Youth Players Proof of Entry Prior to 12 itc waivers itc requests both incoming and outgoing Amateur Players




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"FIFA requires all players over the age of 12, 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 Unites States).  U.S. Soccer is responsible for obtaining that ITC on behalf of all players in the U.S. participating in affiliated leagues."

US Soccer, USYS and MSA are bound by the rules & regulations found in FIFA’s Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players. These Regulations establish global and binding rules concerning the status of players, their eligibility to participate in Organized Football, and their transfer between clubs belonging to different Associations.

FIFA, however, prohibits the transfer of players between the ages of 12 to 17 (minors) unless the player meets one of two exceptions:

Types of Registration:

  • Youth Players

  • Proof of Entry Prior to 12

  • ITC Waivers

  • ITC requests both incoming and outgoing

  • Amateur Players

  • Registration on professional team

  • ITC requests both incoming and outgoing

  • Verification of Cup Rosters 

International Clearances:


  • Who needs an International Transfer Certificate (ITC)?

  • Any player who entered the United States after the age of 12

  • Players who entered prior to the age of 12 have an alternate method of clearance

  • Any player who listed that the last club they participated with belonged to a foreign national association

  • Any player who has had their ITC issued by US Soccer to a foreign association and has not had it returned to US Soccer upon their return

Four ways to gain International Clearance:


  1. Proof of Entry Prior to 12 [pdf] NEW!

 

  • Available to any player who entered the United States prior to their 12th birthday, regardless of current age.

  • Player must provide State Association with copy of official document which clearly indicates that the player was LIVING in the U.S. prior to their 12th birthday.

  • Player must provide State Association with completed Proof of Entry Prior to 12 Submission Form. (NEW)

  • State forwards P-12 Submission Form and copy of “proof” document to US Soccer via fax, e-mail or mail for approval.

  • US Soccer confirms receipt and approval of Proof of Entry documentation via e-mail to State Association.

  • Player is free to register and play upon receipt of e-mail.


Examples of Acceptable Proof of Entry Documents

  • School Records/Report Cards

  • Doctor’s Records

  • Immunization Records

  • Immigration Records

  • State-Issued ID Cards

  • Registration History with State Association



  1. Waiver Form [pdf]

  • Waiver Form is available to all players CURRENTLY between the ages of 12 and 16.

  • Player fills out Waiver Form and sends to State Association for approval.

  • State Association forwards to US Soccer.

  • Waiver Form is valid IMMEDIATELY upon delivery via mail, e-mail or fax to US Soccer.

  • US Soccer does NOT respond regarding Waiver Form, but does process and file.

  • NO FEE is charged for Waiver Form. (NEW)



  1. ITC Request for Clearance [pdf]

  • ITC application must be completed by player and guardian (if required) and forwarded to State Association.

  • State Association mails, e-mails or faxes ITC Request Form to US Soccer.

  • US Soccer will process request form and fax official ITC Request to Foreign Federation.

  • Foreign Federation, per FIFA Policy, has up to 30 days to respond.

  • US Soccer will notify team and league via e-mail when ITC is received.

  • If, after 30 days from date of official request, US Soccer does not receive a reply, on day 31 US Soccer will issue a Provisional Certificate and notify State Association.

  • Provisional Clearance is good for up to 1 year. During the one year period, should the foreign association contact US Soccer with a valid reason as to why the certificate was not issued, the Provisional Certificate will be withdrawn. US Soccer will notify state association.

  • After the one year period, if US Soccer does not receive any further communication from the foreign association, the Provisional Certificate will be permanent. 

 

  1. ITC Request + Letter of “Non-Footballing” Reasons

Use the form listed above




  • Players that are currently 17 years of age, may only request their ITC if they meet an exception to FIFA’s Policy on the Transfer of Minors.

  • Exception available in US: Non-Footballing Reasons.

  • In addition to ITC Request Form, player must provide a brief letter (one or two paragraphs) explaining the why’s and how’s of moving to the US. Specifically stating that it was “NOT TO PLAY SOCCER”.

  • Player provides State Association with ITC Request Form and Letter of Non-Footballing Reasons, State then forwards to US Soccer for processing.

  • US Soccer requests ITC from Foreign Federation and provides that Federation with a copy of the Letter.

  • Procedure then follows the ITC Request Process previously discussed.

  • Player is cleared to play upon receipt of ITC or issuance of Provisional ITC and notification from US Soccer to State Association via e-mail.

  1. The player has moved with his/her parents to the U.S. for reasons other than playing soccer (e.g. work);
    OR

  2. 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.



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 12 - Players who entered the U.S. prior to the age of 12 (regardless of their current age) can supply a copy of an official document to prove that fact (e.g. – report cards, immunization records, doctor records).

  2. First Registration

  1. 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.  U.S. Soccer can immediately clear the player.

  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 federation for confirmation, and once that is received, U.S. Soccer can clear the player.

  1. Minors – Any player currently between the ages of 12 to 17 who is NOT eligible for one of the proceeding methods must prove to U.S. Soccer that he/she meets one of the exceptions (a) or (b) above.  Once verified, U.S. Soccer will 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.

  2. ITC Request – Players 18 years of age and over who are not eligible for the Entry Prior to Age 12 or First Registration options will need to fill out the ITC Request Form and submit it to U.S. Soccer. U.S. Soccer 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.


Please contact Michael Gorman mgorman@ussoccer.org with any questions.



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