FIFA International Clearance
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.
WMYSA has implemented the requirement for FIFA International Clearance in Fall of 2014 for new players being added to WMYSA who were born outside of the US.
The WMYSA requirement will only apply to first time WMYSA players from U7 through U18 where a birth certificate verification is required. WMYSA will register these players as in the past but there will be a requirement to obtain FIFA International Clearance. The International Clearance must be obtained for new registered players prior to the following season to be allowed to play.
In WMYSA, by implementing with this gradual approach no one will be restricted from playing in the fall as we introduce the process of getting International Clearance. Nevertheless it is important to obtain the Clearance in a timely fashion so that the player is properly registered.
Further WMYSA will not look back at all the previously registered players with completed birth certificate verifications and require then to obtain Clearance if not born in the US. However it is strongly recommended that each club work with their players/parents to get FIFA Clearance on these previously registered players. While WMYSA will not require/manage this for the previously registered players it is still required for the registration to be valid with United States Soccer Federation.
Specific International Clearance Options for Youth Players not born in the US: Click Here
1) Entry to US Prior to Age 10: Players who entered the US prior to the age of 10 (regardless of current
age) can supply a copy of an official document to prove the fact (e.g. - report card, immunization records,
doctor records, certificate of baptism, previous registration history with a different sports programs) along
with the Proof of Entry Prior to 10 Years of Age Submission Form (P12 2-15) to US Soccer Federation.
application. Upon receipt of the International Clearance Notification you need to upload a copy of
Notification into the player GotSoccer documents (similar to the birth certificate) and then notify WMYSA
2) First Registration by US citizen to play soccer: US citizens born outside the US (regardless of
current age) may simply complete, sign, and submit to US Soccer Federation the First Registration Form
(FR-11) attesting that the player has never been registered at any level to play soccer in any other
your application. US Soccer can immediately clear the player. Upon receipt of the International Clearance
Notification you need to upload a copy of Notification into the player GotSoccer documents (similar to the
birth certificate) and then notify WMYSA Registrar.
3) First Registration by non US citizen over the age of 18 to play soccer: Non US citizens over the
age of 18 born outside the US may simply complete, sign, and submit to US Soccer Federation the First
Registration Form (FR-11) attesting that the player has never been registered at any level to play soccer
in any other
country. Please notify WMYSA email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org of your application. US Soccer will contact the foreign federation for
and once received will provide the player clearance. Upon receipt of the
Clearance Notification you need to upload a copy of Notification
into the player GotSoccer documents
(similar to the birth certificate) and then notify WMYSA Registrar.
4) Minors - All other youth players: Any player currently between the ages of 10 to 17 who is NOT
eligible for one of the proceeding methods must prove to US Soccer that he/she meets one of the
exceptions (a) or (b) below. For Exchange Students should utilize exception (a) and substitute Parents
proof information with Exchange Student proof information. Once verified, US Soccer will request the
International Clearance from the former soccer federation. Per FIFA regulations, that federation has up to
30 days to respond after which US Soccer can issue provisional international transfer clearance. Upon
receipt of the International Clearance Notification you need to upload a copy of Notification into the player
GotSoccer documents (similar to the birth certificate) and then notify WMYSA Registrar.
a) The player has moved with his/her parents to the US 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.
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 first of the above-given exceptions:
a. Player’s Passport
b. Player’s Birth Certificate
c. Player’s Parents’ Passports
d. Player’s Parents’ Work Visas (if available)
e. Player’s Parents’ Proof of Residence (Utility bill, lease agreement, etc.)
f. Player’s Parents’ Proof of Employment (Pay Stub, Employment Verification Letter, etc.)
g. Completed ITC Request (ITC 5-11) or First Registration form (FR-11) (click here to download or go to WMYSA or MSYSA website)
i. If player has been previously registered outside of U.S., use ITC Request Form
ii. If player has never been registered to any club, use First Registration Form
U.S. Soccer will review documentation and determine whether any of the above-mentioned exceptions
have been met. If so, U.S. Soccer will immediately process the player's international clearance request.
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 categories. If a minor player does not fit one of these two exceptions
(e.g Foreign Exchange Student), U.S. Soccer can submit an application to the Players' Status Committee
of FIFA to have them decide on whether or not a special exemption can be granted. For more
information on how to proceed with this application process, please contact Michael Gorman at
FIFA International Clearance forms Click Here