

Yeah, it’s been a pretty big year for Austin FC and Austin Anthem. Y’all are cordially invited to our sixth ever holiday party. While there’s no MLS Cup to watch, we’re ramping up the entertainment and giveaways — and featuring our first FIFA tournament with prizes.

But First, A Word From Our Supporters Section

This event wouldn’t be possible without support from our Austin community, so we’d like to say thank you to organizations who have helped us out with this event:

The Skinny


The Toy Drive and Giveaway

We’re also continuing our commitment to supporting our local community by collecting presents for the Toys for Tots organization. Bring a toy (or a few) to Haymaker on Saturday, and you’ll get a ticket to take home some great prizes, including:

One ticket per toy, up to 5 tickets per person.

Giveaway items may change.

The Pint Glass

Just like last year, we’re doing a fantabulous deal where you get a limited edition pint glass featuring the Haymaker bear and the grackle. They’re on opposite sides of the glass so they don’t fight. As with last year, you’ll get the first beverage of the night with your purchase.

Order it online and pick it up on Saturday.

The FIFA Tournament

Two eight player tournaments will square off throughout the night for a chance at an Austin Anthem swag pack and a Kindle Fire tablet. We’ll crown two champions, one on Xbox and one on PlayStation. The champion with the best goal differential will be able to choose first.

It will be a single elimination tournament for both consoles. Space is limited to 16 people, so be sure to keep checking this space for registration details.

We’ll bring the controllers, console, and game. If you want to bring your own controller, you are welcome to do so.

Tournament registration is available here:

Please note this is an on-site event and if you do not check in with us at Haymaker by 6:15pm, we will open up the registration to on-site registrants.

Expected ruleset:

First round is scheduled for kickoff at 6:30pm, with the finals scheduled for about 9pm.

Join our Discord channel and stay in touch with other members of Grackle Gaming!

State of the Grackle Speech and Year in Review

Chief Zanate Josh Babetski will have some remarks for all in attendance around 8:30pm, taking a look back at our progress through the year and what next year has in store.

We’re incredibly grateful for all your work this year in support of soccer in Austin and Austin Anthem as we approach Major League Soccer in our city.

So let’s party!

Austin Anthem is the independent supporters group for Austin FC, the Major League Soccer club of Austin, Texas.

For more information, visit us online at

Austin Anthem

The Official Soccer Supporters Group of Austin FC

Tony Cardone

Written by

Director of Social, Newsletters, and Web at Austin Anthem

Austin Anthem

The Official Soccer Supporters Group of Austin FC

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