International Transfer Clearances (ITC's)

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 four options by which a player born outside of the U.S. can register with an affiliated league. Below explains which process should be used, depending on the player's age.

**PLAYERS SHOULD NOT BE REGISTERED UNTIL THEY HAVE RECEIVED OFFICIAL CLEARANCE FROM FIFA AND/OR THE U.S. SOCCER FEDERATION**

International Clearance Options

Living in U.S. Prior to Age 10

  • Age 10-17, U.S. Citizen: Prior to 10
  • Age 10-17, Non-U.S. Citizen: Prior to 10
  • Age 18+: Prior to 10

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

  • Age 10-17, U.S. Citizen: First Registration
  • Age 10-17, Non-U.S. Citizen: Minors Process
  • Age 18+: First Registration

Previously registered to club outside the U.S.

  • Age 10-17, U.S. Citizen: Minors Process
  • Age 10-17, Non-U.S. Citizen: Minors Process
  • Age 18+: ITC Request

Proof of Entry Prior to 10

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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.).

*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.

Prior to 10 Checklist

Prior to 10 ITC Form

First Registration

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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.

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.

First Registration Checklist

First Registration ITC Form

Minors International Clearance Process

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Any player under the age of 18 who is not eligible for the Prior to 10 Clearance method will be required to go through the FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS) in order to obtain their international transfer clearance.

FIFA's Regulations state that international transfers of players are only permitted if the player is over the age of 18. However there are three (3) exceptions to the rule:

  1. The player's parents move to the country in which the new club is located for reasons not linked to soccer (e.g. parent's work).
  2. The transfer takes place within the territory of the European Union. (Not Eligible for U.S.)
  3. The player lives outside the U.S., but no further than 50km from the national border. In addition, the U.S. Soccer-affiliated club with which the player wishes to be registered is within 50km of that same border.

U.S. Soccer can use exceptions 1 & 3 above. Please note that these are the only exceptions that can be used to process an international transfer for a minor.  U.S. Soccer is not permitted to proceed with a clearance request for a player that does not fit one of these two (1 or 3) categories.

Once verified by the FIFA TMS, U.S. Soccer will request either the player's First Registration Clearance Form (if the player has never been registered to any club outside the US) or International Transfer Certificate (ITC) Form from the foreign association, depending on which process is applicable.

Minors - Parent's Exception Checklist (#1 above)

Minors - 50km Exception Checklist (#3 above)

Minors - First Registration ITC Form

Minors - ITC Request Form

*A comprehensive outline of each exemption requirement can also be found at U.S. Soccer's Minors International Clearance Process Website

ITC Request

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Any player over the age of 18 who has been previously registered to a club in another country cannot be registered to a club in the United States until U.S. Soccer has received an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) from the player's former association. To initiate this process, the player must complete and submit an ITC Request form to U.S. Soccer, who will then request the ITC from the national association with which the player was most recently registered.

ITC Checklist

ITC Form

Additional International Transfer Clearance (ITC) Resources

FIFA International Clearance Overview from USSF

ITC Process Summary

Foreign Exchange Student - Minors Process Checklist

Refugee - Minors Process Checklist

Amateur Reinstatement Form

In order for clearance to be obtained; all forms listed on the checklists must be included in PDF format.

Checklists and completed ITC forms should be sent to player_registration@ussoccer.org and copy noaht@stxsoccer.org from the STX Youth Soccer State Office.