Moving forward, the documentation compiled during the Minors Process will be uploaded directly into FIFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS) by U.S. Soccer; FIFA TMS will then review and notify U.S. Soccer if a First Registration or ITC request for the minor player in question is permitted or not.
If any of the required Minors Process documents are missing in the initial application for a particular player, U.S. Soccer will receive a notification from FIFA TMS (a few weeks after first submitted) requesting the missing information. Once submitted to FIFA TMS, U.S. Soccer conservatively estimates turnaround time on these applications to be around two months.
For U.S. Citizens: U.S. Citizens born outside of the U.S. who does not fit the requirment of the Prior to 12 Policy may be cleared to register by simply completing and signing the First Registration Form. This process is available to all players, regardless of current age. The player (and guardian, if player is under the age of 18) should complete and sign the First Registration Form (below) and forward the document to their Maryland State Youth Soccer Association and U.S. Soccer. U.S. Soccer will review the document and notify the affiliated member within 5 days whether the player is free to register or not via the First Registration process.
U.S. Citizens born outside of the U.S. complete the following steps:
- Fill out the First Registration Form
- Submit the completed form to State Maryland State Youth Soccer Association and U.S. Soccer
- U.S. Soccer reviews the paperwork and will notify affiliated member if player is clear to register
For Non-U.S. Citizens: A player born outside of the U.S. who does not fit the requirement of the Prior to 12 Policy and under the age of 18 may be cleared to register by simply completing and signing the First Registration Form, as well as, completing the Minors’ Process. Once the First Registration Form is completed and submitted with the Minor’s Process paperwork, U.S. Soccer will review the document and make determination on whether the player is eligible. Although required to uphold the same standards as FIFA, U.S. Soccer is able to much more quickly review the documents and determine whether the FR-11 could be requested for a minor player. The foreign federation has thirty (30) days to respond to the request. Once a response is received, U.S. Soccer will notify the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association via e-mail. If no response is received after 30 days, U.S. Soccer will issue a Provisional or temporary clearance, which will allow the player to register immediately, and notify the State Association/League.
Non-U.S. Citizens, complete the following steps:
- Collect required documentation to prove that the player meets the above-given exception:
- Player’s Passport
- Player’s Birth Certificate
- Player’s Parents’ Passports
- Player’s Parents’ Work Visas (if available)
- Player’s Parents’ Proof of Residence (full copy of lease agreement and utility bill)
- Player’s Parents’ Proof of Employment (Employment Verification Letter)
- Completed First Registration Form
- (For more information on what is required in these documents, please refer to the “Protection of Minors -Pertinent Facts Document” provided by FIFA)
- Forward documentation to Maryland State Youth Soccer Association
- U.S. Soccer will review documentation and determine whether any exception to the general prohibition by FIFA on the international transfer of minors has been met.
- If U.S. Soccer determines that an exception has been met, we will immediately request the player’s international clearance from their former federation.
- The foreign federation has thirty (30) days to respond to our request.
- Once a response is received, U.S. Soccer will notify the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association via e-mail
- If no response is received after 30 days, U.S. Soccer will issue a Provisional or temporary clearance, which will allow the player to register immediately, and notify the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association.
FIFA’s Regulations, state that international transfers of players are only permitted if the player is over the age of 18. The below exception is relevant to Maryland residents:
- The player’s parents move to the country in which the new club is located for reasons not linked to football.