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FIFA's International Clearance Process


FIFA’s regulations on the status and transfer of players apply to players who move from one country to another. When a player registers with a FIFA-affiliated program in a country other than the country in which the player was born, the player must complete the international clearance process.

US Soccer bylaws/polices state that all North Texas Soccer players must follow applicable FIFA rules and regulations, which includes ITC provisions. Our strong recommendation is that all clubs do ITCS, but the requirement is teams in the DA, the Open Cup and any club that has a legal, financial or de facto tie to a professional club must follow the ITC process. More than anything, this is to protect the club itself, as FIFA will fine and sanction the club directly if they are not ITC compliant.

As U.S. Soccer is affiliated with FIFA, any player born outside of the 50 U.S. states must be cleared before registering with an organization associated with U.S. Soccer. The clearance is required even if the player is a U.S. citizen

FIFA requires a player born in a U.S. territory (Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, or the U.S. Virgin Islands) to be cleared before registering to play in the U.S. The territories have their own soccer federations and are viewed as foreign countries with regard to the international clearance process.

There are several clearance processes available; we always want to clear the player as quickly as possible. When you meet a player that was born outside of the U.S., in order to determine which clearance process to use, please ask the player’s family the following questions:

  1. How old was the player when he moved to the U.S.?
  2. Has the player ever registered to play soccer at any level outside of the U.S.?
  3. Of what country is the player a citizen?

Once you have the answers to the three questions above, use the following to determine which clearance process is appropriate.

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