Procedure for acquiring an ITC
Any foreign-born player who has been previously registered to a club in another country cannot be registered to an affiliated club in the United States until U.S. Soccer has received an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) from the player's former association.
In order to initiate this process, the player should follow these steps:
1. Complete the ITC Request Form (see correct forms below).
Please note the request will not be processed unless the entire document is fully completed and signed by the player.
2. Forward the form to the State Association/League and U.S. Soccer Federation.
Upon receipt of the completed form, U.S. Soccer will request the player's ITC from the national association with which the player was most recently registered. Once a response is received, U.S. Soccer will notify the State Association/League immediately via e-mail.
Per FIFA regulations, the foreign association has up to 30 days from the date the ITC was formally requested to respond, after which U.S. Soccer can issue a Provisional ITC to allow the player to be registered immediately.
PRIOR TO AGE-10 PROCESS:
Players who were born outside of the U.S. but entered the country to live prior to their 10th birthday simply need to provide proof in order to be cleared to register with U.S. Soccer. The document being used as proof should have the player's name, a date that is prior to the player's 10th birthday, and show that the player was taking part in day-to-day life in the United States.
Acceptable forms of proof documentation include, but are not limited to, the following:
- School report cards
- Doctor/immunization records
- Certificate of Baptism
- Previous registration history with a different sports program
Unacceptable forms of proof documentation include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Passport/visa entry page
- Class group photo that does not individually identify each student
- Letter from player/parents verifying the date they moved to the country
In order to be cleared via this method, the player should complete the following steps:
MINORS INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE PROCESS
- Complete the Prior to 10 Submission Form (click here to download)
- Obtain a copy of some form of official document that proves the player was living in the United States prior to their 10th birthday per examples listed above.
- Send a copy of both the P-10 Form and proof document to DYSA Executive Director, Laura Sturdivant at email@example.com
- Once received, the player's documentation is reviewed and sent to U.S. Soccer for approval. Players should communicate with the State Association (DYSA) to verify whether clearance has been granted.
Any player under the age of 18 who is not eligible for the Prior to Age-10 option will be required to go through the FIFA TMS process in order to obtain their international transfer clearance.
In order to get registered under this process, the minor player (and parents) should follow these steps:
1. Collect required documentation to prove that the player meets the requirements:
- Player’s Passport
- Player’s Birth Certificate
- Player’s Parents’ Passports
- Player’s Parents’ Work Visas (if available)
- Player’s Parents’ Proof of Residence (Utility bill, lease agreement, etc.)
- Player’s Parents’ Proof of Employment (Pay Stub, Employment Verification Letter, etc.)
- Completed ITC Request or First Registration form
If player has been previously registered outside of U.S., use ITC Request Form (click here
If player has never been registered to any club, use First Registration Form (click here to download
2. Forward documentation and the correct form to DYSA Executive Director, Laura Sturdivant at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once received, the player's documentation is reviewed and sent to U.S. Soccer for approval. Players should communicate with the State Association (DYSA) to verify whether clearance has been granted.