FIFA's International Clearance Process
All International Clearance applications submitted must be complete and submitted with ALL required documentation listed on application in PDF format. Any incomplete applications will be returned to sender to resubmit whole application packet once complete. This includes answering ALL questions listed on the application form. Please include players full name and date of birth in the subject line of the submission email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
**All forms submitted must be completly