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International Clearance

ONLY players that are playing, or attempting to play, for professionally affiliated clubs require an International Transfer.

The international registration process varies based on when the child came to the US and started participating in daily life - not necessarily their current age. For more detailed information, please click on the applicable age group and citizenship status below.

The international transfer can take up to approximately two months. Players are encouraged to initiate the process early to ensure their ability to play in the season they desire.

Prior to 10 - All

Players that came to the US before the age of 10 must submit a P-10 Form. Along with this form, families must submit documentation to support the fact that the player was participating in daily life prior to their 10th birthday. Examples of appropriate documentation include:

  • Medical/immunization records dated and signed by a US-based doctor
  • School report cards
  • Certificate of Baptism
  • Former registration history with another sports organization

Examples of documentation that is NOT accepted:

  • Passport entry pages
  • Class photo that does not individually identify each student
  • Letter from the family verifying the date they moved to the US

Documentation and the P-10 Form must be submitted to MSYSA for approval by US Soccer. 

Ages 10-17 - US Citizen Born Abroad

First Registration

Players that are attempting to register with a club for the first time should submit the First Registration Form to MSYSA. After processing, US Soccer will reach out to the appropriate foreign national association to confirm no prior registrations. If confirmed, or if no response is received within seven days, the player will be cleared to register with MSYSA.

Previously Registered

Players that have previously been registered with a club abroad must complete the Minors International Clearance Process and submit the ITC 5-11 Form. Please visit US Soccer's Minors Process page for a list of required documentation.

Ages 10-17 - Foreign National

Players must complete the Minors International Clearance Process regardless of whether or not they have been registered abroad. Players registering for the first time must submit the First Registration Form and players that have previously been registered must submit the ITC 5-11 Form with other required documentation. Please visit US Soccer's Minors Process page for a list of required documentation.

18 and Older - All

Players registering for the first time must submit the First Registration Form and players that have previously been registered must submit the ITC 5-11 Form with other required documentation. US Soccer will contact the most recent foreign association for the International Transfer Certificate. US Soccer will notify MSYSA when they receive the ITC. If no response is received within 30 days, a Provisional ITC will be issued to allow the player to register immediately.

For further questions regarding international clearance, please consult US Soccer's International Clearance Policy

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