Registration Information for Players Born Outside the United States (or Played Soccer Outside the United States)
International Paperwork for ALL Players that were born outside of the United States:
Explanation: FIFA requires all players 10 and older, regardless of their ability or citizenship, to receive an international transfer clearance (“ITC”) from their former country when they are attempting to register to play soccer in a different country (i.e., the United States). U.S. Soccer is responsible for obtaining that ITC on behalf of all players in the U.S. participating in affiliated leagues.
FIFA, however, prohibits the transfer of players between the ages of 10 to 17 (minors) unless the player meets one of two exceptions: (a) The player has moved with his/her parents to the U.S. for reasons other than playing soccer (e.g. work); or (b) The player and prospective club are both located within 30 miles of an international border.
If the player can prove to FIFA that either of the two exceptions above has been met, U.S. Soccer would be permitted to request the ITC for that minor player. If the player does not meet one of the two exceptions above, the available options to register are listed below.
In 2009, FIFA instituted the FIFA TMS system. TMS is an online method to provide FIFA with documentation to prove that a player fits either of the two exceptions above. Documents are uploaded into FIFA’s system and are reviewed by FIFA, who then makes the final determination on whether an ITC request could be fulfilled for a minor player. However, U.S. Soccer has received a limited exemption from FIFA from the requirement to use the electronic FIFA TMS system. U.S. Soccer is now responsible for the documentation, review and determination of whether a player meets either of the two exceptions above. Although required to uphold the same standards as FIFA, U.S. Soccer is able to review the documents on an expedited basis and determine whether an ITC request could be made for a minor player.
Forms and Required Supporting Documention:
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International Transfer 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:
1. Entry Prior to Age 10(P10 / P12 2-15) - Any Player who entered the U.S. prior to the age of 10 (regardless of their current age) and can supply a copy of an official document to prove that fact (e.g. – report cards, permanent resident card, medicare card, immunization records, doctor records).
a. U.S. Citizens– U.S. citizens born outside of 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. The form, along with valid proof of U.S. citizenship, must be submitted to the Registrar. The registrar can immediately clear the player.
b. Non-U.S. Citizens– A player born outside of the U.S., who is currently 18 or older, and has NOT played soccer in another country may complete the First Registration form. In order to get registered under this process, the player must submit the form to the Registrar, and the form will be forwarded to U.S. Soccer for approval.
3. Minors Process-
a. With First Registration – Any player between the age of 10 to 17 who is NOT eligible for #1 or #2 above, and has never registered with a club outside the U.S., must submit all the Minors Documenation (see below), along with a First Registration (FR11) form. In order to get registered under this process, the minor player (and parents) should follow these steps: Complete the FR11 form, collect required copies of the minors documentation shown below, and submit it to your registrar. The registrar may approve the documentation.
b. With ITC Request – Any player between the age of 10 to 17 who is NOT eligible for #1 or #2 above, and has registered with a club outside the U.S., must submit all the Minors Documenation (see below), along with an ITC Request form. In order to get registered under this process, the minor player (and parents) should follow these steps: Complete the ITC Request form, collect required copies of the minors documentation shown below, and submit it to your registrar. These documents will be forwarded for approval by U.S. Soccer.
Player’s Birth Certificate
Player’s Parents’ Passports
Player’s Parents’ Work Visas (not necessary if parent is a US citizen)
Player’s Parents’ Proof of Residence (lease or mortgage agreement, etc.): Must include name(s) of occupants, address, and residence start date.
Recent Utility Bill: Currently, FIFA is requesting a recent utility bill if the family is 6 months or more into the lease.
Player’s Parents’ Proof of Employment (Employment verification letter that confirms the employment start date, the nature of the work performed, and the term of the employment (ongoing or contracted), or an offer letter that is signed and verified by the employer. Pay stubs are not acceptable.)
Statement from club indicating first contact with player (via tryouts, parent email to club, friend of current player at club, etc.)
Statement from player's parents regarding the reasons and circumstances behind their move to the United States.
The completed First Registration form, or ITC Request, as appropriate.
4. ITC Request(ITC)– Players 18 years of age and over who are not eligible for the Entry Prior to Age 10 or First Registration options, will need to fill out the ITC Request Form and submit it to the registrar. The form will be sent on to U.S. Soccer. They will then request the ITC from the former federation. Per FIFA regulations, that federation has up to 30 days to respond after which U.S. Soccer can issue a provisional international transfer clearance.
Any questions on International Forms, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.