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June 7, 2018

There are some major changes in reporting players for International Transfer Clearance (ITC) starting Seasonal year 2018/2019.

USSF is requiring Clubs in any of the below categories, for all of their Recreational and Competitive players, to complete the required ITC information as it applies to the player.

Most youth soccer clubs in South Florida including Hollywood Wildcats do not meet any of these requirements and no longer have to submit documentation for approval for the players.

THE REQUIRED CATEGORIES:
  • Any Club that is associated with teams that compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
  • All players participating on a Team in the Development Academy
  • Any Club that has any type of agreement with a Professional League in the US or Abroad.
  • Any youth or amateur team that has a legal, financial or defacto tie to a professional club

Information below was compiled prior to the 2018 Changes and is possibly no longer accurate.

International Transfer Clearance (“ITC”)

BACKGROUND

 

Per FIFA's Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, the international clearance process is required when any foreign-born player over the age of 10 is attempting to register with an affiliated club in the United States, regardless of that player's ability or citizenship. U.S. Soccer is responsible for properly obtaining that clearance on behalf of these players before they can register and participate in an affiliated league.

INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE OPTIONS

Under FIFA's rules, there are three options by which a players under the age of 18 born outside of the U.S. can register with an affiliated league.
  1. Proof of Entry Prior to 10 – Players who have entered the U.S. prior to the age of 10 (regardless of their current age) and have been continuously living in the country since moving, can supply a copy of an official document to prove that fact (e.g. report cards, doctor records, etc.). DocuSign Prior to 10 Form HERE
  1. First Registration
    1. U.S. Citizens – U.S. citizens born outside the U.S. (regardless of current age) may simply complete and sign the First Registration form attesting that the player has never been registered at any level to play soccer in any other country. U.S. Soccer can immediately clear the player upon receipt of this document.
    2. Non-U.S. Citizens – A player born outside of the U.S., who is currently over the age of 18, may also complete and sign the First Registration form. U.S. Soccer will contact the foreign association for confirmation and will clear the player once that is received.
  1. Minors ProcessAny player currently between the ages of 10 and 17 who is NOT eligible for one of the preceding methods must prove to U.S. Soccer that he/she meets one of the following exceptions:
    • The player has moved with his/her parents to the U.S. for reasons other than playing soccer (e.g. parent's work).

The chart below explains which process should be used, depending on the player's age:

Living in U.S. prior to age of 10

Moved to U.S. after age 10, but was never registered outside U.S.

Previously registered to club outside the U.S.

Age 10-17, U.S. Citizen

Prior to 10

First Registration

Minors Process

Age 10-17, Non-U.S. Citizen

Prior to 10

Minors Process

Minors Process

*Any foreign-born players under the age of 10 should also submit 'Proof of Entry Prior to 10' documentation to U.S. Soccer in order to receive immediate clearance.

Please contact U.S. Soccer Registration Department with any questions.