Prior to 12 Process
Players who were born outside of the U.S. but entered the country to live prior to their 12th birthday simply need to provide proof in order to be cleared to register with U.S. Soccer. The document being used as proof should have the player's name, a date that is prior to the player's 12th birthday, and show that the player was taking part in day-to-day life in the United States.
Acceptable forms of proof documentation include, but are not limited to, the following:
- School report cards
- Doctor/immunization records
- Certificate of Baptism
- Previous registration history with a different sports program
Unacceptable forms of proof documentation include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Passport/visa entry page
- Class group photo that does not individually identify each student
- Letter from player/parents verifying the date they moved to the country
In order to be cleared via this method, the player should complete the following steps:
- Complete the Prior to 12 Submission Form (click here to download)
- Obtain a copy of some form of official document that proves the player was living in the United States prior to their 12th birthday per examples listed above.
- Send a copy of both the P-12 Form and proof document to League/State Association and U.S. Soccer Federation
Once received, the player's documentation is reviewed by U.S. Soccer and approval is sent to League/State Association. Players should communicate with their State Associations to verify whether clearance has been granted.
Please note that children have medical privacy rights and there is no obligation to release any information concerning a child's medical history or identifiers.