International Section
Updated 3/8/2015 - Rules Effective 3/1/2015
International Forms:
**ALL Players that were born outside the US MUST complete one of the forms below**

Explaination of Process:

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.

 

Process and which Form and Supporting Documention is Required:


                                              DO NOT SEND ANYTHING DIRECTLY TO US SOCCER FEDERATION!

 

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 (P12 2-15) - Any Player who entered the U.S. prior to the age of 10 (regardless of their current age) 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).

2.   First Registration (FR11)-

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 player 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 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.

  1. Player’s Passport
  2. Player’s Birth Certificate
  3. Player’s Parents’ Passports
  4. Player’s Parents’ Work Visas (if available)
  5. Player’s Parents’ Proof of Residence (Water bill, lease agreement, etc.)
  6. Player’s Parents’ Proof of Employment (Pay Stub, Employment Verification Letter, etc.
     

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 contact the State Office - 540-693-1430

                              Chart to help with International Forms:

 

Forms and support documents submitted with roster to Assigned League Registrar (ALR)
Documents approved by ALR
 
 
 
 
Form
# of copies
Support docs
# of copies
1. All Players, 9 or younger, who were born outside the US
P10
Registrar to submit copy of approved roster
2.  All Players, 10 and older, who were born outside the US, and entered the US prior to 10 years of age.
P10
See P10 list below
3. US citizens, any age, who were born outside the US and have never registered with any team in another country
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**P10 form is strongly recommended on behalf of US Soccer**
FR11
 
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P10
Valid proof of U.S. citizenship
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See P10 list below
4. All players, 10-17, who were born outside the US, and entered the US after 9 years of age; and who have never registered with another country.
FR11
 
All items on minors list
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Forms and support documents submitted to VYSA State Office by your Registrar
Documents approved by USYS/USSF/FIFA 
Player may not be rostered or participate with team until approval is received.
 
 
 
 
Form
Support docs
5. All players, 10-17, who were born outside the US, and entered the US after 9 years of age; and who have played soccer in another country.
ITC
All items on minors list
6. All other players (18+) born outside the US, who have never registered to play soccer in a club outside the US FR11 None
7. All other players (18+) born outside the US, who have registered to play soccer in a club outside the US
ITC
None

 

P10 Documentation (They must show that the player is younger then 10 years of age at the time issued.)
Acceptable forms of proof documentation:
School report cards, Doctor records, Immunization records, Medicare Card, Certificate of Baptism
Previous registration history with a sports program
 
 
Unacceptable forms of proof documentation include, but are not limited to, the following:
Passport entry page, class photo from 3rd grade that does not individually identify each student
Letter from player/parents verifying the date they moved to the country
 
 
Minors Documentation

All of the following MUST be submitted:
 

1. Player’s Passport
2. Player’s Birth Certificate
3. Player’s Parents’ Passports
4. Player’s Parents’ Work Visas (if available)
5. Player’s Parents’ Proof of Residence (Water bill, lease agreement, etc.)
6. Player’s Parents’ Proof of Employment (Pay Stub, Employment Verification Letter, etc.

 


Permission to Travel:


International Paperwork for Travel:
 
Submit the following paperwork to the VYSA State Office for International Travel. Once VYSA approval is granted, the applications will be forward to US Soccer:
  • A completed Application for Foreign Travel (must be the original no copies or faxes)
  • A copy of the official brochure, pamphlet, invitation or applicable material for the Tournament.
  • A copy of the approved roster which includes all players and team officials
  • A $50 check per team payable to US Soccer
  • A signed Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act signed
  • VYSA On-line Permission to travel

Forms to Host a Tournament involving Foreign Teams:
 
Submit the following paperwork to the VYSA State Office 60 days prior to the tournament. Once approval is granted by VYSA, the applications will be forward to US Soccer:
VYSA Affiliates