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Minors International Clearance Process

Any player under the age of 18 who is not eligible for the Prior to 10 clearance method will be required to go through the FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS) in order to obtain their international transfer clearance.

FIFA's Regulations state that international transfers of players are only permitted if the player is over the age of 18. However, there are three exceptions to the rule:

  1. The player's parents move to the country in which the new club is located for reasons not linked to soccer.
  2. The transfer takes place within the territory of the European Union.
  3. The player lives outside the country, but no further than 50km from a national border. In addition, the club with which the player wishes to be registered in the neighboring association is also within 50km of that border.

U.S. Soccer can use exceptions No. 1 and No. 3, as the second exception deals only with players in Europe.  The documentation listed below is required in order to prove a minor player qualifies for this process.

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. 

To review these applications, documents are uploaded into FIFA TMS and are reviewed by FIFA, which makes the final determination on whether a First Registration clearance or ITC could be requested for a minor player.

In order to get registered under the first exception, the minor player (and parents) should follow these steps:

  1. Collect required documentation to prove that the player meets the ‘parents’ exception:
    1. Player’s Passport
    2. Player’s Birth Certificate
    3. Player’s Parents’ Passports
    4. Player’s Parents’ Work Visas
    5. Player’s Parents’ Proof of Residence (Utility bill, lease agreement, etc.)
    6. Player’s Parents’ Proof of Employment (Pay Stub, Employment Verification Letter, etc.)
    7. Completed ITC Request or First Registration form - Download
      1. If player has been previously registered outside of U.S., use ITC Request Form
      2. If player has never been registered to any club, use First Registration Form
  1. Forward documentation to State Association/League, who will in turn pass on to U.S. Soccer.

Please send all documents in separate, individual PDF files. FIFA TMS only permits the upload of PDFs and does not support any other file format. Documentation sent in any other format will not be accepted and will need to be resent in PDF format. 

In order to get registered under the third exception, the minor player (and parents) should follow these steps:

  1. Collect required documentation to prove that the player meets the ‘50km’ exception
    1. Completed ITC request form - Download
    2. Player’s birth certificate
    3. Player’s passport
    4. Proof of residence of player in Canada or Mexico (must be within 50km of the border)
    5. Proof of address of the club in the U.S. (must also be within 50km of the border)
    6. Proof of distance between player’s residence and club (cannot exceed 100km)

  2. Forward documentation to State Association/League, who will in turn pass on to U.S. Soccer.

Please send all documents in separate, individual PDF files. FIFA TMS only permits the upload of PDFs and does not support any other file format. Documentation sent in any other format will not be accepted and will need to be resent in PDF format. 

For more information on what is required in these supporting documents, please refer to the "Protection of Minors -Pertinent Facts Document" provided by FIFA. Click here to download. If FIFA TMS determines one of the above-mentioned exceptions have been met, U.S. Soccer will be notified and immediately proceed with the player's international clearance request.

Please contact U.S. Soccer Registration Department with any questions.

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